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Noppharat Thara Beach, Krabi Province, Thailand

A lovely beach in Ao Nang called Noppharat Thara. Running along beach.
Running with my daughter at Noppharat Thara Beach near Ao Nang, Krabi.

Noppharat Thara beach in Krabi, Thailand – near Ao Nang beaches is a quiet beach that is usually the target of local and visiting Thais when they come to Krabi. There are few tourists that come to Noppharat Thara except to pass through as they board the ferry to Ko Phi Phi or Phuket Islands. There is a large ferry that runs daily during the tourist season (November – May).

The beach itself has ultra-fine sand and yet it’s mixed with hard shells and the small pine cone seeds that fall from the trees that line its shore. The beach is long, hundreds of meters and during low tide, it’s possible to walk out to the small islands that you see in the photos below. Noppharat Thara beach is a local sort of beach because it’s quiet and shady. Thais don’t like to sit in the sun to get dark like foreign visitors (non-Asian) seem to. Thais would rather have a picnic in the shade.

The water of the beach is always warm enough to swim and there are some submerged coral, rocks and other hazards occasionally. Best to wear sandals into the water so as not to cut your feet. Noppharat Thara beach is really gorgeous and if you get a chance you should go have a look. It’s located just west of Ao Nang beaches. Keep following the road along the beach – going west and you’ll run into it. You’ll be there when you see lots of trees along the beach. There are a few small signs too.

There is excellent seafood at the largest restaurant near the parking area at Noppharat. That’s the only one I’ve eaten at and it’s excellent Thai seafood.

Photos of Nopparat Thara beach below…

During low tide at Nopparat Thara beach, you can walk out to the small islands that are close by. If you climb to the top of the closest one – not difficult, you can see this view! Awesome!

Large ferry at Nopparat Thara beach, Krabi, Thailand.
Ferry to Koh Phi Phi and Phuket Islands docked at Noppharat Thara Pier.

Ferry to Ko Phi Phi and Ko Phuket from Nopparat Thara pier. This ferry runs only during tourist season! November through May.

Nopparat Thara beach, Krabi, Thailand is a family sort of beach.
There are small islands at Noppharat Thara Beach and it’s ideal for children to play in the gentle surf.

Noppharat Thara is really a family beach. You’ll see mostly Thais there, and a handful of foreigners. It’s NOT a topless beach, but the Europeans seem to think so.

Islands you can walk out to.

Two small islands off the coast of Noppharat Thara beach, Krabi.

The beach and trees remind me a lot of Oahu, Hawaii’s windward coast near Bellows AFS and Kailua. Do you know it?

A nice flat beach for running on the sand.

At low tide, it’s possible to walk the whole way out to those small islands. Climb the one on the right for the awesome view in the first photo (above).

Sunset is always nice here – but it doesn’t set over the ocean.

Nopparat Thara beach, Krabi, Thailand.
Taken from one of the islands off Noppharat Thara Beach and looking toward Hang Nak Nature Trail Mountain – Dragon Crest (Ngorn Nak).

Another view from the island looking toward Noppharat Thara beach. Actually, it’s looking toward the pier area which is on the right of this photo. The mountains in Krabi range from 200 meters to 1300 meters.

Sunny beach Nopparat Thara.
Small idyllic islands off Noppharat Thara Beach, Krabi, Thailand.

When the sun is out the water has some cool color.

When the sun is not out the water appears grey.

Nopparat Thara beach, Krabi, Thailand.
We sold so many of this photo at one of the stock photo agencies we use.

Noppharat Thara beach, Paradise…

Fast boats, Nopparat Thara pier.
More boats near the pier at Noppharat Thara on a foggy day.

Boats near the Nopparat Thara pier. These are fast boats you can choose if you want to make it to Ko Phi Phi or to Phuket FAST.

Nopparat Thara beach, Krabi, Thailand
Another photo from the top of the small island off the Noppharat Thara Beach.

Another view from the top of the island looking back toward the Noppharat pier area. The main beach is on the right.

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