Ao Nang is a resort town in Krabi province in Thailand. It’s known for its long beachfront and the easy access to many dive sites nearby. You can find trips from its bay to Railay beach, a destination well-known to rock climbers and adventurers. It is very easy to travel by ferry from Phuket.
Phuket and Ao Nang are located in the province of Krabi, Thailand. The distance between phuket and Ao Nang is approximately 150 kilometres (about 93 miles)
There is a wide range of many good restaurants, and tour agencies ready to take you on so many unforgettable trips.
Most people who go to Krabi stay in Ao Nang as it offers the widest range of accommodation and its location is ideal for exploring the rest of Krabi region.
Across the Nopparat Thara beach, you will find countless cheap clothing and souvenirs shops, ATM machines and banks, a wide selection of bars, beauty and massage salons, a huge range of hotels, and restaurants of international cuisine and seafood.
From Phuket to Ao Nang through Krabi
The nearest airport is Krabi airport which is about forty minutes away by car. You can find many flights from Phuket international airport to Krabi airport.
Songthaew “Thailand’s local blue bus” runs from Krabi to Ao Nang and costs only , it runs also from Krabi town to the airport and costs .
From Phuket to Ao Nang by minivan/taxi
A private minivan/taxi or shared minivan can be booked from our website to take you to or from Phuket international airport, Patong, Phuket Marina, Sea Angel Pier, Rassada Pier, and other destinations.
The private minivan cost is . The private taxi takes up to 3 people and it costs , and the shared minivan costs per person.
You can also book a private minivan/taxi or shared minivan to take you from or to Nopparat Thara Pier, Krabi town, Krabi bus terminal, Krabi airport, and Ao Nang.
The private minivan takes up to eight people and costs . The private taxi costs , and the shared minivan costs per person.
From Phuket to Ao Nang by ferry
Departing from Phuket, Ferries operate from November till April daily. In the low season they operate only on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday because of the unpredictable large sea waves created by the change of the winds directions.
From Rassada Pier to Nopparat Thara Pier
Nopparat Thara Pier is a little pier in Ao Nang, it’s Ao Nang’s main arrival point by boat. There are direct ferries from Rassada Pier to Ao Nang and indirect ferries which stop at Tonsai Pier in Koh Phi Phi to switch boats.
The direct ferry trip takes 2 ชม. and the ferry ticket costs 600 THB.
The indirect ferry trip takes 2 ชม. from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, the waiting time in Phi Phi is 2 ชม. then taking the other boat to reach Ao Nang in 2 ชม.. This trip costs 600 THB and the price includes both ferries.
From Sea Angel Pier to Nopparat Thara Pier
Its an indirect trip from Sea Angel Pier to Nopparat Thara Pier, the boat will reach Tonsai Pier in Koh Phi Phi in to stop for and continue its way to Ao Nang, which will take . The whole trip costs .
There are 3 companies operating on this route from Phuket to Ao Nang, offering up to 4 trips per day.
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Best time to visit
Ao Nang enjoys a tropical climate, characterized by two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season.
The dry season, which spans from November to April, is considered the prime time to visit Ao Nang.
During this period, the weather is generally warm and pleasant, with clear skies and minimal rainfall. This makes it ideal for beach activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.
Additionally, the calm seas offer excellent conditions for exploring nearby islands and taking boat tours to attractions like the stunning Railay Beach or the Phi Phi Islands.
The dry season also coincides with the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds and higher accommodation prices, especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
On the other hand, the wet season, lasting from May to October, brings more rainfall and occasional thunderstorms. While this may not sound like an ideal time to visit, the wet season also has its advantages.
Firstly, you'll find fewer tourists, which means you can enjoy a more tranquil and authentic experience in Ao Nang. Additionally, hotels prices tend to be lower, and you may find some good deals on activities and tours.
However, it's important to note that some boat trips may be canceled due to rough seas, and swimming conditions might not be as favorable during this period.
If you are a budget traveler and don't mind occasional showers, the wet season could be a viable option. However, for those seeking the quintessential tropical paradise experience with the best weather, the dry season is the way to go.
To make the most of your trip to Ao Nang, consider planning your visit between November and April, when the sun shines bright, the waters are calm, and the beach vibes are at their peak.
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