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Apart from the better-than-most dining choices at the many resorts listed above, here are a few more recommendations around the region: In the north end of Krabi Town, the Night Market, just off Utarakit riverside road, on Maharaj Soi 10, is the place to try such local specialties as deep-fried oysters, papaya salads, and noodles—most places have English menus, too. For good Western food with an Asian twist, try Gecko Cabane (www.fb.com/GeckoCabaneRestaurant; tel. 081958-5945) where the massaman curry with lamb is outstanding.

In Ao Nang, the beachside tourist street is already turning into a mini-Patong, with heaps of neon-lit shops and storefront eateries: Try Last Fisherman (tel. 081267-5338) for a sunset drink in this longtail-shaped bar before feasting on fish at Krua Ao Nang Cuisine (tel. 07569-5260), a reliable seafood restaurant with great views. Ice-packed crates of fish let you know what was freshly caught, and fish is priced by the kilo.

Let the fisherman do the catching while you catch a great sunset at Lae Lay Grill (www.laelaygrill.com; tel. 07566-1588) where everything from lobster to scallops with XO sauce comes fresh from the sea. On Railay, the beachside bars and bungalows serve good Thai and continental nosh at affordable prices, and Last Bar (tel. 93683-7229) has fire shows on the beach and tiki drinks behind the bar.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.