Here is our list of the 10 best attractions in Ao Nang & Nopparat Thara; it presents an eclectic choice of things to do and see while in Krabi for adventurous and more cautious vacationers alike.
Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara are two beaches located next to each other on the southern Thailand west coast of Krabi Province. The area is stunningly beautiful and offers a great choice of attractions and activities whether on land or at sea: from mangrove forest that can be explored by long-tail boats or sea kayaks, to rainforests suitable for elephant trekking and hiking, to tall limestone cliffs offering excellent rock climbing terrain, to islands surrounded by turquoise waters lending superb snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, there are a lot of thrilling possibilities to spice up your vacation around Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara beaches.
- 4 Islands Day Trip
- Rainforest Discovery Tour
- Phi Phi Islands Excursion by Speedboat
- Excursion to Hong Islands via Speedboat
- Ban Bor Thor Kayaking Full-Day Tour
- Sunset Cruise in Catamaran over Andaman Sea
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- Ao Thalane Kayaking Adventure
- Shared Shuttle: Krabi Airport (KBV)
It is estimated that there are something like 200 islands around the Krabi coastline, many are small rocky outcrops that rise precipitously out of the sea and have no landing access. Others are larger and uninhabited, with characteristic tiny white sand beaches, coral reefs, and intricate cave systems.
From Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara you can go island-hopping simply by renting a local long-tail boat; alternatively, you can discover and explore these lovely islands with a guide by joining a day trip that includes snorkelling or kayaking. Read More...
Accessible only by boat, Railay's four beaches Tonsai, Railay West, Railay East and Phra Nang are situated between towering limestone cliffs. Railay West is one of the south of Thailand's most impressive, atmospheric and beautiful beaches and is outstanding any time of day. It's possible to walk between these beaches to compare and contrast their attractions.
Phra Nang is not as developed as the others and has silky-soft sand while the mangrove forest parcels along Railay East can seem a little rough but is nevertheless the centre of nightlife in Railay area. Quieter than the other beaches, Tonsai really is the place to read that book or just work on the suntan; don't believe the (sometimes crooked) boatmen who say that you can't reach Tonsai on foot from Railay. You can, through the jungle. Read More...
Scuba Diving is one of the most popular activities in southern Thailand, and Ao Nang has its share of PADI dive centres run by professional divers. Scuba Addicts Dive Centre, Poseidon Dive Academy, Ao Nang Divers, The Dive Ao Nang, and Aqua Vision are just a few of the dive shops located in Ao Nang. They provide vacationers with a great choice of diving day trips, live-aboard and courses (from Discover Scuba Diving to Open Water Diver to Dive Master to Diving Instructor).
Many great dive sites are accessible from Ao Nang, the closest ones being around the islands off the coast – Koh Poda, Koh Talu, Koh Tap – and they can be reached in about 30 minutes by long-tail boat. Further away in the Andaman Sea, dive sites such as the Phi Phi Islands (Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai, Shark Point, Anemone Reef, King Cruiser Wreck), Hin Daeng and Hin Muang (manta rays and whale sharks are often spotted there) and Koh Haa offer world-class diving opportunities. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00
- Price Range: Two dives in local islands at about 2,600 baht, two dives in Phi Phi Islands at about 3,500 baht (prices 2014)
Tree Top Adventure Park Krabi is the third location in Thailand of this successful and recommendable environmentally friendly activity after Koh Chang, Trat and Pattaya. The park is located in Ao Luek District some 40km north of Ao Nang, in a peaceful and superb lush area. Tree Top Adventure Park is a tree climbing activity with rope bridges, Tarzan swings, flying skateboards, tightrope walk, and giant zip lines.
The program is based on a half-day course that also includes free fruit, refreshments and lunch. It is a great opportunity to explore the southern Thailand rainforest in a playful and not physically too demanding activity; Tree Top Adventure Park is eco tourism at its best. Read More...
- Address: 5/1 Moo 6, Ao Luek Noi, Ao Luek, Krabi 81110
- Tel: 084-4623443
The Phallus Shrine in Phra Nang (Princess) Cave is located on the east side of Phra Nang Bay in Railay. Actually, there are two caves next to each others filled in with gigantic wooden phallic symbols. Since ancient times, Phra Nang Cave has been where fishermen, before going out to sea, have made offerings to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva. The fishermen, who say the cave is the home of a mythical sea princess, believe their offerings will bring them success in their fishing and protect them from danger. Read More...
- Location: Ao Phra Nang, Railay
Ao Nang Krabi Thai Boxing Stadium (Raja Two)
Ao Nang Krabi Thai Boxing Stadium - aka Raja Two - claims to have the biggest Muay Thai boxing rink in southern Thailand – in fact it is a fairly large location as the venue can host up to 2,000 spectators. Hosting fights Mondays and Fridays, the Friday session has a series of nine bouts of bone-cracking excitement. The evening starts with junior bouts, and the fights’ intensity gradually grows throughout the evening to reach a climax with the last bout which usually features national level champions.
This is the real thing and with top-line purses of up to 60,000 baht the competitors are motivated to the maximum. Drinks are sold ringside and with the party kicking off at 21:00 it’s quite a late-night affair by the time the main acts come on. It may seem confusing but Ao Nang Krabi Thai Boxing Stadium is in fact located off Nopparat Thara Beach Road.
- Opening Hours: Mondays and Fridays 21:00 – late
- Location: Take the first soi turning right on Nopparat Thara Beach (coming from Ao Nang). Follow the road 700 metres down and the boxing stadium is on the right.
- Tel: 081-6062888
Giant Catfish Farm
Giant Catfish Farm is an out-of-the-ordinary attraction located on the outskirts of Nopparat Thara and Ao Nang beaches. It is more a nature park than a farm; ponds were dug in this large piece of forested land, and catfish were originally reared for food but locals did not like their taste so the owners converted the place into a park.
At first sight it may look a bit rustic and rundown but Nina, an American woman and her Thai husband who manage the place, do their best to maintain the park the best they can with limited income. Entrance tickets are only 100 baht, including a bag of food for the giant catfish. Apart from enjoying walking from pond to pond – crossing handmade suspension bridges and feeding the catfish, the park also has a few Thai domestic animals to admire – pigs, ducks – and wild ones – crocodiles, birds – all in a beautiful jungle environment.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:30
- Location: On the road from Ao Nang to Klong Muang
- Address: 6024 Road, Ao Nang, Muang Krabi, Krabi, 81000
- Tel: 075-644209
Krabi’s limestone cliffs are heaven for rock-climbing enthusiasts, who come from all over the globe to take up the challenge of climbing them. Over 650 routes have developed since the late 1980's when Krabi first witnessed the sight of people scaling its craggy mountains. The headland between Tham Phra Nang (Phra Nang Cave Beach) and Railay East harbours some particularly popular spots, with good climbing for both beginners and more experienced climbers. Guided climbs and instruction are available around most of the resorts and bungalows in Ao Nang and Railay East Beach. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
Nopparat Thara Mangrove Tour
Nopparat Thara’s northern end hosts a charming fishing village set on the banks of the Son River. Along the river and in many areas along the Krabi coast, mangrove forests are the main eco-systems. Mangroves have a vital importance as a coastal erosion moderator, and act as nurseries to fish, crustaceans and mollusks. Nopparat Thara National Park Headquarter is right next to the fishing village and provides information to people who would like to explore the nearby mangroves by long-tail boat or sea kayak.
The tours permits visitors to discover a wide range of flora and fauna marvels as well as enjoying a tranquil and refreshing cruising experience through a décor which has been the same for several millenniums. Nopparat Thara Mangrove is also recommended for bird watching – terns, egrets, collared kingfishers can be spotted in the area.
- Location: near Nopparat Thara fishing village
Susan Hoi is an archaic petrified shell cemetery located 7 kilometres south of Ao Nang on a 200 metre stretch along Ban Laem Pho. This shell cemetery is considered by recent scientific experts to date back 40-25 million years. The cemetery came into being after the limestone deposits in the water covered and fossilised shellfish, snails and a variety of other sea creatures creating slabs of intricate geological relics.
This is great place to visit if you’re interested in geology or historical artefacts and is claimed to be one of only three such shell cemetery sites in the world. There are also mangrove forests worth exploring close by and a Chinese Temple at the cemetery which is open to the general public. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Best visited early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday sun