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Ao Nang

Guesthouses, hotels and resorts

Where you stay goes a long way towards determining whether you end up loving or hating the Ao Nang area. In busy Ao Nang proper, the beach road mostly features resorts with creature comforts but not much character, although you will find one funky hostel here. The main drag running inland through Ao Nang boasts the area's widest selection of budget to midrange accommodation, but keep in mind that it gets very busy around here in high season. If you don't mind being further from the beach, several quieter places to stay are located a few kilometres inland from Ao Nang in scenic spots near the cliffs. Keep going inland and then take a right to reach Ao Nammao and its smattering of small resorts that provide easy access to the pier for Railay. Follow the beach road west from Ao Nang and, just before you enter Haad Noppharat Thara, Soi 8 cuts inland to contain a bunch of newish hotels and resorts. Less-developed East Haad Noppharat Thara is a good choice for families, with some notable budget accommodation found within walking distance of the beach. Over on West Haad Noppharat Thara you'll find remote island-style bungalows that fit into the isolated atmosphere. Follow the coast further north and you'll hit Ao Siew, an unsung favourite of the Krabi mainland offering one terrific budget resort. Beyond that stretches low-key Khlong Muang, which has limited budget accommodation to go with several large beach resorts.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • Blue Bayou

    Blue Bayou

    Great budget value

    79 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.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Raya Guesthouse

    Raya Guesthouse

    Above the dive shop

    153 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.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Srisuksant Resort

    Srisuksant Resort

    Equipped for families

    145 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.

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    3.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • National Park accommodation

    National Park accommodation

    Worth keeping in mind

    Moo 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.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Cashew Nut Bungalows

    Cashew Nut Bungalows

    If you like cashews

    96 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.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Laughing Gecko

    Laughing Gecko

    The people make it great

    154 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.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
  • Sabai Resort

    Sabai Resort

    Fine choice for families

    Soi 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.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Noppharat Resort

    Noppharat Resort

    Small family-run resort

    97 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.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker

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.

  • P.A.N. Beach Bungalows

    P.A.N. Beach Bungalows

    Let the lounging begin

    Western 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.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Long Beach Villas

    Long Beach Villas

    Western Haad Noppharat Thara's most luxurious

    155 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.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • The Emerald Resort

    The Emerald Resort

    Decent mix of rooms

    Western 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.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Sand Beach Bungalow

    Sand Beach Bungalow

    Great for a quiet getaway

    Western 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.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • J2B Bungalows

    J2B Bungalows

    Relaxing is an understatement

    Western 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.

    2.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 4 votes Flashpacker

Ao Siew

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.

Khlong Muang

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.

Ao Nammao

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.

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