Ao Nang

Ao Nang Beach

The limestone world of Ao Nang in south Thailand's Krabi Province is spectacular indeed it's not easy to find similar beaches with such cliffs as backdrops anywhere in the world. 
Ao Nang Krabi
Not even in Phang Nga which is somehow similar this is one of the reasons why several movies have been shot around here (James Bond and other).

Ao Nang has a spectacular natural coast scenery just look at photo below it really tells more than thousand words and the hit is it's not an expensive as other spectacular places on "mother earth" such as the Seychelles and Maldives. 

South Thailand is for sure a place on earth where travelers get something for their money although sometimes the locals overdo it such as double pricing and endless cheating.

  • Phang Nga to Ao Luk.

When coming from Phuket and Phang Nga the small village of Ao Luk will be before Ao Nang on the highway to the south. 

The scene at Ao Luk is dominated by limestone hills popping out from the earth with a thick layer of the jungle on it. What are the highlights there? Probably only one and that's definitely worth a stop also to watch tropical flowers. 

In the mangrove forest are some caves with prehistoric wall  paintings, they look somehow similar to Lascaux in France but on a much smaller scale and lesser quality although it's interesting and it clearly shows that something was going on here a long time ago.

Unfortunately, when the people got hold on guns after WW2 they killed all animals bigger than rats and today nothing is left. At the day-tour starting point to the limestone caves at Ao Luk is a pretty restaurant just above the waterfront of the mangrove forest and from here kayaking into the caves begins. 

For the nature lover the real interesting part of this trip is either take a kayak for rent and paddle around in the mangroves or hire a longtail boat and let the boatmen do the job. In any case, you need a guide since in this water-forest you get lost very quickly. 

  • About the limestone caves.

In the morning the fishermen start their job Fishing in the mangroves fishing in the mangroves is done since ancient times but the most interesting views around are the surrealistic formed limestone outcrops often with caves hidden deep inside. So me time ago I made a day tour into the Soppon Cave near Pai in north Thailand which was a spectacular trip and clearly shows that the caves are not only on the waterfront.

Southern Thailand is one of the best places for caving. The limestone caves are some of the most attractive Thailand assets but booking a day tour better look very close to take an experienced guide to since flash floods have killed peoples in the last years. In general its a tropical environment with scattered rain and thunderstorms not only during the monsoon season.

Although the climate and weather is excellent this could be happen every day because tropical thunderstorms are frequent. The scenery has still its natural beauty since there are not many people living here and when exploring the wall paintings a flashlight wont be bad, if you take one of the long tail boats the boat man has one with him, he will show the paintings on the ceilings and the other artwork. 

The caves are 10 – 30 meters wide and have several chambers on each side. A couple of slippery descents are to be mastered but there is no need for experience in climbing just reach out for the cracks in the limestone when you get a uncontrollable move. Smooth curtains of cream and white colored flow-stone are coating the walls and fat pale needles of stalactites dripping from the roof. Long stalactites hung among wavy curtains of calcite and round knobs of stalagmites are hobbling the chamber floor. 

Markets at Ao Luk plus some orchid nurseries bring you "eye candy" it could be a good idea to have a look since this tropical flower have marvelous shapes and colors.