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Guide to Ao Nang for Families

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Thailand can be challenging when traveling with young kids, but these challenges seem to fade away in Ao Nang. There are plenty of modern facilities available, but the place still has its 'off the beaten track' feeling. In this guide, I'll share some family-friendly places in Ao Nang, from safe beaches to child-friendly restaurants.

Good for
  • Family
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Noppharathara Beach

Beaches

Catfish Farm

Zoos

Jungle Kitchen

Restaurants

Ao Phang Nga National Park

Lae Lay Grill

Restaurants

Poppy's Minigolf & Kebab Cafe

Theme Parks

Ao Nang Beach

Beaches

Blue Mango

Restaurants

Chris S's City Tips

  • Getting around by Tuk Tuk is easy and loads of fun.
  • Many of the bigger hotels and resorts around Ao Nang have special child-friendly facilities, such as swimming pools and playgrounds.
  • Food in these parts of Thailand can get really spicy! Make sure you ask for "mai phet" when ordering for the kids.
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    Noppharathara Beach
    Beaches
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    Chris S Says:

    Noppharathara Beach is only a few minutes outside of Ao Nang, but less crowded than its busy neighbor Ao Nang Beach. The water off the coast is very shallow and calm, so this beach is ideal for young children.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Double the fun by taking a Tuk Tuk from Ao Nang.
    • The friendly beach vendors at the back of the beach are a great source of fresh fruit and refreshments!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 57 things to do in Ao Nang
    • Not a very nice beach 14/11/2017
    • Great walking beach 11/11/2017
    • Noppharathara Beach
    Phone:
    +66 75 637 200
    Other:
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    Catfish Farm
    Zoos
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    Chris S Says:

    The Catfish Farm just outside Ao Nang is a lovely afternoon activity where you can take a break from the beaches. You'll find everything from cats to crocodiles to the cute little monkey, 'Rosie' (a real crowd pleaser).

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The entrance fee includes a bag of fish food. Feeding the fish is seriously spectacular, so don't miss out!
    • The garden is more like a jungle, so make sure you bring mosquito repellent.
    • The Catfish Farm is best reached by Tuk Tuk, which brings you there in about 15 minutes from Ao Nang.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 57 things to do in Ao Nang
    • not very good 22/10/2017
    • A let down,,, 23/07/2017
    • Catfish Farm
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    Jungle Kitchen
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    Chris S Says:

    Jungle Kitchen is a hidden gem just outside the center of Ao Nang. The friendly staff cooks some of the best Thai dishes I have had around here — for a price you wouldn't expect! The bamboo tables and jungle decorations definitely add to the good vibe.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the mango shake, hands down the best in Ao Nang!
    • The restaurant can be hard to find if you're unfamiliar with the area. Bring a map or save it on your smartphone.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 221 restaurants in Ao Nang
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Omg. Hidden gem! 18/11/2017
    • Excellent food good setting 14/11/2017
    • Jungle Kitchen
    Address:
    33, Moo 2, AO Nang Road
    Ao Nang, Krabi Town
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 93 762 7486
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    17:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Ao Phang Nga National Park
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    Chris S Says:

    Ao Phang Nga National Park has it all. Spread over 40 little islands, it offers excellent beaches, impressive rock formations, and huge caves you can discover by canoe. This is a great day trip from Ao Nang and will keep the kids talking about it for weeks after your visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • While you could arrange the transportation to the park yourself, it saves you a lot of hassle to just take a tour from Ao Nang.
    • Try to visit early in the day to avoid the crowds. "James Bond Island" (famous for its appearance in the film "The Man with the Golden Gun"), can get particularly busy.
    • Arrange a trip with a guide who speaks your language. You'll pay a little more, but there's so much to learn about the area!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Ao Phang Nga National Park
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    Lae Lay Grill
    Restaurants (Seafood, Asian, Thai)
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    Chris S Says:

    If you're a seafood lover and looking for a more 'upscale' dining experience, don't miss out on Lae Lay Grill. This beautiful restaurant is set up on a hill, providing stunning views over the ocean and its outlying islands.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The place can get crowded, especially on weekends. Ask your hotel to call ahead for a reservation.
    • Try to arrive around sunset. I experienced one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen in Thailand here.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 221 restaurants in Ao Nang
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view and food 19/11/2017
    • Gorgeous view very nice food 17/11/2017
    • Lae Lay Grill
    Address:
    89 Moo 3
    89 Moo 3
    Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 75 661 588
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Poppy's Minigolf & Kebab Cafe
    Theme Parks
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    Chris S Says:

    This minigolf course has definitely seen better years, but if you ignore the bad spots, it's a great place to relax while keeping the kids entertained. The kebabs are seriously good, and a great break from the standard Thai menu.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The place turns into a fairly noisy bar at night, so if you're here with kids, be sure to arrive and leave early.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 57 things to do in Ao Nang
    • it was nice trip 09/07/2017
    • Picnic 26/04/2017
    Address:
    123/12 Soi 13 Moo 2
    Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 80 146 4977
    Other:
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    Ao Nang Beach
    Beaches
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    Chris S Says:

    Ao Nang Beach is a great place for a lazy day. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes around, and the facilities are well maintained. The beach can get pretty crowded, which can be a great thing for families because it's a great place to find playmates!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Near the back of the beach (towards the mountain), is a place known for waste dumping. Avoid swimming around here, especially with kids!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 57 things to do in Ao Nang
    • Nice for sunset and chilling 19/11/2017
    • Clean beach 19/11/2017
    • Ao Nang Beach
    Phone:
    +66 94 936 8007
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Blue Mango
    Restaurants (European, Asian, Thai, Pizza, Swedish, Scandinavian)
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    Chris S Says:

    While Thai food is incredibly delicious, if you are crave a little Western comfort food from time to time, Blue Mango is one of my favorite places to grab a slice of pizza or a plate of pasta. The restaurant serves a special kids' menu too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask the friendly staff for child-friendly suggestions.
    • On cooler evenings, the tables outside are great for people watching!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Demolished 18/06/2016
    • Wonderful food 15/06/2016
    • Blue Mango
    Address:
    161/1 Moo 2
    Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 75 637 689
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 00:00
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