We arrived at Krabi airport, and a driver was there for our transfer. I would not normally mention this, however in this case, the two hotels that we subsequently stayed at in the area were not so efficient!
When you arrive at the Cha Wan, it rather seems to be in the middle of nowhere! However, a short explore reveals it to be within walking distance of the main part of Ao Nang. As mentioned in other reviews, the hotel is small, but very sweet. The gardens are very lush and pretty, the pool is small but does the job (plus good poolside showers). The staff are friendly without being pushy in any way. Breakfast was very good and the lovely lady who served us very quickly got to grips with the fact that there was no way we could eat all that was provided, so just brought us what we asked for!
Our room was very large and comfortable, with a GREAT bed. Robes, slippers, daily water, tea/coffee, hairdryer and umbrellas all provided (the latter being very useful at this time of year!) We had a big terrace area, on which there were three beautiful but rather uncomfortable wooden lounge chairs - however there were plenty of cushions in the room, which helped enormously.
We don't at all expect that everyone in the world ought to know how to speak English, however having travelled a bit now in SE Asia, we were very surprised generally in Thailand by how few people speak English reasonably well, in comparison with other neighbouring countries. However, the lady on recepation at the Cha Wan speaks very good English indeed, and was most helpful with all of our requests.
Being the start of the monsoon season, it rained pretty much every afternoon, sometimes well into the evening. As a result, there were quite a few mosquitos around, and the hotel sprayed our room upon request, and lit coils on the terrace when we were there late one evening. There were books available to guests in several languages, and TV, with limited channels, in the room.
Unfortunately, we did not like Ao Nang at all (clearly, this has nothing to do with the hotel!). I can't see us wanting to return there, however if we did, we would stay at the Cha Wan again without hesitation.
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- Also Known As:
- Cha Wan Hotel Ao Nang
- Cha Wan Resort Krabi/Ao Nang