Hi Kath C & everyone, this sounds really interesting! My friends and I are looking forward to go there as well but if I may ask, where did you purchase this package - at Ao Nang area or at the pier at Krabi town? And do we need to pre book the trip? Thank you!
The cost should be 300 per boat from the Krabi Town pier from what I've read, but maybe that's old info. I swam there from the end of the mangrove walkway, it's a 2-3 minute swim across the river.
Don't pre-book anything in Thailand unless you want to pay 5 times as much and deal with a middle-man and get stuck with a ton of other tourists. We chartered our own boat right on the pier, with the captain himself. We had our choice of 3 captains and left instantly.
I with my wife made this trip without reservation. We went in march 2017 by songthaew from Ao Nang to Krabi (50 baht per person). When we walked along the river near the sculptures, some man, owner of the long boat, offered as this trip for 500 baht/one hour. We were very satisficed with him.
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