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