First Time in Ao Nang - What to Do

Ao Nang Beach Survival Guide

Get ready for your first visit to Ao Nang, the prime resort town in Krabi. This survival guide gives you hints about the best places and venues available on this beautiful beach in southern Thailand. Ao Nang is the most developed holiday destination in the whole province of Krabi. It houses a great choice of local and international dining opportunities, plenty of shops and convenience stores, a wide range of bars at which you can party or relax until late. There are also plenty of hotels, from affordable to luxurious, that can provide you with comfortable accommodation according to your taste and budget.

Ao Nang’s location gives easy access to a wide range of gorgeous islands off the Krabi coastline: Koh Poda, Koh Tup and Koh Hong can be reached in no time, and offer perfect tropical getaways for day trips. Discover the very best places you should not miss in Ao Nang, all of which are personal favourites of ours!

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Ao Nang at a Glance

Ao Nang has all that it takes to give you a memorable holiday. There are plenty of things to see and do in the area, and there’s a great choice of cool places to dine and enjoy life after dark. The area is especially famous for its beautiful islands and beaches, including the famous Railay Beach. Popular with backpackers, there’s a very easy-going vibe and a striking natural landscape to enjoy. The town itself is pretty lively, especially in the evenings, and can feel quite busy.

  • Massive choice of nightlife, dining and shopping options
  • Wide range of hotel prices
  • Many hotels close to the beach
  • Easy access to cool tropical islands
  • There are not many traditional Thai touches
  • Traffic can be intense

Things You Can Do in Ao Nang

Ao Nang and its immediate surroundings do not lack for exciting things to do. From the many small islands that lie a short distance off the coast to the world-famous Railay Peninsula to the manmade attractions like the Tree Top Adventure Park, you’ll certainly have fun here. If this is your first time in Ao Nang, the following things to do should be on your bucket-list.

  • Poda Island, Krabi

    Koh Poda

    Located just 6 kilometres offshore, (around 25 minutes by boat) from Ao Nang, Koh Poda is a small island no more than a Read More»

  • Beaches in Railay

    4 Beaches of Railay

    Accessible only from the sea, Railay's four beaches Ton Sai, Railay West, Railay East and Phra Nang (often referred to Read More»

  • Tree Top Adventure Park in Krabi

    Krabi Tree Top Adventure Park

    Tree Top Adventure Park will definitely make your Krabi vacation even more special and unique. Off from the beaten Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Ao Nang

Ao Nang is the place to go at night in Krabi. You’ll find a great choice of places to party until late or simply enjoy a conversation with friends around a fresh drink. Live music is always popular, and a few bars in town features great bands ready to entertain you. If you come for the first time to Ao Nang, the following nightspots are not to be missed.

  • Ao Nang Center Point

    Ao Nang Center Point

    Center Point on Ao Nang Beach, Krabi is the place to be when you feel like partying or are thirsty for something Read More»

  • Boogie Bar

    Located near the scenic beach front of Ao Nang, in the popular Walking Street, you may hear Boogie Bar before you see Read More»

  • Roots Rock Reggae Bar

    Located on the main road to Krabi Town in Ao Nang, Roots Rock Reggae Bar is a great venue for anyone who loves live Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Ao Nang

Ao Nang has the most cosmopolitan dining scene in Krabi. You’ll find a vast choice of restaurants that serve cuisines from all around the world. To help narrow down this massive selection, we’ve picked out three absolute must-try restaurants for your first time in Ao Nang. One is a stylish bistro-like restaurant, one is a laid-back beachfront joint and one is a beachside row of seafood restaurants.

  • The Last Fisherman in Ao Nang, Krabi

    The Last Fisherman

    The Last Fisherman is a tropical restaurant dream come true: set right on Ao Nang Beach, this bar and restaurant offers Read More»

  • Jenna’s Bistro and Wine

    Jenna’s Bistro and Wine in Ao Nang offers a good alternative if you want to try some Western style food instead of Thai. Read More»

  • Ao Nang's Seafood Street

    Ao Nang's Seafood Street

    Ao Nang is a seafood lover’s heaven. The heart of all this whiteflesh trading is on the aptly-named Seafood Street. It Read More»

Hotels in Ao Nang We Recommend to Our Friends

Ao Nang’s accommodation scene features a wide range of hotels and resorts for all budgets. You can find, both in the hinterland and on the beach, establishments of quality at any price. Obviously, as everywhere else in the world, the closer you stay to the sea, the higher the price of your room will be. We’ve selected three great resorts that should not disappoint you. Affordable, mid-range or luxurious, each of them offers a great range of facilities to suit their ranking.

Centara Grand Beach

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is a stand-alone resort situated on Pai Plong Bay, a 350-metre beach located a few Read More...

Ban Sainai Resort

Ban Sainai Resort in Krabi is a friendly, comfortable hotel located only a five minute ride from Ao Nang Beach.Surrounded by Read More...

Aonang Villa Resort

Aonang Villa Resort enjoys one of the best locations possible: right on the beach in the most popular holiday resort in southern Read More...


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