The Krabi resort area of Ao Nang is a heavenly location, yet is not the only draw of this part of Thailand’s Andaman Sea Region. Holidaymakers staying in Ao Nang have a varied selection of daytrips to choose from. The collection includes sea trips to caves and islands in Phang Nga Bay, dive tours, pristine national park trips, activities centres and Buddhist shrines and temples.
Railay and Tonsai beaches are just along the coast from Ao Nang, but only really accessible by long-tail boat from Ao Nang. This area is noted for its rock-climbing. Tour agencies offer climbing for everybody from beginners to pro climbers. Those who wish to just chill will find the beaches and ambient cafés here are just perfect.
A sea trip is another great daytrip option. An estimated 200 limestone karsts, islets and small islands are within 30 minutes by boat from Ao Nang. Koh Poda and Koh Gai are among the popular island daytrips. Krabi islands are noted for their secluded beaches, reefs and caves. There is also the option of going even farther and taking in the natural beauty of the picture-perfect Phi Phi Islands.
The nearer islands are doable on kayaking tours and the more distant ones generally come as scuba-diving or snorkelling excursions. Among the sites Ao Nang’s dive shops have on their itineraries are Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, the wreck of the MS King Cruiser and Shark Point Sanctuary.
Fossil Shell Beach is east of the Railay peninsula and one of the more unusual attractions in the Krabi area. The fossils are thought be 75 million years old. Tiger Cave is an easy drive and is a stunning sight inside a temple complex. Nosey Parkers is one of a couple of camps within easy distance of Ao Nang where elephant-rides are on offer. Three national parks as well as hot springs are other daytrip options from Ao Nang and Krabi.
Huay Toh National Park boasts a seven-level waterfall with pools for bathing in as well as a hiking trail alongside it. Phanom Bencha National Park is a definite highlight of any Krabi tour. Beautifully preserved rainforest, the multi-tiered Huay Toh cascades, hiking and the rock formations in Tham Pheung are the key attractions.
Than Bokkharani National Park is named for its iconic emerald pool. This plus mangrove forests, great trekking and peerless caves make this national park a must visit. The park’s Phi Hua To Cave is famed for its prehistoric art. Hot springs at Klong Thom flow over smooth rocks and into natural jacuzzis. Sitting in one of these tubs for 10 minutes or so rejuvenates the body and mind.