Ao Nang travel
Accessible only by boat, Railay's four beaches Tonsai, Railay West, Railay East and Phra Nang are situated between towering limestone cliffs. Railay West is one of the south of Thailand's most impressive, atmospheric and beautiful beaches and is outstanding any time of day. It's possible to walk between these beaches to compare and contrast their attractions. Phra Nang is not as developed as the others and has silky-soft sand while the mangrove forest parcels along Railay East can seem a little rough but is nevertheless the centre of nightlife in Railay area. Quieter than the other beaches, Tonsai really is the place to read that book or just work on the suntan; don't believe the (sometimes crooked) boatmen who say that you can't reach Tonsai on foot from Railay. You can, through the jungle.
Scuba Diving from Ao Nang
Scuba Diving is one of the most popular activities in southern Thailand, and Ao Nang. Many great dive sites are accessible from Ao Nang, the closest ones being around the islands off the coast – Koh Poda, Koh Talu, Koh Tap – and they can be reached in about 30 minutes by long-tail boat. Further away in the Andaman Sea, dive sites such as the Phi Phi Islands (Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai, Shark Point, Anemone Reef, King Cruiser Wreck), Hin Daeng and Hin Muang (manta rays and whale sharks are often spotted there) and Koh Haa offer world-class diving opportunities.
It is estimated that there are something like 200 islands around the Krabi coastline, many are small rocky outcrops that rise precipitously out of the sea and have no landing access. Others are larger and uninhabited, with characteristic tiny white sand beaches, coral reefs, and intricate cave systems. From Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara you can go island-hopping simply by renting a local long-tail boat; alternatively, you can discover and explore these lovely islands with a guide by joining a day trip that includes snorkelling or kayaking.
The Phallus Shrine in Phra Nang Cave
The Phallus Shrine in Phra Nang (Princess) Cave is located on the east side of Phra Nang Bay in Railay. Actually, there are two caves next to each others filled in with gigantic wooden phallic symbols. Since ancient times, Phra Nang Cave has been where fishermen, before going out to sea, have made offerings to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva. The fishermen, who say the cave is the home of a mythical sea princess, believe their offerings will bring them success in their fishing and protect them from danger.
Ao Nang Krabi Thai Boxing Stadium (Raja Two)
Ao Nang Krabi Thai Boxing Stadium - aka Raja Two - claims to have the biggest Muay Thai boxing rink in southern Thailand – in fact it is a fairly large location as the venue can host up to 2,000 spectators. Hosting fights Mondays and Fridays, the Friday session has a series of nine bouts of bone-cracking excitement. The evening starts with junior bouts, and the fights’ intensity gradually grows throughout the evening to reach a climax with the last bout which usually features national level champions.