87/1 Moo 2 (Soi Ao Nang 13), Ao Nang T: (075) 637 586, (090) 879 5239 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 it online; the resort has no website and appears to be perpetually unavailable on the booking sites. Large air-con concrete bungalows with green tin roofs stand on either side of a garden area draped in tall trees, flowers, butterflies, croaking frogs and the occasional family of macaques. All rooms have large front porches, some accessed by wooden walkways that carry you over a narrow stream which dries up in the hot season. Inside the rooms are spacious with tile or wood floors, high ceilings, several windows, small TVs, tables or makeup desks, mini-fridges and air-con. Appliances and furnishings are dated but the rooms we checked out appeared well kept. The setting is very peaceful and yet only around a 10-minute walk to the beach. A local Thai family runs the place out of a sparsely furnished restaurant/reception area. Once we got past a brusque older man, a middle-aged woman did her best to welcome us in limited English. Rates change monthly during high season, up to 1,300 at the busiest times, with the low-season rate kicking in as early as March, depending on demand. Further up Soi 13, Mountain Paradise has similar rooms in a less-inviting setting.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.