Finally, we arrive in the evening at Krabi Airport after a long flight from Europe.
It’s february and the warm tropical wind meets us as we leave the aircraft – wonderful to be back in Thailand for some Krabi island hopping.
It’s easy to find a transfer south from Ao Nang to the southern islands. Just walk to the main street and look around for the best alternative and price. We paid around 1000 bath per person as a reference in February 2018.
- Planning the trip
- Ao Nang as a starting point in this itinerary
- Transfer from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang
- Finding a place to stay in Ao Nang
- Restaurants and dining in Ao Nang
- Krabi island hopping
- Other things to do in Krabi
- Read more on other sites
- Your opinions please!
Planning the trip
We are here in Thailand for two weeks, this time just to relax and recover from our stressful everyday life. After some researching, we planned our trip at home aiming for the islands in Southern Thailand. The cheapest flights when we booked was to Krabi this time. Of course you could travel to Trang Airport (which is closer to the three islands we will introduce you to) if you find affordable flights there instead. But, this time, we will show you Ao Nang and some Krabi island hopping.
Our flight from Sweden took us first to Bangkok. After that, we booked a domestic flight to Krabi. This time, there was no overnight stay needed in Bangkok, but that could also be an option to see the city and to relax a bit before coming to Krabi or Trang (if you can find affordable flights there).
Ao Nang as a starting point in this itinerary
Ok, so we chose to go to Ao Nang, 130 km and a good 2 hour drive north of the islands we want to visit. Is that really the best option? Simply put – no. You would be better of traveling to Trang Airport (45 minutes away from the ferry to Koh Mook) and go directly to the islands. But, once again the available flights decided for us, and we ended up in Ao Nang which turned out to be a great starting point in this itinerary.
On the good side – we would only have a short trip from the airport to Ao Nang where we could settle for a couple of days and shake of the jetlag before we started our journey south.
Transfer from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang
Transfer from the Krabi Airport to Ao Nang is pretty straight forward. The airport is small and it’s easy to grab a taxi just outside the terminal building. An alternative for groups (or even people traveling on a budget) is to share place in a shuttle minibus. The taxi cost about 500 bath to the hotels in Ao Nang, fixed price. The drive to Ao Nang takes about 40 minutes in light traffic.
We arrive late in the night, pretty tired from our many flights and of course because of the time difference. There is a difference of 5 hours from Stockholm to Bangkok and it takes a couple of days to get back to normal again. The main tip is to hold out and not go to bed before the night comes, so arriving in the evening is ideal.
In the other direction, going west, try to sleep as much as possible on your flight. That will help you to get back into the rhythm faster. Enough said, strategies for coping with jet lag is material for a totally different blog post.
Read more: Another way to travel around Thailand is by train.
Finding a place to stay in Ao Nang
We stayed two nights at Ao Nang Phu Pi Maan Resort and Spa. The hotel was nice with two pool areas, but a bit far from the beach. To compensate that, the hotel offers a free-of-charge shuttle service to the beach every hour. It’s not far if you want to walk. A good hotel to book when just passing by Ao Nang.
We booked all our hotels for this trip in advance at Agoda. I can really recommend that website for accomodation in Thailand, but book at least 6 months in advance if you want to grab the best bargains. They also have very generous cancellation policy. For many rooms, you can reserve the room and pay upon arrival or cancel the booking (if you find something better) until a certain time before your stay. Check it out!
Restaurants and dining in Ao Nang
There are lots of restaurants to choose from on the main street of Ao Nang or down by the beach. Prices are moderate if you compare to other parts of Thailand. Thai food, international, even McDonald’s is represented here. Now, I would personally never eat at McDonalds in Thailand when you have the superb thai cuisine paying almost nothing. But thats me.
The street food are worth mentioning. For just some few baths, you can have delicious chicken barbecue sticks, Thai pancake or coconut ice cream served out of a coconut. I have tried it several times and never got sick after tasting it. You should give it a try and tell me what you thing in the comment section down below.
Beside food and dining, there are a lot of activity in Ao Nang. This is a place comparable with the tourist communities you find in Phuket or similar places. Either you like it, or you don’t. There are a lot of bars and nightclubs in this town unlike the islands we will tell you about later in in this serie of blog posts.
Read more: Thailand Food Guide
Other things to do in Krabi
If you decide to stay for a couple of days, there are plenty of adventurous activities to choose from in Krabi. The place is well known for its climbing possibilities, especially at Railey Beach. There are even some rock climbing schools for you to attend to if you’ve never climbed before. The limestone rocks are well suited for climbing with many pockets, overhangs and faces.
There are also several National Parks in the surroundings. Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Ko Lanta National Park and Khao Phanom Bencha National Park just to mention a few. A day off to any of those parks is well invested time and something we could recommend you to do if you have the time.
It’s also close to famous islands such as Koh Phi Phi and Ko Lanta if you feel like going on a daytrip to any of those islands. My recommendation would still be to skip these islands in favour for Koh Mook, Koh Libong and Koh Kradan. But of course, it’s a matter of what kind of activities you prefer. The islands in this itinerary are more quite, suitable for relaxing and taking it slow.
Krabi island hopping
After a good nights sleep and some relaxing by the pool, we were up for the task of finding a transfer south to the islands we wanted to visit, Koh Mook, Koh Libong and Koh Kradan. We soon found out: It’s easy to find a transfer south from Ao Nang to the southern islands. Just walk to the main street and look around for the best alternative and price. We paid around 1000 bath per person (about $30) as a reference in February 2018.
There are several options for you. Minibus with or without air-conditioning, travel by longtail or speedboat. All with different prices and durations. My recommendation would be to go early in the morning (around 6-8 AM) as it takes around 5-6 hours from Ao Nang to Koh Mook. Chose the speedboat if possible as it will save you some valuable time. You will have plenty of time for longtail boats later on, trust me.
So, hang on now.
We will take you on a tour to three of the most beautiful islands Southern Thailand has to offer.
Read more on other sites
- AndSheXplores: Your Ultimate Travel Guide To Khao Sok National Park
- Meldrums on the move: The complete guide to Khao San Road
- Journal of a Yogini: Another Kind of Bangkok Trip
- Blog of the Things: Ao Nang Travel Guide
- The Lonely Traveller: Survival guide to Thailand
- Continents & Condiments: Things to do in Bangkok
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