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Nang (อ่าวนาง) is the busiest beach destination in Thailand's
Ao Phra Nang ("Princess Bay") although everybody uses the
form, Ao Nang is the most "Westernized" beach in Krabi, originally a
backpacker hotspot but now moving slowly upmarket as the airport brings
in higher flyers. While not quite as scenic as Rai Leh,
there is a good range of cheap accommodation, many good restaurants,
easy transport and travel/tour agencies ready to cater to your every
whim, making it a good base for exploring Krabi.
yourself in Ao Nang is easy: almost everything is located either along
the beach, which runs west-east, or along the Airport Road
(Hwy 4203) which goes up north from the east end of the beach.
Long-tail boats arrive on the beach near the junction of the two roads;
these long-tails, though, create a problem: the level of noise
pollution arising from an endless stream of undampened boat motors
during high season is substantial. As long as visitors are ever
increasing this problem will continue to worsen and detract from the
beauty of this beach.
International Airport is about 40 minutes away by car. As of 2005,
the local airport limo monopoly charges a fairly steep 600 baht for a
transfer (up to 4 people). Many hotels will arrange a pickup at similar
prices on request. Travel time is about half an hour.
shuttle buses — really just converted pickup trucks (songthaew)
— run from Ao Nang to Krabi (50baht) and from Krabi to the airport (50
baht). The total trip between Ao Nang and the airport takes little less
than 2 hours. To get to Ao Nang from Krabi town you should look for a
white songthaew outside the 7-11 shop.
is a big bus service from the airport to Ao Nang beach and Noppharat
Thara Beach (just after Ao Nang). There are hourly services. It travels
from the airport to Krabi, the ferry terminal, then onwards to Ao Nang
and Noppharat Thara. Good for some sight-seeing. Rates are 150 baht per
person and travelling time to Ao Nang is 1 hour.
buses stop at one place on the hill outside Krabi, and then a smaller
van will take you to your hotel.
the return trip, you can call the hotline 1 day before to arrange
pick-up at your hotel. Or you can wait at any of the 4 bus stops in Ao
Nang (one is in front of McDonald's) and Noppharat Thara. You need to
be there at least 10 minutes before the bus is due to arrive. You can
buy tickets on the bus or in any of the tourist information points.
West and Ton
Sai are only 10 minutes away, while the less developed Had Yao
(Long Beach) is 25 minutes away by long-tail. Boats leave constantly
from the east end of the beach and charge a flat 100 baht/person during
the day, 150 baht/person at night (after 18:00). There is no pier so
expect to get at least your feet wet, probably more. Long-tail boats
from Aonang are available at all seasons, but subject to the weather.
In the monsoon season (May-Oct), getting to Rai Leb from Ao Nammao is
are also public ferry services to Ko Phi
Phi and Ko Lanta (usually twice daily), for which any
travel agent will be happy to sell you tickets at around 200
baht/person. During the monsoon season, the ferry runs once a day.
from Ko Lanta now arrive at the new jetty, from there take a taxi (350
baht), or local bus to Krabi (50 baht) and then on to Ao Nang (40
is a songthaew (shared pick-up truck/taxi) service to Ao Nang from
Krabi Bus staion and Krabi Town, which runs throughout daylight hours
in low season and up to 22:00 in high season. The fare is 50-100 baht
and they can be expected every 10-20 minutes. Songthaews are colour
coded according to destination so make sure if you are coming to Ao
Nang from Krabi you get on a white one.
find one of these white ones in Krabi, go to the Vogue Shopping Centre
on Maharaj Rd (the main road). They go from here and cost 50 baht. They
also go from the bus station for 60 baht if you buy from the counters
and not from touts.
coming from Krabi, the songthaew came along the beach before climbing
the hill at the end. Going back to Krabi, it was the opposite direction
to get to town and the bus station.
in Ao Nang charge a flat 30 baht/person for trips around town.
Songthaews also run all across Ao Nang onto the Shell Beach (See) and some all the
way to Krabi
town, fares from 10 baht up depending on distance.
a motorbike is a great way to explore some of the sites outside of Ao
Nang. There are shops up and down the major strips and you can get a
reliable bike for 24 hours for 150-200 baht.
- Fossil Shell Beach (Thai Su-san Hoi,
"Seashell Graveyard"). Some 7 km west of Ao Nang, this mildly
tourist trap-like attraction has slates of compressed, 40 million year
old shellfish, which bear a small resemblance to concrete. There's also
a small grubby museum and a huge slew of gift shops. Entry is a steep
200 baht for foreigners, but only 20 baht for Thais. This tourist trap
is simply not worth the 200 baht you have to pay as tourists unless
maybe you are a geology student. As the official Krabi tourism website
(rather honestly) states "most are either engrossed in this or totally
- Nopparat Thara Beach. Picturesque beach at the
tip of Ao Nang, zoned as a national park. During low tide you can walk
up to some of the nearby craggy limestone islands. However ask the
locals if it is 'jellyfish season' before plunging in if you are the
only one getting ready to take a dip.
- Rai Leh Beach. A nice beach near Ao Nang, which
be reached via a long-tail boat. It is actually part of the mainland,
but is cut-off by the limestone hills. The beach is cleaner than the
ones at Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara, and there are some caves worth
exploring. There are also hotels and resorts on the beach. In the
off-season, it can be a drama to get there! The long-tails want to
collect 800 baht for the crossing, so they wait for the required number
of passengers. There are two companies who do this, one at the left end
of the beach (facing the water) and the other some several hundred
metres to the right. If you do not get a return day ticket you will
have to return with the other company. In the off-season, from May,
there are few tourists and you may have to wait a long time to get the
required number of passengers, or pay the 800 baht yourself!
Phi Phi are just around the corner and there are many tour
operators offering activities such as sea kayaking and elephant treks.
- Andaman Camp and Cruise, tel: +66 87 885 1125, . Private,
customised day trips and camping trips to many islands. They can also
help plan individual itineraries, accommodation, and transfers.
- Rock Climbing - Climbing
can be arranged through Ao Nang agencies who will arrange transfers,
lunch, and as much climbing as your limbs can handle. Alternatively,
simply wander over to Rai Leh or Ton Sai
and organize an introductory course yourself.
- Ao Nang Climbers, .
Will give you all the information and courses from beginner to
experienced climber; children welcome.
- KrabiTrek, tel: +66 81 27 31313, . Can
arrange private boats trips, All Kayaking, rafting, climbing and
- Tha Lane Bay Discovery Tour, 1/26 Moo 3, ☎ +66888253534,
and Discovery Tour off the beaten track. 1800.
of the dive shops offer a very similar price for the dive courses and
dive trips. However, take a good look around as there some good
seasonal bargains to be found. Sites visited daily include the local
islands in Ao Nang Bay, Phi Phi Marine National Park, the King Cruiser
Wreck site, and Shark Point Marine sanctuary. It's now also possible to
do a one-day safari by speedboat to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang for the
chance to see whale sharks and manta rays, or to do some spectacular
cavern diving at the 5 islands of Ko Ha Yai. Some of the more popular
dive sites can become crowded in the peak of high season late-December
- Aqua Vision Dive Centre (scuba
diving krabi), (on the main beach
road 2 minutes up from McDonalds and at the Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort),
☎ +66 75 637 415 ([firstname.lastname@example.org]),
. Experienced PADI and SSI dive centre. English,
German, Swedish, French, Spanish, Russian and Thai language dive
guides. Dive trips by choice of speedboat including Hin Daeng, Ko Ha
Yai, Racha Islands, or day boat to Phi Phi, Shark Point, and local
islands. Usual Ao Nang Prices. edit
Diving and Snorkeling Center, 161/1 Moo 2 (in front of Krabi Resort.), ☎ +66 75 637 826, . Ao Nang's only PADI
5-star IDC & National Geographic dive centre and Go Eco operator.
The fleet of 4 boats runs daily diving & snorkelling tours to Phi
Phi Islands, Shark Point, King Cruiser wreck, Hin Daeng/Hin Muang. The
dive centre is recognized as one of Thailand's leading eco-dive centers
with several awards for educating environmental awareness. All
organisations and nationalities are welcome to join us. edit
- KrabiDivers.com, Sea of Love Plaza Ao
Nang (opposite McDonalds),
☎ +66 75 695 480 (email@example.com),
. 24/7. Located in the
heart of Ao Nang, the beachside town of Krabi, in the Sea of Love
Plaza. KrabiDivers.com provides dive courses, trips, liveaboards, dive
equipment sales, and also helps customers with hotel bookings and other
Nang Divers, 32/10
Moo 2, . 100% English-run PADI dive centre with over 15
years experience diving in Ao Nang. Courses run in English and German,
most European languages also available. edit
- Poseidon Dive Center, 23/27 Moo 2 (on the main road, 70 m from Ao Nang Beach,
opposite Ao Nang Villa & Ao Nang Orchid Resort), ☎ +66 75 637 7263, . 09:00-21:00 daily.
Poseidon is a friendly and
dive centre in Thailand that offers trips to Ko Phi Phi as well as to
famous local dive sites, such as Ko Sii, Ko Haa, Ko Talu, and others.
They offer a big range of courses from beginners up to professionals,
fun dives, free-diving and specialities in different languages.
Divers, 1/2 Moo
5 Tambol Rawai (about 2 km
up Airport Rd), ☎ +66 76 280 074,
100% Finnish-run 5-star PADI shop.
Instruction also available in English. Good gear and an emphasis on
Addicts, on the
main beach road (opposite
the main beach steps and tsunami warning tower), . 07:00-21:00. PADI and SSI training facility in Ao Nang and
Krabi. Scuba Addicts offers diving and snorkelling adventures for all
ages and abilities that are tailored to suit your individual or group
needs. Our aim is to make your scuba diving holiday in Ao Nang and
Krabi fun and memorable for all the right reasons and keep you coming
back for more. edit
Nang has no shopping malls or supermarkets, but there are plenty of
convenience stores and souvenir shops. The vast majority of shops are
lined nicely along the beachfront road. There are also a few side roads
(sois) that branch off into the cluster of crowded shops. The regular
tourist fare (e.g., postcards, magnets, trinkets, etc.) are plentiful
as are clothes, shoes, and pretty much anything else you'll find
elsewhere in Thailand.
consider a 3-piece tailor-made suit which cost roughly 1,000-2,000 baht
depending on quality of wool. Most of the tailors can get the suit done
within a day. As of October 2011, tailored men's suits are 4,500-6,000
baht (150-200 dollars) and tailor-made shirts are 850-1,000 baht
(roughly 25-35 dollars).
Ao Nang there are some restaurants that have a "Clean food, Good taste"
sign. This signifies that dishes are prepared with boiled water and
that the food is always good, all for a reasonable price. All
restaurants with this certificate will be more than satisfactory in
will pay double the price in Krabi. Main courses are about 150 baht,
and seafood very much more (starts at 250 baht). If you are a
backpacker, look for the street stalls or restaurants at the top of the
hill well beyond McDonalds!
cheap eats, there are a few street carts scattered about, although most
serve backpacker fare like banana pancakes (15 baht a pop). The fried
chicken lady in front of the Tipa Resort does a pretty mean som tam
(papaya salad) at 40 baht though, and also look out for the
yellow-signed noodle stalls with a "4" in a bowl as their logo, which
dish out a garlicky but tasty bamii muu daeng (roast pork
noodles) for 25 baht.
pad Thai served in in a stall named "Kai Tieun Restaurant" is good and
cheap. The noodle itself is not spicy and you need to add the
condiments available on the table to make it spicy.
stall in front of the Adidas Store serves rice-type lunches at 20-30
baht a box. The "Kao Nam" (similar to Nasi Briyani in Malaysia) is
superb. Be careful before ordering "Keng Mu" (minced spicy chicken meat
with rice) though, be prepared to gulp in lots of water to counter the
the places along the beach are more expensive and the ones up the hill
tend to be cheaper and better value.
- Blue Bayou Small guest house with great kitchen,
food, Great taste" sign, 20 m from the beach. Owner is very helpful and
friendly, speaks very good English. 79 Moo 3, Haad Nopphara Thara. T:
+66 75 637 558, +66 75 637 083.
- The Boat Cafe on Airport Rd (opposite the 7-11)
sign in English but is easily recognizable from the old long-tail boat
outside which they use to serve up thom yum and other Thai
soups at lunchtime. Dishes cost 20-35 baht, and the best recommendation
is the large number of locals coming in for an evening meal.
- One More Restaurant on Airport Rd (15 minutes from
beach up Airport Rd on the right side). Low-key restaurant serving a
variety of Thai dishes and seafood at affordable prices. The staff here
are incredibly friendly.
- Pang's Kitchen on Airport Rd (just before OneStop
Centre and next to Hertz car rental). Small traditional Thai restaurant
with really good food and prices. The 'Jim Jum' (very traditional Thai
dish that few restaurants sell due to the need for charcoal cookers)
was awesome and really good fun to eat with friends. The spring rolls
were the best I've tasted in Ao Nang.
- Tonsai Restaurant, Ao Nang Soi 15 (15 minutes
the beach up Airport Rd). Popular low-key restaurant offering Thai
food with local scenery.
- Bernies Place Offers a daily all you can eat BBQ
baht or 150 baht for vegetarians. The food is great and well-prepared,
and there is a 2-for-1 happy hour from 16:00-18:00 and again from
22:00-23:00. Located at the southern end of the Beach Rd between the
Irish Rover and the Ocean Mart.
- Blue Mango, Opposite Krabi Resort. Offers nice
food, as well as Western food. Has good selections of alcoholic and
non-alcoholic drinks, which also makes it a great place for
after-dinner drinking sessions.
- The Longtail Boat, Arguably some of Ao Nang's best
seafood is dished up here while you can take in gorgeous sunsets and
views of the islands. Set menus for set prices seem to be a customer
is no shortage of places for a drink, and very many Patong-style
girlie beer bars. On the Ao Nang beach front there is now only one such
bar, Planet Ao Nang. Paz (frizzy hair) and the gang down there are
awesome, great fun! Further down towards the Rai Leh-end of the beach
is Last Fishermans Bar. Both are good for watching the sun go down over
the ocean. Center Point, on the main beach road near Burger King, has a
bunch of bars catering for most tastes. If you're into live music,
Rocky Bar, and KR Bar are best. There are some bars along the dirt road
opposite Vogue Resort and Spaghetti House, including Magic Rock Bar,
Football Bar, and and Chilli Bar .
These bars offer great views of the cliff in a relaxed, open-air
beers are starting to slowly invade some bars and restaurants. Golden
Paradise Co. Ltd., under European
management, in Ao Nang/Krabi has been importing German beers for 10
years and offer now the best beverages from Belgium (18 brands & 30
different kinds of beer).
you fancy a chilled out drink and few games of pool in a friendly
location, go for a drink in the bars adjacent to Noparat Thara Beach.
Next to Luna bar are four chilled out separate bars where you can
listen to the sea while enjoying a drink. There is Seemore Bar, Sweat
Bar, Italy Bar, and Hunter Bar, all of which have very friendly staff
and good travel advice. Speak to Nui in Seemore Bar for excellent drink
deals and offers. Excellent fireworks can be seen here at New Year.
a cheap, relaxing drink away from the girlie bars or pounding music,
Dream Bar is next to Popeye's Guest House and the Krabi Heritage Hotel.
Just off the main strip to your right, about half-way between the beach
and McDonald's. Yaya is the friendly host, and you can choose music or
check your e-mail with the free computer at the bar.
- Krabi Riviera Villas Company, 251/13 Moo2, AoNang, Krabi, ☎ +6675695633, . checkin: 14;
checkout: 12. 19
villas including 3 beachfront properties for rent nightly/weekly with
private swimming pool on Ao Nang Beach. 4,708-8,240 baht. 10000. edit
budget places can be found on the street near the Irish pub, 5 minutes
up the road from the beach. In low-season the prices were 300-500 baht.
- Aonang Paradise Home 
price: 650 baht fan/A/C, private bathroom, pool. Ask for Phoo phone +66
86 280 1223, speaks English and Thai or Helmar +66 86 278 3441 speaks
English and German.
- Blue Bayou price: 300-600 baht low-season bungalow
private bathroom fan/ac, 20 m from the beach. Owner is very helpful and
friendly, speaks very good English. 79 Moo 3, Haad Nopphara Thara. T:
+66 75 637 558, +66 75 637 083
- The Krabi Forest Homestay, 68 Moo3 Tambon Ao Nang,
Mueang, +66-75-661-500, +66-86-570-6524, +66-87-488-7199, 500-1,000
baht in low-season and 800-1,800 baht in high-season depending on room
types. One 1-5 walking distance to Noppharatthara Beach and 5-15
minutes walking distance to Ao Nang Beach and Ao Nang Center Point.
Owner and the staff are very helpful and friendly. They speak fluent
English and can provide you with excellent tourist information. The
bungalows come with private room and private bathroom. You can pick
between the bungalows that have one king-size bed, 2 twin-size beds, or
3 twin-size beds. All of the bungalows/rooms come with private terrace,
standard toilet/bathroom, and standard shower with hot/cold water
heater, shampoo/conditioning, air conditioning, multi-channel cable TV,
blow-dryer, coffee/tea pot and small refrigerator. All bungalows/rooms
come with 2 bottles of water daily. Facilities and services are
massage, spa, beauty salon, tour office service, bar, transportation
services, tailor service, Thai restaurant, Indian restaurant,
laundry/dry cleaning service, high-speed WiFi, motorcycle rental, car
rental, bicycle rental and private parking.
- Seaworld price: 300-600 baht, low-season. Fan/A/C.
Jenny: phone +66 81 111 3913. By the Irish pub. Very sassy but
incredibly helpful owner. Speaks English, French, and Dutch.
- Laughing Gecko  price: 500
baht. Ask for Nui phone +66 81-270-5028, speaks English, German and
Thai. Modest bamboo bungalows including a fan and intermittent wifi.
The gentleman overseeing the property is named Nui and is incredibly
friendly, helpful (for booking activities and other travel) and a
fantastic cook—if enough guests express interest, he'll cook a buffet
each night for 150 baht/person. Lovely place to relax and chill.
Located around 100 m from the beach in the western end of Hat Noppharat
Thara next to Cashew Nut Bungalows.
- Ananta Burin Resort, 166 Moo 3 Ao Nang, Soi 8, ☎ 66 75 661 551, . All rooms equipped with king-size or twin bed,
air-conditioner, 32-inch LCD TV, WiFi, and coffee/tea maker. Some of
its facilities and services are swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and massage
service, car rental, and laundry/dry cleaning. From 1,350 baht. edit
- Ao Nang All Seasons Beach Resort, 162 Moo 3, Tambol Ao Nan,
Amphur Muang 81000, ☎ +66 75 661 598,
. Air conditioning, cable TV, and WiFi. Swimming
pool, car rental, and parking. From 1,188
- Chatchada Guest house, 596/6 Moo 2 Ao Nang Rd., ☎ +66(0)75-695 420, . A short walk from the beach, this homely
establishment is run by a very hospitable Australian expat and Thai
owner. Rooms are clean with very comfortable beds. One of the best
breakfasts in Ao Nang. Scooter hire can be arranged. From 900 baht. edit
- Ao Nang Palace Hotel, a couple of hundred metres
beach on the road up the hill. Can be expensive in high-season, but
normal off-season price is 940 baht. Breakfast is included, and there
is a reasonable buffet choice. Hotel has a swimming pool, a travel
agent on-site, as are Internet computers. No lift. There may be
Internet discounts. Rooms are OK: two single beds pushed together with
hard mattresses (usual for Thailand).
- Ao Nang Terrace Hotel, 131-131 /3 Moo.3, Ao Nang, ☎ +66 75 637 091-2, . 42 rooms, all of which have an air-conditioner,
cable TV, hair dryer and a refrigerator. Games room, and high speed
Internet. start at 1,700 baht. edit
- Baanlay Bungalow ,
price: 500-2,800 baht.
- Beach Terrace Hotel, 154 Moo 2, T. Aonang, ☎ +66 7563 7181-3, . At Ao Nang Beach. All rooms have air-conditioning,
mini-bar, cable TV, safe deposit box, hair dryer, DVD player, WiFi.
Swimming pool with water power stream jets and child pool, pool bar
service, tour desk service, car and motorbike rental. From 1,200.00 baht. edit
Jai Resort, 152
Moo 3 Ao Nang, ☎ +66 75 63 82 114,
. 21 rooms, air-conditioning, cable TV and Internet
access. Swimming pool, room service, and restaurant, cafe, bar. From 1,450 baht. edit
- The Emerald Bungalow, Nopparat-Thara Beach 80 Moo 4 Tambol Ao-Nang,
☎ +66 81-9562566, .
Standard and family rooms, all
with fan, private toilet, and bath. Garden, gym, restaurant, and bar.
From 1,500 baht. edit
- The Hill Village ,
price: 800-1,800 baht.
- P.K.Mansion is clean value for money. A
accommodation in a quiet street close to the beach. The very large
rooms are en suite, with TV, fridge, and balcony. Low-season price, 150
to 500 baht, High-season 500 to 1,500 baht. Tel.+66 75 637 431-2,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Probably the best value in Ao Nang.
- Palm Paradise Resort, 165 Moo 3, Ao Nang, ☎ +66 75 661 667, . Resort is located between Ao Nang and Nopparattara
Beaches in Krabi. Resort is 500 m from the beach. From 1,000 baht. edit
- Top view Some rooms have a sea view. Located next
Mansion. Low season price 600 to 1,000 baht, High
season 1,500 to 2,000 baht. E-mail email@example.com 
L Resort Krabi (formerly Wannas Place),
. The beach is just
in front of the hotel, so there are beautiful views of the Krabi
Mountains and the islands of Ko Talu and Ko Poda. This property is
built with the nature in mind, but also has modern amenities. All rooms
include WiFi, 40-inch LED TVs, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe, and
breakfast. From 2,000 baht. edit
- Mercure Krabi Deevana, . Offers luxurious
and comfortable accommodation as well as professional hospitality and
friendly services in Krabi. 4,100+ baht.
2011-2012 season there were troubling reports of robberies in Ao Nang.
Groups of local teenagers robbed a number of houses rented by
foreigners, stealing stuff like laptops, cameras, smartphones, clothes
with keys and money in the pockets. In addition, there were reports of
local teenagers attempting to rape foreign females. The criminals who
commit the sexual assaults often have weapons such as knives with them.
getting on a boat to get to other locations like Raileh, beware of the
razor sharp barnacles on the rocks. Wear shoes when boarding the boat.
If you get cut, don't believe the boat rider in telling you a
clinic/medic is available at the next island. Seek medical attention in
Ao Nang. They are just looking to get their commissions finalized.
are some simple hints to avoid trouble:
- Close doors and windows at night. Some people say they
robbed at night while watching TV.
- Never leave clothes or bags with documents and money on
floor. Hide all valuables.
- Turn on outside lights after sunset.
- Buy a movement detector, only 400 baht.
- Be wary of groups of teens.
- Avoid walking dark, quiet streets.
- Female tourists should not walk alone at night.
- Never get into a car/vehicle if any bar-worker offers to
you back to your hotel.
- The cliffs and beaches of Rai Leh,
just 15 minutes away by boat, make a great day trip. Phra Nang is the
next beach past Rai Leh and has dramatic limestone 'karst' rock
formations. Names get confusing, as Ao Nang (the developed resort) is
sometimes called Ao Phra Nang. From Phra Nang you can walk across to
Rai Leh East, with its mangroves, and hire kayaks to paddle round the
rugged peninsula. There's also a path from Rai Leh East to Rai Leh West
where the most longtails call.
- Poda Island is another good day trip - you come back with
same boat and only pay on return. There's even an area to the right of
where the longtails come in to Poda that's just worth snorkeling
(unspectacular coral but a fair few fish).
- Ao Nang is one of the main gateways for travel to the Phi Phi
islands, about 2 hours away by long tail boat, 40-50 mins by speed
boat. Many tour operators in Ao Nang offer day trips to Phi Phi.
Included in the price (900-1500 baht) is most often lunch, hotel
transfer and insurance.
- Nowadays, you may depart from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta easily. Ferry runs daily at 10:30 by
Ao Nang Princess. Book it at your hotel, price should be about 400 baht
(as at Nov 2009), and you will be picked up from your hotel and taken
to the departure point, as well as met on the other side and taken to
your hotel there.
- The Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail is found northwest
Nang close to beaches/resorts, a couple of kilometers north of Klong
Muang Beach. It will take you through the jungle and up to a peak with
a fantastic view over Ao Nang and more. A sign claims the hike to be
3.7 km but it sure felt like more. There is a small ladder that needs
to be climbed, but the trail is an easy one if you have decent shoes.