How to Avoid the Crowds in Krabi Thailand: Good Vibes Only

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Towering limestone karsts, the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, the warm vibrant sun beating down on your cheek, you’ve heard amazing things about  Krabi and you know it’s going to be everything you dreamed of

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…until you step out of your songthaew and notice the plethora of tourists and backpackers.

They’re on the street, perusing the souvenir shops, hanging out in hostels, fueling up for the night in restaurants and partying the night away in the bars.

If you’re looking for the party…. it will be easy to find. ?

But if you’re more into chillin on the beach with a j, hanging out in a hammock for endless hours, occasionally getting work done, and exploring the terrain on your own terms, you’ve chosen the right guide.

Avoid the crowds and have a chilled out time in Krabi.


My first piece of advice, don’t stay in Krabi town.

Whether you’re flying into Krabi on a pitstop to another destination or arriving by Lomprayah’s bus/ ferry service and staying for a few days, it’s well worth avoiding the backacker hub and going 15-20 minutes further for the BEACH VIBES! Ao Nang is a 40 minute minibus or taxi ride from the Krabi airport. If traveling with Lomprayah, their shuttle will drop you right at your accomodation (or anywhere you want really).?

Ao Nang Thailand


Spend the night further away from the beach

Finding a quiet place to retreat to in the vicinity of Ao Nang Beach after a day in the sun, or when you need to get some work done, can be difficult. The beach attracts lots of people, and the closer you stay to the beach the busier it will be.

That’s more noise and distraction you’ll have in the way of your good vibes.

 Have your taxi drop you further up from the beach at Blae Guesthouse, the “hammock guest house”.


We’ve stayed at Blae twice now and both times it has been the perfect spot to kick back in one of their many hammocks and get some much needed peace and quiet. You’re greeted first by the sweet Guesthouse staff, they are super friendly, they can answer your questions and book any tours or transportation for you.

(Like your Lomprayah bus/ferry ticket and pick-up) 

(Blae Guesthouse is located 2 minutes from  the main road which adds to the peaceful nature of the atmosphere)


The rooms are basic, but comfortable and stylish, giving you your own outdoor covered terrace with a hammock and sitting/ lounging area. It’s easy to get inspired while lounging in a hammock with your laptop staring into the greenery that surrounds you.

Vines hang down from the bamboo on the roof and your little patio area feels like it’s secluded from the rest of the world. Minutes bleed into hours while you’re hanging in hammocks, and the only thing that keeps you aware of the passing time are the enchanting calls to prayer from the nearby mosque.

Ao Nang MosqueYou know what else is pretty neat… the mosque lights up at night, making even the rainiest night seem colorful.)


The common area at Blae is shared with their sister Hostel “Glur”. It’s a large covered patio with lots of space to sit, that opens up to more verdant gardens, and a pool that’s surrounded by jungle plants.

Don’t worry there are plenty of hammocks, floor pillows, and casual seating to enjoy your complimentary breakfast, meet some cool travelers, or focus on work in a community setting.


(The common area is the best place to connect to the wifi and get into that work groove)

It’s even stocked with coffee, tea, and snacks 24/7 to keep you on that grind or in case you get a bit munchie! 


Check out Blae Guesthouse on their website, and facebook. You can book a room at Blae by clicking here.

**Note** By booking through the link on our page, we will receive a small commission at no cost to you. This allows us to continue our travels. Thanks for your support!




? Explore the coast and Islands on your own terms


I really don’t recommend taking one of those long tail boat tours of the islands in one day and neither do these bloggers:



grab some water and snacks from 7/11 and head down Ao Nang beach to find the Kayak stand.

(You can rent a Kayak until 6pm for 1000 baht. (US$30))

This kayak is your key, your chariot, to peace and solitude!

Once it’s just you (& your partner in crime) and your kayak, on the open water… you can go anywhere (anywhere you can make it back from by 6). Take laps around the karsts, hop from Tonsai to Railay Beach maybe even paddle out to Chicken Island.

If you’re the kind of person that fancies a toke on the water, make sure to stop into the reggae bar the night before your kayak adventure for a beer and some live music (go around 8pm)

For more info about Tonsai Beach and Railey Beach check out this post by Where In the World is Nina? And for more ideas of things to do in Ao Nang have a look at Journey Era’s Post 

Eat among the locals

After your aquatic adventure, you’re going to be hungry! First, celebrate the completion of your your epic adventure and surviving your nearly tragic encounter with beach monkeys!?

(SURE they look so cute on your ?, but those cute little bastards will take your shit and run!  Don’t leave any food or valuables unattended!) 


Stop for some coconut ice cream to enjoy on your walk back up the road.(a few blocks up on the right side of the street, in a small doorway you’ll find the nicest coconut ice cream lady! It’s the best coconut ice cream I’ve had. AND she gives you the coconut water while you wait. By the time you finish your ice cream and stop dreaming about a second one, start looking for dinner options! 

We always prefer street food, (which you can find right near the mosque). However, there are 50-60 baht gems tucked in between the 100-250 baht restaurants! Just keep your eye out for prices. 

The further up from the beach you go, the more local joints you’ll find. Just walk straight by those dudes trying to convince you to come into their restaurants.

I swear the places with the most love and flavor in their food are usually cheaper and less flashy!

(Tip: Restaurants with 4 walls will almost always cost more)


For an even more Local Vibe

Ao Nam Mao

Take a songthaew taxi over to Ao Nam Mao Pier!

Go there for the food, and outdoor market, but stay for the secret beach! We had some of the best food over in Ao Nam Mao! You’ll probably have a difficult time finding any of the regular pork dishes in this area as it’s got a heavier Muslim influence. But pass on the pork for a minute and try the 3 flavored fish or one of the best Tom Kha Kai’s we’ve ever tasted! (Cheaper food is further away from the pier)


Plan to be in Ao Nam Mao around low tide (this is when the magic happens).

Ao Nam Mao Secret Beach

An island of mangroves appears from the water! Take a stroll down the beach to the uncovered land bridge and out the the island.

Here in this circle of mangroves is (a creepy well AND) the perfect spot to hang a hammock and watch the tides roll out and then in again.

Disconnect from your work, your life, and the busy beach scene that’s only 10 minutes away. Revel in that alone time and chill super hard in Krabi.



Do you have an ultimate chill out spot?Where is your Ideal work location? 

Tell us in the Comments so we can hang our Hammock there…



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6 Responses

  1. Hey Gabby and Adam!!! Great article for those of us trying to avoid the chaos of the Thai islands! Thanks so much for linking to my blog post! Wishing you well in South East Asia!

    • LocalNomads
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      Hey Megan, Glad you enjoyed it! We’re hanging out on Koh Phangan right now figuring out our next plans. Where are you heading to first in 2017?

      • I was in Singapore last week but no solid plans on 2017 yet! Other than living here in Malaysia. Enjoy Koh Phangan, if you’re still there!

        • Delores
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          I beg to differ. At least on yelp, you can read the different reviews and find other reviewers who have similar taste as you. For example, if a Chinese restaurant receives high marks from people who are paraciultrly impressed with their General Tso’s chicken, then I know to not take these reviews seriously.

          • LocalNomads

            Thanks for stopping by, Delores! I completely agree with your yelp comment, however I find it somewhat confusing in this context. I also find that travel bloggers, like yelpers, have their own perspectives. What’s great for one might be terrible for others. Was there something specific in this article that reminded you of this fact?

  2. Suska
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    You should try Khao Sok National Park- its the oldest living rain forest in the world. Stay on one of the floating huts. It’s great! My son lived both in South Thailand teaching and later in Bangkok working for the UN, he could speak the language & new the customs & habits of the people, which made traveling alone easier and he showed me around and said the best way to know Thailand is to travel like a local and not a tourist. My favorite dish is larb and he makes an awesome one.
    Best part was the rainforest ( we took the overnight slow train to get there) and traveling by motorbike. No elephant riding please though. It may look cool, but its a tragedy what they go through to get trained, and that only supports the continuation of profiting off that kind of abuse.

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