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At Krabi mainland there are several very nice beaches. Most of them are long and very shallow which also make them safe. The beaches north from Ao Nang are often more or less empty because there are few resorts while the southern parts of Ao Nang and further south tend to have more people because of the extraordinary and beautiful sandy beaches.
The most famous beaches on mainland in Krabi are:
This beach in the north of Khlong Muang are 1 km (0.7 miles) long and is set in the district next to Ao Nang called Nong Tale. This beach is extremely quiet and you will probably be able to walk the wide beach all alone at times. Since the water is very shallow the differences between ebb and flood is extreme. The water is usually very safe here all year round thanks to the shallow water. Along the coastline from Khlong Muang beach and up there are mostly very exclusive resorts other than that there is minimal commerce.
Situated on the far western part of Krabi and the district are called Nong Tale and is the neighbor district to Ao Nang. This beach is about 3 km (2 miles) long. A beautiful and natural beach with minimal people if any. The shallow water makes it safe usually all year round. This difference between ebb and flood is dramatic and in the middle part of this beach there is an island with the name Koh Kwang that is reachable by wading in the water and sometimes you don not even have to step in the water to get to it.
Along this coastline there are some luxury 5 star resorts and no shopping or other things are available. Some small food places are to be found. South of this beach is a royal residence (Princesses Residence) but before reaching that there are some hidden beaches to find.
Just a few hundred meters from Ao Nang is Nopparat Thara beach. It is only separated from Ao Nang by a big cliff. This beach reaches almost 5 km (3 miles) along the shore but is divided by a 200 meters (600 foot) river in the middle section. The far southern end of this beach has resorts and in the high season some shopping, bars and restaurants along the straight beach road. The beach is at flood very narrow and almost does not exist while at ebb the beach is quite wide. In the north of the southern part of the beach close to the river these is some small islands and when its ebb there are no water between the mainland and the islands. To this part of Nopparat Thara a lot of Thai people use to come and enjoy the surroundings and in low season most people seen at Nopparat Thara is Thai who want to relax after they finished the work.
The busiest beach west of Krabi Town. This location is full of tourists all year round and the feeling of Ao Nang is very different from most tourist locations. Here you do not mix with the Thai people at all and the complete area is built for tourists. The beach is at flood almost not existing and at ebb the beach gets wide. The beach is less than 1.5 km (1 mile) long and are set below the below the road. There are no restaurants or sun beds anywhere on the beach which aside from the wall alongside the road are completely natural. Even though Ao Nang have a lot of tourists the beach is almost completely empty aside from the far south end where resorts are close by the beach. Tourists tend to use Ao Nang as a base and then go to other paradise beaches such as railay Beach or any of the fantastic islands that are within a few minutes reach by long-tail-boats that depart regularly throughout the days.
A beautiful beach right south of Ao Nang and north of railay. Even if this beach is not set at an island it is reached by long-tail-boat from Ao Nang and it only takes about five minutes. The beach is only about 500 meters (0.3 miles) and the stunning view with the mountains will take your breath away. Spend a day here or stay at one of the resorts.
The famous railay Beach with the fantastic scenery is set in between rising mountains and with water on both the east and west side this paradise beach is not known worldwide for nothing. The beaches are about 600 meters (0.35 miles) long and offer plenty of resorts for all tastes and I wide range of restaurants. The west side is far more beautiful than the east side. Even though these fantastic beaches are not set on an island you reach them from Ao Nang by long-tail-boat and it only takes about five minutes.
On the south end of the Ao Nang district this beach are set right next to railay. It is not on an island but anyway have to be reached by long-tail-boat from for example Ao Nang. If you are on railay Beach you can walk here on a path right along the base of the rising mountains. This beach has a very limited range of restaurants and tend to be more expensive. At the beach many long-tail-boats often offer food, fruits and drinks.
Just behind the beach hidden in the mountains the Pra Nang Lagoon is set. This 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.