Ao Nang, a resort with about 8,000 inhabitants, lies in the province of Krabi in southern Thailand, approx 30 km from Krabi Airport.
In the ’90s, the former fishing village was still traded as a secret among backpackers. Today, the place lives mainly from tourism. Ao Nang is popular because of its almost 2 km long fine sandy beach with offshore rock islands. Due to these rocks, Ao Nang was largely spared during the tsunami of 2004.
During our stay the weather conditions are not optimal, therefore we tried to explore the place on foot.
The main street hits the beach at a right angle and we turn to the left. Passing cozy hotels and bars, we find beach bars, restaurants and a massage area in a remote part of the beach. A small temple which is often populated by monkeys was set up in front of the mighty rock faces that borders the beach in the east.
On the last day of our stay, we try to discover the beach section on the right which is lined by souvenir and beachwear stores.
Although the sun is shining, the visibility is very hazy and the rocky islands in the haze. For this reason, we do not make a trip with one of the numerous boats to remote beaches.
This location is ideal for those seeking relaxation and those who want mainly enjoying the beach. The long beach offers enough possibilities to discover a remote section away from the mass tourism and to recover there.
Ao Nang is also an ideal starting point for day trips to the famous Phi Phi Islands or the well-known James Bond Island.
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