Ao Nang is one of the famous seaside towns in the Krabi province of Thailand. It is a certified tourist center, housing a wide range of shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, guesthouses and other accommodation facilities.
Although Ao Nang offer various tourist activities and a long beach complete with a promenade, Ao Nang is really widely known as a jumping point to the Isthmus of Railay (Rai Leh).
But since the island is only a 15 minute boat ride away, Ao Nang makes a more convenient and affordable spot to book a hotel. Railay’s small size means that accommodation facilities are almost always full and costly.
In addition, most tour operators offering diving and sea kayaking are located in Ao Nang. Thus, when it comes to lodging and tours, you are guaranteed to have more variety to choose from if you stay in Ao Nang. However, nobody goes to Ao Nang without visiting beautiful, limestone fringed Railay Beach (Hat Rai Leh), and the journey is so convenient that Railay can be visited every single day that you are in town.
Here are the steps on how to get to Railay Beach from Ao Nang Town:
Step 1. Make your way to the main beach road in Ao Nang.
Ao Nang is not a very large town, you can easily find your way around on foot.
Step 2. From here, make your way to the eastern end of the promenade beach, where the longtail boats are moored.
Step 3. Find a small booth located in front of the moored longtail boats.
This booth is the only one authorized to issue the ticket. You may not notice the booth right away, but you just need to look more attentively.
Although it seems like tourists are just hopping on the boat right away, do not do this until you pay for the boat ticket.