Ao Nang Beach
One of the main beaches on the coast of Krabi, Ao Nang is a popular beach town with one of the most visited beaches in southwest Thailand.
The sandy beach stretches for about a kilometre and is easy to reach from the steps leading down from the promenade. Popular for swimming and sunbathing in the day, despite it being very hot and lacking shade, the beach is equally well frequented at sunset. It’s a great place for enjoying street food after dark.
Locals haul their longtail fishing boats up the beach and it can be a hive of activity in those areas. You can book a longtail boat ride to nearby islands from here by private arrangement. Swimming is best done away from the boats.
At the eastern end of Ao Nang Beach there are bars, restaurants, shops, hotels and massage parlours on the outskirts of the resort development along with some trees for much-needed shade.
The sand at Ao Nang is slightly coarser than elsewhere and the blue waters are not completely clear but it is safe and one of the best beaches in the area for swimming. The beach is bordered by the main road and currently there are no high-rise hotels blocking the view and beach access, but that may change. In the middle of the beachfront is a magnificent sculpture of a giant sailfish (pla bai).
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