14 Memorable Things To Do In Aonang (with map)

Aonang is the beachside resort town in the province of Krabi, famous for its sunsets, snorkeling, and lively nightlife. It is close to many islands and is an excellent location for touring the local islands. You will not be stuck with things to do in Aonang.

I spent a total of one month in Aonang, which was full of action-packed, once-in-a-lifetime adventures that I will never forget. I have compiled a list of 14 incredible things to do in Aonang; these were my absolute favourite activities.

I also put all these epic things to do in Aonang on a shared Google map, including places to eat, drink, sleep, and practical information such as pharmacies and nice co-working cafes.

To help you plan your trip to this incredible part of the world, I am sharing the most memorable things to do in Aonang. Let’s dive in!

Things To Do In Aonang

1. Monkey Trail

The monkey trail is one of the unforgettable things to do in Ao Nang. Trek through the edge of the jungle via a series of wooden steps and boards, and at the end, be rewarded with the secluded Pai Plong Beach.

The real highlight of this short trek is the troop of macaques that loiter around the start of the trail, feasting off fresh crab and coconuts. They are a calm troop, mostly preferring to keep to themselves, unless you have food, of course! I have to say, they are the cutest macaques I have seen in Southeast Asia.

The trail starts here, taking approximately 20 minutes to reach Pai Plong Beach. It is steep in some parts, and the wooden stairs have seen better days, so make sure to wear trainers rather than flip-flops or sandals. The way back to Ao Nang is the same path.

2. Watch A Muay Thai Match

muay thai fighters in aonang

3. Mañana Mexican Restaurant

I too can’t believe I am recommending a Mexican restaurant on my list of fun things to do in Ao Nang blog post! Trust me, this will be the best Mexican food outside of Mexico that you will have. I don’t say that lightly; I am a Mexican food connoisseur! Seriously, it is usually all I want to eat!

Located on a quiet side street in Ao Nang is Mañana Mexican. You will know it before you see it because the friendly and warm owner (affectionately called Big Mama) will call you over with a “hey baby” and an infectious smile!

Inside, the space is colorful, fitted with lots of fans, and adorned with some really cool Mexican murals and decorations. Highlights of the menu include mole enchiladas (very spicy), birria tacos, chimichangas, spiced margaritas, and toreadors.

4. Learn To Cook Like A Local

Okay, so you’ve had a Mexican meal in Thailand, feeling a bit guilty, and now you want to atone for your sins? Fret not, I know just the place for you!

This is a souvenir like no other; impress your friends and family with a lifetime of knowledge of a few Thai dishes! Your belly and your friends at home will be glad you did one of the top things to do in Ao Nang.

5. Emerald Pool

Located 70km outside of Aonang is Sa Morakot. Here you can relax and swim in the crystal clear, mineral rich natural Emerald Pool, named for the beautiful colours achieved from its high limestone and mineral content.

To reach the Emerald Pool, you will need to hike a short 1 km through the jungle. The scenic jungle path is clearly marked, so there is no risk of getting lost. Swimming in the Emerald Pool is allowed; it is not very deep, only about 1-2 meters.

600 meters from the Emerald Pool is the Blue Pool. Although swimming here is prohibited, it is worth walking that little bit extra to see the striking colour.

6. Tiger Cave Temple

tiger cave temple is krabi - best things to do in Aonang
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Sitting at 278 metres is Tiger Cave Temple, also known as Wat Tham Suea, located 20km from Aonang and 55 km from Emerald Pool. This is a fun and rewarding thing to do in Aonang.

Climb up 1,200 steep steps to the top to find a large Buddha statue, with spectacular views across the Krabi province.

Despite the name, there are no tigers here, at least not anymore. During meditation, a monk witnessed tigers here, today you can see the tiger paw prints.

It is a gruelling climb to the the top, especially in the hot and humid Thai temperatures, so take lots of water and go at a slow pace.

tiger temple in krabi | day trips from aonang
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7. Watch The Sun Set On Aonang Beach

sunset on Aonang beach - best things to do in Aonang

My favourite part of the day was strolling down to Ao Nang Beach to watch the sky light up in various hues of red, orange, and purple.

Grab a beer from 7/11, sit back, and watch one of the best sunsets you will ever see. This is the most relaxing thing to do in Ao Nang.

8. Fire Show

aonang beach fire show - best things to do in Aonang

While you are on Ao Nang Beach, stay around for the incredible fire show. The performers skillfully dance and perform acrobatics with fire. The playlist is great, and people sit on the stairs with Singha. You might even be called to participate in the show.

The show lasts about 20-30 minutes, so come early to get a good spot as it does get busy.

9. Aonang Night Market

aonang Landmark night market - best things to do in Aonang

Who doesn’t love a night market? Food, souvenirs, and some great designer dupes!

The Aonang Landmark Night Market may not be the biggest market in Thailand, but it is still lots of fun. It is open every Monday to Sunday from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. They offer a variety of different foods, including Korean and Japanese cuisine.

Aside from the Landmark night market, there are smaller night markets in Aonang town. This night market is small, yet there is a great variety of goods.

10. Railay Beach

If you want a fun day trip, I highly recommend heading to Railay Beach. It is one of the best things to do in Aonang.

Railay beach can only be reached by boat, and although it is physically connected to the mainland, it feels like a secluded island paradise.

The boat goes from Aonang beach. You will be sharing it with about six others, and it takes only 20 minutes. We used Aonang Longtail Boat Service located across the road from Aonang beach.

Things to do in Railay beach include:

  • Join a rockclimbing course, whether your a beginner or an expert climber, this course caters to every level.
  • Railay beach viewpoint – this is a short but intense climb with ropes on the edge of a muddy cliff. The views are incredible, and it is so much fun! Make sure to pack shoes with a good grip.
  • Phranang beach with its white sand and turquoise water is a must see!
  • Princess cave is located on Phranang beach, it features a fertility shrine. You will see many wooden and colourful penises inside the cave

11. Phi Phi Islands

Take a trip to the famous Phi Phi island, located a 2 hour boat ride from Aonang.

It is a very lively island, with lots of bars and restaurants.

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12. Four Islands Tour

Hop aboard a speedboat, and explore the beauty of Koh Poda, Chicken Island, Tup Island, and Phranang Cave Beach. You will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel on each island.

The highlight of this tour is Tup island, here you can walk on the sandbar that connects Chicken and Mor Islands.

13. Pub Crawl

Experience the lively nightlife in Aonang, meet other backpackers and tourists, and make hazy memories!

14. Bamboo Tattoo

Also known as a Sak Yant tattoo, getting a bamboo tattoo in Thailand is the ultimate memorable thing to do in Aonang. Bamboo tattoos are spiritual, often associated with protection, good luck, and fortune.

The tattoo is administered by a master called an ajarn. Rather than using a tattoo gun, the ajarn will expertly hand poke your design with a sharpened stick of bamboo.

It takes longer than a regular tattoo but is less painful, and is a tattoo method unique to Thailand.

The Best Way To Get To Aonang

Flights to Aonang

The closest airport to Aonang is Krabi International Airport, located 25km from Aonang.
Phuket airport is the next closet one, flights tend to be cheaper and more direct from Phuket. Therefore it might be worthwhile flying to Phuket and getting a ferry across to Aonang.

Boat to Aonang

Speed boats and ferries go to Ao Nang. Both offer their own advantages, the speedboat is fast, but the ferry is more comfortable with the space to move around onboard and take in the scenery on the top deck.

Phi Phi cruiser are the company that operated the larger ferry, whereas Aonang travel and tour mostly use speed boats.

Boat from Phuket to Aonang

Boats to Aonang depart from Rassada pier. There are speedboats and also slower but larger ferries.

Boat from Phi Phi to Aonang

Boats depart regularly from Ton Sai Pier, you can book a speed boat or a larger ferry.

It will take between 2 and 3 hours to reach Aonang from Phi Phi.

Best Places To Stay In Aonang

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