Welcome to Hat Noppharat Thara
North of Ao Nang, the golden beach turns more natural as it curves 4km around a less developed headland, until the sea eventually spills into a busy natural lagoon at Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi-Phi National Park headquarters. Its visitors centre has displays on coral reefs and mangrove ecology in Thai and English.
Hat Noppharat Thara is quieter and less built-up than Ao Nang. Several resorts here deceptively advertise a ‘central Ao Nang’ location, though you may well prefer ending up here anyway.