On our last visit to Ao Nang Cliff View Resort we met an Indian family at the small swimming pool draped in flame trees at the foot an astounding vertical cliff, and asked how their stay was going.
“Room is, eh, okay,” agreed the parents, “but look at this place, it is so lovely and quiet and we are happy here,” said the mother as she nodded towards her boys happily splashing away. We couldn’t agree more: the rooms are dated and a tad overpriced, but adequate when you consider a setting that we think is the most beautiful out of all the places to stay found amid Ao Nang’s scenic inland lanes away from the main drag.
The cheapest wooden bungalows stand high on stilts, shrouded in greenery, and come with white-and-green walls reaching to high ceilings. Interiors are small but you get several screened windows, firm beds raised off hardwood floors, a front porch and even a small safe. The cheapest air-con cottages are similarly small and rustic, also a bit darker and mustier, and come with TVs and fridges. Superiors are larger with tile floors and desks, and the one we inspected smelled a tad musty.
Sprinkled amid tall trees and flowers, several hammocks will help you soak in the tranquility. On all of our visits we’ve received a warm greeting from the staffers who offer a restaurant, motorbike rental, a little fitness centre and free shuttle to the beach, which lies a little over two kilometres away.
Address: 10/5 Ao Nang Soi 11, Ao Nang
T: (075) 695 240;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'14.73" E, 8º1'57.42" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||600 baht||1,000 baht|
|Standard double room||1,100 baht||1,800 baht|
|Superior double room||1,400 baht||2,200 baht|
|Family room||1,800 baht||3,200 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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