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16 things to do in Ao Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand

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Ao Nang beach may be known best as a gateway to the idyllic southern Thailand islands but Ao Nang itself is a destination in its own right with a beautiful beachside setting and incredible nightlife.

Best of all, Ao Nang is sunset central – the coastal views here are simply stunning. We’ve been to Ao Nang several times and most recently spent three weeks there. From night markets to jungle restaurants, monkey trails to muay thai, these are the best things to do in Ao Nang, southern Thailand:

Things to do in Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

1. Relax on Ao Nang Beach

Obviously this is a given if you are in Ao Nang  – the sea / water here is so warm and inviting (seriously, it is incredible how warm the sea water is in Krabi). The beach at Ao Nang is quite sandy and the perfect spot to sunbathe and watch the colourful long-tail boats bob up and down on the water or go to and from the nearby islands.

Ao Nang Beach Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

Most people sunbath along the eastern part of Ao Nang Beach (towards Soi Ao Nang 17) but if you want more space, the stretch more towards Reeve Beach club and Krabi Resort is often secluded.

If you want shade, there are lots of trees to shelter under towards the eastern part of the beach. Forgotten your beach towel or cold drink? No probs as beach sellers often walk up and down selling various items.

Ao Nang Beach Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

2. Ao Nang Beach Landmark Night Market

Ao Nang has a lot of food and drink choices but you’ll likely notice most restaurants are a bit more expensive than say those of Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Expect to pay 150 to 300 baht for most restaurant dishes in town, with most restaurants employing enthusiastic (dare we say a little too enthusiastic) employees outside trying to get you into the restaurants.

After a few days of this, we were relieved to discover the Ao Nang Landmark Night Market, located next to Nopparat Thara Beach and Ao Nang Muay Thai stadium (and not to be confused with the smaller night market nearer to town).

Ao Nang Beach Landmark Night Market in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Ao Nang Beach Landmark Night Market in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

We loved Ao Nang Landmark Night Market as there was lots of choice in terms of food stalls (Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Japanese western etc) all at very reasonable prices (e.g. noodle dishes from 60 THB). Plus lots of bars and live entertainment.

We first went one evening at 5pm but not much was open so best to arrive after 6pm when most stalls are open. The clothing and jewellery stalls at Ao Nang Landmark night market were also a good mix of artisan crafts and unique gifts along with some of the more standard souvenir stalls (generally much cheaper than the shops in Ao Nang town too).

Ao Nang Beach Landmark Night Market in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Ao Nang Beach Landmark Night Market in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Ao Nang Beach Landmark Night Market in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

3. Get a Long-tail boat to Railay Beach or the Islands

Technically this is escaping Ao Nang but most long-tail tours and island trips start out with a boat ride from Ao Nang Beach.

The most popular islands to head to from Ao Nang beach are Hong Island, Chicken Island, Koh Poda and Koh Phi Phi. We’d also recommend getting a long-tail boat to Railay Beach / Phra Nang Cave Beach / Tonsai Beach – read a detailed guide about how to get a long-boat from Ao Nang to Railay Beach and our guide to Railay Beach.

Railay Beach

4. Nopparat Thara Beach

Much quieter than the more well known Ao Nang beach, Nopparat Thara Beach is short walk from the main town area but so worth it. It is much quieter and (probably) the best place to see the glorious nightly Krabi sunsets, with the various islands shimmering in the background and a few longtail boats bobbing up and down.

Nopparat Thara Beach Sunset Ao Nang Krabi

We headed to Nopparat Thara Beach most nights, either enjoying the sunset whilst relaxing on the beach or in one of the numerous beachside bars there (Frog Bar is popular and quite cheap for sunset drinks).

It is really close to the Landmark Night Market too meaning you can easily grab a bite to eat after sunset (plus there are lots of beachside restaurants in the area).

The other incredible thing about Nopparat Thara Beach is the amount of crabs that roll up millions of tiny balls of sand every day – they look like a work of art, quite incredible.

Nopparat Thara Beach crabs Ao Nang Krabi

5. Sunset drinks and dinner at The Last Fisherman Bar

One of the most popular and enduring beachside bars in Ao Nang, The Last Fisherman Bar is located at the very end of Soi Ao Nang 17 (next to the Sand Beach Club) and is a superb spot for sunset drinks or a beachside meal.

The Last Fisherman Bar in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

There are lots of outdoor tables and chairs directly overlooking the ocean at The Last Fisherman Bar plus a huge circular bar and indoor area should the weather be inclement.

Get there early though to guarantee yourself a beachside table (we went several times to the Last Fisherman Bar and weren’t always able to get a table). Drink prices are reasonable at the Last Fisherman Bar – ice cold Singhas (small) were 90 THB as at November 2022.

The Last Fisherman Bar in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

6. Monkey Trail Cliff Walk to Pai Plong Beach

A rickety path through the jungle may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but this beachside trail through a lush forest is actually a lot of fun (although on our visit, we didn’t see any monkeys, but many others have).

This is a free walk that takes you from the far end of Ao Nang Beach over a hill to Pai Plong Beach – a very quiet beach only accessible by boat, and mainly used by hotel guests from at Centara Grand Beach Resort. Definitely worth a visit if only to nose at how nice the hotel is.

Monkey Trail Cliff Walk to Pai Plong Beach in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Monkey Trail Cliff Walk to Pai Plong Beach in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

The Ao Nang Monkey Trail Walk is fairly accessible but can be quite steep in parts. It takes around 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other (take mosquito repellant). The Monkey Trail Cliff Walk is free and ‘open’ 24 hours (although we did it in the morning to beat the heat so we can’t vouch how good the spotlights are at night).

Monkey Trail Cliff Walk to Pai Plong Beach in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

Note that Pai Plong Beach is a private beach and as you arrive from the Monkey Trail, you are greeted by a Centara Grand Beach Resort security guard who asks you to sign in (and out) – but you are free to enjoy Pai Plong Beach (just not the hotel grounds!)

 Pai Plong Beach in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Centara Grand Beach Resort in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Centara Grand Beach Resort

7. Ao Nang Beach Night Market Place

So there are two night markets in Ao Nang, the bigger and better of which is Ao Nang Landmark Night Market (referred to previously).

This second night market (near Krabi Resort hotel) is much smaller but is fine to grab cheap eats and budget bites (dishes start from around the 80 THB mark).

Ao Nang Beach Night Market Place in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

We found this Ao Nang Beach night market a little too compact and the food stall owners were a little ‘touty’ (very keen to show you their menus) but there were some nice souvenir stalls and craft shops here, many of which are open in the daytime too.


8. Muay Thai at Ao Nang Stadium

One of the most common sights (and sounds) whilst staying in Ao Nang beach is the Muay Thai boxing vans driving around the area all day and all night, with their loudspeakers and posters advertising Muay Thai regular bouts at Ao Nang Stadium.

Muay Thai boxing matches in Ao Nang usually take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night, with the stadium (built in 2000) reputedly the largest Muay Thai arena in southern Thailand, located just behind Nopparat Thara Beach.

Muay Thai tickets can be bought from various tour agents all over Ao Nang and some also organise transport to and from the matches (although it might be just cheaper to get a tuk-tuk or grab there).

Muay Thai at Ao Nang Stadium poster

9. RCA Entertainment Street in Ao Nang

The ‘liveliest’ alley in Ao Nang, RCA Entertainment Street is full of neon-lit bars and restaurants, with various happy hours, big screen TVS, pool tables and local ladies beckoning you in.

Not for everyone and possibly a little seedy for some, whilst not on the scale of ‘Soi Cowboy’ in Bangkok, the clientele here seems to mainly be old white men enjoying themselves a bit too much. But best to see it with your own eyes first – and some of the happy hour drinks prices seem really good too.

RCA Entertainment Street  in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

RCA Entertainment Street also has lots of cheap food stalls and a small food court on the left hand side as you enter. One of the cheaper places to get food in Ao Nang, we bought Pad Thai chicken for 80 baht here and a large Chang for 100 baht as at November 2022 so it is worth a trip if you are on a budget (although we found Ao Nang Landmark Night Market much better).


10. Massage at Ao Nang Beach

You can’t go far in Ao Nang without hearing the friendly call of  ‘You want massage?’. What makes Ao Nang a particularly good place to get a Thai massage is that there are several massage places that directly overlook Ao Nang beach along Soi Ao Nang 17 and past the Last Fisherman Bar, meaning you can combine your massage with beach views. Prices are generally 300 baht per hour.

Also, most hotels in Ao Nang have their own massage set-ups in spas, including special offers. We stayed at Panan Resort, The Pavilions Anana Krabi, Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Pakasai hotel, all of which offered massage treatments which were 50% off or 2 for 1.

Spa in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

11. Brunch / Breakfast at Reeve Beach Club Krabi

We ate at a LOT of places in Ao Nang beach (we based ourselves there for three weeks during our last trip) and finding a good restaurant with good beach / sunset views was actually quite tricky. Really popular places like The Hilltop Restaurant need to be booked in advance whilst a lot of the restaurants along the beach area are quite ‘touty’ and samey.

Breakfast at Reeve Beach Club Krabi in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

The best breakfast we had in Ao Nang in terms of the food and views combined was the Reeve Beach Club. Reeve Beach club directly overlooks the beach (with steps onto the sand) and boasts stunning sunset views plus looks out over the Ao Nang long tail boats.

Breakfast at Reeve Beach Club Krabi in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

The food is delicious at Reeve Beach Club Krabi – we had French toast with bacon, fried egg and waffle bits (280 THB) and Avocado with corn and Salsa (220 THB) with good coffee and an incredible coconut smoothie. Good value compared to other beachside restaurants with prompt service but the beach views make it something special.

Check out our best breakfast & brunch restaurants in Ao Nang guide >

Breakfast at Reeve Beach Club Krabi in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

12. Sunset Happy Hour at The Sand Beach Club

The beachside bar at Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort and Spa, The Sand Beach Club is one the better beachside bar set-ups in Ao Nang with incredible views of the sea and direct beach access, with ample outdoor seating plus several wicker benches directly looking out to sea.

Sunset Happy Hour at The Sand Beach Club in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

Even better, every day between 4pm and 7pm, there is a sunset Happy Hour at The Sand Beach Club including draft beers (Chang) for 99 Baht including service and tax. A large food menu is also available along with mocktails, soft drinks and cocktails


13. Ao Nang Landmark Night Street

Seemingly a relatively new addition to the Ao Nang Landmark Night Market, the ‘night street’ seemed to still be partially under construction still when we visited in late November 2022, but several bars and nightclubs were open (including Baby Shark!) plus several cafes where you can get high.

The Ao Nang Landmark Market Night Street also had an outdoor climbing wall but is notable for the fact it has outdoor disco lights throughout the whole street meaning it is quite the nocturnal experience (likely gets busy later at night).

Ao Nang Landmark Night Street

14. Krabi Sunset Cruise

Ok so technically away from Ao Nang, but most sunset cruises depart from the Ao Nang Beach in Krabi and it is one of the best evening activities and things to do in Ao Nang beach.

The sunset cruises we’ve seen advertised include time for swimming and snorkelling, and ends with a delicious BBQ dinner as the sun sets on the beach of Koh Poda island.

Click here to book a 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling >


15. Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary (no elephant riding)

Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary looks after retired, rescued elephants and is a short ride from Ao Nang Beach. Learn how the elephants are looked after including feeding them, plus enjoy a mud spa session and a river shower with the elephants!

Book an Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary Half-Day Tour >


16. Tee Restaurant in the Jungle

An incredible family run restaurant hidden around the back of the Pavilions Anana Krabi resort, Tee in the Jungle (run by a sweet lady called Tee) is one of the best (and most unique) restaurants we tried in Ao Nang, Krabi.

Tee Restaurant in the Jungle in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

Tee in the Jungle is just fabulous – the family who ran it were so lovely, and the food delicious and pretty inexpensive. You sit in little huts in the middle of the jungle and the food is out of this world. The Tee in the Jungle Pad Thai was only 80 THB and was the best Pad Thai we had in Krabi. Beers were also 80 THB for a small Chang beer.

Tee Restaurant in the Jungle in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

We visited Tee in the Jungle on a couple of occasions (once at night, once in the day – do take mosquito repellant). As a parting gift, we were also given free fruit to take away every time we dined there. Highly recommended and just our cup of Tee, sorry tea 🙂

Tee Restaurant in the Jungle in Ao Nang Krabi Thailand

One thing not to do in Ao Nang Beach – ‘No Sunrise, No Sunset’

A few blogs and articles about things to do in Ao Nang Beach mention the ‘No Sunrise, No Sunset sculpture, that is close to Krabi Resort and overlooks Nopparat Thara Beach.

As at November 2022, this art installation and striking sculpture no longer really exists, having been vandalised and the main statue figure removed or stolen. Whilst this spot is still sublime to catch sunsets over Krabi, do not make a special trip for the statue / installation itself as you will be disappointed.

No Sunrise, No Sunset Ao Nang Krabi

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