Ao Nang, originally a tiny coconut village of nothing more than a handful of farmers cleaning the land and preparing for the various harvests of their famed coconuts.
This little coconut village has shifted itself into an international tourist hotspot. Drawing in crowds from every nation Krabi is quickly becoming a pin on the map. Now that roads have been built, hotels erected at lightening speeds, the the ball is rolling. The growth in Krabi over the past 5 years has been immense and the landscape her certainly changes but it doesn’t take long for visitors to get outside the hustle and bustle of the town, explore primary rainforest and get a glimpse of what makes this natural parade such a stunning place.
Although now as as you look from face to face on the sidewalks of Krabi you can see a wide range of faces, Swedish, Chinese, English, Malaysian, Indian and many more but where are the faces that have called this place home for generations? We want to take a minute to pay homage and acknowledge some of the various local faces of our little Ao Nang as they are the foundation to all that we have here now.
These faces come in all shapes and sizes; dark, light, long, short, islamic, buddhist, old, young, timid, aggressive and so many more. Now these are the people who drive our longtail boats, the people who sweep our streets, the men who paint the buildings and work security details.
These are the faces of Ao Nang.
Ao Nang a place of great diversity not only in terms of its visitors but in terms of the locals who have built this little beach town from its humble coconut plantation beginnings some 40 years to one of the major tourist hubs in the southern Thailand.
Some 40-50 years ago this built up city you find your self relaxing by the pool, slurping ice cream while strolling on the streets or slamming our face full is spicy Tom yum was just a variety of coconut, palm and rubber plantations, no roads could be found in the area let along a joule of electricity. Slowly over the years more and more people from krabtown and the surrounding districts and provinces migrated to this little beach area. Everyone bringing with their knowledge, traditions and religion, this is how you can see on many areas of Ao Nang Muslims and Buddhists Thais talking and joking side by side. Indian and Burmese workers waiting tables and cooking up some garlic filled naan, local fisherman make their way to the piers daily to bring home the bounty of the sea, filling our many restaurants with world class cuisine.
Condominiums, hotels, villas and guest houses fly up thanks to the dedicated hard work from the labor force who come from all around the country and abroad for work.
Ao Nang has become a nexus for cultures to blend together, for ideas to flow freely with less government red tape than other parts of the planet.
Walking the streets, take a look around at the many different cultures that now call this place home. Take in the smells that permeate the air and seem to change from block to block, take in the richness and diversity that lives and thrives here.
These are the people that make out little town unique and special. These are the faces of Ao Nang.