Good vibes and comfort on a budget
Run by an exceptionally friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and multilingual Moroccan man by the name of Ishmael, Anawin Bungalow’s seven concrete rooms offer terrific value in a quiet spot that’s not far from the beach.
The place sits tucked away at the end of a side lane off the main drag (look for the sign painted like a French flag) and they all have chairs on private balconies facing broad palm leaves and other well-kept flora. This is a family-run spot with the owners dwelling in a house at the centre of the property.
Set in freestanding bungalows, superiors each come with desk, WiFi, table, LCD TV, fan (in addition to air-con), fridge, several tinted windows, coffee/tea facilities, basic wet bathroom with hot water and silk throw on comfortable bed. A couple of standard rooms set in an attached building are similarly clean and have the same amenities, but less space.
Though Anawin places function over form, you do get large photos of Andaman scenes and tile floors with unusual designs in emerald green. The place has an excellent reputation and gets quite a few repeat guests, so it’s a good idea to reserve ahead of time in high season. If you walk in and find it full, neighbouring Green Park has similar rooms, or you could head for guesthouses like Sea World on the next soi down.
Address: End of Ao Nang Soi 6, Ao Nang
T: (075) 637 664; (081) 677 9632;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º49'27.53" E, 8º1'58.48" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||500 baht||1,000 baht|
|Superior double room||700 baht||1,400 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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