The majority of lodgings are found in Ao Nang along the busy beach road and main drag leading away from the beach, but the vicinity of Ao Nang Soi 8 just west of Ao Nang beach now has loads of rooms as well. A lower-key scene pervades Haad Noppharat Thara, Long Beach and Khlong Muang. Room rates in all of these areas are on par with Phuket—quite pricey in high season but offering terrific value in the rainy months.
We have 22 places to stay in and around Ao Nang.
Most of Ao Nang’s beach road is stuffed with restaurants, bars and shops, leaving little room for resorts, but you will find some solid midrange to high-end options fronting the pedestrian-only walkway towards the beach’s quieter southern end. These were among the very first resorts to open in Ao Nang, and the pair we’ve listed have done a good job of keeping up with the times.
This section covers our picks out of the many lodgings found on the main drag leading away from Ao Nang beach and the sois branching away from it. Some are within a five- to 10-minute stroll of the beach while others come further out in quiet, beautiful spots at the foot of cliffs. Most of the further-flung resorts offer their own free shuttle services for guests.
A half-kilometre-long street once lined by nothing but shrubbery and now packed with modern hotels, Ao Nang Soi 8 cuts inland off the beach road just before it becomes Noppharat Thara Road. The location puts both beaches within easy walking distance, although you’ll have to head 1.5 kilometres in either direction to find the best stretches of each respective beach.
This two-kilometre beach stretches just northwest of Ao Nang and while some large hotels have been built around the eastern end, most of the area retains a laidback vibe. The national park’s rooms overlook the scenic western end of the beach, and a handful of small family-run lodgings draw backpackers up Noppharat Soi 13. You’ll also find good restaurants, street food and bars, and Ao Nang is never too far away should you want more action.
Haad Yao, to use the Thai name, is a 1.5-kilometre-long beach that’s just northwest of Haad Noppharat Thara but can only be reached by boat or a six-kilometre overland route due to the river in between. Apart from one narrow access lane (Khlong Sai Khao Soi 3), nothing backs the beach except forest and five small resorts, some of which sat derelict and overgrown when we last visited. It’s an isolated, tranquil setting with electricity coming from generators from around 18:00 to 06:00. Stay here if you need a break from the world.
Haad Khlong Muang and its sister beaches, Ao Siew and Ao Ko Kwang, are located 10 kilometres west of Ao Nang and offer a low-key setting that comes with its share of traveller-oriented restaurants, tour-booking offices and other conveniences. It’s quiet but with 24-hour electricity and without the full-on isolation of Long Beach. Expensive, large-scale resorts dominate this area, but you’ll also find decent options in the budget and flashpacker brackets.