The definition of flashpacker
A walk through this small flashpacker resort was all it took for us to let go of any apprehension we initially had about the goofy “Whalecome Ao Nang Resort” name.
Newly opened since our last visit to Ao Nang, Whalecome’s rooms come in a pair of single-floor white concrete buildings set on either side of a tree-draped hill and a small but attractive swimming pool. It’s on the same lane as Anawin Bungalow and, as with the cheaper digs found over there, you get a sense of being removed from the clutter of Ao Nang despite being situated a stone’s throw from a bustling stretch of the main drag and a mere half-kilometre from the beach.
Step through the sliding glass doors to find a fair amount of space in rooms sporting a minimalist look with brick walls painted white, cushy beds and lightwood accents. You also get a desk, flatscreen TV, fridge, coffee/tea facilities and good-size bathroom with hot-water shower set behind a partition. The resort has a small cafe where included breakfasts are served, and staff was polite to us.
Another solid flashpacker option is Ao Nang Mini House, which has a similar design in slightly larger rooms fetching similar rates. We fretted over which of these to list, going with Whalecome due to the pool and better location.
Address: Ao Nang Soi 6, Ao Nang.
T: (099) 309 110; (099) 309 0440;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º49'27.2" E, 8º1'58.54" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,100 baht||2,800 baht|
|Family room||2,200 baht||3,900 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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