Topic: New hotels in Ao Nang (opening 2008 -9)

This low season (2008) in Ao Nang is the busiest ever in terms of new construction. No fewer than ten major projects are being undertaken, with at least a dozen other smaller building sites. Add to that renovations at some major hotels and visitors are currently in the unfortunate position of walking past piles of rubble and cranes every few hundred metres!

The positive news is that eventually these developments, when ready, are set to increase dramatically the number of 3 -4 star hotel rooms available in the area, which are currently in short supply. The long term effect of all this building - and projected growth in visitors - on the delicate marine ecosystem around Ao Nang Bay remains to be seen, however.

Below we round up all the new hotel projects, which, along with a couple of new shopping plazas, form the major part of the work. The majority are in the fast developing area between Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara beaches (near Krabi La Playa and Buri Tara Resorts). Only a handful actually look as though they will be ready to open at the start of high season (November 2008), so please contact them directly if you have already made bookings for this time.

All these pictures were taken on a rainy afternoon (4 September 2008); part two of the construction watch (the area around Klong Haeng village, nearby Ao Nang) will be posted next week.

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Construction watch: Sala Krabi Resort & Spa

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A 4-5 star property direct on Nopparat Thara beachfront, next to Srisuksant Resort.
Website: http://www.salakrabiresort.com
Picture taken on 04/09/08

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Construction watch: Health Paradise Resort

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We can't find any information online about this place (nor the company who is building it) which is located on the main road just before the bridge to Nopparat Thara Beach.

Health Paradise Resort is the first of a whole series of back-to-back new resorts all along the side street, Soi 8, opposite Buri Tara Resort (not a fun place to stay at the moment). It is estimated that in this small area alone, 400 new rooms are being built.

Picture taken on 04/09/08

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Construction watch: Red Ginger Chic Resort

http://www.yourkrabi.com/forum/construction/red-ginger-chic-resort.jpg

Directly behind Health Paradise, with its entrance opposite Buri Tara Resort, is the new Red Ginger Chic Resort. They seem fairly advanced in construction, with large trees lying outside for the landscaping.
Website: http://www.redgingerkrabi.com/

Picture taken on 04/09/08

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Construction watch: Amandari Krabi

http://www.yourkrabi.com/forum/construction/ananta-burin-resort.jpg

Amandari Krabi is a 70 room hotel being constructed a little further along from Red Ginger, on the corner next to Duang Jai Resort (also not a fun place to stay at the moment).

Website: http://www.amandarikrabi.com/home.html

Picture taken on 04/09/08

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Construction watch: other hotels between Ao Nang & Nopparat Thara

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As well as the larger hotels mentioned above, several units of "shop houses" are also being built along this street, and a few basic guesthouses have already opened.

Just past Buri Tara, a new villa style complex seemed very attractive and near completion - you can just see the roofs in the top picture - we will try to find out the name asap.

On the hillside above all this building work (actually accessed from the road to Pavilion Queen's Bay and Thai Village Resorts), in the second picture, you can see the extent of the new row houses built this year. Every year a new row seems to be built in front of the old one, obscuring the previous row's sea view. Among these shop house-style hotels is the popular Royal Nakara Resort.

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Construction watch: Phra Nang Inn shopping plaza

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Picture taken on 04/09/08

The old wing of the hotel Phra Nang Inn was sold last  year and construction work has begun in earnest. The hotel building and swimming pool have been completely gutted and new shop units will replace them.

The other wing of Phra Nang Inn (on the other side of the main road) is still open, but is currently being renovated.

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Construction watch: Ao Nang Villa Resort

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Picture taken on 04/09/08

Not a new hotel, but Ao Nang Villa's renovation project is so extensive, we though it merited a picture. The whole beachfront pool area and hotel wing is being redesigned.

There is also major building work on-going at Peace Laguna Resort, where a new hotel wing is being constructed.

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Construction watch: White Sand Krabi Resort

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Picture taken on 04/09/08

Continuing on this side of the beach, the site of the old Krabi Seaview Resort (which has been completely demolished) has - surprise! - yet another row of shophouses along its road frontage. As well as the resort, individual units are for sale at 22 million baht each!

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Construction watch: new hotel above McDonald's and Starbucks?

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Picture taken on 04/09/08

There has also been building activity above the shopping plaza that houses McDonald's, Starbucks and The Pizza Company in Ao Nang. From the street level it appears that hotel rooms and a rooftop restaurant are being constructed, though there are no signs up with any further information.

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Construction watch: Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort

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Picture taken on 04/09/08

Perched on the hillside behind the McDonald's plaza and next to Vogue Phranang Bay Resort, is Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort, a huge 4 star project with 146 rooms and villas.

Website: http://www.aonangcliffbeach.com/

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Construction watch: Thailandia Night Plaza

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Picture taken on 04/09/08

The area next to Ao Nang Paradise Resort (just to the right of the picture) is set to be a huge construction site for the next few months - something to be aware of if you are booking here for high season.

The project is proposing to be Ao Nang's largest shopping complex, and will include a food court as well. Alongside this, to the left of the picture, home office (shop house) units are also being constructed.

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Hello,
thanks for information about constructions and new buildings.

We plan our stay at ao nang villa and ao nang cliff beach in december.
Are there any news, if they will be ready in main season?

Thanks

asiana

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At a guess I'd say Ao Nang Villa probably will be finished, but Ao Nang Cliff Beach from the looks of it is unlikely to be completed by December, or even later...

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Dear Admin from your Krabi,
thanks a lot for the information.

Clif Beach has very good rates for this time, but now I am shure it is better to book  Ao nang villa.

Good to see the pciture just in time :-)

asiana

Last edited by asiana (08-10-2008 02:57:46)

Re: New hotels in Ao Nang (opening 2008 -9)

Actually the construction work  you mentioned going on above the MC Donalds IS the Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort. These are the hotel rooms and form the first phase of the project. Also swimming pool, restaurant and all other communal facilities will be ready before December 1st, 2008. The villas to be build up the hill are phase 2 and are planned to open not before next season.

We all live in "the good old days" of the future.

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vanB, thank you very much for the information. I had not realised these two projects were connected.

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You are most welcome. Let us hope the new shop houses between the Mc Donald's strip and the old Phra Nang Inn will soon add something special to Ao Nang. I hope the developers are not gold diggers demanding outrageous rent and key money that only Nepali tailor shops can afford.

We all live in "the good old days" of the future.

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hi anyone been to aree tara resort? this is a new resort right? any comment?

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Aree Tara is located on the same street as all this building work, between Amandari Krabi and Duang Jai Resorts. It's recently opened but there is still a lot of construction on-going nearby. Probably best to stay elsewhere until this work is completed (I would say in early 2009). The same goes for all the other resorts on this street, some of which are now open for business.