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“A pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ao Nang Baanlay

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Ao Nang Baanlay
Ranked #91 of 135 Speciality Lodging in Ao Nang
Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
“A pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2010

I suspect the other reviewers here were expecting something a little closer to the $300USD/night ocean view resorts that fill the area, but my wife and I were very happy with our stay. The room was spotless and included blinding-white sheets, the mini-fridge was full stocked with an assortment of water (2 free bottles, replaced each day), pop and beer. The pop & beer wasn't free, but was the same price you would pay at a mini-mart (as opposed to the $12USD for a bag of nuts you would find in a corporate-run hotel). The satellite television was handy after a long day at the beach as well, even if the only English channel was BBC. The free wi-fi was a very nice touch and we took full advantage of it. The breakfast was indeed quite sparse, however the hotel itself has a only little cafe in the front and doesn't claim to be a full restaurant. The staff was quite pleasant and helpful.

The main strip along the beach was primarily for shoppers, and was very full of affluent tourists, many of whom had children in tow. The selection of restaurants was quite good and the seafood dishes were delicious - perhaps a little pricey, but relative to home they were still extremely cheap.

The 'beach' in Ao Nang isn't really a beach for swimming/sunbathing but rather a landing spot for water taxis. There are *spectacular* beaches only ten minutes away that could be reached by taxi for only 80B. You can buy a return ticket to one or a combination of beaches and return whenever you felt like it (they prefer to travel full so we had to wait 15 minutes for a taxi for fill up with other people)

If you're looking for very quiet, clean place to hang your hat for a few days Baanlay Bungalows may be a good choice. There's no swimming pool, no ocean view and you won't wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the beach but you can find that in Ao Nang if you really want it and don't mind pay 5-10 times as much as you would for Baanlay Bungalows.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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    2 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2009

The " bungalows " are just rows of concrete rooms adjoining each other, and looking at each other. Our room was dingy, dark and dirty. There was no furniture, not even a chair. We were there for four days and nothing was ever cleaned. The rooms are at the back of an Indian restaurant, and down an alley way from the beach. The beach there is full of longtail boats and you had to walk right to the other end of the beach to swim. The breakfast is set out on a tiny table in reception and you have to try and find somewhere to sit out front to eat, where there is not enough tables, and it smells, and there are cars etc. The staff were miserable and very sour faced. They couldnt care less about you at all. It was the worst place we stayed at in Thailand. I got severe food poisoning in Ao Nang and the fact that Baanlay bungalows was near the pharmacies was the only good thing about it !! The staff showed no concern or help, and when we asked for a clean sheet after 3 days of fever it was literally thrown at us !! It was overpriced and thoroughly awful. Ao nang was like the costa del sol, expensive, souless and like Baanlay bungalows, somewhere to avoid at all costs !!
Liked- nothing
Disliked-everything

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2008

My partner & I stayed here for 4 nights in a double air conditioned room. It was reasonably spacious, had cable tv (which was broken for about 24 hours then fixed), comfortable large bed, hot water a minibar & a lockable drawer instead of a minisafe. It was a concrete bungalow style in a row with 2 others attached & looked on to more rooms across the way, the small area this site was on meant all rooms were like this with no real view.

The breakfast was very limited, there was tea/coffee/water/juice out along with pineapple & watermelon & bread/butter/jam. When you came down they'd ask you how you wanted your eggs (fried/scrambled/omlette) then they came back with them with 1 (tasty) sausage. Fine for a short period of time but boring otherwise.

The restaurant Baanlay Thai Kitchen was on the beachside though when I say beach, most of Ao Nang's beaches around here were lucky if they were a couple of meters wide stretch of sand.

There are plenty of shops & restaurants nearby so the accomodation is in a good location, we felt it wasn't worth the money though but then we didn't really enjoy Ao Nang as a resort itself.

  • Liked — plenty of restaurants, shops & bars nearby
  • Disliked — in a souless resort
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ao Nang Baanlay
Address: 22/1 Moo 2, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000 , Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Ao Nang
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Ranked #91 of 135 Speciality Lodging in Ao Nang
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ao Nang Baanlay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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