Just when you think you can't love Thailand more you see it pop up on your Instagram feed, you discover vacationing in Ao Nang Beach. Get ready to fall in love with this gem.
We've got a list of our favorite beaches in our Thailand Destination guide, and Ao Nang definitely made the list!
We probably don't have to convince you that the best way to see Thailand is explore the beaches .... but in case you need a little convincing, here's the info you need on Ao Nang.
Where is Ao Nang?
Ao Nang is one of the best Thailand beaches, sitting on the coast of Krabi.
If you're heading down to the islands, you'll probably consider flying into Phuket or Krabi ... and we pretty much always recommend Krabi. It's such a good starting off point and while it's becoming pretty crowded, it's not as crowded as Phuket.
While there is a lot to do in Krabi itself, here are few things to do in and around Ao Nang beach:
Things To Do
Let's look at a few of the things you just can't miss. You'll be asking yourself if this is real life the whole time.
- Kayaking and Snorkeling
- Thai Massages
- Relaxing on the beach
- Exploring Walking Street
Kayaking and Snorkeling
Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore Ao Nang. It's fun, relaxing and is a great way to take it slow and have a good time. You can rent kayaks really easily right on the beach and take them out for a few hours, or longer if you want!
Snorkeling is also a great way to explore. Take your gear out with you on your kayaks and swim around, or talk to the locals and they can give you tips on some of the best places to go.
You can't say you really went to Thailand if you don't have a Thai massage while you're there! Thai massages are not like a typical massage you'd get in America. A traditional massage here focuses on getting ALL the knots out of your body. That involves stretching you out and can be a bit painful if you're not used to it. But, every volunteer I've talked to has said it is so worth it and you'll feel awesome after.
Relaxing on the beach
Ao Nang will offer you tons of neat experiences and can keep you busy with new things to see and do. But, don't forget to take some time to relax and just enjoy the beach. Grab some fresh fruit or pick up some Pad Thai and take it with you. Soak in that warm sun and the fact that you're in Thailand.
Exploring Walking Street
Catalunya Walking Street is a place at the southern corner of Ao Nang (Beach) Road. This is the best place to grab a souvenir while you are there. They have tons of options from clothes to those cheesy souvenirs we are all guilty of buying (get a list of the cheapest things to buy in Thailand here).
Also, check out the restaurants around there. Not only will you find incredible Thai food, but you can find some good American classics or visit the Crazy Gringo to try some Tex-Mex (in Thailand that's a rarity).
We're pretty sure you won't be happy with just a quick visit to Thailand which is actually great news for you ... ILP (International Language Programs) has teaching opportunities in Thailand where you can live here for a whole semester, complete with vacation days to head to Krabi.
Interested? Click the button below to get your application started today — you'll be put in touch with someone who has volunteered with us before and can answer your questions: