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    Most Popular Places to Shop in Ao Nang & Nopparat Thara

    Our list of the 5 Best Shopping in Ao Nang & Nopparat Thara presents the most interesting places at which you can find needed items and products while on holiday in this pleasant region. The shopping opportunities in the area are definitely not as tremendous as in Phuket or even Krabi Town, but you’ll surely find some nice presents and souvenirs to bring back home.

    Ao Nang and its sister-beach Nopparat Thara are two major holiday destinations in Krabi Province, a charming rural region in South Thailand. The two beaches may have a common location – only a few hundred metres separate them, but they are very different in their atmosphere and appearance. Ao Nang is a bustling place with restaurants, nightlife spots and small shops while Nopparat Thara is a peaceful area with relatively few restaurants, bars and convenience stores.

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    Ao Nang’s Catalunya Walking Street is an L-shaped, partially covered lane at the southern corner of Ao Nang (Beach) Road. Opened in 2007, it is a permanent bazaar-like compact shopping complex, in which you will also find an art gallery, a tailor, an optician, an ice-cream shop, four restaurants (Thai, Mexican, and international), two bars, a bank, and a guesthouse, all right next to Ao Nang Beach. The bazaar-like part of the walking street hosts a dozen small shops and stalls selling a wide choice of souvenirs and clothing. Read More...

    • Location: at the southern corner of Ao Nang Beach Road
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    Chock Dee Handmade Silver & Gold Jewelry
    Chock Dee Handmade

    Chock Dee Handmade Silver & Gold Jewelry is a long-established boutique on Ao Nang’s shopping scene. Located on the Ao Nang beachfront, this elegant boutique has a wide choice of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more. The particularity of the jewels sold at Chok Dee Handmade is that they are all original creations made of precious, semi-precious and rare materials: gold and silver, stone, marble, fossils. All of them are handmade in a small factory located in the proximity of Ao Nang, and custom-made orders are also possible. Due to the tip-top quality of the products, prices are slightly higher than other nearby outlets although it certainly doesn’t hurt to haggle them down a little.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Location: Central Beach Road
    • Tel: 075-695401
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    Nopparat Thara Plaza is the latest addition to the Ao Nang/Nopparat Thara shopping scene. Opened in February 2014, this contemporary style shopping and dining plaza offers some cool shopping options in an otherwise quiet area when it comes to shopping opportunities. The plaza features about 20 shops, bars and restaurants as well as a food court. Designed in a style blending modern and natural elements, the plaza is set in a spacious compound featuring plants, trees and a large carp pond between the solid hut-like shops. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 22:00
    • Location: on the Beach Road toward the southern end of Nopparat Thara Beach
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    Tesco Lotus
    Ao Nang Tesco Lotus

    Tesco Lotus is a recent addition (opened in November 2013) to Ao Nang’s shopping scene. Located on the southern part of Ao Nang Road (the road to Krabi Town) 600m after the new Ao Nang Mosque, this large supermarket offers a large choice of products at excellent rates. With its community-focused attitude (the brand has been in Thailand since 1998 and participated in many benevolent actions throughout the country since then), convenient location and range of merchandise (food, drinks, clothing, toiletries, tools, toys, and more), the new Tesco Lotus store in Ao Nang is set to be a great success.

    • Opening Hours: 06:00 – 22:00
    • Location: on the left-hand side of the southern part of Ao Nang Road approximately two km from the beach
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    Ao Nang Tattoo Studios
    Ao Nang Tattoo Studios

    The Ao Nang Tattoo scene comprises a dozen studios offering a great choice of neat and clean places to get inked in style. It is interesting to note that local tattoo studios and nightlife entertainment venues are often associated; for instance you’ll find a tattoo parlour inside Mr. Long Bar on Soi Bamboo, or the Cool Point Tattoo Club at Ao Nang Center Point Plaza. One long-established tattoo studio is the Tattoo de Café located right next to Burger King on the Beach Road; other tattoo parlours such as Ink Me Tattoo, Family Tattoo, Tattoo Studio by N.L. (since 1998), The King Tattoo, and Popeye Tattoo are all located on or off the southern part of Ao Nang Road. Bamboo sticks and electric machines are used according to customers’ wishes and tattoo style in most Ao Nang studios.

    • Opening Hours: usually from 10:00 – 23:00
    • Location: on and off Ao Nang Beach Road

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