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We first visited Krabi in 1992 when we drove through Ao Nang before deciding to head to Phi Phi as there wasn't enough at Ao Nang to tempt us. Returning in December 2005 we could hardly recognise the place, but although it is much more touristy now it has been developed in a nice, low key way and is a very easy, laid back place to stay. There are plenty hotels, restaurants, shops and bars.


The beach at Ao Nang itself isn't great but if you're looking for a nice beach they don't come much better than Railay which is a 10 minute longtail boat ride away. Because of the facilities, we believe that Ao Nang is the best place to base yourself, but make the most of the lovely islands and beaches in the area and either book a tour at one of the many travel agents in Ao Nang, or hire a longtail boat to go there. There are many places worth a visit - click here for our Krabi photo gallery and more information on tours and beaches in the area.


Ao Nang is also a good place to do a Thai cookery course.


We have stayed in two hotels in Ao Nang and would thoroughly recommend them both.


Ao Nang Princeville Hotel

Perfectly situated down a short lane from the main road in Ao Nang, across the road from the beach and close to where the longtail boats leave for most destinations. This is a small hotel with a nice swimming pool and two different types of room, deluxe and superior. Breakfast is served in the little outdoor restaurant just past the pool. There is also a massage area just next to Reception where we had a couple of good massages. The staff were very friendly. We stayed in a deluxe room (Room No 1308 upstairs and the very last room at the end of the corridor) which we thought was gorgeous. It was a very large room with a double bed, balcony, toilet with bath and a huge walk-in shower, air conditioning. We stayed at this hotel in December 2005 and would have returned in December 2006 but rooms were fully booked. Visit Ao Nang Princeville's website or click here to book, view lots of photos and read reviews from other travellers.

Princeville deluxe room 1308
Pool at Ao Nang Princeville
Grounds at Ao Nang Princeville
Deluxe Bedroom (1308) in Ao Nang Princeville
Pool at Ao Nang Princeville
Ao Nang Princeville - superior rooms to right, pool to left.
deluxe rooms at end of path and upstairs to left
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Duang Jai Hotel


Stayed here in December 2006. The hotel had just opened earlier in the year and is a lovely small hotel with nice spacious, spotlessly clean rooms, comfy bed, large walk-in shower, large balcony overlooking the pool, a pleasant breakfast area with good selection of food, and friendly staff. The hotel is situated between Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara, up a very quiet street with nothing much around it. It is walkable to the centre of Ao Nang in about 10-15 minutes or you can get a motorbike taxi for just 20B per person*, so it's not a major problem and is ideal if you're looking for somewhere quiet. Duang Jai has the same owners as Ayara Villas in Khao Lak. Visit Duang Jai's website or click here to book a room, view photos and read travellers reviews.


Princeville deluxe room 1308
Pool at Ao Nang Princeville
Grounds at Ao Nang Princeville
Bedroom (B4) at DuangJai
Pool at Duang Jai - view from room balcony
Breakfast at Duang Jai
Corridor leading to ground floor rooms
Corridor leading to ground floor rooms at Duang Jai - swimming pool half way down to right
Duang Jai reception area
Duang Jai pool
Duang JaiReception area - reception desk to left, rooms ahead or upstairs to left, breakfast/restaurant area to right
Pool at Duang Jai looking over to hotel rooms

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Restaurants and Bars in Ao Nang

Ao Nang has a great selection of places to eat and drink. It's not a party town and is more geared towards couples and families, not for you if you're looking for nightclubs and girly bars. We have had a few really nice meals, our favourite being Tanta Restaurant. It's very popular, very reasonable and excellent food. They specialise in Thai food and seafood and you can choose your fish from one of the tanks outside - very fresh! We loved their Thai curries and their spring rolls are the best we've ever had. They also have reasonably priced bottles of Ozzie wine. Wine can be hard to find in Thailand and can be hit or miss when you do find it! We had pizza once at Tantas but it was a bit disappointing.

We had nice Thai food at Aning on the main street - and again very cheap. Eden, also on the main street, was a very popular restaurant and the kebabs we had to start were delicious, but we found their Thai curries a bit bland. We ate at Azzurra Italian Restaurant in 2005 and loved it but when we went back in 2006 we had a really disapointing meal - it's more expensive than most too.

Our favourite bar was 'Upstairs' just next to Tanta's. The staff are very friendly, they have a great cocktail list and it's a great place to chill. JJs on the main street is an English owned bar with friendly staff and cheap pitchers of beer. They sometimes show Premiership football matches, as does the Irish bar just up the side street from JJs. At the other side of Ao Nang, the Full Moon bar was nice and so was The Lost Pirate - both good places to chill and watch the world go by. Ao Nang's good for that!

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Taxi Driver

In December 2006 we had to get to Phuket from Ao Nang and used a driver called Mr Reed. He was very reliable with a nice, comfortable car (Toyota Camry) and we'd use him again if we had a long journey. He can be contacted on 089-8715949.

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*Note: Prices quoted above were accurate in 2006.