When I envisaged Ao Nang as a place I pictured a laid back almost hippie like beach with a few restaurants dotted about, a handful of bars and a tranquil stretch of beach. I was very very wrong…
In front of you lies the sea with the most aesthetically enticing islands poking out of the water, it’s just insanely beautiful. You look behind you and all you see are cheap pizza restaurants, tailors and souvenir shops. The two don’t quite sit together unfortunately.
For lunch on one of our last days we decided to head in the opposite direction down the coastline to Nopparattara beach. This was what I had imagined. A quiet stretch of beach, a little rockier than Ao Nang beach which is probably what keeps the crowds away. It’s so tranquil and quiet with an almost unspoiled element to it. We spent our morning lounging in the sun, dipping in the sea and as noon rolled in we wandered over to a little seafood restaurant.
The Krua Thara restaurant is a stones throw from that sandy shore.
Fresh fish lines every possible surface surrounding the dining area.
We slumped our sun soaked selves down and ordered two frosty coconut smoothies.
Tom started with a seafood salad.
I started with a Tom Yam Gung, a lot spicier than I am used to but the flavours were incredible and the seafood was extremely fresh. Hands down the best soup of the trip.
Tom moved on to stir fried crab.
I tucked into giant tiger prawns with heaps of garlic and green peppercorns.
And all accompanied with a heavenly heap of pineapple fried rice, packed with cashews and baby octopus.
The food was just outstanding, the seafood so fresh, we finally felt as though we were eating ‘real’ Thai food, which in Ao Nang is surprisingly rare!
After a long lunch we made our way back to the beach, refreshed, rehydrated and very well fed.
Seafood, sand and sunshine. It really doesn’t get much better.