Topic: Ao Nang voted second best beach destination worldwide

Australian travellers voted Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand, to second place in the top 10 popular beach destinations worldwide, according to a survey conducted by www. expedia.com.au.

According to the Australian travel website, Ao Nang beach, Krabi, gained the second spot right after Cable Beach, Broome in Western Australia.

Ao Nang beach is in Krabi province about 20 km from Krabi town. The coastal province has more than 83 offshore islands. While not as famous as its neighbour Phuket island it has its own airport and is served by domestic flights from Bangkok, international flights from Singapore and charters out of Europe.

In the website voting, the destination beat Nha Trang beach in Vietnam, Paradise beach and Yasawa in Fiji Island, Aseda beach in Brazil, Lanikai beach in Hawaii, US, Isola Bella beach in Italy, Clifton beach in South Africa, Seven Miles beach in Jamaica, and Mughsayl beach in Oman.

Expedia.com.au is part of Expedia Inc, a global online travel company. The website offers flights, hotels, hire cars, attractions and holiday packages to customers.

Some of its packages and hotel offers feature Krabi and Australian tourists are the fourth largest market to the resort area.

According to the Tourism and Sports Ministry’s statistic, from January to September 2010, 1,016,928 travellers visited Krabi, down 17.96% from 1,239,594 in 2009, The arrivals broke down into 380,752 Thai (-33.85%) and 636,176 foreigners (-4.19%).

The top five source markets in the first three quarters of 2010 were: Sweden (114,558, -11.74%); Finland (52,327, +135.43); UK (45,492, -11.41%); Australia (43,143, 25.33%) and Germany (42,418, -48.34%).

Krabi has 12,446 rooms mainly on beaches and islands within 20 km of the provincial town. The province lies 814 km south of Bangkok on the Andaman Sea coast.

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Re: Ao Nang voted second best beach destination worldwide

du yuo have a direct link to the vote on the Expedia.com.au website?

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Wow! that really surprises me! I am thinking they havent done there Homework!

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Well, when you see stories like this:
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you do wonder... :-(

Re: Ao Nang voted second best beach destination worldwide

They must be voting on tours and activities around Krabi because Ao Nang beach is very plain. Phra Nang beach is very goog though and Railey is ok.

In general the scenary and activities around Krabi are great just dont expect much of a beach at Ao Nang.

Re: Ao Nang voted second best beach destination worldwide

The dumping of trash and broken glass on beaches is quite common in Thailand. You see it on Lanta big time in low season.