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The Tama Hotel

The Tama Hotel

A boutique gem tailored to the Asian traveller The Tama Hotel takes its name from the original moniker of Ao Nam Mao, the beach near which it is located. Owned by a local politician, the lobby is filled with chic memorabilia from a bygone age – there’s even a few old scooters parked inside. The…

Ban Sai Nai Resort

Ban Sai Nai Resort

An idyllic bungalow retreat Ban Sai Nai is a new, and highly recommended resort, located at the foot of the famous Ao Nang cliffs. It can best be described as “rustic chic”, with sufficient mod cons (and sealed windows) to make it appealing to those who appreciate natural style, but don’t actually want to live…

Sunda Resort

Sunda Resort

Pretty, boutique style bungalows in a quiet location Sunda Resort is a 3-star bungalow resort, in natural surroundings and with comfortable accommodation, decorated in contemporary Thai style (plenty of dark wood and splashes of rich colour against a neutral backdrop). There are 48 very clean rooms on the property, classified according to their location (facilities…

Railay Village Resort

Railay Village Resort

A chic resort for grown-ups on Railay Beach Railay Village Resort & Spa is under the same ownership as Somkiet Buri Resort in Ao Nang, and this more recent property has taken the trademark Somkiet style (lush garden, natural materials) to a new level. Railey Village is now competing with Railay Bay Resort for the…

Peace Laguna Resort

Peace Laguna Resort

High quality accommodation in a unique setting Easily the most stunningly located resort in Ao Nang, the bungalows of the newly renovated Peace Laguna Resort are laid out around a curved lake with the majestic backdrop of the Ao Nang cliffs. It is also, true to its name, very peaceful, being set back far from…

Noppharat Resort

Noppharat Resort

Reasonably priced bungalows near to the beach Offering decent budget bungalows, Noppharat Resort was opened in December 2006, part of the growing area along the road to the Thai boxing stadium behind Nopparat Thara Beach. It is a 250m walk to the sea, and tuk-tuks that will take you into Ao Nang of an evening…

Mountain View Resort

Mountain View Resort

Basic accommodation in a dramatic setting The sister property of (the very different) City Hotel in Krabi Town, Mountain View Resort is set in a sprawling but well-tended garden behind Ton Sai Beach. Bungalows are spartan but spotless: everything inside is white, or pale pistachio green, with tartan trimmings, an odd deco-choice, but one that…

Me Mee Bungalows

Me Mee Bungalows

Basic but friendly accommodation in the centre of Ao Nang Belonging to the brother of Ao Nang Village‘s proprietor, Me Mee (a.k.a. MiMi, Mee Mee or even Meme) Bungalows is located right next door to that establishment and is a small, clean, family-run place in much the same vein. The room layout is a little…

Krabi Resort

Krabi Resort

Calm and space in the heart of Ao Nang Krabi Resort is the “grande dame” of Ao Nang. The very first true hotel (as opposed to backpacker huts) in the village, it was opened in the early 1980s (bringing electricity and running water to the few homes then on the beach front), and to this…

Railay Princess Resort

Railay Princess Resort

Newly refurbished rooms close to Railay West Beach Railay Princess Resort, along with its sister resort, Railay Bay, is at the forefront of the unrelenting gentrification of Railay. A newish resort, that opened in early 2006, and recently completely refurbished, it is large in scale and catering mainly to couples and families, rather than the…

Sand Sea Resort

Sand Sea Resort

Best value resort on Railay West Beach Sand Sea Resort is perfectly located bang in the middle of the spectacular west Railay beach. It’s a well-maintained resort, with all its pretty, individual bungalows spread out over a large tropical garden filled with flowers and exotic leaves. Bungalows are spacious, spotlessly clean and, for the most…

Somkiet Buri Resort

Somkiet Buri Resort

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE Somkiet Buri will be doing extensive renovation work inside the resort, starting 1 June 2015. The resort will be closed for business during this time. They expect to complete this work and reopen in early 2016. Beautiful garden resort in central location near beach Somkiet Buri is one of the most attractive resorts…

Sunrise Tropical Resort

Sunrise Tropical Resort

Value for money resort on east side of Railay The accommodation at Sunrise Tropical offers similar standards and quality to next door Railay Bay Resort, in a more intimate setting and at half the price. However, it could be argued that it also has half the location, being stuck on the east side of Railay…

Tonsai Bay Resort

Tonsai Bay Resort

Reasonable bungalows in a good location As hotels in Railay become ever more expensive, the adjacent beach of Ton Sai is looking increasingly more appealing for the budget traveller, though the recent price hike at this resort means things may soon be changing here as well. Nonetheless, Tonsai Bay Resort, opened in late 2005, still…

The L Resort

The L Resort

High tech gimmicks in an unbeatable location The L Resort – the newly renovated Andaman Sunset Resort – combines a great location with the latest in modern hotel amenities. Its focus on “lifestyle” means that the usual in-room experience is enhanced with a variety of gadgets: TVs are huge 40″ LED displays; there is an…

Golden Hill Hotel

Golden Hill Hotel

An urban hotel with a resort mentality A hotel in Krabi Town with sea view and swimming pool? Golden Hill Hotel was a first for the town centre when it opened in 2004. But though it resembles a resort in facilities and services, make no mistake that this is a city hotel, nowhere near a…

Dream Valley Resort

Dream Valley Resort

Recently upgraded climbers’ favourite in peaceful hillside setting Dream Valley Resort was one of the first bungalow operations to open in Ton Sai, and is owned by a local Ao Nang family. Stretching back up the pleasant green hillside from the main walkway behind the beach, it offers a wide range of accommodation, including a…

City Hotel

City Hotel

Cheap and well-located hotel for an overnight transit City Hotel, as its name suggests, is bang in the middle of Krabi Town centre, directly opposite the excellent night market and around the corner from the river and the main shopping drag. It is also conveniently located for local transport to the beach areas of Ao…

Cha Wan Resort

Cha Wan Resort

Small, attractive boutique resort with traditional Thai design Cha Wan Resort is a pretty Thai-style resort, on the outskirts of Ao Nang. The setting is small and intimate, with only 10 rooms arranged in tall, 2 storey buildings with high Thai roofs around a two level swimming pool. The overall plot of land is fairly…

Ao Nang Village Bungalows

Ao Nang Village Bungalows

Basic but friendly and centrally-located bungalows Guests of Ao Nang Village enjoy that rare thing: a patch of green in the centre of Ao Nang. The owners have chosen not to cram as many rooms into the space as possible, instead creating a pretty garden in the middle, set back from the road, meaning you…

Ao Nang Princeville Resort

Ao Nang Princeville Resort

Beachfront hotel strong on service and design Ao Nang Princeville Resort is a lovely boutique hotel in a similar style to the popular Somkiet Buri Resort. What it lacks in greenery compared with the latter, however, it more than makes up for with a great location – it is one of only a handful of…

Ao Nang Cliff View Resort

Ao Nang Cliff View Resort

A natural retreat still within reach of the beach Ao Nang Cliff View Resort is a one of a kind place, at least in the now heavily commercialised Ao Nang area. Its name belies its actual location, directly at the foot of the magnificent rocks that can in fact be seen from all over (a…

Tipa Resort

Tipa Resort

Centrally located family resort, with lots of open space Tipa Resort is a modern, family-oriented place, very well located less than 150m to the sea in Ao Nang. An entrance down a private road ensures peace and privacy in your room. The resort is well laid-out in large, landscaped gardens so even when full, it…

Krabi Aquamarine Resort

Krabi Aquamarine Resort

Modern, mid-range family accommodation near to the beach Krabi Aquamarine is a modern hotel with a white, minimalist design, located on the rapidly developing area along the road to the Thai boxing stadium behind Nopparat Thara Beach. It is a 250m walk to the sea, and tuk-tuks that will take you into Ao Nang of…