Ao Nang Thailand

Ao Nang is a beach town and port to neighboring small islands. At first glance the main drag of the town seemed old and run down. Along the waterfront is nice. The tree lined sidewalks are manicured and the beach is clean. There are many long tail boats along the shore waiting to take passengers to other neighboring beaches and islands including Railay, Ko Hong, Ko Poda and Ko Gai.  The best swimming is beside a beautiful karst at the end of the main beach.

Tree lined beach sidewalk
Tree lined beach sidewalk

All of the stores sold the same things. T-shirts, key chains, magnets, rayon dresses, straw hats and waterproof backpacks. After seeing these things over and over I started to notice the horrible quality of the materials.  

Street side store in Ao Nang
Street side store in Ao Nang

Touts are here too. Every restaurant has a tout outside asking you to come in. Telling the tout  “I’ve already eaten” doesn’t work. The tout will come back with “come back later” or “have a beer”. Not making eye contact after hearing the pitch several times doesn’t work either. They still go into their pitch. This only made me NOT want to eat there. Why do they have to literally pull people off the street into the restaurant?  I had lunch at Burger King instead. I don’t normally eat this at home but for some strange reason it was calling my name in Thailand. 

Burger King in Ao Nang
Burger King in Ao Nang

We chose to stay at Ban Sainai Resort. This is inland from the beach. The grounds were like paradise. Staying here for only two days because of a 6am flight from Krabi Airport (20 minutes way) I didn’t get the chance to explore the entire city.  Staying on the property most of the late afternoon and evening was just what was needed to regroup from two months of traveling.  

Pool at Ban Sanai Resort
Pool at Ban Sanai Resort

The thing I loved most about this resort is the begging fish at the restaurant. The restaurant was built over a beautiful pond. It was nighttime and the only light on the pond was from the restaurant. It’s only natural to look over the edge at the water and there they were! Fish! Awake and begging for food. It was so fun feeding them too. I wasn’t the only one either. They ate everything! Bread, rice, cucumbers and tomatoes. Rice wasn’t a big favorite but they fought over the cucumbers surprisingly.  

Begging fish at night
Begging fish at night

Ao Nang is the last stop on our trip to Thailand. Americans only get thirty-day visas as opposed to Europeans getting sixty days. Thailand is a beautiful place and it was nice to end it  in peaceful surroundings. I can’t say I’ll miss the food but I will miss the beaches most of all. 

Air Asia leaving Ao Nang
Air Asia leaving Ao Nang

8 responses to Ao Nang Thailand

  1. Bobi G says:

    Hi Beautiful!!
    Thank you for sharing I enjoy so much your Flashpacking blog. I will continue to see the world through your eyes.. and your lens. xo

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  2. Joyce says:

    A nice scenic ending for Thailand and two months of traveling and sharing so many treasures together.

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    • Barbie says:

      I’m so glad that we have blogs to keep the memories alive. Anytime we go to a fun place or visit, we always feel like the time went so fast. This is the first time we can look back and have something to remember it by. Love you!

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  3. Tina says:

    Burger King?!?!? What kind of “beef” do they serve?? Did it taste like the junk at home? Believe it or not, when I was in Rome, people literally came up to me and asked me to follow them to their restaurant! So, Touts are not new. Sometimes the restaurant was a bit of a walk from where we were touring, and we would not have found it otherwise. In Rome how bad can the food be? Touts are sometimes a good thing. Love your descriptions!

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    • Barbie says:

      The beef is imported from Australia. It taste better in America but it was just what I needed when I was in Thailand.

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  4. Kristin says:

    What awesome adventures y’all are having! Please keep the pics coming. I understand the Burger King option. When I was in Morocco I had McDonald’s. I had been, shall we say, adventurous with the food options, and became really ill. I guess I had to learn the hard way. McDonald’s was the only thing that remotely sounded good to me. I wasn’t able to keep that down either, but for a time it was comforting. Go figure….. Lol.

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    • Barbie says:

      I wish there was a McDonalds instead. It’s great to hear from you Kristin. Thanks for checking my blog out too!

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