Ao Nang Shopping

What to Buy and Where to Shop in Ao Nang

Shopping in Ao Nang is not as intense or diverse as in Bangkok or Phuket. But then again everything in Ao Nang is more laidback and less in-your-face (except for some pesky tailors of course) than the norm for Thai beach holiday destinations.  

There are countless stores selling copied T-shirts, flip-flops, beach hats and fake brand-name goods such as diving Rolexes that you shouldn’t wear in the shower and Levi’s with a short life expectancy. Depending on your home country you should be wary of buying fake brand-name bags and fashion accessories as customs are cracking down on illegal copies.

Except for fixed-price shops such as opticians, supermarkets and name-brand shops haggling is part of the whole shopping deal here and shop owners will size you up and try to figure out how much you can afford. You’ll see that starting prices drop drastically once you show that you know how much an item is worth.

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This is a classy boutique selling silk cushion covers, elegant bags, scarves, ceramics, handicrafts and many Thai silk and pashima handmade products. The charming owner, Khun Oranut, will assist you in choosing items to suit your tastes.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Beach Road opposite Krabi Resort
  • Tel: +66 (0) 89 873 0554
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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 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

Ao Nang Walking Street

Ao Nang’s Catalunya Walking Street is an L-shaped, partially covered lane at the southern corner of Ao Nang (Beach) Road. The name ‘walking street’ could be misleading as in Thailand, it usually refers to a weekly market-like fair such as Krabi Walking Street in Krabi Town’s soi Maharaj 8, or Phuket Walking Street in Phuket Old Read More...

  • Location: at the southern corner of Ao Nang Beach Road
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Further down the road from Ananya you can stock up on beachwear, beach toys, snorkeling equipment and all things marine. Here haggling is needed as the opening prices are somewhat elevated. As always smooth the transaction with a pleasant manner and a smile.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Beach Road next to Beccofino Italian Restaurant
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Beautiful Optic

Beautiful Optic is just one of several opticians along the Beach Road and the shop has many similarities to the others. It is worth mentioning that eyewear in Thailand represents a major bargain area. Computerized eye testing is free with no obligation to buy and if you compare and contrast what’s on offer in Ao Nang’s many opticians you will discover some serious discounts and many ‘two for the price of one’ offers.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Just before the bend in the Beach Road. Opticians are easily found in Ao Nang

Chock Dee Handmade

Chock Dee (meaning ‘Good Luck’) sells beautiful jewelry, precious stones, old beads, boxes, necklaces, bracelets, rings and even fossils. There are two branches along the Beach Road, both attractive and impeccably presented. Silver and gold jewelry is made to order and while prices are higher than other nearby outlets the quality is tip-top and 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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King’s Fashion

As with opticians, there are many tailor shops in Ao Nang. King’s Fashion is one of the longer-established ones and one which does not have the annoying habit of posting touts outside. The shop offers free transportation to customers and a 24-hour service, although it is wiser to take things slower with several fittings to make sure the cut is just right. Major credit cards accepted.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Central Beach Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 81 846 2980; +66 (0) 75 638 067
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Nopparat Thara Plaza

Set along Nopparat Thara beach road some 500m from the northern end of Ao Nang, right next to Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach and diagonally opposite Luna Beach Bar & Restaurant, Nopparat Thara Plaza hosts about 20 shops and restaurants as well as a food court. Designed in a style blending modern and natural 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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There are, at the very least, five pharmacies in Ao Nang. Most pharmacists are English speaking and have extensive knowledge of what they stock. Over-the-counter drugs are far more available in Thailand than in the west and the typical Thai approach to most maladies is to swallow a bunch of antibiotics. If you are fairly up to date with what ails you go ahead and purchase but when in doubt consult the pharmacist, or better yet visit a doctor.

Phranang Leather

Mostly featuring bags, wallets and accessories – Phranang Leather is not the sort of place that rustles up a sturdy pair of cowboy boots in a few days. Nevertheless it does excel in well-crafted goods and is worth a browse through its high-quality offerings.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Beach Road
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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: Daily from 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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