Solid budget value
Set along either side of a gravel lane that diverges from Soi 8 where it meets the beach road, the large motel-style Krabi Forest Homestay offers solid value, especially in low season.
The long and narrow property runs alongside a canal that officially marks the border between Ao Nang and Haad Noppharat Thara, fronted by a bustling cluster of related businesses that include a spa, minimart, Indian/Thai restaurant, street food stalls and a tour/transport booking office that shares space with reception. Altogether there are more than 60 rooms and you’ll be shuttled to your door on a tuk tuk if staying at the quieter rear of the grounds.
While The Forest has a few oddly shaped wooden bungalows, most rooms come in long, single-floor buildings and each is fronted by a couple of wooden chairs. They’re all equipped with air-con, fridge, flatscreen TV, WiFi, coffee/tea facilities, desk, soft bed and partitioned hot-water shower in notably large bathrooms. The furniture is cheap and the fake flowers a bit tacky, but hey, at least there are decorations.
Rooms can be hit or miss—a guest staying near us had problems with their toilet and TV—but they told us that staff responded quickly to rectify. The rooms are a little better than at nearby Blue Bayou, but there you get a much better on-site restaurant and more of a homely feel.
Address: Beginning of Ao Nang Soi 8, Ao Nang
T: (075) 661 500;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º49'1.07" E, 8º2'18.28" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||500 baht||1,500 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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