Nopparat Thara Beach, Ao Nang
It is 5 km wide, situated next to Ao Nang Central beach. The river divides the beach into 2 parts: the neatest to Ao Nang side has grand beach resorts and guest houses, the access to the other side is on boat or along the coastal road. This part of the beach is crowdless and rarely paid attention to(it is called Long Beach).
Ao Nang central beach and Noppharat Thara are quite different. The first is always full of tourists whereas Noppharat Thara is almost for local people.
The name Noppharat Thara came from Noppharat Thara local national Park that occupies large part of the coast. On its territory one can stay at cheap guest houses or some bungalows or backpacker's. Noppharat Thara beach resorts provide good choice to stay at and they are cheaper than Ao Nang beach resorts.
Local people call Noppharat Thara "Klong Haeng"( dry river) pointing to the fact that water goes far away during low tide and gives access to small islands nearby. Khlong Haeng is also a small village situated in 700 meters to the beach.
The main beach zone has walking paths and benches. You can refresh at some bars on your way. The best place for swimming on Noppharat Thara lies closer to the Pier with several tiny islands connected with the beach by sandy spit. From there a beautiful Panorama opens to you on coastal cliffs and far away Islands.
Local people love this place and often come on family and friendly picnics staying in the shade of the trees during the whole Sunday day.
How to get to Noppharat Thara Beach.
It is approximately in 20 km from Krabi town, 25 km from the Airport and 2 km from Ao Nang. From Krabi Airport one can take Songthaew to stop at Noppharat Thara. It costs 150 baht. The taxi will cost 600 baht. If you are in Ao Nang, you can walk on foot, 2 beaches are separated by a small hill, you just need to follow the Coastal road. Ao Nang Pier is situated on Noppharat Thara. It is the main Sea gates that take ferries and speedboats coming from Phuket, Phi - phi, Koh Lanta. You can also take a longtail boat to Railay and nearby Islands.