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.
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- Also Known As:
- Ao Nang Baanlay Krabi