Ao Nang is conveniently located to the main attractions, so it is a good base for exploring the interesting places of Krabi province. There is quite a lot of accommodation and tourist infrastructure in Ao Nang, there is where to stay and where to go in the evening (compared to other places in the region), while you can easily reach any attraction. Most tourists from Aonang travel to the surrounding islands, to their beaches. The most popular nearby islands are Ko Poda, Ko Hong and Chicken Island, while the nearest beaches with attractions are on the Railay Peninsula. It is easily accessible by longtail boat. The trip will take only 10-15 minutes.
You can also go by boat to Phi Phi Islands or Koh Lanta. These are major attractions in Krabi, but they are located further from Ao Nang. If you go the other way, inland, you can see the sights of Krabi town, as well as Emerald and Blue Lakes, Saline Hot Spring Khlong Thom hot springs, Ron Waterfall, Khao Pra Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary, Than Bok Khorani National Park caves, Tiger Temple, Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, Huai To Waterfall, Tha Pom Mangrove Forest, Tree Top Adventure Park.
The farthest of the attractions listed above are about an hour's drive from Ao Nang. In addition, you can fly over the ground on a zipline, ride a canoe, dive or just snorkel, try rock climbing, trekking and horse riding - there are many activities in Krabi for every taste.
The content of the article
- one What to see in Krabi and Ao Nang
- 1.1 Russian-language excursions
- 1.2 Railay Peninsula
- 1.3 Emerald Pool
- 1.4 Hot Springs with Namtok Ron Hot Stream Waterfal
- 1.5 Temple of the Tiger in Krabi (Tiger cave temple, aka Wat Tham Sua)
- 1.6 Poda and Chicken islands
- 1.7 Monkey trail
- 1.8 Catfish farm in Krabi - Giant Catfish farm
- 1.9 Elephant Safari
- 1.10 Thai Boxing - Thai Boxing Stadium
- 1.11 Snake Farm King Cobra Snake Show and Monkey School
- 1.12 Horse Riding - Krabi Nature Horse Riding
- 1.13 Ziplines & Bungee - tree top adventure park
- 1.14 One day tours to the islands
- 1.15 Water activities
- 1.16 Trekking to Mount Tub Kaek
- 1.17 Krabi Kart Speedway Race Track
- 1.18 Rock climbing
- 2 Krabi sightseeing map
What to see in Krabi and Ao Nang
You can ride all the sights of Krabi on your own, or you can buy an excursion on the spot, at one of the street travel agencies. If you have little time to search and want to get an option without unnecessary hassle, you can order an excursion, either ready-made or with an individual program. True, the escort will only speak Thai or broken English.
But you can find Russian guys who are organizing excursions to Krabi. I know some of them, moreover, for whom everything is official. And then there are a lot of illegal immigrants in Tae, look for them later, if that.
On the peninsula, you can see the very beautiful beaches of West Railay and Phranang, as well as Ton Sai, a beach for rock climbers. Almost steep cliffs rise above the beach, which is interesting to climb. If someone is not fond of rock climbing, you can try your hand at taking a rock climbing lesson right on the beach. In addition to the beaches on Railay, Phranag Nai and Phranag Cave are also interesting. The latter is known as the phallus cave and is of course associated with a legend. Railay also has an observation deck offering breathtaking views of the peninsula, beaches and surroundings..
And in the depths of the peninsula is the so-called Princess Lake (or Princess Lagoon), a small pond with azure water, where you can swim and where you need to climb the stones in the jungle. It's a hard journey, but an adventure is guaranteed. Just like everywhere else in the area, on the beaches of the peninsula you can rent a kayak and ride along the rocky coast. Read more about the sights of Railay - Railay Peninsula in Krabi
Natural park with three small lakes - Emerald pool, Crystal pool and Blue Pool. This place has many names, for example Crystal Pond or Sa Morakot in Thai. From Aonang, these attractions are located about 70 km east. The Emerald pool is the most popular with tourists. Many Thais come here on weekends, so it's better to choose a weekday to visit. From the parking lot and ticket office, with a small market stretching between them, you can walk along a path through the rainforest to the Crystal Pool Lake. The water in the lake is clear, clean and very beautiful in color.
Blue Pool or Blue Lake is located further in the depths of the forest, a couple of kilometers from the first one and you cannot swim in it, just walk along the plank walkways nearby, but it is very beautiful and the color of the water is extraordinary, as if glowing from the inside. Between them is the same Emerald Lake, which is accessible for swimming and has a pleasant emerald color of the water. Read about the attractions of this park more details here.
Hot Springs with Namtok Ron Hot Stream Waterfal
One of the most interesting sights 70 km from Ao Nang is a large natural park with thermal springs and a small waterfall - Hot Springs Waterfal and Ron Waterfall. Hot springs with a waterfall and three lakes from the point above are located literally a few kilometers from each other, so they can be viewed in one go. You will find here a system of natural and man-made pools located in the park. Natural thermal springs form a stream that cascades along the slope of the coast, between the roots of trees and flows into the river with a small waterfall. Read more about this attraction of Krabi province - Hot stream waterfall.
Temple of the Tiger in Krabi (Tiger cave temple, aka Wat Tham Sua)
Another popular place in Krabi is the Tiger Temple (Wat Tam Sua). This place is located near Krabi town. On a large territory of the complex there are several interesting objects - the actual tiger cave with the figure of a tiger (why a tiger? There is of course a legend about this!), A pagoda with tiger statues, a pond, a settlement of monks with a tropical forest and caves. And also one of the main attractions is a staircase of 1237 steps leading up the mountain, to the statue of the golden Buddha, from where a breathtaking view of the surroundings opens. Read more about all the beauties of the Tiger Temple - Tiger Temple in Krabi (Wat Tham Sua) and its surroundings.
Poda and Chicken islands
Koh Poda and Chicken Island are the most popular boat trips from Ao Nang and other resorts in Krabi. The islands of Poda and Chicken are the largest of the group, but there are also smaller islands around. At low tide, a sand spit is exposed in this place, along which you can walk, enjoying views of the islands, azure water and Railay Cliffs. This place offers interesting snorkelling and beautiful beaches with white sand and azure water. The islands are located a few kilometers from the coast in the Railay Peninsula area and can be reached by a long-tail boat in about half an hour..
The trail from the main beach of Ao Nang, leading through a wooded mountain to the neighboring Pai Plong beach, where the Centara Grand Beach Resort is located. The trail is not long, it starts from the left edge of the Ao Nang beach (when looking at the sea), where the river flows into the sea. You need to cross the river and there will be wooden walkways with handrails and steps up. In addition to beautiful views and actually visiting the neighboring beach, the trail is interesting because a large colony of monkeys lives here. There are very, very many of them, including females with small cubs. It is interesting to watch the monkeys, you can photograph them, but whether to feed them or not is a moot point. Monkeys are used to humans, but sometimes they behave quite aggressively when they see food. They can even take away bags and things. It must be borne in mind that these are wild animals that can attack and at least bite.
Catfish farm in Krabi - Giant Catfish farm
The farm can be reached by taking the road from Ao Nang to Klong Muang Beach. This place is adjacent to the Elephant Safari. There are many interesting things on the farm, you can spend several hours here. Not only catfish live here, but also other types of fish, different animals, some of them can be stroked and fed. In addition, you can walk in the jungle, on the large picturesque territory of the farm there are gazebos, bridges across the river, cafes and even a swimming place. It will be pleasant to walk here with children; the farm is also good for a picnic. The entrance fee includes a bag of fish food.
Next to the catfish farm, on the road from Ao Nang to Klong Muang beach, there is a place by the road with a small parking for cars and an elephant paddock from where you can ride them through the jungle. An hour's walk costs around 800 baht. Elephants can also be fed for a fee and sold there. If you have not yet ridden elephants in Thailand, it will be interesting, especially for children.
Thai Boxing - Thai Boxing Stadium
At the stadium, you can watch battles, in which children participate as well. Thai boxing is an amateur sight, but it is one of the symbols of Thailand and many tourists want to see the fight with their own eyes at least once. In the same place at the stadium, if you wish, you can take Thai boxing lessons..
Snake Farm King Cobra Snake Show and Monkey School
Traditional entertainment for tourists in Thailand is a snake farm, where you can watch a show, listen to a tour about different types of snakes, look at them in a serpentarium and buy something themed in a souvenir shop. In addition to the snake show, this place also hosts a performance with the participation of monkeys. It will be interesting for children to see animals. Adults, if they have not yet been to such shows, will also be curious to go once..
Horse Riding - Krabi Nature Horse Riding
15 minutes from Ao Nang there are stables from where you can ride through rubber, pineapple and palm plantations through the rainforest and admire the panorama of beaches and islands in the distance.
Ziplines & Bungee - tree top adventure park
For lovers of outdoor activities in Krabi there is a great place - Tree Top Adventure Park Krabi. There are several tracks of varying difficulty, passing which you need to climb up, pass obstacles, and climb onto the platforms located in the trees. The tracks are marked in different colors, from green to red. Suspension bridges, bungees, ziplines and platforms are located at different heights, from 3 meters to 20 meters, in accordance with the complexity of the track. I personally love these things, you can have fun for 1-2 hours, either alone or with a group of friends.
One day tours to the islands
The most popular tours from Aonang are walks to the islands of Ko Poda, Ko Hong and Chicken Island and other, smaller uninhabited islets of the bay. There are beautiful beaches almost untouched by civilization, stunning beauty of rocks, pristine tropical nature, clear water with many inhabitants. Boat trips to the islands are one of the most popular types of excursions from Ao Nang. In addition to small nearby islands from Ao Nang, you can also go to larger and the far islands of Phi Phi or to Koh Lanta.
Kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, diving, fishing tours are all available in and around Ao Nang. Kayaks or surfboards can be rented on almost any beach in Krabi, and raft and dive tours, fishing tours are sold at most street travel agencies in Ao Nang. Snorkeling is almost always included in day trips to the islands.
Trekking to Mount Tub Kaek
Northwest of Ao Nang, there is a hiking route to Mount Tab Kak Hang Nak, where you can escape civilization for a couple of hours. The highest ascent is 565 meters above sea level, the length of the route is about 4 kilometers. Entertainment is not for the faint of heart, you need to prepare mentally and physically, put on sensible sturdy hiking shoes and storm the mountain seriously, preferably in the morning, so as not to die in the heat for the next 3-5 hours. At the entrance you will be recorded in the lifeguard's notebook. Considering that there are two dangerous places at the top, which are chosen by tourists for selfies, such precautions are far from superfluous. Read more about lifting in the post. Tub Kaek Hang Nak.
Krabi Kart Speedway Race Track
The 1 kilometer long racing track and Krabi Paintball Park are located nearby, roughly halfway between Krabi Town and Ao Nang. The racing track will be interesting for both children and adults. But children here can only ride cars with adults..
Rock climbing is one of the main activities and symbols of Krabi, especially the Railay Peninsula, where the largest climbing spot and hangout is located on Ton Sai Beach. Even if you have never tried this sport, you have a good chance to start, in Krabi there are all conditions for this, including experienced coaches who give lessons, conduct thematic excursions.
Krabi sightseeing map
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