04.11.2013 - 07.11.2013
So what else can I tell you about Ao Nang? Russians and reggae.
Russians far outnumber any other nationality in terms of tourists, and the best bars are reggae bars (sorry Jon, but we found by far the best bar after you had gone... Mr Long Bar... complete with very friendly Mr Long. He wasn't, although his white hair was).
In Mr Longs with chilled live music
The living here was easy. It's definitely a package holiday destination so felt very much like a holiday rather than backpacking.
We extended our Ao Nang stay to a week as we loved our hotel so much and booked another boat trip, this time to see the Hong Islands.
More birds' nest harvesting
Best beach of the day, wonderful soft sand
You see these signs everywhere near the coast since the Boxing Day tsunami hit in 2004
The Hong Islands were a bit overrated which was a shame (or have we been spoilt?!), as the marketing suggested they were the most beautiful islands close to Krabi. The scenery was still lovely but some of the beaches weren't great and we noticed piles of litter just back from the beach area. It seems there's little responsibility taken to keep some of the heavily visited beaches/sea clean and complacency about the sustainability of future tourism. Anyone who came to Thailand years ago would no doubt see much change, for the worse. However it can still offer some beautiful clean beaches (west Railay Beach is a great example).
The rest of our stay was filled with massages, beach time and mooching about. Very chilled... and hurrah, my hearing returned after 12 days, so although we couldn't dive in the Krabi region, I'm good to go again!
Ao Nang beach
You see a lot of singular birds in cages, Thai people prize these and pay good money for them as a sign of wealth and for decoration...
Breakfast reading of the tourist mag letters page... weirdos...