Ao Nang Beach is not the typical white sandy beach with crystal clear water, and during high tide, the sand practically disappears. But the scenery with its limestone cliffs, palm trees and longtail boats moored along the shore is pretty stunning. Ao Nang Beach acts more like a jumping-off point for island hopping between the beautiful islands in Krabi archipelago.
Krabi is a province with a spectacular coastline formed by a mix of natural features including limestone cliffs, mangrove forests, beautiful beaches, and outstanding islands like Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and now has an airport which serves international as well as domestic flights. The following is a list of the best places to stay in Krabi Province.
1. Ao Nang
Restaurant closed. Well, this is actually a tip for everybody since it’s a good restaurant, serving both Thai and international dishes. Blue Mango is a Swedish owned restaurant with some Swedish specialties in the menu like meatballs, plank steak and baked potato with skagenröra. Located on the main beach road in Ao Nang, just opposite the popular Krabi Resort, the restaurant has around 35 seats outdoors and 70 inside.
Blue Mango Restaurant & Bar in Ao Nang, Krabi.
Lae Lay Grill is situated on the hillside with a stunning view overlooking Nopparat Thara Beach in Ao Nang. The restaurant has a shuttle service from and to your hotel, as it’s quite a distance to walk up to the hill. But since my wife has a car in Thailand, we didn’t have to use that service.
We didn’t know anything about Lae Lay Grill, but It looked amazing from down the road which we were passing every day during our stay at Maleedee Bay Resort. So we decided to try it out, and it was a pleasant surprise!
My wife, hungry and ready to walk up the stairs. The staff was very welcoming and helpful.
The Separated Sea (Thale Waek) is a cool natural phenomenon. It happens when there is a low tide and a unique sand pathway connects three islands (Koh Gai, Koh Tup and Koh Mawr) that visitors can walk to. This place was voted the number one destination, in the poll ‘7 Wonders of Thailand 2015′ on the 7wondersthailand.com website.
The best time to visit Thale Waek is 5 days before and after the full moon from December to the beginning of May. The separated sea is the last stop in the amazing ‘4 islands boat trip′ that goes from Ao Nang, Krabi. Tour agents can be found everywhere along the street in Ao Nang.
I have visited some superb beaches that I do not include in this list. You know the typical long sandy beach with umbrellas lined up. I think of Chaweng, Patong and Kata Beach. They are all great, but in this post, I want to show you some different kind of beaches in Thailand.
1. Sunset Beach, Koh Kradan
I bought a GoPro camera just before we went to Thailand this time, and it was a lot of fun to put together this video. The model I used is a GoPro Hero3 White Edition Slim and the locations in the video are Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Krabi, Lam Thap, Ao Nang, Railay Bay, Poda Island, Koh Kho Khao and Phuket. Please watch the video in 720p60 HD.