Exploring Ao Nang

The locals in this small fishing village area are extremely friendly and helpful and the street food is unbelievable.

We managed to bag ourselves a delicious Mango smoothie which was very cheap and good for morale as we still hadn’t received our luggage at the hotel.

We started off by walking down to the corner of Noppharathara Beach and ate in a small restaurant there which later became one of my favourites of the trip. Unfortunately on this day, due to the weather being slightly adverse from the tail end of the monsoon, the tide was in and the water was very choppy so we decided to sit and have lunch. I had a gorgeous veggie Massaman curry and Sam went for a Thai Green.

We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the local area trying to get a feel for things and tasting the local cuisines!

My favourite bar here was the hippies bar which even had little games of connect 4 and Jenga to play whilst you sip your drink and watch the sunset.

Just near the start of Noppharat Thara beach there is a small shack with some benches outside which serves cold beers, shakes etc and plays reggae music which is a fantastic place to sit and unwind with good company.  The music fills the air nearby and creates great positive vibrations !

It was of note that the relaxed way of life here compared to the UK is something to be envied.  Many times you would see locals sitting near the beach and enjoying the time with their families or firing up barbeques with the neighbours which left a lovely smell of fresh food lingering in the air.

The market stalls along Ao Nang beach were easy to get to from our hotel and we spent many a day browsing through trying to grab a bargain souvenir. The sun was now out in all its glory so we went through suncream like there was no tomorrow.  (I don’t tan by the way, I go pink and then peel like an onion!)

I would highly recommend the street food in Thailand, it is delicious! its also safe to eat we never had any problems with it and the locals thrive from it. You can help the locals make money and at the same time save yourself a lot of money in comparison with the restaurant food prices. (Prices ranged between 40THB and 150THB depending on what you wanted)

Tonight we had an early night to get ready to catch a longtail boat from Nopphatara to Railay beach to do our first bit of exploring.


  • If you want to take a longboat, be prepared to get your feet wet as you have to wade out to the boat but its normally no higher than knee height.
  • The restaurants along the beach fronts are obviously more expensive so try to experience the street food. you wont regret it!
  • Tuk tuks are everywhere however you can literally reach everything in the local area by foot. Don’t let them trick you!
  • The shops on the beachfronts all pretty much sell the same things so shop around and use it for bargaining.
  • Drink bottled water available from the vast amount of seven elevens.
  • Definitely buy some mosquito bite relief balm available from the seven eleven. Its worth it!!!




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Alexis Chateau

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