Raise your glass if you’re a fan of traveling to Thailand! Well, you know me. I love visiting Thailand.
So a group of 5 couples and a pair of besties have stormed into Aonang at Krabi for a beach getaway recently. As usual, Air Asia enabled us to fly cheaply to Krabi on a 90-minute flight and Aonang is about 40 minutes away from Krabi International Airport.
Orienting ourselves in Aonang is extremely easy; almost everything is located either along the beach, which runs west-east, or along the Airport Road which goes up north from the east end of the beach.
Aonang will definitely not be as crowded as Phuket or Bangkok when it comes to nightlife. It is not the best place to visit if you are into a partying-until-dawn scene. Aonang has given us the mellow groove with a little dining, shopping, and we were spoiled for choices when it came to masseurs.
From Ao Nang you can charter a long-tail from the Aonang Longtail Boat Service to Koh Hong.
Koh Hong, which translates to Room Island, is within sight of the Thai mainland. The center of the island is an enclosed lagoon with shallow, crystal clear waters.
It’s that rare thing in southeast Asia: a little piece of paradise that’s genuinely relaxing. Koh Hong is also just a day trip rather than an overnight destination.
Like all of the offshore islands in Krabi, Koh Hong’s sand is actually fish excrement. Parrot fish and other coral reef munchers with fused teeth pulverize the exoskeletons of coral polyps as they graze like cows along the reef edge (especially when you put a slice of watermelon into the waters).
Look at this picture below. They came, they conquered, and within a few seconds, the watermelon was gone!
Oh the serenity of the open seas. I just want to be here all day long.
We also rented a scooter for a day to explore a little further from Aonang for 200 THB (MYR 20).
Eating at the local stalls was definitely a must and I absolutely enjoyed Thai cuisine. Who doesn’t love Tom Yum, Pad Thai and Stir Fry Pork with Basil leaves?
In the evening, we walked around the vicinity of Aonang Beach.
Aonang Beach itself is a scenic palm-lined stretch of sand, dominated by large cliffs at one end. Quite a number of tourists spend the day here swimming and snorkeling, or enjoying a drink in a nearby beach cafe. But a lot of them like us, use Aonang as a jumping off point for day trips to the nearby islands.
And here’s to one place checked off my traveling list. 🙂