My first encounter with Ao Nang was in November last year. I was there because I had promise myself a vacation since starting A.i Andessen Imagery in the beginning of 2010. All I want is to experience rock climbing and kayaking in Krabi.
The area I went to is Ao Nang and I was there for five days. Strangely, it was only on the third day that I really get to see Aonang Beach. How so? You see, as there was only one flight every day from Singapore to Krabi by Tiger Airways, it was already 5PM by the time the only bus service from Krabi Airport dropped me off at the Bed & Breakfast. Tired and hungry, all I did was get dinner, a massage, and some light shopping along the incandescent lit streets before heading to bed on the first night.
On the second day, I was up early for breakfast at 7AM before the rock climbing guide picked us up at 8AM and brought us to Railay for a full day of physical and mental ‘torture’. As my buddy and I ended our challenging outing at the rocks, we were back in our rooms exhausted and missed the sunset again.
The third day’s routine was similar except that we were back from ‘A Day in the Islands’ earlier than expected where we sunbathed in beautiful secluded island beaches on the Andaman Sea, paddled a kayak around a lagoon, and tried snorkeling in the waters of a relaxing white sandy beach. At the end of the day, after a brief rest back in our room, my buddy even had the energy to tag me for a run. That was when the stunning sunset of Ao Nang Beach caught my attention. As we ran along the short beach road, the golden lights and stark shadows created by the sunset delighted my soul.
From there onwards, I knew I had to go back, only this time with my camera ready to capture the delightful sight.
What about the fourth and fifth day you asked? Well, it was Loy Krathong festival on the fourth day and the place is packed while on the fifth, I was already on the plane back to Singapore when the only sunset I saw was that at Changi Airport.
And with intent to be back in Ao Nang to capture what I fell in love with; the result is as shown. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Photography Andy Post-Process Andy Words Andy