a good place to make your base if your travelling around the area and making your way to the islands of phi phi ko lants etc. we stayed at a place called palm haven estate just outside the main port of au nang. a much better alternative than krabi. the place is run buy an aussie guy called scott and his thai wife noi. a really nice place to stay and explore the surrounding area. take a walk up the tiger temple. 1200 odd steps to get a great view. anyone interested i can send some photos. take some water. its hot.