Beginning as a place for backpackers, the town of Ao Nang has long since outgrown this image to become a regular stop on everyone’s travel itineraries in Krabi. Ao Nang greets and farewells thousands upon thousands of tourists over the course of a year. It is therefore important that all tourists to the island make advanced bookings for Ao Nang hotels, as rooms at the better lodgings become unavailable very quickly.
With the airport serving Krabi only 40 minutes from Ao Nang, it is very possible and very practical, to fly to Krabi from Bangkok. Once visitors arrive into Krabi, it takes less than 40 minutes by hired car or van to reach this spectacular spot of the province.
The details below provide a more in depth look at the activities that tourists and locals can all enjoy once in the town of Ao Nang.
1. Cooking Thai food has become one of the world’s most sought after culinary activity. Well…why not learn from the best? In Ao Nang, there are several restaurants and even some hotels offering Thai cooking lessons for tourists. The lessons usually go for a few hours, so make time in the afternoon or evening for a fantastic cooking experience.
2. After visitors cook up a storm, head out of the restaurant and down the main strip, where there are plenty of souvenir stores to explore. Purchase a loved-one back home some little Ao Nang nick-nack, or buy a friend a t-shirt for dirt cheap.
3. What’s a trip to Krabi without visiting the local muay Thai fights. Each week, Thai boxing can be found at the local stadium. Don’t be discouraged when ticket prices for foreigners are double, triple, or four-times the amount of a Thai person. Just sit back and enjoy the show! Muay Thai fighters are unbelievably skilled.
4. Once visitors have had enough of the structured violence, stroll to the end of the strip and walk around the night bazaar. Here, visitors will find traditional meals, like pad-Thai and noodle soup. Also, there are so many products for sale, many of which require bargaining!
5. In the jungle areas of Ao Nang stand several elephant camps. Visitors can travel there to witness some magical animals on display. Or alternatively, travellers can spend a few hundred baht to ride an elephant through the jungle paths of Krabi.
6. Eco-tours, where customers get to see the jungle and the coastline by mountain bikes, are extremely popular. Remember though, Krabi and the town of Ao Nang remain very hot throughout the year, so cyclists should be ready for the heat before embarking on this tour.
7. Boat tours are available from the town, and offer excellent views of the natural landscape that surrounds Ao Nang. There are plenty of boat types available, including some smaller long boats and more modern speed boats.
8. Kayaking and sea canoeing are two of the most popular touring methods in the town. Visit the islands that are dotted just off the coast of Ao Nang, and discover other places that cars or buses simply cannot go. Remember, kayaking is challenging, so physically fit travellers are recommended for this tour.
9. The beaches at Ao Nang provide excellent places for guests to relax and soak up the sun. Some restaurants and bars also give excellent views of the waterfront. While on the beach, people can swim, sunbathe, or enjoy snorkeling in the shallow waters.
10. There is nothing better in Ao Nang that scuba diving. The town has set up many companies providing everything from boat charters, to scuba equipment, to scuba diving training. This means travellers can have a go at diving without an experience what so ever.
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