Ao Nammao Pier is located at the southern end of a small town called Ban Ao Nammao. This pier in Krabi Province is the departure point for longtail boats to Railay Beach. Longtail boats are long thin wooden boats with a motor driven propeller which have been traditionally used by fishermen in Southern Thailand. These small boats are now frequently used for short distance water taxi services in coastal areas of Thailand.
Ao Nammao Pier is a very small floating pier used exclusively by small boats as the connection point between Railway Beach and the rest of Krabi Province. The steep hills around Railay make it inaccessible by car so the only way in or out of Railay is by water or a long difficult walk and climb through the jungle. There are direct minivan and bus services which pick up and drop off customers on their way to and from Railay Beach. Several travel companies operate direct bus and ferry services from this pier to the islands in the Gulf of Thailand.
There is a restaurant with a toilet at Ao Nammao Pier, ticket booth for trips to Railay Beach and a covered seating area for customers to wait for the next departure. There are also several resorts, convenience stores and more restaurants within easy walking distance if you need to spend the night there because you missed the last boat to Railay Beach.
Ao Nam Mao is a hardly developed area located between Railay and Krabi Town. In peak season, it offers a serene atmosphere far from crowds and hosts enough attractions and facilities to please any vacationers.
The eastern and northern sides of Ao Nammao Pier are covered with mangrove forests, which explains the colours of the sand and of the waters (greenish) lapping the shore. It gives the opportunity to take cool trips by sea kayak through this pristine and lush environment, home to a great number of wild animal species (crab-eating macaques, aigrettes, mudskippers, and more). These overgrown bushes of mangroves make for perfect hammock hanging spots – string one up and swing the day away with a book and a beer.
It’s relatively easy to reach from Krabi Town or Ao Nang (a scooter or car is best, but a songthaew will get you close enough for a 10-minute walk). It’s isolated from tourists and touristy stuff – the closest convenience store is a couple of kilometers away. The Old Ao Nammao Pier also called Nam Mao Pier 1.
Tips to the Travelers :
1) For a private trip you have to pay 400 bhat to the National Park Ranger’s as entrance fee.
2) If you’re heading there alone you’ll have to bring your own snorkelling equipment. Those can be picked up relatively cheaply from the stores around Ao Nang beach prior to departing on the boat, and having your own set is bound to serve you well throughout your trip to Krabi.
3) Please carry your drinking water and energy bar along with sunglasses and sunscreen.
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