Ao Nang, Thailand is one of the most popular tourist districts in the Thai province of Krabi. The ample restaurants, bars, natural beauty, and other unique attractions are what keep people flocking to Ao Nang. Experience for yourself the reasons that people love visiting Ao Nang. Read on to learn about the best things to do in the area!
The abundant rocky islands and cliffs make Ao Nang a rock climber’s paradise. Even if you are not a seasoned rock climber, you are sure to find a climb suited to your experience, or lack thereof. Rock climbing tours often come with additional tours of the cave formations in the area.
If you have never climbed before, you may want to start with a shorter, half day climb, for a gentle, beginner friendly introduction to climbing. After completing your tour, enjoy the breathtaking views at the top, and a feeling of pride at your accomplishment. A full day rock climbing tour at Railay Beach, just a boat ride away from Ao Nang proper, is perfect for climbing enthusiasts.
Rock Climbing and Caving Tours
Location: Railay Beach
Price Range: from 31 USD to 56 USD
Duration: range from 4 to 8 hours
2. Go scuba diving
The warm water, coral reefs, and colorful sea creatures off the coast of Ao Nang make for picturesque and pleasant scuba diving experiences. January through March is considered to be the diving season, as visibility and sea conditions are best during these months. If you are a beginner, you may find the easier currents near the reefs to be best for you.
For more adventurous divers, you can select dives where you will be able to see sharks and barracudas. There are a plethora of opportunities for scuba diving. Some of the most popular dive centers are “The Dive Ao Nang” and “Kon-Tiki Krabi Diving & Snorkeling Center”. Check them out and choose a diving adventure that is right for you.
Address: 249/2, Moo 2 Ao Nang, Muang, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Price: starting from 147 USD
Opening Hours: 11am - 8pm
Website: The Dive
Kon-Tiki Krabi Diving & Snorkeling Center
Address: 137 Moo 2, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphur, Muang, Ao Nang, Muang, 81000, Thailand
Price: starting from 120 USD
Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm
3. Get a Thai massage
Receive a massage that has been around and perfected for over two millennia. These massages are renowned for improving circulation, relaxing muscles, and even improving moods. Head to one of the many Thai massage centers, to experience supreme relaxation and reap the benefits of this ancient healing massage. Massage Corner is one of the most popular Thai massage parlors in Ao Nang, and for good reason. The relaxing ambiance, complete with wonderful scents and dim lighting, as well as professional and skilled staff, are among some of the reasons people love it.
Address: 155/17 3, Moo 2 Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am - 11pm
4. Tree Top Adventure Park
This park accommodates virtually any type of traveler, from families to solo, seasoned hikers to beginners. You have the freedom and options to select an adventure that suits your needs and desires. Experience the jungle, all of the sights, smells and sounds from a unique angle: the top of the dense jungle canopy. After a short training session, to ensure your safety, take a climb up the cliff and begin your adventure. Choose from an assortment of games and activities in the treetops, ranging from ziplining to Tarzan swings to tightrope walking.
Tree Top Adventure Park
Address: 5/1 Moo 6, Ao Luek Noi, Ao Luek, Krabi, Thailand 81110
Price: 51 USD
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm
Contact: Tel: +66-844623443
Website: Tree Top Adventure Park
There are literally hundreds of small islands and rock formations near Ao Nang and in Krabi, in general, making Ao Nang perfectly situated to explore the various islands. There are several options for island hopping. The first is seeing islands on a tour: the Phi Phi Islands and Krabi 4 Island tours are some of the popular ones.
The Phi Phi Islands are incredibly popular, so chances are your tour will be crowded with many other people just as thrilled to visit these islands, proclaimed the “Jewels of the Andaman Sea”. The turquoise water will indeed remind you of expensive antique jewelry. The Krabi Island Tour is shorter than the Phi Phi Islands tour, making it more suited for families with young children.
If you would like to view the islands at your own pace and avoid crowds, you can rent a longboat or speedboat and head out to the islands with your own private boatman and guide.
Phi Phi Islands Tours
Prices: starting from 50 USD
Duration: between 6 to 11 hours
Krabi 4 Island Tour
Address: Dummy Full Address
Price: from 23 USD
Duration: 6 hours and 30 minutes
6. Krabi Shell Cemetery
Visit the graves of creatures who roamed the earth 40 to 50 million years ago. This is possibly the only cemetery where it is appropriate for you to be filled with a sense of wonder, curiosity, and excitement. Look through the large collections of ancient shells and admire the intricate shapes and designs.
If you are an archeology buff and would like to learn more specific information about the shells, consider going on a guided tour, where a guide will provide you with plenty of geological information. If you are sensitive to heat, it may be best to visit the shell cemetery in the early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the midday heat.
Krabi Shell Cemetery
Address: Sai Thai, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Price: 6 USD for adults; 3 USD for children
7. Railay Beach
Paradise may be the only way to describe this beach. This sandy beach, with aquamarine water, is flanked by dense jungle on one side, with several uniquely shaped cliffs in the background. It is perfect for relaxing in the sand and swimming. If you would like to engage in more rigorous activity, you can go rock climbing or kayaking.
After a day of lounging on the beach or scaling the side of a cliff, head to one of the numerous restaurants, bars, and shops, conveniently located on the beach.
Be Goldilocks and find what is right for you...
Ao Nang has a wonderful mix of rigorous and relaxing activities. Depending on your goals, you should be able to tailor your stay in Ao Nang to your needs and desires. Whether you want to climb cliffs, relax and sunbathe at the beach, or anything in between, you are sure to find activities that are “just right”, in Ao Nang.
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