Ao Nang is conveniently located in relation to the main attractions, so it is well suited as a base for exploring interesting places in Krabi province. Ao Nang has quite a lot of housing and tourist infrastructure, there is where to stay and where to go in the evening (compared to other places in this region), while it is easy to get to any attraction. Most tourists from Aonang go 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 located on the Railay Peninsula. It is easily accessible by longtail (long tail boat). The trip takes only 10-15 minutes.
You can also go by boat to the islands of Phi Phi or Koh Lanta. These are the major attractions of Krabi, but they are located away from Ao Nang. If you go the other way, deep into the mainland, you can see the sights of Krabi Town, as well as the Emerald and Blue Lakes, the hot springs of Saline Hot Spring Khlong Thom, Ron Waterfall, Khao Pra Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary, caves of Than Bok Khorani National Park, Tiger Temple, Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, Huai To Waterfall, Tha Pom Mangrove Forest, Tree Top Adventure Park rope park.
The farthest of the attractions listed above are located about an hour from Ao Nang. In addition, you can fly above the ground in a zip line, ride a canoe, go scuba diving or just a mask, try rock climbing, tracking and horseback riding - there are many activities for every taste in Krabi.
You can drive all the sights of Krabi on your own if you rent a car or bike. Otherwise, you need to take a tour on the spot. You can do this in one of the street travel agencies. True, the companion will only speak Thai or broken English.
But there are tours in Russian. There is only one officially working agency in Krabi, where there are Russian-speaking guides, and where you can choose and book an excursion on the site. And then there are a lot of illegal immigrants in Tai, look for them later, if that.
I know this office, so I can recommend it. I asked for a discount for my readers: name or indicate the LIFE-TRIP promotional code in correspondence and there will be a 5% discount.
On the peninsula you can see the very beautiful beaches of West Railay and Phranang, as well as Ton Sai - a beach for climbers. Almost sheer cliffs rise above the beach, on which it is interesting to climb. If someone is not keen on climbing, he can try his hand at a climbing lesson right on the beach. In addition to the beaches on Rail, Phranag Nai and Phranag Cave caves are also interesting. The latter is known as a phallus cave and of course the legend is associated with it. There is also an observation deck on Railay, which offers breathtaking views of the peninsula, beaches and surroundings.
And in the depths of the peninsula hides the so-called Princess Lake (or Princess Lagoon), a small pond with azure water, where you can swim and where you need to climb stones in the jungle. This is a difficult journey, but an adventure is provided. Just like everywhere else in the area, on the beaches of the peninsula you can rent a kayak and ride along the rocky shore. Read more about the sights of Railay - Railay Peninsula in Krabi
West Railay Beach
Emerald Lake (Emerald Pool)
A natural park with three small lakes - Emerald Lake (Emerald pool), Crystal Lake (Crystal pool) and Blue Lake (Blue Pool). This place has many names, such as Crystal Pond or Thai Sa Morakot. From Aonang, these attractions are located about 70 km east. Emerald Lake (Emerald pool), is most popular with tourists. Many Thais come here on weekends, so it’s best to choose a weekday to visit. From the parking lot and the ticket office, with a small market between them, you can walk along the path through the rainforest to 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 can’t swim in it, just walk along the sidewalks nearby, but it is very beautiful and the color of the water is unusual, as if glowing from the inside. Between them is the same, the Emerald Lake, which is accessible for swimming and has a pleasant emerald color of water. Read more about the attractions of this park here.
Blue Lake, aka Blue Pool
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 just 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, which 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 in Krabi Province - Hot Stream Waterfall.
Namtok Ron Hot Stream Waterfal
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 the large territory of the complex there are several interesting objects - the tiger cave itself with a tiger figure (why the tiger? Of course there is a legend about this!), A pagoda with tiger statues, a pond, a monk's settlement with a tropical forest and caves. And also one of the main attractions, this is a 1237-degree staircase leading to 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 - the Temple of the Tiger in Krabi (Wat Tham Sua) and its environs.
Entrance to the pagoda of the Tiger Temple.
Poda and Chicken Islands
Koh Poda and Chicken Island are the most popular boat trips from Ao Nang and other Krabi resorts. The islands of Poda and Chicken are the largest of the group, but there are also small ones around. At low tide, a sand spit is exposed in this place, on which you can walk, enjoying views of the islands, azure water and Raleigh rocks. This place has interesting snorkeling and beautiful beaches with white sand and azure water. The islands are located a few kilometers from the coast in the area of the Railay Peninsula and can be reached by a long-tail boat in about half an hour.
A trail from Ao Nang's main beach leading through a forested mountain to the neighboring Pai Plong Beach, where the Centara Grand Beach Resort is located. The path is not long, it starts from the left edge of Ao Nang beach (if you look at the sea), where a river flows into the sea. You need to cross the river and immediately begin the wooden walkways with railings and steps up. In addition to the beautiful views and actually visiting the neighboring beach, the trail is interesting because a large colony of monkeys lives here. There are a lot of them, including females with small cubs. Monkeys are interesting to watch, you can photograph them, but whether to feed them or not is a moot point. Monkeys are used to people, but sometimes they behave quite aggressively if they see food. They can even take away bags and things. Keep in mind that these are wild animals that can attack and at least bite.
Krabi Catfish Farm - Giant Catfish farm
The farm is accessible via the road leading from Ao Nang to Klong Muang Beach. This place is next to the Elephant Safari. The farm has a lot of interesting things, you can spend several hours here. Not only catfish live here, but also other types of fish, different animals, some of which can be stroked and fed. In addition, you can walk through the jungle, on the large picturesque territory of the farm there are gazebos, bridges across the river, a cafe and even a place for swimming. It will be nice to walk with children here, and a farm is also a good place for a picnic. Entrance fee includes a bag of fish food.
Elephant Safari - Elephant Safari
Near the catfish farm, on the road from Ao Nang to Klong Muang beach, the road has a place with a small parking lot for cars and a corral for elephants, from where you can ride them through the jungle. An hour walk costs around 800 baht. Elephants can also be fed for a fee, food is sold there. If you have not rode elephants in Thailand, it will be interesting, especially for children.
Snake Farm King Cobra Snake Show and Monkey School
A traditional attraction for tourists in Thailand is a snake farm where you can watch shows, listen to an excursion about different types of snakes, look at them in serpentariums and buy something themed in a souvenir shop. In addition to shows with snakes, a performance with monkeys is also organized at this place. Children will be interested in looking at animals. Adults, if they have not been to such shows before, will be curious once to go too.
Horse Riding - Krabi Nature Horse Riding
15 minutes from Ao Nang there are stables where you can ride through rubber, pineapple and palm plantations through the rainforest and enjoy the panorama of beaches and islands in the distance.
Zipline & Bungee - Tree top adventure park
For lovers of outdoor activities in Krabi there is a great place - the rope park Tree Top Adventure Park Krabi. There are several tracks of varying difficulty, passing which you need to climb up, pass obstacles, and climb onto platforms located on trees. Trails are marked in different colors, from green to red. Suspension bridges, bungees, zip lines and platforms are located at different heights, from 3 meters to 20, in accordance with the complexity of the route. I personally love such things, you can have fun 1-2 hours, both alone and with friends.
Rope Park Tree top adventure
One day island tours
The most popular tours from Aonang are walks to the islands of Koh Poda, Koh Hong and Chicken Island and other, smaller uninhabited islets of the bay. Here, beautiful beaches almost untouched by civilization, cliffs of stunning beauty, 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 the small neighboring islands from Ao Nang, you can also leave for the larger and more distant islands of Phi Phi or Ko Lanta.
Kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, diving, fishing tours - all these activities are available in Ao Nang and its environs. Kayaks or surfboards can be rented on almost any Krabi beach, and rafting and diving 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 on Mount Tub Kaek
Northwest of Ao Nang there is a walking route to Mount Tab Kak Hang Nak, where you can escape for a couple of hours from civilization. The highest rise height 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, wear sensible sturdy shoes for hiking 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 a lifeguard notebook. Given that at the top there are two dangerous places that tourists have chosen for a selfie, such precautions are far from superfluous. Read more about lifting in the post Tub Kayek Hang Nak.
Tub Kayek Hang Nak
Climbing is one of the main activities and symbols of Krabi, especially with respect to the Railay Peninsula, where Ton Sai Beach has the largest climbing spot and party. 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 trainers who give lessons and conduct thematic tours.
Climbing in Krabi
Map of Krabi Attractions
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05/07/2019 at 10:29 | #
Good day! please specify what sights you can visit in May (since many parks and islands are closed from May to November)?
05/10/2019 at 11:47 | #
Heh, that is, you need to scratch all the attractions of Krabi for their availability and offer them to you in writing? This is kind of from the field of paid services :)
05/10/2019 at 12:28 | #
I meant from those that you described) if you don’t know, then all right, thanks) I assumed that you know, since you were there.
05/10/2019 at 13:37 | #
There was even more than that - he lived for almost a month) But this experience does not particularly affect the preparation of a trip under certain conditions. Thais and weather in places are difficult to predict in their actions, so in any case, it is advisable to check each of the places of interest first in one of the local community. For example, according to Krabi, a very high-quality group in the FB is the Incredible Adventures of Russians in Krabi.
05/10/2019 at 14:29 | #
Thank you very much for the answer and for the useful information! =) your blog really helped prepare for the trip) then we will also explore the crabs!
06/21/2019 at 07:14 | #
Anna, this is not my blog) I'm not Oleg Lazhechnikov)
01/12/2019 at 15:27 | #
Good evening, Oleg! I join the requests of your other readers. I ask you to throw off, if possible, the contacts of the guys (Russian speakers). We are going to Ao Nang on January 15, 2019, I would like to use their services. Thanks in advance.
05/10/2019 at 11:54 | #
I highly recommend a decent person in Krabi: Evgeny Khamitov. Googled easily, you will find immediately. He has rental cars and private mototrip. But he can also ask about excursions.
And above Oleg already gave a link to a Russian-language agency. There will be a discount for the promotional code for you.
01/04/2019 at 20:18 | #
Good day. Please tell me the contacts of Russian-speaking children with excursions in Krabi and the surrounding area.
12/09/2018 at 20:15 | #
Oleg, good afternoon!
Do not tell me how much the entrance fees to the catfish farm for adults and children cost?
12/16/2018 at 18:35 | #
Kind. I do not know. Then write pliz when you go.
12/02/2018 at 06:16 | #
Good afternoon, Oleg.
We are currently on Klong Muang. Interested in contacts of Russian guys.
11/17/2018 at 10:57 | #
Oleg, good afternoon. We (the two of us) will be in ao nang from January 13 to 16. Please help me contact those Russian guys who have everything legal and serious. thanks
11/10/2018 at 19:47 | #
Oleg, good afternoon! please tell me, do you have any contacts of Russian guys who can help with organizing excursions to Krabi and Phuket for 2 families with children?
thank you in advance for your reply
11/17/2018 at 19:31 | #
I apologize for the long answer, moving around Thailand. Added all the information at the beginning of the post.
12/18/2017 at 22:55 | #
Tell me, is there any life hack to save on fees at the entrance to national parks? There was infa on the Internet that there was supposedly some way to pay less, but I still could not find the answer ...
Thank you in advance for your reply and generally thank you for your blog, tremendous work!
12/20/2017 at 17:14 | #
Hello. Maybe I meant to make Thai rights and roll for local. Well, in the sense of living a long time in Tai. A year ago, I went with a friend who had rights. Maybe there are other ways, such as agreeing with someone.
05/10/2019 at 11:51 | #
Oleg, the rights of the farangs have not been rolled for a long time. Less can be paid only if you take the tour not at the agency, but in agreement with the boatman. And there are already two options: either the boatman in relatives has one of the employees on the island, or he drops you off where there is no pale.
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