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Many beautiful and spectacular islands are within reach from Ao Nang and the rest of the Krabi areas. You reach most of these by booking a long-tail-boat either with your own personal driver who take you were ever you want or by going along with other people. If you want a personal driver just go down to the shore and you will find your captain. The price will vary but my guess would be around 4000 bath for a day depending on how far you want to go. Always negotiate hard on the price they suggest. You will also find agents selling tickets where you can go with speedboat and trips with a day plan to see several islands. Even on mainland there are plenty of things to see.
Attractions on Mainland
When in Krabi many people enjoy going in to the Town. Spending time here is very nice and some people actually like it that much they use it as their base. A few markets in different sizes are found in this small town with about 30 000 people and also some shopping malls. The traffic lights are held by statues that look like ape-men and the town over all is something a little extra from many other towns.
Pra Nang Lagoon
Just behind the beach hidden in the mountains this lagoon can be found is. This place is also often referred to as the Sectret Lagoon or Princess Lagoon. To get here you will have to do some serious climbing but for most people this is well worth the effort.
Tham Seua (Tiger Cave)
Just south of Krabi Town you find this temple area with an old cave with an amazing story to tell. Tons of monkeys live here and this is all very interesting and beautiful.
Giant Catfish, Komodo Lizards and Alligators
If driving from Ao Nang the best way is to pass through Nopparat Thara Beach. Then you will have to go north to cross the big river separating Khlong Muang and Ao Nang. When you get to the bigger road you should turn left which is leading all the way down to the Khlong Muang Beach. You will have the Giant Catfish Farm on your left side after a short distance.
It doesn’t cost much and the place is very simple and jungle like. You will also get some fish candy to feed the fishes with. They are extremely hungry and you will be amazed how many they can be on a small area, climbing all over each other to get the food. They do not smell very good and they are pretty slimy but it can anyway be fun to let them eat from your hands.
This place do also have big Komodo Lizards that you might be able to see. These lizards are even seen in the wild all over Thailand and the ones here are probably here on free will. At last they do also have a couple of very lazy alligators laying around in a concrete cage.
Since this is so close to Ao Nang I think it can be worth the visit.
Tham Phet (Diamond Cave)
Some km (miles) north from Krabi Town and Ao Nang you find this cave. A deep cave with minimal tourists where you will be able to borrow a flashlight from one of the few monks staying here. Walk up to the entrance and step inside the relatively small opening and see the walls inside just sparkling from diamonds(?). This is not a big tourist attraction and you will probably have to wonder around in the cave all alone along with some bats and who knows what else.
The cave has several rooms and narrow passes and being alone here really can get your mind spinning.
Emerald Pool – Hot Springs
About 40 km (25 miles) south from Krabi Town the Emerald Pool is located in Sra Marakot where you can bath in big hot springs and enjoy the nice scenery. The water is ridiculously turquoise and the area is set in fantastic forest nature and it is all natural which is hard to believe.
From the entrance you will have to walk a bit to get to the pools but well there it is very nice especially if there are few people as in the afternoon. The sad thing then is that you will have less time to spend here since darkness will fall and you might wish that you had gotten here earlier.
Hot Water Waterfall
About 60 km (40 miles) south of Krabi Town, about an hour drive from Ao Nang heading towards Koh Lanta there is this wonderful place with a hot waterfall. Walking the path to the waterfall from the small parking you might be able to hear gibbon monkeys singing with their hollow sounding sound in the bamboo forest. However you must be extremely lucky to see one, even if the sound is very nearby.
The waterfall has a temperature of about 40 degrees celsius and flows through the jungle. Just before the warm water hits a calm river the mountain has naturally been formed as several jacuzzis in different sizes where you can sit down and just relax, listening to the water. The water has a nice turquoise color and it is almost hard to believe that everything is made by nature itself with big roots from surrounding trees grown together with rocks in a very special way.
In the water below you can cool down in between and after sitting in the hot water it is more than refreshing.
The area is very small and if lucky there are not so many people around making it all magical.
At the parking there are some small places where you can eat.
Best time to visit in probably in the late afternoon if you want to be more alone. I think that it will be hard for the magic to appear if crowded here.
Reindeers and Small Green Lakes
In the same area as the hot waterfalls there is a park with very green lakes where you can go swimming and there is also a kind of reindeers (Kwang) that lives here.
This amazing island is set about 5 km (3 miles) away from the coastline of Ao Nang. You get here by long-tail-boat which will depart from Ao Nang. Either you go with others or you can rent a personal driver and then it all up to you. The small island have about 1.3 km (0.8 mile) or pure white sand beach on the east and north side. The island rises well over 150 meters above the ocean (500 foot) making the scenery flawless. On the west side the island form caves to explore.
Koh Gai (Chicken Island)
About 1 km (0.7 mile) south of Koh Poda this island is located. With a narrow beach in its pointed north end this island has more rocks and cliffs by the shore. The shallow trail leading north to Tap Island is a sight that will blow minds away.
Just little bit more than 300 meters (1000 foot) north of Chicken Island two extremely small islands are set with a 120 meter (400 foot) long beach in between. A very spectacular scene and with the crystal clear water on the sides this is by many people referred to as true paradise.
25 km (15 miles) from Ao Nang another magic pear rises above the surface. Bamboo Island is 600 meters (2000 foot) long and has beach line all along the east coast. As many of the islands in this region this too is stunning with the crystal clear water, white sand in contrast to the green forests on the mountain.
Phi Phi Islands
Almost 30 km (20 miles) from Ao Nang you find Phi Phi Islands which are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. With amazing beaches and scenery as a postcard with the classic rock formations rising up from the water this destination is one of the most amazing places there is. This famous island got a big buzz after the movie The Beach with Leonardo Dicaprio and this is with no doubt the most famous island in this area. The biggest island, Phi Phi Don, offer a wide range of resorts restaurants and also a big night life. The island has plenty of beaches and great mountain views. Phi-Phi Dons most famous beaches are Ton Sai Bay, Loh Dalam Bay, Loh Lana Bay and Loh Ba Kao Bay but there are plenty more wonderful beaches. The most famous sites on Phi Phi Leh are Maya Bay and Pileh where the last mentioned one is not a beach but a lagoon situated 500 meters (1700 foot) in from the open water with high mountains along the sides. At the most narrow part it is only 60 meters (180 foot) between the walls.
Island Destinations South of Koh Lanta
There are many more fantastic islands to visit in the Krabi province if seeking further south. If you are a fan of close to deserted islands you should visit the Koh Lanta Guide where you can read about many more fantastic islands.