About Ao Nang
The drive towards the coast is characterized by limestone karsts appearing one after another on the horizon, each larger and more awe-inspiring than the previous. The main beach here -- Ao Nang -- rolls into view as if from a glossy magazine centerspread: endless stretches of emerald blue water turning into froth at the touch of the white sand, with longtail boats gently rocking to the rhythm, sticking their elegant necks out in perfect symmetry. As you go through your days here, though, you realise nearly everything is a picture postcard. Not just the many ridiculously perfect-looking beaches, but also the pristine coast-hugging roads, the quirky roadside shacks, heck -- even the shop-lined streets.
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Kho Phi Phi Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
I believe that there should be one drunk night in everybody’s life which they should remember for a lifetime. Night where they should drink their guts out, tear the floor, do things which they can’t when being sober and just let go off everything and enjoy to the core. I being lucky enough to have experienced one such night till date and I hope it’s just the beginning. It happened to me during my first solo backpack to Thailand. I was there at Koh phi phi Don Island and trust me it’s the ultimate beach party destination. I reached there around 7PM and straight went to my hostel. Now as the sun was about to go down I hit the beach bar. There I met couple of Australian guys and we bonded over cricket while enjoying our beer. I don’t exactly remember the number of beers I had during our whole conversation of about an hour but I guess it was around 3. By the time few other people from Australia, England joined us and the party started. They were absolutely strangers to me since I met them for the first time in my life but who cares when you have some alcohol in your belly and people to party along with. We all wanted to get drunk so we started playing drinking games. We started with “Never Have I Ever “and oh man listening to people’s wildest fantasies and drinking to it was one crazy thing. It even landed me a chance to let out my craziest fantasies and to flirt around with the gorgeous girls present there. Few other games followed it and by the time it was 11PM I was a bit drunk as in it started feeling good. I was getting in the mood. We moved to next bar where the crowd was going mad over local artist who were doing this limbo dance. I was mesmerized and excited since I was seeing something like this for the first time in my life. Limbo flame bar is supported by 2 vertical bars. People had to go under the bar with their face facing upwards and back facing the floor and with each round the bar is slightly lowered. That was something fun. The bar was offering free shots to the contestants and so this gave me another reason to do that limbo dance. Every time I went under the bar the only thing which was running in my mind was rum shot. It was around 12:30AM and stage was set to dance. I along with the people there started dancing. I bought myself a bucket of rum punch and took it to dance floor while dancing and drinking and then another round of rum punch went on and by the time I got totally high. Soon the crowd went mad as 2 lovely girls holding a banner came in middle and started showing that banner. “2 free buckets for the guy who dance naked and to the lady who goes topless”. This thing totally got on my nerves. Initially people got hesitated doing this but then there were couple of guys from Canada who were totally drunk and they went naked and started dancing. Limbo flame was bought on dance floor and they started crawling under it and suddenly crowd erupted wild and started cheering them. I don’t know what got me inside and I bought one more bucket of rum punch and drank it bottoms up. I went to the dance floor, pulled out my clothes to the last and started dancing. I joined those guys and trust me I was quite wasted by then but still I remember the night of my life. I looked around for couple of seconds and saw people actually cheering me and enjoying it. I didn’t grab such audience till date in my life and now here I was fully naked in some other country and dancing madly and people were cheering me. I was stunned. I pulled myself and when I stepped down the dance floor people really appreciated me, girls hugged me and I put on my clothes and joined them on the dance floor. I danced with each and every person over there and they accepted me with their open arms. I can’t forget that moment. Amidst of this a Punjabi couple came to me who were on their honeymoon and congratulated me for that act. Sardarji asked me what I wanted and I asked him if we could have some Punjabi song. Being Indian I love Punjabi music and feel of bhangra is just beyond imagination. To my surprise Sardarji knew the manager of the bar and he instantly arranged a Punjabi song. “Angrezi weed de” started playing and as soon as it got loud few other Indians came and joined us on the dance floor. In a different country with people from different parts of the globe I danced on Punjabi song and even taught those people Bhangra. That was one proud moment for me. People from all around the world are following my steps on dance floor and doing Bhangra with me is something I couldn’t have imagined. After some time, English tracks started playing and we started grooving on them. I danced with almost each and every person out there. Finally after getting exhausted I along with few others started wandering around the streets of that island in search for some food. It was around 3AM and I was starving to death. But as they say where there is a will there is a way and so finally we found a local street food vendor who was selling some lovely spring rolls. We quenched our hunger and since I was pretty exhausted by that time I decided to call it a day. I moved back to the hostel and only woke up in the morning to realize that another night here would be totally amazing and so I stayed there for one more day.I can’t forget that night for the rest of my life because it taught me that sometimes being reckless is a good thing. For once in some time you got to free yourself and let those emotions out. If you can’t do it being sober then get drunk and let the alcohol do the work.
Railay Beach Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Railay is a tiny peninsula located south of the Ao Nang Beach. Railay can be accessed only via boats and on foot. It has no roads, buses or cars – just mysterious foot paths snaking their way around the island. The island is dominated by serene white beaches, limestone hills, caves and a lagoon that is continuously fed by the shifting tidal waves. The little island exudes a feeling of being stuck back in time. Completely void of technology, the island is the ideal escape for those who wish to escape their ever ringing cell phones!8. Ayutthaya
Before we went over to our third dive spot, shark point, we were served lunch onboard. The boad stopped right opposite Maya Bay (if you guys remember the movie "The Beach." This was the little paradise in that movie) For food we were served, Thai curry and Pad Thai cooked fresh on the board while we were doing our second dive. Also, this break was important because it helps eliminate the excess body nitrogen that we generate while diving.Shark Point was an hour and a half away, on the way back to Phuket. We chilled on the boat on the way back to our third dive spot. Shark point is famous for the docile leopard sharks that can be seen resting on the sand bed. Also, there had been a whale shark sighting here a few days back (exciting stuff). We were going to do a drift dive over here. The basic thing about drift diving is that you do not need to do any work, the current will take you along with it. So, we dove with some extra kilos and our BCD fully deflated. In diving terms, this is called a Negative entry. You do this to not expose yourself to the strong surface currents. This turned out to be a really exciting dive. The visibility was a good 15 metres and we saw so many different kinds of fish here. Unfortunately, because we were doing our drift dive, we were not able to see some of the really big stuff. One of the other groups saw two leopard sharks. Seeing the big stuff is basically down to luck. This was our last dive and soon we headed back to Phuket.By the time I reached back to the hostel, it was 8pm. All the lads at the hostel were playing drinking games. I joined them for a game of Kings cup. This was followed by a bar crawl which I went for an hour or so.
Ton Sai Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Rocking out: Ton Sai & Railay (5 days of a community you’ll never want to leave) Once you’re done with the beauty of Ko Lanta (if that’s such a thing) then head back up to the mainland. Boats frequently go from these southern islands to Krabi and once you’re here, you can either wander around the little town or hop straight onto a longtail boat to the bays around the corner from Krabi’s main beach, Ao Nang. Yes, this is a hectically busy guide. I didn’t say it was going to be a breezy walk in the park though! Alright, around the corner lies the awesome Ton Sai. I fondly refer to this as my slice of paradise as it’s a place that has drawn me back many times and I don’t care if I have to go alone. Surrounded by the towering limestone cliffs, Ton Sai is a teeny community of rock climbers and chilled locals. Electricity runs between 5pm – 5am and every guest house will look after you like you’re their first-born child. After two days, you’ll know everyone’s name; after four days you’ll cry at the thoughts of leaving your new family. Try some rock climbing on many of the cliffs or if you have no upper-body strength, lie flat on Railey Beach. Stay in Ton Sai for the vibes and cheap accommodation, climb over the secret cliff to Railay for the huge white beach. I feel a bit sad to tell everyone about Ton Sai, but that’s because I’m a bit selfish and want to keep it to myself…
Maya Bay Krabi Thailand
This is the famous spot where Leonardo DiCaprio filmed 'The Beach' and it is shamelessly sold to tourists throughout the day tour. The waters are fairly clear, however, there's simply too many tourists about that it makes even walking difficult because it's so crowded. I was glad that we were only given 30 minutes here because I felt suffocated by the crowd- can't even take a decent shot without having a tourist in it.
Ao Phra Nang Beach Ao Nang Thailand
One of the many activities you can enjoy while being at Phranang Beach, other than laying down on the beach and drinking and eating is Kayaking the turquoise and clear waters of the Andaman Sea and the caves of the limestone formations all around the Phranang Bay. I spent over 2 hours paddling around, jumping into the water, and snorkeling. Most hotels on the shore offer Kayak rentals, and in my case the Rayavadee Resort, provide them complimentary as part of your Krabi experience. Hop on and off, explore the caves, jump into the waters of the Phranang Bay, do some snorkeling or just retrieve to small beaches of your choice to have your own private beach experience.
The Palace Ao Nang Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Contrary to its name, it's not exactly what I would call 'The Palace' but for just USD 160 with breakfast (buffet style continental breakfast) provided every morning, I'd say it's worth it! The hotel staff was extremely friendly & polite, greeting guests with smiles & willing to help if you have any enquiries. There is no lift though; so if your luggage is heavy, then good luck to you- gotta lug it all the way up! It's also conveniently located as it's smack right in the middle of a busy street, Aonang Beach just less than 5 minutes away, cafes, eat-out shacks everywhere and the street is well dotted with many convenient stores so do compare the prices of groceries before purchasing if you've got the time!
Railay Village Resort & Spa Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Raylay Village was absolutely perfect. Little cottages that surrounded a pool, a superb massage parlour, a location on the beach where the longtail boat landed made it the best option around. The food besides breakfast was not upto the mark, but all of 5 minutes away we had fantastic authentic Thai restaurants, so this didn’t bother us much.
Phi Phi Islands Thailand
The Phi Phi Islands were by far the most fascinating natural site I`ve been to. Beautiful beautiful landscapes, white-sand beaches, bluest water, really great.I`ve stayed in a hostel at Phi Phi Don, and it was a party hostel. The whole island turns into a giant club at night, and it gets wild. If you looking for some more peaceful trip, the island have resorts, where you can relax and just enjoy the view and the vibe of the island - at a price $$.
Noppharat Thara Beach Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
While in Krabi, we stayed at a wonderful set of beach-side bungalows (slightly out of the backpacker budget, but really not as expensive as they sound) on the Noppharat Thara beach. Called Blue Bayou, it was definitely one of the better decisions of the trip. The staff is extremely helpful, free maps are available, the bungalows themselves are clean and quite cozy, and the location is brilliant. The staff will also rent you motoscooters (in mint condition) and book tours on request. We booked the seven island tour (which you can read about in the link that I shared in the previous spot description), and it was a wonderful experience, no hitches.
Ko Poda Beach กระบี่ ประเทศไทย
You are also my favorite place to run away from chaos into the beaches. Most of your coastline is bustling with tourists but you have shown me many of your hidden blue waters and the wonderful teeming wildlife like in Ko Poda and Ko Kut. A ham bag and a book is all I need and thank you for making sure there are no cell-phone signals at the places you have chosen for me. The blue waters and green coastline have spoilt me and when I come back to the city, I YouTube 'ocean noise' to sleep off.
Ko Phi Phi Leh Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
On my first day in Thailand, I decided to visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market. I did a little shopping at the market and finally bought a few gifts. After spending sometime in Krabi, I headed to the Phi Phi Islands. We headed out for the hour-long ride to the Phi Phi Islands and it was a stunningly beautiful ride. Small islands of limestone cliffs dot the Andaman Sea everywhere you look. Ko Phi Phi is made up of two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Entering the Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh was like entering another world. The soaring limestone cliffs, turquoise waters and stunning little coves of sandy beach are enough to make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. It is quite possibly the most beautiful place I have EVER seen. I spent about an hour and a half snorkeling and marveling at the views before heading back to Phi Phi Don for lunch and an afternoon of enjoying the beaches there.
Ko Phi Phi Le Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
We went to PhiPhi islands. The guide on our boat was amazing; she was from Greece & loved Krabi so much that she decided to live here. The view throughout was incredible & the waters pristine, sparkling clear. Unfortunately, almost 70% of the Phi Phi islands were destroyed by the tsunami in 2004. If 30% of Phi Phi islands look so spectacular already, imagine the entirety of how majestic it would look back before the quake. My only regret was not visiting sooner, before most of the islands were wiped out.
Ibiza House Phi Phi Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
After taking a good night's sleep I packed my bag for PHI PHI Island or basically Koh PHI PHI Don. Before leaving I was quite hungry and so I had this awesome Masala Dosa at some Indian restaurant. After having a nice breakfast I hopped around those streets for some time before taking my first ferry ride. Now my first ferry ride experience in Thailand was from Phuket to Koh PHI PHI Don Island. (Pro tip : Don't sit inside ferry if you really want to enjoy your ride. Just get on the deck and enjoy the beauty of the Islands , nature, enjoy basking under the sun, best time to get tan. Just close your eyes listen to your favorite music and trust me you will experience the feeling you having longing for so long).