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Getting There & Away
Krabi is 16km from Ao Nang and can be reached by local bus (Song-thaew) from 6.30am until 6pm for 50B per person and from 6pm until 9pm for 60B per person. This service can be collected on the roadside nearest the beach in Ao Nang. It terminates at Krabi public bus station, but you can push the buzzer to stop wherever you like. Pay the driver on leaving the bus. There is also a public bus service to Krabi Airport at 150B per person.
Alternatively you can take a private taxi for 600B, and this will take you to anywhere in Krabi. Contact us to book. A motorcycle taxi will perform the same function for around 150B as will a motor-tri-cycle taxi (sam-lor) for a similar price. But for people with a lot of luggage these two methods are not advisable.
The ferry service leaves at 3:30pm from Had Nopparat Thara pier and costs 650B, Children 3- 10years old at 500 Baht. Private taxis will take you to Phuket town for 3000B. Contact us to book.
To catch a public bus to Phuket you must first go to Krabi bus station – for details see above. The public bus service leaves Krabi bus station hourly and takes 3 hours to reach Phuket. This trip costs 170B but the roads are very windy and it is a most unpleasant experience.
There is a much more enjoyable option available in the form of direct speedboat transfer to Bang Rong pier, which is 2/3 of the way up Phuket’s coast. From this pier taxis will take you into the town for 100B. The speedboat leaves at 11am and travels across Phang Nga bay, winding its way through the multitudinous karst islands that rear sheer from the sea. It is a beautiful trip which arrives at 12:15pm and costs 950B. Contact us to book.
From Phuket to Ao Nang, the ferry leaves Phuket town at 8:30am and arrives in Ao Nang at 10:30am. The public bus leaves every hour to Krabi for 170B. See the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi for how to get from Krabi to Ao Nang. The speedboat leaves Bang Rong pier at 3pm returning to Ao Nang at 4:15pm. Contact us to book.
Note: In the low season (May-November) only the over land option is available.
Option 1) This is the easiest option. First get to Krabi - see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi. Then take a Song-thaew for 50B to Krabi airport to connect to your flight. Taxi service directly to the airport from Ao Nang costs 600B. Contact us to book. There is also a public bus service to Krabi Airport at 150B per person, leaving at 7:45am, 9:45am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm and 6:15pm. For the reverse journey, fly from Bangkok to Krabi. Consult the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi. Airline websites: www.airasia.com, www.nokair.com, www.thaiair.com, www.fly12go.com
Option 2) This is the cheapest option. First get to Krabi - see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi. Then catch the public bus service to Bangkok at 4pm for 600B. Lignite tours offer a more luxurious service from Krabi bus station for 1000-1400B leaving daily at 8am and 5pm. For the reverse journey, buses from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok leave at 7:30am, 4:40pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, arrive 12 hours later and cost 461-920B. For travel from Krabi to Ao Nang, consult the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi.
Option 3) This option is useful only if flights to/from Krabi are full. First get to Phuket - see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Phuket. If arriving in Phuket at Bang Rong pier or in Phuket town, take a taxi to the airport, which will cost THB 400. If arriving by public bus, ask the driver to drop you at the end of the airport road end. You will be able to get a taxi from there to the airport for roughly THB 100. Then pick a cheap airline to Bangkok. Airline websites: www.airasia.com, www.nokair.com, www.thaiair.com & www.fly12go.com
Option 4) There is also the train service from Surat Thani, which is a more comfortable option than the bus. First get to Krabi - see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi. Then take the public bus to Surat Thani at 11:30am and 4pm, followed by taxi to the train station to make your connection, (see the train timetable). For the reverse journey, take the train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. Then take the public bus to Krabi. Then, to get to Ao Nang, see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi.
A daily speedboat service runs from Ao Nang at 11am for 500B. Contact us to book. This service will take you to the northern tip of Koh Yao Yai, which is the southern of the two Yao islands Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai. From there you must arrange a longtail boat to take you to Koh Yao Noi, a trip of only 10 minutes, but you are at the mercy of the boat drivers’ greed.
There is a ferry service that runs daily from a pier close to Ao Nang called Ao Thalane. A taxi from Ao Nang to Ao Thalane will cost 600B. There is a Song-thaew service from Krabi town for 60B but you will have to go into Krabi town first, a journey of up to an hour, then back to Ao Thalane, a journey of 40 minutes, thus completing two sides of a triangle. Ferries depart from Ao Thalane to Koh Yao Noi’s Thakao Pier at 10, 11am and 1pm and cost 120-150B.
From Koh Yao Noi to Ao Nang is the same process in reverse, with ferries leaving Koh Yao Noi at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30am, and costing 150B.
Note: In the low season (May-November) only the service from Ao Thalane runs. The speedboat service does not run.
This is a private island resort and as such its operators provide transport upon booking a stay with them. Contact us to book. From Ao Nang this service leaves at 8.45am from the police box situated, when standing facing the beach, on the far left near to the Phranang Inn. A minivan will take you to Had Yao pier in Trang where a high speed ferry will take you to Koh Lao Liang. This service costs 1100B per person. The journey takes about 3 ½ hours. Contact us to book.
From Koh Lao Liang to Ao Nang is as simple, leaving Koh Lao Liang at 12pm and returning to Ao Nang at 4pm, Also 1100B per person. Contact us to book.
Note: In the low season (May-November) this destination is unavailable.
From Ao Nang this is a very simple process. You talk to a boatman, identified by their numbered and coloured shirts, who will tell you to buy a ticket from one of two booths on Ao Nang beach at 80B per person. When there are 8 people wishing to go you will be escorted to a longtail boat and captained around the dramatic limestone karst headland. You will arrive 15 minutes later, at Railay or Tonsai. If you are lucky, at high tide the boat arrives right on the beach, but if the tide is out then you will have to wade to the beach from 50 metres out. You will get at least your feet and calves, and possibly your bottom, wet.
To Ao Nang from Railay or Tonsai bay it is the same except you pay the boatman directly. Boats leave regularly from either location from 7am until 7pm. After then the price is at the boatman’s discretion and it can increase greatly, to as much as 1000B.
The Phi Phi Family ferry service runs from Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi once daily at 9am and costs 490B, children 3-10 years 390B. The boat leaves from Had Nopparat Thara pier; there is a free transfer to the pier if you are staying in Ao Nang. Contact us to book.
The return boat is at 3.30pm and prices are identical.
Note: In the low season (May-November) the timetable is subject to change, contact www.tktkrabitour.com for more information.
Phi Phi Family ferry service runs from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta once daily at 10:30am and costs 520B, children under 10 years old are charged 400B. The journey takes 2 ½ hours. Contact us to book.
The ferry to Ao Nang from Koh Lanta leaves Ban Saladan at 1:30pm, prices are the same and journey time is the same at 2 ½ hours. The mostly overland alternative is bookable from your Koh Lanta resort and takes roughly 2 ½ hours.
Note: In the low season (May-November) only the mostly overland option runs.
The daily ferry to Koh Lanta, (which departs from Ao Nang at 10:30am and costs 520B) stops offshore of Koh Jum during the high season. A longtail boat from your resort will then meet the ferry, in order to collect you. You must first contact the resort with your travel times and request the pick up. Contact us to book.
Alternatively you can drive to the mainland's Ban Laem Kruat pier and get the local ferry to the island, which runs about every 20 minutes and costs 50B.
The return trip to Ao Nang is similar, ask the travel desk at your resort to contact the ferry company for a pick up at roughly 2pm. Or have the resort book a minivan for you.
Note: In the low season (May-November) only the overland to Ban Laem Kruat pier is available.
The ferries to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao leave from Don Sak. To get there you must first get to Krabi. See the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi. Then take the public to Surat Thani, which leaves Krabi bus station at 11:30am or 4pm, costs about 150B and takes 2 ½ hours. Then take a local song-thaew bus from Surat Thani to Don Sak which takes 40 minutes and costs about 100B. Then catch one of the boats on the following ferry timetable. Contact us to book.
Ferry Timetable for the Gulf Islands.
The above journey is laborious. A private taxi to Don Sak costs 3500B. Contact us to book.
Koh Samui airport is accessible from Krabi airport. First you must get to Krabi – see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi. Flights leave daily at 12:15pm, returning daily at 12:25pm.
The return journey is marginally easier. From Don Sak, a bus to Krabi leaves the pier after each ferry arrival from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao. See the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi for the journey from Krabi to Ao Nang.
Note: In the low season (May-November) the timetable is subject to change. Contact www.tktkrabitour.com for updates and bookings.
Public buses are the easiest way to get to Had Yai. First, go to Krabi - see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi. The buses leave the bus terminal in Krabi town every hour. This journey lasts 4 hours and shows you a great spectrum of countryside in the comfort of a seat with nearly adequate leg-room. The fare is THB 210.
Alternatively, a minivan will pick you up from any location in the Ao Nang area at roughly 7am, arriving in Had Yai at 11am. This service costs THB 350. Contact us to book.
For the return journey, from Had Yai the buses leave for Krabi every ½ hour. You will arrive 4 hours later, at a reduction in your wealth of only THB 210. The first minivan leaves for Krabi at 7am and the last at 6:30pm. Then see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi.
Koh Lipe is the southernmost island in the Tarutao National Marine Park, and also in Thailand. To get to this island you have two options. The first, and simplest, is to use the Tigerline minivan/high speed ferry service that leaves Ao Nang at 8:45am, and takes 6hours. All connections and swapping of transports are arranged by Tigerline and as such you need do nothing. This service costs 1100B per person. The second option is to collect a minivan from Ao Nang at 7am or 11am to Pakbara pier in Satun province. This journey takes at elast 5 ½ hours for the 7am van and 2 ½ hours for the 11am van!! From this pier speedboats leave, for both Koh Tarutao and Koh Lipe, at 10:30am and 12 noon. Contact us to book.
From Koh Lipe to Ao Nang, the same above two travel options are available. The Tigerline service leaves at 10am and arrives in Ao Nang at 4pm for 1000B. The speedboats to Pakbara Pier begin leaving at 10am, but some stop on Koh Tarutao first before going on in the afternoon. This makes the journey north very long and slow, making it impossible for you to reach Ao Nang before dark. On reaching Pakbara, you must find a minivan or Song-thaew to La-Ngu, and then catch a public bus north to Krabi. Then see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi.
Note: In the low season (May-November) Tigerline do not operate, and boat transport is by longtail boat only, a 5 ½ hour journey from Koh Lipe to the mainland.
The quickest and most luxurious way to Trang is in a private taxi for 2800B. You will cover the 138km in 1 ½ hours. Contact us to book.
Alternatively, take the public bus. First, go to Krabi - see the above section entitled Ao Nang to/from Krabi. Then catch the public bus service to Trang, which leaves every hour, costs 115B and takes 2 hours. Sometimes this route is very busy and so you are not always guaranteed a seat!
Alternatively, a minivan service leaves Ao Nang at 7, 11am and 5pm, also taking 2 hours. It costs THB 350. Contact us to book.
To return to Ao Nang the public buses leave every hour at the same price. The taxi may be a little cheaper as Trang is not such a busy tourist destination, though the minivan will be the same price, (ask your hotel to book one for you).
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