KRABI and AO NANG – the gateways to paradise

So while I thought places like Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai were touristy, thus in an amene way, I didn’t know the half of it till I came to Ao Nang.
It must have been a nice place, albeit today, it is far too crowded.
However, it is the gateway to the paradise of the islets and isles scattered in the Andaman sea.


Longtail Boats at the coast of Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

Ao Nang’s strongest suit is being a gateway to the countless isles scattered in the Andaman Sea.


The city of Krabi, however, is not much more than the central hub for the adjacent beaches and islands and doesn’t have much to offer. However, waiting for your ride or flight, you can spend half a day checking out the few unspectacular sights.

Staying at a quite nice resort of two handfuls of wooden cottages in front of an indeed impressing rock, a 20 minutes walk took me to the beach. Along the way were North American fast food and coffee joints, if you know what I mean. And Italian eateries. Little stores with swimming rings and sunscreen and cheap versions of ocean packs and counterfeit sunglasses.


Hotel against the wall
Accommodated against the wall.

The beach is small but fine, at least as long as everybody at the many hotels has breakfast. Eventually, they joined me and I realized that the beach is nice – but there are too many people in the area. So I spent the afternoon on the adjacent, more local beach which is emptier but also dirtier.

Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang Beach before the tourists finish their breakfast.

Dinner again at the stalls along the road, many run by Malayan ladies. It’s interesting that at around Krabi you already feel the Malayan muslim influence.

Andaman Sea
I’m such a good photographer – keeping the crowds behind so you think I was all bye:myself.

The following day in order to avoid the crowds I went on a longboat trip to some islands. Alas, about half of world’s population had the same idea so the – indeed magnificent – islands were packed like 5th Avenue before Christmas. What comforted me a little bit was that the other areas like Railay didn’t look more appealing.

Two days were enough, I took the ferry to Ko Phi Phi.

My flight back to Bangkok was in the evening but since I was on a really secluded island in the Andaman sea, I didn’t want to take any chances missing it so I left in the morning for Krabi and had almost the entire day there. To be more comfortable I’d booked a room at really cheap but conveniently located hotel. I left my luggage there, strolled around the center, checked out a couple of shops, visited a Wat and had the possibility to rest for a moment and to take a shower before heading to the airport.

Guess why they have this statue in town!

And I have the feeling that this was just the right amount of time for Krabi.

Flying back to Bangkok.


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