Always friendly, really
One of very few places offering cheap bungalows in Ao Nang, family-run Ao Nang Friendly Bungalow has been around for a long time and the woman who runs it has been truly friendly to us every time we’ve stopped by over the years.
There always seems to be little kids running around as a few backpackers lounge on the porches of their old but sturdy woven-bamboo bungalows and concrete rooms with air-con. The dozen or so digs sit in a half-circle around a garden in a quiet spot that’s a 200-metre walk off the main drag, and just over a kilometre from the beach.
The huts are spacious with some character provided by hardwood floors, orange mozzie nets and posters of tropical fish hung above springy beds with sheets that felt soft and clean. You also get fridges and hot water in the cramped, tiled wet bathrooms—extras that we wouldn’t expect for the prices. Screened windows and wall-mounted fans keep the air flowing.
While some grime and a cobweb or two should be expected, we’ve found that Friendly’s huts have held their integrity better than the huts at nearby Adam Bungalows, which is a similar choice set right on the main drag. The air-con rooms we last saw at Friendly were musty, but again, could be a lot worse for the price. WiFi is free and the owner offers tour bookings out of a small common pavilion.
Address: 63 Ao Nang Soi 13
T: (083) 640 1340;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º49'52.54" E, 8º1'58.82" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||300 baht||600 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||500 baht||1,000 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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