Krabi Thai Village is in the small-ish seaside town on Ao Nang, The hotel itself if lovely. The rooms are very clean and comfortable, the staff are friendly and helpful. Their website doesn't give much information, so here are a few things you might find helpful.
The room has a hairdryer - usual hotel quality, not brilliant but certainly better than nothing. Bring your own if you need to have perfect hair on holiday. There are tea and coffee facilities in the room. All rooms are no smoking but you can smoke on the balcony, which would be dry if it rained. There's also a nice wooden drying rack on the balcony for swimwear.
Towels are provided by the pool and if you're heading out for the day, you can get a towel from reception, so no need to bring anything with you. Because there's lots to do, most guests are out during the day, so getting a sunbed by one of the pools is not usually a problem. But when you see the local scenery, you won't want to be lying by a pool all day.
The grounds of the hotel are not very big but are nicely landscaped. The hotel is a short distance from the nearest beach (about a 10 minute walk, 20 mins into the heart of Ao Nang) but a tuk tuk or taxi will only cost 20 baht per person (about 40p) to anywhere in Ao Nang. We used them all the time - well worth it when it's hot!
The hotel restaurant is very good but rather expensive compared to everywhere else. THis is because all hotels charge a service charge on top of their prices, and then there's a compulsory government tax. This is often show as ++ on signs. All hotels do this. Inevitably, it is much cheaper to eat and drink outside of the hotel.
Just opposite the hotel is a small parade of shops and restaurants. The best quality food is at the Green Lemon - it's only small but the service is good and they are very reasonably priced. There are dozens of restaurants to choose from in Ao Nang. We only had one truly awful meal and that was at one of the ones overlooking the beach near the long tail boat office on the northern end of the seafront. I don't know what it's called, but it has an upstairs deck with a great view - nice location, crap food.
We travelled with Hayes and Jarvis and the pick-up arrangements getting to and from the airport were very good. The descriptions of the excursions they ran left a little to be desired. For example, a trip that was billed as sea kayaking and snorkelling was actually a 6 kilometre kayak around an island (not for the faint hearted or unfit) with not much decent snorkelling. Disappointing for us as we'd really gone for the snorkelling. There is an excursions desk at the hotel with leaflets and the person there can give you a much better idea of what you'll be doing on the trip. The prices are almost identical so there's not much in it.
Incidentally, the only really good snorkelling is at Phi Phi. There is far to much silt in the water around Ao Nang and the neighbouring beaches and islands for proper snorkelling. However, there are some lovely beaches on nearby islands and just across the bay at Railay and Hat Phra Nang (where the Princess Cave/shrine is). You can get there by long tail boat from the beach at Ao Nang.
It was our first trip to Thailand. We had a great time. The only disappointment was that there wasn't much going on culturally. We went to the Tiger Cave temple near Krabi, which if you are interested in Bhuddism is something not to miss. But we weren't able to find any traditional music or dance, nor any museums celebrating traditional Thai life. It's really a beach holiday and not one for culture vultures.
Best buys locally: Thai massage (heavenly) and fantastic silk cushion covers and other fabrics. Worst buy: wine. All wine is expensive. Stick to the beer.
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- Also Known As:
- Krabi Thai Village Hotel Ao Nang
- Krabi Thai Village Resort Ao Nang