Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Ao Nang: the beach road
The only accommodation options in Ao Nang that have direct beach access (and only at low tide) are Krabi Resort, a pricey place in the far northwestern corner of the beach that’s been around for ages, and the more affordable Beach Home and Beach Terrace in the same vicinity. All others mentioned here place you on the other side of the road, a quick hop from the sand, with some located in the alleyways that extend off the beach road. Because Ao Nang’s beach really isn’t that great, we wouldn’t spend much extra to stay along the beach road when better deals are available a short walk inland.
Woohoo!!!Side lane off Moo 3 (next to Zabava Guesthouse), Ao Nang
T: (080) 649 8324;
We feel a strong urge to add several exclamation points every time we write this funky hostel’s name. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: a slumber party at the beach!!! Or, a hostel (no ... Read the full review of Slumber Party at the Beach.
Central, stylish and popular119 Moo 2 (at the corner of the beach road and main drag), Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 130; F: (075) 637 135
The Phra Nang's rounded mustard-yellow and brown building might look like a Swiss Family Robinson fortress from the street, but wander inside and you’ll find a nicely done small resort in as ... Read the full review of Phra Nang Inn.
Good low-season value379 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 695 637;
Located on the inland side of the beach road as it turns towards Haad Noppharat Thara, the Sea Star is a small guesthouse blending into a Black Canyon coffee shop and tattoo parlour. Either beach is ... Read the full review of Sea Star House.
Close to the water132 Moo 2 (down the lane between Ao Nang and Noppharat Thara beaches), Ao Nang
T: (075) 695 260; F: (075) 695 712
Nudging up to the far southwestern corner of Ao Nang beach, the small Beach Home is a good option for a decent room near the sand that doesn’t cost a fortune. Accommodation comes in an attached ... Read the full review of Ao Nang Beach Home.
Great location, all-round quality254 Moo 2 Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 870-4; F: (075) 637 875
With an enviable location just across the pedestrian walkway from the beach, Golden Beach offers reasonable rates for cushy rooms set on spacious grounds decorated with frangipani trees, blossoms and ... Read the full review of Golden Beach Resort.
Classy midranger164 Moo 2 Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 971-3; F: (075) 637 357
The Princeville has been around for some time and remains a good upscale resort within steps of the beach and the main drag. The 50 guestrooms are stacked in a couple of three-storey buildings around ... Read the full review of Aonang Princeville Resort.
Ao Nang: the main drag
Some solid budget guesthouses and hostels are found in the side sois off the main drag, within a five- to 10-minute walk from the beach. A few quality midrange to upscale resorts and hotels are also located in this very lively part of town.
Central with trendy rooms191 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 454-5; F: (075) 637 744
Formerly a drab beige structure, The Verandah has reemerged after major renovations as one of the more interesting midrange hotels in Ao Nang. The four-storey building sports a Moroccan theme that ... Read the full review of The Verandah Hotel.
Flash modern digs675 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 810 678;
We were expecting a tiny guesthouse given the name, but in fact the Mini House is a mid-size collection of sleek rooms spread over a few newish two-floor buildings. The style is minimalist modern ... Read the full review of Mini House Ao Nang.
No nightmares, just good value86/2 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 338; F: (075) 695 139
Slap bang on the main drag and a five-minute walk from the beach, the Dream Garden offers more style and comfort than most of the cookie-cutter guesthouses around here. The soft-spoken young man in ... Read the full review of The Dream Garden.
Tucked into the trees263/1 Moo 2 (at the end of Ao Nang Soi 6), Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 664;
At the end of a quiet side street off the busiest part of the main drag, Anawin’s garden setting is a welcome respite from the crowds. Detached concrete bungalows are sprinkled down a gradual ... Read the full review of Anawin Bungalow.
Centrally located jungle hideout236 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 321; F: (075) 637 320
If the Somkiet Buri’s designers had only been allowed to design the whole of Ao Nang, it would be a far more beautiful place. The small resort’s grounds are so packed with foliage that it can ... Read the full review of Somkiet Buri Resort and Spa .
Affordable comfort249/2-4 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 580;
Scattered along the main drag as you get further from the beach, you’ll find a host of small guesthouses set in attached two- to four-storey shophouse-style buildings. These can be good options if ... Read the full review of K.L. House.
Very good backpacker option247/8 Moo 2 (Above Irish Rover Bar), Ao Nang
T: (091) 717 3317;
Not to be confused with the slightly cheaper Ao Nang Backpacker Hostel, which is a lot further from the beach, this place’s not-so-original name reflects its aim to be a good, straightforward ... Read the full review of Ao Nang Hostel for Backpackers.
New-age pod hostelMoo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 811 698;
The Mini Boxtel has brought the trendy hostel scene to central Ao Nang. Located in the same dead-end side street that’s hosted budget guesthouses like Jinda and J Mansion for years, the minimalist ... Read the full review of Mini Boxtel Hostel.
If you're a night owl.28/1 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (094) 591 5411;
Sharing space with Dream Bar down a side lane off the main drag, Popeye is worth keeping in mind for a budget room that puts you within a three-minute walk of the beach and close to Ao Nang’s ... Read the full review of Popeye Guest House.
A family vibeMoo 2, Ao Nang
T: (089) 292 9892;
The Green Park is located next to Anawin and has a very similar set-up, with a handful of concrete bungalows facing a leafy footpath that stretches down a hill away from the road. We thought about ... Read the full review of Green Park Bungalow.
Simple bungalows close to the action25 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 667;
The staff at Adam isn’t as personable as at Anawin or Full Moon, but the setup is similar and the location is easy to find just off the main drag and directly behind a cluster of street food ... Read the full review of Adam Bungalows.
Part of the J empire302 Moo 2 Ao Nang
T: (075) 695 128; F: (075) 695 130
After receiving a warm welcome on a previous visit, the “I’m too-busy-to-answer-questions” receptionist who we encountered this last time was a bit of a letdown. J Mansion was the first of what ... Read the full review of J Mansion.
A popular budget option247/6 Moo 2 Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 524;
Amid a side-street cluster of budget accommodation that also includes J Mansion, Sea World and Mini Boxtel, Jinda is one of the cheapest private room options in Ao Nang. The straightforward ... Read the full review of Jinda Guest House.
Ao Nang: Inland
All of these places are a solid 10- to 20-minute walk from the beach, including a few on the main drag as it bends further inland and the side sois that shoot south towards the cliffs. Venture into the side streets to find some of the quietest and most scenic spots around.
Great rooms and service420/22 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 695 601; F: (075) 695 602
If you want to be assured of a good night’s sleep and a positive service experience, pay a little more to stay at Goodwill. From the main drag it looks no different than all of the other small ... Read the full review of Goodwill Guesthouse.
Cushy countryside cottages395 Moo 2 (Soi Ao Nang 13), Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 191; F: (075) 637 526
A solid walk from the main drag at the foot of the cliffs, Phu Pha translates as “Mountain Forest.” It’s a fitting name, both for the scenic setting and luxury-rustic theme. The small resort is ... Read the full review of Phu Pha Aonang Resort.
Love the longtail boat theme521 Moo 2 (Soi Ao Nang 11), Ao Nang
T: (075) 626 666; F: (075) 626 667
With bungalows of a design inspired by the Andaman region’s famous longtail arranged to take full advantage of the mountain view, the Aonang Phu Petra Resort in Ao Nang is a scenic and relaxing ... Read the full review of Aonang Phu Petra Resort.
Hillside hideaway248 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 735;
A stone's throw from Ao Nang Backpacker and a good 20-minute walk from the beach, the Fullmoon House has a small selection of Spartan wooden fan bungalows and concrete air-con villas with creature ... Read the full review of Fullmoon House & Resort.
Ao Nang Cliff View Resort Breathtaking scenery10/5 Soi Ao Nang 11, Ao Nang
T: (075) 695 240-1; F: (075) 695 242
Not to be confused with the lacklustre The Cliff Resort, the Cliff View offers simple bungalows surrounded by greenery nudged right up against a towering limestone cliff. At these rates and in a ... Read the full review of Ao Nang Cliff View Resort.
Better than it appears445 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (075) 638 431-2; F: (075) 638 433
Located a 15 minute walk up the main drag, this fairly large concrete structure looks garish from the front but offers bright, well-kept rooms with an inviting swimming pool out back. The cheapest ... Read the full review of Haleeva Sunshine Hotel.
Homely and intimateSoi Ao Nang 11, Ao Nang
T: (081) 732 1273;
This quaint little house is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood that shoots north from the main road, near Green View Village and around a 20-minute walk from the beach. It’s a good choice ... Read the full review of Ao Nang Homestay.
Style in the countryside22/2 Moo 2 (Soi Ao Nang 11/1), Ao Nang
T: (075) 695 297; F: (075) 695 175
With its urban-chic design and snazzy light-blue, grey and orange colour scheme, Glur Hostel wouldn't be out of place in the heart of Singapore. Eight and four person dorm rooms both come with comfy ... Read the full review of Glur Hostel.
Backpackers unite!376/5 Moo 2, Ao Nang
T: (089) 134 7664;
Set along the main road a good 20-minute walk from the beach, Ao Nang Backpacker was among the first places to offer dorm beds in the area. Though it’s since been joined by a host of other hostels, ... Read the full review of Ao Nang Backpacker.
Easily overlooked87/1 Moo 2 (Soi Ao Nang 13), Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 586; F: (075) 637 584
Despite its location within a hundred metres of the main drag, the long-running Garden Home is easy to miss thanks to an entrance that’s tucked away behind some trees. You’ll also barely notice ... Read the full review of Ao Nang Garden Home Resort.
Elegant garden retreat279 Moo 2 (Soi Ao Nang 11/1), Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 481; F: (075) 695 224
Tucked down a side lane around a flower-lined pond that could be out of a Matisse painting, Green View Village is good choice for flashpacker couples and families seeking a quiet getaway. They raised ... Read the full review of Green View Village Resort.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
Still friendly but ageingSoi Ao Nang 13, Ao Nang
T: (086) 740 2106;
Friendly Bungalow has been around for a long time and has always left us smiling in the past. Our most recent visit was no different -- the older woman who showed us around was as friendly as ever -- ... Read the full review of Ao Nang Friendly Bungalow.Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
Ao Nang: Soi 8
Branching north off the coastal road between Ao Nang and Haad Noppharat Thara, Soi 8 has in recent years sprouted a tightly packed cluster of resorts, hotels and hostels with a lower key atmosphere than in Ao Nang proper, but with all of the same conveniences. Many of these are very similar, all built within the last decade and all about a 10-minute walk to either beach. Nearby Khlong Hang Road also has some accommodation options, though we weren’t impressed by all of the roadside garbage and strangely desolate atmosphere there.
Quality midrange resort177 Mo 3 (Ao Nang Soi 8), Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 377; F: (075) 638 343
Aree Tara is one of several tightly packed midrange resorts on Soi 8 that all have solid reputations. What made it stand out for us was the staff: three cheerful receptionists greeted us ... Read the full review of Aree Tara Resort.
Smart rooms, strong coffee204 Soi Ao Nang 8, Ao Nang
T: (075) 638 200-1;
The four-storey Capuchin projects a sleek minimalist style that’s all the rage among many youthful Thais, like the welcoming ones who run the place. Rooms are ultra modern, almost futuristic, ... Read the full review of The Capuchin Hotel.
A splash of panache168 Moo 3 (Soi Ao Nang 8), Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 999; F: (075) 637 888
Red Ginger struck us as the most interesting of the luxury resorts that have moved into Soi 8 and Khlong Hang Road in recent years. Initially we thought the spicy red theme would be over-the-top but ... Read the full review of Red Ginger Chic Resort.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Modern hostel on Soi 8199/19 Moo 3 (Ao Nang Soi 8), Ao Nang
T: (075) 811 003; F: (075) 811 004
The newish 88 Hostel occupies a four-storey modern building that’s very similar to the neighbouring hotels, but a bright red facade makes it stand out. It’s a fine option if you’re after a ... Read the full review of 88 Hostel.
Affordable home base68 Moo 3 (corner of Soi 8 and the beach road), Ao Nang
T: (075) 661 500;
Tucked off to the side where Soi 8 meets the beach road, the Forest Homestay is an easily missed but very well located flashpacker spot that places you within an easy walk of both Ao Nang and ... Read the full review of The Krabi Forest Homestay.
East Haad Noppharat Thara
The two-km-long beachside road through Eastern Haad Noppharat Thara is gradually filling in, particularly near the bridge to Ao Nang, where a shopping and dining centre has popped up near a newly built Holiday Inn. Still, most of Haad Noppharat Thara's beach road remains a lot more spread out than in Ao Nang, with a surprisingly small number of accommodation choices and even some patches of sparse forest. From any of these places, you’ll need to hop across the road to reach the sand.
Great budget value79 Moo 3, Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (075) 637 558; F: (075) 637 083
The quirky little Blue Bayou has been going strong for years at its enviable location about midway up the beach road and directly across from a shady stretch of sand. Coupled with a dedicated ... Read the full review of Blue Bayou.
Above the dive shop153 7/8 Moo 5 (straight northeast of the pier), Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (092) 278 9682;
Located in a three-floor concrete building above Raya Divers’ Krabi office, this is one of four inexpensive yet comfortable guesthouses all clustered around a concrete lot up the road from the ... Read the full review of Raya Guesthouse.
Equipped for families145 Moo 3, Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (075) 638 002-4; F: (075) 661 260
Located just over the bridge from Ao Nang and across from the far eastern corner of Eastern Noppharat Thara beach, the Srisuksant had stepped up its game since our last visit. A three-storey block of ... Read the full review of Srisuksant Resort.
Worth keeping in mindMoo 3, Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (075) 637 200;
Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park offers a handful of simple and spacious concrete rooms across the road from the best stretch of Eastern Haad Noppharat Thara. They’ve got some ... Read the full review of National Park accommodation.
If you like cashews96 Moo 3 (Soi Noppharat Thara 13), Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (075) 637 560; F: (075) 661 303
When we last stopped by the Cashew Nut, the mother of the family who owns it sat busily cracking open roasted cashews in front of the open-air restaurant. Seeing us, she shouted back to her son who ... Read the full review of Cashew Nut Bungalows.
The people make it great154 Moo 3 (Soi Noppharat Thara 13), Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (081) 270 5028;
For the right kind of budget traveller, the Laughing Gecko is exactly where you want to be. The Canadian/Thai owners lived on Ko Yao Yai for several years, bringing the ultra-laid-back island ... Read the full review of Laughing Gecko.Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
Fine choice for familiesSoi Noppharat Thara 13, Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (075) 637 791; F: (075) 661 154
Italian-owned Sabai Resort has been around since 2000 and remains a good family option with lots of different room sizes to choose from. Blue-roofed white concrete cottages are stacked close together ... Read the full review of Sabai Resort.
Small family-run resort97 Moo 3 (Soi Noppharat Thara 13), Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (075) 661 301; F: (075) 661 302
There's something very pleasant about this small family-run resort located just down the road from the muay Thai stadium and a 10-minute walk from the beach. Two lines of detached concrete bungalows ... Read the full review of Noppharat Resort.
West Haad Noppharat Thara (Long Beach)
This wide and lengthy stretch of fine white sand is a 30-second hop from the Haad Noppharat Thara pier area, or a 10-minute drive inland and back south after the bridge. Casuarina and coconut trees rim most of the beach, the only development being the five small resorts and a private home owned by some very lucky people. Electricity is provided by generators and runs only from 18:00 to 06:00 at all but one spot. WiFi is also hard to come by. People come here for the tranquility.
Let the lounging beginWestern Noppharat Thara beach
T: (089) 866 4373;
As the western-most place to stay on Western Haad Noppharat Thara, P.A.N enjoys a broad view across Phra Nang Bay, all the way to Ao Nang, Ko Poda and the cliffs of Railay. Lounging under the ... Read the full review of P.A.N. Beach Bungalows.
Western Haad Noppharat Thara's most luxurious155 Moo 4, Western Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (082) 416 6371;
After considerable renovations and some new construction since our last visit, Long Beach Villa claims the title of Western Haad Noppharat Thara’s most luxurious resort. The grounds are awash with ... Read the full review of Long Beach Villas.
Decent mix of roomsWestern Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (083) 644 0734;
Spread over a sizable plot of land next to J2B, The Emerald is another family-run spot with kids’ playthings lying around and a few barky but seemingly harmless terriers to greet you. Emerald-green ... Read the full review of The Emerald Resort.
Great for a quiet getawayWestern Haad Noppharat Thara
T: (091) 034 3485;
This small and relaxing bungalow joint towards the centre of the beach arguably has the best fan rooms on Western Haad Noppharat Thara, though they’re set up in a line stretching back from the sand ... Read the full review of Sand Beach Bungalow.
Relaxing is an understatementWestern Noppharat Thara beach
T: (088) 381 2084;
After changing hands a couple of times in recent years, J2B finally has a dedicated owner who makes the most of the lovely setting. She’s very personable and laid back but also pays attention to ... Read the full review of J2B Bungalows.600B to 1,500B 4 votes Flashpacker
Stretching along the north coast of Hang Nak Cape with a view to Khlong Muang, Ao Siew is a narrow but pretty beach with clear water and a peaceful atmosphere. One of our favourite bungalow joints in the whole Ao Nang area is located here, and that’s about all the development you’ll see apart from a farm where you can go to pet a sheep. The road ends at the gates to a Thai princess’ summer palace, which explains why the area has remained so untouched. Only consider staying here if you like isolation.
Terrific beachside hideout99 Moo 2, Ao Siew
T: (075) 644 332;
The sign for Pine Bungalow pops up amid fields of cows and coconut trees as you head away from Khlong Muang on a road with no traffic save the occasional royal motorcade. Pieced together from logs, ... Read the full review of Pine Bungalow.
Graced with a fairly wide and attractive beach, the fishing town of Khlong Muang has developed into a luxury resort destination that includes a Sheraton along with the Nakamanda, Beyond and The Elements resorts, all starting at over 5,000 baht a night in high season. A handful of smaller and more affordable spots have popped up more recently and are worth considering for a quiet holiday that puts you close to some good food and drink. North of Khlong Muang, past a large gypsum mine, Tup Kaek beach has five more upscale resorts, including a Ritz Carlton with rates starting at around 20,000 baht a night. If staying along the main road in Khlong Muang, expect a fair amount of large truck traffic headed to and from the mine.
Unlikely luxury207 Moo 3, Khlong Muang
T: (093) 624 8813;
Occupying part of a nondescript white building along the main drag and operated by a lovely Scottish woman, Elephant’s End was one of the most pleasant surprises we came across in the area. We ... Read the full review of Elephant’s End Guest House .
Budget option25/1 Moo 3, Khlong Muang
T: (075) 600 087;
With a smattering of concrete air-con bungalows and box-like fan rooms in a longhouse setup amid a leafy hillside, we found Koh Kwang Resort to be a perfectly adequate option for budget travellers. ... Read the full review of Koh Kwang Resort.
Go for the sea view33/2 Moo 3, Khlong Muang
T: (086) 984 4065 ;
This small flashpacker resort overlooks the beach with a few umbrella trees for shade. Rooms have a contemporary design with hardwood shelves, hanging lanterns, grey tile floors, comfortable beds and ... Read the full review of Bliss Resort.
Also known as “Fossil Shell Beach” thanks to the ancient mollusks found here, Ao Nammao is a reddish-tan beach that stretches a few km to the southwest of Ao Nang, on the other side of the Railay peninsula. One of the main boat piers to Railay is located here, and not much else. With only half a dozen places to stay and few restaurants, the atmosphere is quiet -- some would say boring. White songthaews loop through here and can cheaply take you to Ao Nang, Haad Noppharat Thara and Krabi town.
Intimate and sophisticated325 Moo 5, Ao Nammao
T: (075) 662 311; F: (075) 662 318
The first things you see when arriving at Rimlay Villas are two cashew trees drooping over a gravel parking lot. Before entering resort grounds, a sign in seven different languages warns: “Private. ... Read the full review of Rimlay Villas.
More than you might expect222/2 Moo 5, Ao Nammao
T: (075) 662 117-8; F: (075) 662 117
When seen from the not-so-charming road through Ao Nammao, Thip Residence looks more like a plain old serviced apartment building than the boutique hotel that it claims to be. Enter the open-fronted ... Read the full review of Thip Residence.
Back from the darkness?23 Moo 5, Ao Nammao
T: (081) 081 1168;
The venerable Dawn of Happiness appears to have sprung back to life after being taken over by new owners in 2013-14. The quirky backpacker vibe is still in effect, with cheap bungalows, hammocks, ... Read the full review of Dawn of Happiness.
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