There appears to be a less well-known area north of Ao Nang called Nong Thale and I'm wondering if it is worth staying there. Does it have a decent beach and restaurants? Thanks for your reply. Irene.
Nong Thale is a sub-district of Krabi’s Muang District and home to two scenic beaches– Tubkaak Beach and Khlong Muang Beach – and a number of luxury hotels. Khlong Muang is located 24 kilometres from the town centre on highway 4034 while Tubkaak is 30 kilometres. They are both tranquil and look out towards the Hong islands. Nong Thale boasts a good range of luxury and mid-range hotels though accommodation is not as plentiful as it is in the Ao Nang area. Travelling time from Ao Nang is just 20 minutes, 30 minutes from Krabi Town and 40 minutes from Krabi Airport. Tourist facilities are not so abundant as in Ao Nang.
If you prefer a secluded holiday, one of these beaches could be a good choice. However, if you want to go out for some nightlife or walk along the street looking for restaurants and shopping, you’d better look elsewhere.
A song thaew service operates hourly between Nong Thale and Ao Nang and the hotels also offer shuttle service for guests. To get around on your own, it’s best to rent a car or motorcycle. You can also charter a boat to the Hong Islands.
I am looking for attractions for my six-year-old son in Pattaya. We plan to be there for a few days in January. Thanks in advance, Fiona
Pattaya has a few family-friendly places and activities to occupy a little boy for a few days. The main one is Pattaya Water Park with its water slides and a roller coaster. Kids can easily spend a few hours or a whole day there just splashing around. Another day could be spent at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, which boasts more than 400 acres of animal habitats. You can rent a golf cart to visit the zoo as you want. The nearby Flight of the Gibbon offers the chance to enjoy a Tarzan-like adventure in the forest.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden features an elephant show, mini zoo and Thai cultural show. Other options include elephant riding at the Elephant Park in Pattaya, go-karting, and horse riding. A visit to nearby Koh Larn is fun for everyone. And there are also a number of museums in Pattaya that kids can enjoy, such as Mini Siam, Bottle Museum and 3D Art-in Paradise Museum. In addition, hotels in Pattaya have activities especially designed for kids with the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort in north Pattaya the most prominent. I am sure you can find plenty of activities to occupy your boy during the holidays in Pattaya.