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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept 2012
Active RetireesTM | 25 BeAches Ao NANg Quiet, compact and well equipped, Ao Nang is only a 20-minute trip by public truck from the riverside town of Krabi. Extra attractions at the beach include roadside food stalls and beach walks. KATA A well maintained beach on Phuket, Kata is an easy stroll to many excellent cafes and hotels. KhAo LAK Only one hour north by taxi from Phuket airport, Khao Lak is a far quieter and more compact alternative to Phuket. MeNg In spite of the masses of cafes on its sand, Meng is not overrun by foreigners thanks to the modest accommodation options favoured by locals. RAiLAy The West Beach is sublime, with powdery sands, emerald seas, rocky headlands and karst islands. Line up for a juice or pad thai at a long-tail boat at Phra Nang. Ao Nang and Krabi, long-tails zip across to Railay, home to southern Thailand's most stunning beaches. At one, Phra Nang, there are no cafes or bars on the sand, so tourists line up in knee-deep water beside a charming long-tail decked out as a floating cafe for a coconut juice or pad thai. Go south From Phi Phi, Phuket, Krabi and Tran, board a boat to Koh Lanta. Without the crowds of Phi Phi or the expanse of Phuket, Koh Lanta is the region’s most appealing island. It is spread out, so the masses dissipate quickly on arrival at the charming port of Saladan. Unlike other islands, visitors to Koh Lanta can stay in comfortable huts or bungalows at reasonable prices within metres of one of a dozen beaches, but head to Klong Dao beach for mid-range bungalows and a lack of reggae bars. From Koh Lanta, jump on a ferry further south to less developed islands like Koh Lipe, and on to Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia. Then it’s time to turn around and do it again in the other direction. •• ! The rocky cliffs, powdery sands and emerald seas off Railay's beaches are relatively easy to reach by long-tail from Ao Nang and Krabi. ToP 5 Paul Greenway
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