Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Krabi is located on the southern western side of Thailand and is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Thailand. It is made up of impressive limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, and more than a hundred offshore islands. We have stayed in a few places around Krabi but one of the most popular areas and a great location for families as a base to explore the province is the resort town of Ao Nang. There is a Massive choice of nightlife, dining and shopping and has lots of convenience for anyone travelling with small children such as stable pavements for pushchairs and children food options for picky eaters.
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Railay Beach - One of the most sought-after beach areas in Thailand. You can only reach it by boat and can buy your return tickets from the main ticket office along the front. When you arrive you'll find amazing white sand beaches, beautiful limestone cliffs, viewpoints, caves and a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs. There are no roads; only footpaths and the main street is lined with restaurants and little cafes for a spot of lunch it is definitely worth a visit.
Hire a Longtail - We love a long tail boat trip and Ao Nang is a hub for long-tail boat tours to the beaches of limestone islands such as Ko Hong, Ko Poda and Ko Gai (Chicken Island). You can do a great half day tour from here, don't forget your sun cream and camera!
Giant Catfish Farm - Something for the kids, originally the catfish were reared for food but was later converted into a park as locals weren't too keen on the taste. At first sight it may look a bit rundown the owners who manage the place do their best to maintain the park with a very limited income. It costs just 100 baht for entry and includes a bag of food for the giant catfish. The park also has a few domestic animals such as pigs and ducks and wild ones like crocodiles.
Where To Stay
Ban Sainai Resort - A beautiful 4 stars eco-friendly resort in the Ao Nang District of Krabi Province. With the embrace of the Southern Thai local cultural philosophy that brings this uniqueness to life through its contemporary and comfortable rustic cottage design amidst the tropical boundary.
Rooms are in set in their fabulous private detached thatched-roof cottages nestled well away from the crowds yet still in close proximity to Ao Nang City Center by a five-minute drive away. The resort offers a complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Ao Nang beach daily. Located amidst the tranquil and tropical greenery with its unique settings over a terrain, small hills, surrounded by coconut groves, natural streams and with a highlight of the sheer limestone cliff as the magnificent backdrop.
Like most resort towns in Thailand there is no particular dress code, beach attire is acceptable however I would always insist on covering up when entering shops, restaurants and ensure if you are visiting anywhere of religious significance make sure you cover shoulders and knees.
When to visit
Krabi has two seasons: a rainy season, which runs from May until October, and a dry season, which runs from November until April.The weather is hot and humid all year round, with average temperatures ranging between the late 20s and early 30s
Flying to Krabi
Krabi has its own small airport, you can fly here from pretty much all other domestic airports in Thailand for a relatively cheap price. You can also reach Krabi by boat/ferry if you are coming from any of the Islands.
Food & drink
You will find every type of food in Krabi and Ao Nang, traditional Thai restaurants to high street fast food chains so there is options for everyone. One of favourite places to eat in Ao Nang is a small Italian place called Umberto's they serve real Mediterranean food with seating Al Fresco on the terrace or in their air conditioned restaurant, quality Italian food and great wine List.