Formally Ao Phra Nang ("Princess Bay") although everybody uses the short form, Ao Nang is the most "Westernized" beach in Krabi, originally a backpacker hotspot but now moving slowly upmarket as the airport brings in higher flyers. While not quite as scenic as Rai Leh, there is a good range of cheap accommodation, many good restaurants, easy transport and travel/tour agencies ready to cater to your every whim, making it a good base for exploring Krabi.
Orienting yourself in Ao Nang is easy: almost everything is located either along the beach, which runs west-east, or along the Airport Road (Hwy 4203) which goes up north from the east end of the beach. Long-tail boats arrive on the beach near the junction of the two roads; these long-tails, though, create a problem: the level of noise pollution arising from an endless stream of undampened boat motors during high season is substantial. As long as visitors are ever increasing this problem will continue to worsen and detract from the beauty of this beach.
Ao Nang is Kaabi tourist central. The coastline of Ao nang is twenty kilometers away from Krabi town, and six kilometers away from Noppharat Thara beach. Its scenic beach with relaxing ambiance makes it a popular attractions among global trotters with selections of accommodations, restaurants and bars. Ao Nang is also a transportation hub you can travel to nearby islands, such as:
● To Rai Le beach: 80 THB (10 minutes) A night trip costs 100 THB.
● To Phra Nang cave: 80 THB (15 minutes)
● To Poda island and return: 300 THB (25 minutes)
● To Kai island and return: 300 THB (25 minutes)
● To Hong archipelago on a charter boat: 2,500 THB (an hour)