In times past villagers in the area called this three kilometers long beach Haht Klong Haeng, meaning Dry Stream Beach, because when the tide ebbs the northern mountains almost disappears, so that the beach has no shore and stretches all the way to Koh Kao Pak Klong Island. In the vicinity of the beach, there are many places to stay serving tourists. Details and further information may be obtained by writing to Nopparat Thara Beach National Park, P.O. Box 23, Muang district, Krabi 81000, Tel. 0-7563-7436 or call National Park Headquarters. The Royal Forestry Dept., Tel. 0-2579-0529.
This bay is beautiful and at same time very strange to the eyes because of its limestone mountains. Its famous beaches include Rai Ley, Tahm Pra Nang (where the tahm, or cave, is sacred to local villagers) and Nam Mao; none of these can be reached by road. However, boats leave regularly from the accessible part of Ao Nang to take visitors to them. There are also other Islands to visit as well; Kai Island, Tap Island, Mor Island, and Poda Island, where there are clean sandy beaches, clear water and schools of colorful fishes in abundance perfect for diving, snorkeling, or swimming. Boats to the Islands are boarded at Ao Nang.