I lived in Krabi for 2 months, more precisely in Ao Nang, so besides the most touristy places, I had to figure out more places nearby to visit, either by foot or by bus. One thing that I usually like to visit is temples because they are quiet and bring me peace. But, Ao Nang seems to be a Muslim area, so I thought there would be no temples nearby to pay a visit. But I was wrong. There is this place called Mountain temple that I decided to visit.
Sunsets in Ao Nang beach:
To get here from Ao Nang beach, you can either hop on a Songthaew or walk. The Songthaew passes just nearby Mountain temple, so you would have to walk just a few minutes to reach the temple that can be seen from the main street. I walked there as the distance is not that long and after about 40 minutes I was there. Plus, I like walking anyway.
I really recommend a visit to this temple as it is so nearby Ao Nang beach. The temple offers wonderful views of the countless mountain cliffs in Krabi province. There are a lot of stairs ahead, but on top, along with a big golden Buddha statue, you will have amazing views. I stayed there for more than 1 h simply enjoying the silence. There was just another handful of people visiting while I was there. I this might be a nice sunset spot.
Another very popular Krabi temple to visit is the Tiger Cave, but I had already visited it before.
Another place very easy to reach from Ao Nang beach is the Shell cemetery as there is a Songthaew heading towards there. The Shell cemetery is the last stop. The journey costs 50bh, so I thought it would be nice to explore a new place.
Well, if the place is worth a visit I can’t actually tell. The weather was gloomy and surely didn’t help to get the best of this place. Plus, when I visited, the tide was high so it was not possible to see the fossils. Yeah, that’s why the name of this place. It is a very peculiar place where you can see craved on the rocks, when they are not underwater, million-year-old fossils from marine animals that once lived there. Apparently, there are some cement-like rocks that hide these fossils, so what at first would look like a normal place, hides something unique. There is an entrance fee of 200bh and no way I would pay that to go and see some fossils. Plus, it is basically paying to go to a beach that should have public access, and it actually has, and yes I found it haha
So, I knew that I would not pay 200bh to see the place, but I went there to check if the views were nice and if there was something else. Yes, there is something else. If you wanna buy pearls, seashell accessories for your home, or stunning huge decorative seashells, this is the place. There are lots of vendors around the entrance selling seashell-made souvenirs. There were places with beautiful shells. I saw some selling for more than 3000bh- more than 90€
So, after strolling around the nice seashell stores, I decided to try my way into the shell cemetery for free because I don’t think the place would be worth 6€. And I found it. There is a little path that can be seen on Maps.me – that’s why you should use maps.me, it shows paths that google doesn’t because they are narrow dirt walking paths. I crossed a few houses and coconut trees and a few minutes later I found the beach through the jungle. Well, once you find the beach, you can walk anywhere you want, so, I could walk to the shell cemetery. The problem is that, as I mentioned before, the tide was high, so there was nothing to be seen. It was raining and it basically ruined my day.
After the unsuccessful attempt of seeing some fossils, I kept my journey close to shore, but the water never retrieved… The tide was seeming to get higher and higher and soon I wouldn’t have more sand to walk on. I still made my way up to Amatapura beachfront villa, but it was not possible to walk any further. To get there the water level was already too high so I got myself pretty wet. So, my advice to explore this area in Ao Nang is to make sure that you visit it during low tide.
Nong Thale lake
There was this weekend when I was really craving to walk in a quiet and very green place, so I made my research. I hop on a Songthaew heading to Krabi town and rang the bell so the bus stops here: at 7- eleven:
From here, my idea is to walk to Nong Thale lake which would be about 45 minutes walk away from the bus stop. – The bus stops wherever you want. Just ring the bell. To hop on the Songthaew, just wave the driver he will stop anywhere.
I was so glad about this decision because the path to get to the lake was exactly what I was looking for. A lush green landscape followed a path where I barely saw other people, along with beautiful plants to appreciate. I must say that getting to the lake was much better than the lake itself haha
To get there I walked among palm oil plantations, something that I always wanted to do because I think they look beautiful, pineapple plantations, red dirt scenarios, and hundreds of mosquitoes biting me all over the place. That was the terrible part… There were some parts where the mosquitoes were so many that I thought they would eat me alive, and worst of all, I forgot the repellent. For this reason, this part of the path was not enjoyable at all as I was just walking as fast as possible pitying that I couldn’t stop to admire the landscape around me. But overall, loved the walk. As peaceful and silent as you can get. The weather was not the best this day either, and as soon as I reached the lake already pretty tired, it started raining.
I took food with me and that was a great idea as I found nothing on my way to the lake. The lake itself was not such an interesting sight. There were some cliffs in the background and mangrove trees. Going here just for the lake is not worth it. But there were some “abandoned” kayaks, so if possible to kayak here, that would be way more interesting. There is nothing around the lake, no places to seat and enjoy the view. Found a place where locals might go, and a hammock on a tree, but that was it. I didn’t stay there for a long time. So, as the lake sights were kind of disappointing, I decided to walk further to Klong Root (clear water canal) another 40 minutes walk. – yes I ended up the day “dead”
Klong Root (clear water canal)
Walking from Nong Thale lake to Klong Root was not as fun. It was through the main street with traffic and many people staring as it might be weird to see a foreigner walking in that area. Walking along big main streets is not my thing, but I didn’t have any other option. Once I reached the place I found a place to sit and didn’t move for the following hour. I was very tired.
The place is basically a water canal with clear waters that allow you to see the bottom of the canal. There are many cute fishies here that can be seen clearly as the water is totally transparent. The place is basically the place for Thai people to hang out. It was full of Thai people enjoying the water. No one here is wearing a bikini.
There is this place where all the kids were sliding which looked super fun. The floor was covered in extremely slippery algae that were helping on the slide down. The canal is surrounded by mangroves and the best and most interesting thing to do here is to rent a kayak and go explore the area on your own. But, as I am alone, I didn’t do that, although it sounded pretty cool because I think that ahead and a bit further you might find clear blue water holes… anyway, I was too tired to do it.
Worst of all is that I still had to walk about 1h more to reach the bus back to Ao Nang. It was a looooooong walking day.
So, all I did here was lie down and enjoy the view and watch how locals have fun.
This was the place where I would go if I didn’t have any plans for the weekend. I prefer it over Ao nang beach because I found my spot there where I had the beach all by myself. You can read more about this beach and other beaches near Ao Nang HERE!