In Short

The centrepiece of the resort town Ao Nang, Ao Nang beach is the main shoreline spot in the area and the starting point for most island tours in Krabi. Most parts of the beach remains empty in the day, even in high season, mostly due to the fact that many longtail boats leave for their trips during the day.

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Best For: Sunset views, island tours, tourist hub
Why Avoid: Small in size, limited activities, rough sands
Things You Can Do Here: Sunbathing, swimming, longtail boat island tours, and snorkelling

What’s So Awesome About It

Probably the best thing about the Ao Nang beach is the gorgeous sunset – often considered the best in all of Krabi. The vibrant colours of the sky are characteristic to this beach. During the day, it’s a good spot for sunbathing and swimming.

Running parallel to the beach is the main road, lined with shops, restaurants, spas, massage parlours, and hotels. Older people, children, families, groups of friends, and couples — everyone can find something to do around Ao Nang beach.

What’s The Catch

The beach is quite small, only about a kilometre long, so it can get full during sunset. There aren’t a lot of shaded areas on the beach, so you may find it hot during the day. The sand can be quite rough and the water isn’t as clear as most other beaches in Thailand. Nigh time in Ao Nang can be noisy and crowded, especially during peak season. Since a lot of bars, restaurants, and shops are concentrated along the beachfront road, tourists and locals tend to collect here, creating an atmosphere that counters the charming daytime vibe.

Should You Stay There

It’s probably a good idea to stay here only if you want to take island tours around Krabi. Most visitors don’t spend more than a night or two at Ao Nang because there isn’t a lot to do here.

Over time, numerous accommodation options have popped up, especially along the beachfront road. For a few nights, you can easily get anything from a budget to a luxury hotel to suit your needs. However, none of the hotels, except Krabi Resort, have direct access to the beach. If you want to wake up to unhindered views of the sunrise over the horizon, this may not be the best choice for you.

How To Get There

From Krabi Town – Ao Nang beach is about 30 minutes away by taxi and 45 mins by bus. The former will cost about 400 THB and the latter about 60 baht.

From Phuket – The road trip by taxi takes about 3 hours and costs 2,500 baht. There are daily buses from Phuket for 300 baht per person, but they may take longer than a taxi. The best option is the daily ferry. It takes a little over 2 hours and costs approximately 900 baht. Make sure you check the timetable for the correct timings and seat availability. 

Pro Tip

A short walk away from the beach is the traditional Ao Nang fishing village with old style Thai hutments. Take an early morning walk through the village as fishermen head out for their daily work. The narrow streets also have street food stalls where you can try local delicacies.