Australian travellers voted Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand, 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.
These villas featuring contemporary Thai architecture are built on a land area of more than 93sqm with a generous living space of up to 75sqm.
Krabi Airline has started to sell tickets for a brand new route from the airport to Krabi and Bangkok.
Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand, second place in the top 10 popular beach destinations worldwide, by expedia.com.au.
Krabi has not been effected by the flooding prevalent in other parts of Thailand.