If you are planning on going to Koh Phi Phi or Phuket islands, I’ll recommend you to do a pit stop in Ao Nang and  Railay.

Ao Nang
Simple life #happy life… Me gusta mucho la simplicidad de este sitio… #AoNangBeach #Aonang 

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Ao Nang is a resort town in southern Thailand’s Krabi Province. It’s known for a long Andaman coast beachfront and access to dive sites off the nearby islands in its bay. 

How to get there
In Bangkok, Thai people will try to sell you bus tickets for over 800 Thai Baht (22$) and the trip takes over 8 hours.

On airasia.com you can find a flight for less than 25$  from Bangkok to Krabi and save a lot of time. I book my flight the night before.  A lot of my travel friends did the same and price didn’t really change so don’t rush to book in advance.

Quick Tip: buying directly from airasia.com is 1 or 2 dollars cheaper than buying through Skyscanner or any other search engine.
Ao Nang is only 20 min away from Krabi airport.

The very very cheap and somewhat hippie town, It’s also a center for long-tail boat tours to the beaches of limestone islands such as Ko Hong, Ko Poda and Ko Gai (Chicken Island) and Railay Beach.
The town has some nice bars with live music that open until late and there is a street market every night that closes at 11pm.  (food there is very cheap).

Where to stay:
L Resort is a very beautiful  (not pretentious) hotel with two big
swimming pools and a brand new Gym.
It is right in front of Ao Nang main beach and right in the middle of the happening area.

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Where to eat:
If you are looking for the best breakfast, I totally recommend you the best breakfast buffet I have had in Asia which can be found in the restaurant of the L Resort.
If you want Thai food, Ao Nang has plenty of restaurants with all kinds of food.
Here is a list of Thai dishes you should definitely try.  Thailand Food Guide: 8 Must-Eat Dishes

IMG_1522Railay is one of the most beautiful beach places I’ve seen in the south of Thailand.  It is a bit more expensive than Ao Nang so I’ll suggest you staying in Ao Nang and take a  boat trip to Railay.
Long-tails depart from Ao Nang and they take less than 20 minutes to get to Railay beach. The trip cost around 100 baht, but you can always haggle  ( I paid 50 bath 😉 ).

Las playas #Tailandesas que te quitan el aliento… #THAILAND #Krabi
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ailay Beach

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Once in Railay, I totally recommend you to visit:
Lagoon & Viewpoint, walking on the path from East Rai Leh to Phra Nang Beach there is a sign that points towards an upward path to a viewpoint of Rai Leh and Ton Sai. The climb to the top takes anywhere from 10 to 25.  Consider wearing something better than sandals) and to the viewpoint another 10 minutes.
IMG_1488From the top of the trail, there is another path that leads down towards the jungle for about 15-25 minutes to the lagoon. The path to the lagoon is steep, rocky, slimy, dangerous but is a must do! It is one of my favourite experiences of my trip. Climbing gear could be very useful.
There are hand ropes along the steeper parts of the path.
If you have food with you make sure it is in a safe place because monkeys love stealing food.
IMG_1476IMG_1421After Lagoon and viewpoint, you can walk for 10 minutes towards Phra Nang Shrine where you can enjoy the amazing beach and visit the caves and the somewhat disturbing penis sanctuary next to the beach.
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