Din Daeng Doi
Din Daeng Doi is essentially a viewpoint on a small hill, with the climb (walk) up taking only around 10 to 15 minutes and is relatively easy. At the top you’ll find a small restaurant, and absolutely spectacular panoramic views. Din Daeng Doi is located opposite Krabi International School, which is about a 15 minute drive from Ao Nang. For an added bonus, visit at sunrise to make the view even more magical.
Ao Thalane Bay
Ao Thalane bay is just north of Din Daeng Doi, it’s the next substantial coastal area up from Tubkaek and Khlong Muang, it’s a relatively large area, but also quiet and peaceful, with great views over the bay. There’s a few restaurants, villas, and some activities, mainly the mangrove kayaking. Along the way, before you reach the area for renting kayaks, there’s two main stops worth visiting; Khaothong Hill Café, and a wooden pier that extends out over the bay (สะพานไม้ไผ่ อ่าวท่าเลน กระบี่), both I’ll picture below.
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Khlongsai Ferry Port
Khlongsai ferry port is mostly known as the spot to get the ferry over to Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi, but it also happens to be a beautifully untouched area with superb views. To get here you just follow the road from Din Daeng Doi right to the end, there’s not a lot here as it’s mostly a few houses and villas along the road, the rest is mostly dense jungle. There is one place I know of to grab some food or a drink, the aptly named The Hidden Gem.
Khao Phanom Bencha
Okay, so this one isn’t so hidden, it’s more just less visited. Khao Phanom Bencha is a national park north of Krabi town, where the tallest mountain in Krabi is situated. It’s a bit of a drive in, but there’s a great viewpoint and restaurant that looks across the valley to Khao Phanom Bencha mountain itself.
Bonus – Great Scenic Roads
There’s an absolute plethora of scenic roads in Krabi province as you might expect, but I’ll list two that are close to the hotspots. You’ll most likely encounter at least one of these, as it’s on the way from the airport to Ao Nang!
My favourite: Ban Nai Rai to Ao Thalane junction
Naithai to Saithai
I won’t include any actually photographs of the roads, as they’re far better experienced rather experienced in person. But I assure you, they’re outstanding and would fit right at home in Jurassic Park!