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Krabi Province Page 15, Krabi Province, Diving and Snorkelling

Ao Nang Beach, is located about six kilometres from Hat Noppharat Thara and 20 kilometres from the town of Krabi. A large bay with scenic beaches and 83 small islands, Ao Nang has several famous beaches which include East Rai Le, West Rai Le and Tham Phra Nang (cave) which stretches to the foot of a prominent limestone range. A boat from Ao Nang Village can be hired for sightseeing excursions around Ao Nang, Hat Tham Phra Nang and Hat Nam Mao, all of which are only accessible by foot. Other offshore isles such as Koh Poda, Koh Kai, Koh Mo and Koh Thap, are popular destinations that can be reached by a rented boat from Ao Nang. An abundance of colourful coral reefs and lovely cartoon fishes make these islands ideal for diving and snorkelling.  

Ao Nang has recently emerged as a 5-star tourist attraction due to its numerous 4-5 star hotels and boutique resorts complete with facilities such as diving shops and rental boats. Popular activities include sightseeing by canoe along the beachfront and paddling tours by inflatable canoes or kayaks of the coast and its mangrove forests, islands and semi-submerged caves.

Boat travelling times and fares from Ao Nang to various beaches and islands are as follows:

Ao Nang – Rai Le: 50 Baht,10 minutes

Ao Nang – Tham Phra Nang: 50 Baht, 15 minutes

Ao Nang – Koh Poda: 200 Baht (return ticket), 25 minutes

Ao Nang – Koh Kai: 250 Baht (return ticket), 25 minutes

Ao Nang – Mu Koh Hong: 1,500 Baht for a charter boat, one hour

A night trip from Ao Nang to Rai Le costs 80 Baht. All boats are available from 7.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Tourists may take the local mini-bus (Song Thaeo) from the provincial city of Krabi to Ao Nang. The fare is 50 Baht and takes 45 minutes. Alternatively, one can proceed directly to Hat Rai Le by boat service at Chao Fa Pier. The fare costs 70 Baht and takes 45 minutes.

 

Tham Phi Hua To  Located just 500 metres from Tham Lot, the cave can only be visited by boat from Bo Tho Pier. The cave is in Phi Hua To Mountain which is surrounded by mangrove swamps. There are two different paths inside the cave. On the left lies the shortcut to the back of the cave where the sunlight can shine through, and on the right is a path to a natural hall believed to have been a shelter for prehistoric people. Prehistoric paintings of men, animals, human organs and numerous seashells can be seen in the cave. The discovery of big human skulls in the cave, resulted in the caves present name. Located just 500 meters from Tham Lot, the cave can only be visited by boat from Bo Tho Pier. The cave is in Phi Hua To Mountain which is surrounded by mangrove swamps.

 

Krabi Province Page 17,  Koh Lanta National Park

Ao Nang Beach and Tham Phi Hua To in Krabi Province, Thailand