Solo Travel Destination: Ao Nang Beach, Thailand
We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Andrea, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Andrea is from Croatia, and submitted the following report about Ao Nang Beach. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers! Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Thai, English
Reasons to go: When you mention beaches in Thailand, the first place that comes to everybody’s mind is Phuket or maybe one of the islands like Samui or Phi Phi. However, if you wish to visit a place that is not so packed with tourists, but is equally beautiful, then go to Krabi and visit its surrounding beaches.
Krabi is one of the southern provinces of Thailand located at the shore of the Andaman Sea. The capital of the region is the town of Krabi with one of the most beautiful beaches, Ao Nang, that is located some 20 -30 minutes away by local bus, motorbike, or car. It is very easy to reach from Krabi airport. You can either take a shuttle van or opt for the cheaper option of a local shuttle bus which will stop close to your hotel if you tell the driver where exactly you are going.
Ao Nang is still very reasonably priced. There is a good range of cheap, good quality accommodation, many good restaurants and bars, easy transport and travel agencies that are ready to cater to your every wish, making it a good base for exploring the Krabi area.
It is very easy to navigate around the town and surrounding areas, too. Tuk-tuks in Ao Nang charge a flat 20 baht/person for trips around town. Songthaews also run all across Ao Nang onto the Nopparat Thara Beach, Rai Leh Beach and some all the way to Krabi town with fares starting from 10 baht depending on distance. However, one of the best ways to move around is by renting a motorbike which would cost you around 200 baht/day.
There are plenty of things to do in Ao Nang. You can go on day trips to Phi Phi Island or Phuket, jungle trekking, rock climbing, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing… or you can always just lie on this idyllic beach, sip a cocktail and relax.
When you get hungry, there are many options. There are many street carts offering delicious Thai food or you can visit one of many restaurants. However, be aware that the places along the beach are more expensive. The ones up the hill are usually better value.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to throw away your watch, cellphone, and everything else that might remind you of your everyday life and just relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. The sea and landscapes will dazzle you, while its slow pace will restore your soul.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety - 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language - 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)