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Noppharat Thara Beach in 2024 (Peaceful and Scenic)

[Page updated: 4 March 2024]

Noppharat Thara Beach is just next to the famous Krabi beach – Ao Nang Beach in Krabi province.

Why Go to Noppharat Thara Beach?

The beaches at Ao Nang are not really anything special, but everyone goes anyway and uses Ao Nang as a jumping-off point to go see some really amazing places. The closest nice beach you can visit from Ao Nang is just up the road at Noppharat Thara Beach.

This is a generally clean beach (locals clean it) – and it has some nice water, relatively free of rocks and coral – and easy waves for kids to play in. There are also many tall pine trees (ironwood) trees to sit under for a picnic or to hang a hammock and fall asleep under.

Stay at a hotel or resort in Ao Nang and then go see:

Noppharat Thara Beach Krabi Thailand
Noppharat Beach islands in Krabi. The sand here is not the best, but it’s really a lovely beach. I’ll try to find another photo of the shady trees to give you a better idea of what it’s like. Image Phalinn Ooi Flckr.

Noppharat Thara Beach Location in Krabi: On the Andaman Ocean just up the road (northwest) from Ao Nang Beach. South of Thalen Bay and Nong Talay. About 14 kilometers from Krabi Town.

Direction Facing: Southwest

Beach Length: 2.37 kilometers (1.47 miles)

Beach Width: 35 meters on average! (115 feet)

Estimated Beach Area Meters282,950

Beach Quality: Sand is better than Ao Nang, but still not so ideal. Large grains, some hidden bottle caps, and glass. Sharp shells. Nice trees for shade! Great food in the parking lot area – street stalls and a couple of convenience stores for cold drinks and ice cream.

Ocean Bottom: Soft, sandy bottom with large and small rocks partially submerged. Lots of crabs to walk on, and occasionally you’ll find some metal or glass. Not recommended to walk without shoes here.

Surrounding Beaches: Ao Phra Nang Beach is just to the south.

Restroom/shower facilities? Yes, both are available, though dirty and dangerous – sharp tile broken, doors are broken, it smells… typical Thailand beach facilities! The main restroom is by the restaurants near the pier. The other restroom is further down the beach, not at the end where the islands are. Walk south to find them across the road by the parking area.

Beach Features: Soft, deep, clean sand. Wide beach for lying down. Excellent calm water for swimming. Crystal clear water. Limestone karst formations in the water. Islands in view.

Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.

Boat anchorage possible? Short-term is possible

Boat dock and marina? Yes, large dock but not sure if private boats can dock there.

Attractions: Ao Nang Beach is just 2 km. down the road. Ngorn Nak Mountain (jungle hiking) is about 12 km toward Thalen Bay.

Activities: Walking out to the islands at low tide is fun. Good place for flying a kite. Can bring a paddleboard or windsurfboard. There is a windsurfing place on Ao Nang Beach where you can get lessons.

Surfing? Not so good, but occasionally the waves are big enough and junk – but you can ride a bodyboard there for fun until you get tired of the chop.

Warnings: Rip tides are dangerous here, and at all west-facing Thailand beaches when the waves are big.

A peak at the small islands off Noppharat Thara Beach in Ao Nang, Krabi.
Lots of trees provide shade at the beach, and the two islands just offshore are easily explored at low tide.
Sunset at Noppharat Thara Beach in January 2024.
The sun is ready to set behind a small hill at Noppharat Thara Beach out by the two islands.

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