Ao Nang is Krabi's vibrant tourist centre. It has the relaxed vibe of a small town, the beauty of a beach resort, the modern comforts of home, and the friendliness the sets Thailand apart.
The town itself is small; an hour-long stroll takes you from one end to the other. By road, Ao Nang is just minutes from Krabi Town and Klong Muang Beach and mere seconds to Noppharat Thara Beach. The stunning views from Ao Nang beach over the Andaman Sea make Ao Nang a must for discovering Thailand. Long-tail boats offer tours of the nearby islands and Railay's beaches - including Ton Sai are j ust a few minutes away. The long tail boats are very well organised into a queuing system that allows tourists to pick up a taxi boat at any time without being hassled for business.
Of course, leaving Ao Nang is far from necessary. Great food, interesting people, cheap shopping, and a stellar beach make it a standalone destination. For plenty of travellers, this is the end of the road. Use it as a jumping-off point to see the rest of Krabi's wondrous secrets, or make it your only target. Either way, you'll thoroughly enjoy Ao Nang. Ao Nang is also just three hours away by bus from Phuket and ninety minutes from Phang Nga Bay.
To get to Ao Nang simply get to Krabi and take a local bus or taxi which will take just 20 minutes.