Solid and central
The two wings of the mustard-yellow Phra Nang Inn stand in the heart of Ao Nang, right where the beach road meets the main drag and steps from where longtail boats depart for Railay and Ko Poda.
The original “spa wing” comes in a circular structure with a lift accessing rooms on three floors. With tasteful patterned tile floors, batik fabrics on daybeds and walls painted turquoise or olive green, each of these have Jacuzzi tubs positioned right in the middle of the room, with shower and toilet occupying separate nooks and sink set out near the safe and minibar. The design is odd but we like these rooms for couples. They all have private terraces but you have to pay more for a sea view.
The newer wing has a pair of two-floor blocks on either side of a long, slender pool draped in greenery. These are newer and pricier than the spa wing rooms with more typical modern design and no tubs. Though we like the older rooms better, these “beach wing” rooms have larger terraces with thick cushions on daybeds overlooking the pool.
The resort also features a spa and bar/restaurant with a laidback vibe leading out to the very beginning of Ao Nang’s pedestrian walkway. Family rooms and honeymooning suites are also on offer, and staffers were notably patient and helpful when we last stopped by. Set back off the main beach road nearby, Princeville Resort is a similar alternative.
Address: 119 Ao Nang Rd, Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 130;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º49'20.67" E, 8º1'51.18" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Add 400 baht for a sea view
|1,800 baht||3,500 baht|
|Superior double room|
Add 400 baht for a pool access room
|2,200 baht||3,900 baht|
|Deluxe Suite||3,200 baht||4,800 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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