Well, the days of venturing out everywhere and anywhere on my own has come to an end. Ao Nang was the last stop before heading back out to Krabi and then back to Bangkok. After a laid-back stay at Koh Lanta, I took a mini-van back to Ao Nang near Krabi to spend the day relaxing out on the beaches.
I stayed at the Mini Boxtel hostel (super cute and would definitely recommend!!) in Aonang, and since I arrived a couple of hours before check-in time, I spent some time walking around town and stopped at Sitti Cafe for some brunch. Chicken pad kee mow with a delicious Thai iced tea-that’s what I call brunch!! Super tasty with a good portion of vegetables.
Just to the side of the road is the gorgeous Ao Nang beach!!
There are long-tail boats that head out to Railay Beach and other islands around the area (Hong Island, Tub Island, Chicken Island, Poda Island, etc.) that cost around 100 baht each way. I paid 200 baht for a boat ride out to Phra Nang Cave Beach, and this is a must-see. The views along the ride are insanely stunning.
The stretch of Railay Beach, also another very popular destination. For travelers who are looking to extend their stay around this part of the island, there are plenty of options to stay overnight in the numerous resorts as well.
But nothing beats Phra Nang Beach in my opinion. Just look at this view.
You are CRAZY GORGEOUS.
My new friend named Pop (local from Bangkok who was also traveling to Railay Beach for his first time and staying at Mini Boxtel) and I kind of just decided to head out to Phra Nang Cave on a whim, and holy goodness. I was high key freaking out when I looked over to my right and saw this incredible towering limestone rock dripping with stalactites and stalagmites.
A little to the left of this cliff is a cave containing a shrine filled with phallic symbols, supposedly to symbolize fertility and for fishermen to have a good catch.
Ventured, swam and climbed a little further out until I got to this quiet little viewpoint overlooking the turquoise waters behind the cave, away from the crowds and it was one of those absolutely perfect moments.
Despite the couple hours of perfection that we had on this beach, it started raining shortly after (as it has for every single day that I’ve been in Thailand so far unfortunately). Pop and I headed back to our hostel and I got ready to meet up with my cousin!!!
Growing up, I only got to meet with my cousins/relatives every couple of years since we only visited Taiwan every so often. This time around, I was supposed to visit Taiwan but with the short schedule that I had, it eventually happened to work out so that my cousin would have been visiting Thailand with some friends during the same time that I was going to be there. SUPER EXCITING!! So, we met up for a nice dinner in Aonang overlooking this mountain view!
The place is called The Hilltop Restaurant and Bar, and it’s a very popular spot for tourists visiting Aonang because of the spectacular views you get while enjoying a delicious dinner. Especially popular for watching the sunset (as long as you’re not here on a very gloomy and rainy day). Yifang and her group of friends from university! I had such a pleasant time getting to know them and spending the rest of the evening with them.
Despite the rain, the views are still incredible.
We spent the rest of the night walking around Aonang together, and even went back to Sitti Cafe for drinks later that night. Oh, and we ordered ourself a Thai banana and nutella pancake. We’re planning to have dinner together one last time in Bangkok before she heads back to Cambodia, but my heart is so content.
Thanks for reading, good night world!! ♥