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Klong Muang Beach

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Klong Muang Beach

we are thinking of going to krabi april 2007.has any one stayed at klong muang beach? we like a laid back place but with a couple of resaurants and bars to visit is this the place for us? we have looked at the Krabi sands resort or the more up market Sherton.

Whats the beach like here? we thought Ao nang beach may be to busy and was told it was like chenweng beach koh samui.which was way to busy for us we stayed bophut beach samui any thing similar would be great

any advice welcome thanks in advance

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1. Re: Klong Muang Beach

Klong Muang beach is very nice but the further North you go the better it is. There is a new sofitel hotel opening soon which looks very nice, the Sheraton is too big and not that nice at all, we stayed one night and moved out. Not up to normal Sheraton standards. The Krabi Sands is owned by an English man, quite small but very reasonably priced, obviously doesn't have the facilities of a big resort but pleasant enough. The Tubkaak is one of the better hotels along that beach but can be very expensive.

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2. Re: Klong Muang Beach

Have stayed at the Krabi Sands Resort two times so you probably gather we like it. Its only a small cluster of semi-detached bungalows set in gardens round a pool. The Beach Restaurant for the hotel is across the road and has splendid views towards Koh Hong, especially at sunset. The beach in front of the hotel is nothing special, but is good for going on trips to the outlying islands. Its about a ten minute walk to the beach by the Shearton and Andaman Holiday Resort. Don't expect a full service resort at the Krabi Sands, its a place where your left to your own devices and is great for chilling. The restaurant has a ATM which is most useful.

Its also ten minutes walk to nearby restaurants (worth taking a torch at night). Ao Nang is about twenty minutes by car...taxis were charging 600 baht round trip (March 2006).

We find the area quiet which is what we like, as we find Ao Nang way to busy and totally changed from when we first visited in 1999. However development is reaching this part of Krabi as well, the new Sofitel has already been mentioned, an Irish Bar has opened up. There are about five or six restaurants opposite the entrance to the Andaman and Nakamanda hotels...we always get a good meal at the Baan Thai.

Tubkaak further north has a better beach, and a smart boutique hotel but its a trip out to get to local restaurants...the nearest being the ones near the Andaman.

Buriram, Thailand
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3. Re: Klong Muang Beach

Agree with the above comments, with Sheraton, Phulay and Vogue all opening resorts this year(maybe!) it's getting much busier, but it's all relative. It's busier than Ao Nang but nothing like Lamai, Chaweng, Patong etc.

The beach would be the only let down; lovely views and good swimming, at high tide; once the tide goes out it's quite rocky.

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4. Re: Klong Muang Beach

Not sure what you mean Eggchaser when you say its busier than Ao Nang...surely you don't mean Klong Muang. Although I'm worried about the development at Klong Muang, its still a very quiet resort no where near as busy as Ao Nang - which as you rightly say is nowhere near as busy as resorts like Patong or Chaweng.

Don't want people to get the mistaken view that Klong Muang is the most happening place in Krabi.

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5. Re: Klong Muang Beach

Thanks everyone sounds like this is the place for us.Krabi sands seems the choice then as we like our peace but knowing we have a couple of restarants near by

cheers

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6. Re: Klong Muang Beach

I have just returned from the Andaman resort on Klong Muang beach, this is a lovely hotel in superb gardens. They run a shuttle bus into Au nang several times a day this is great for getting longtail boats to different islands, Railey beach is very nice as is Hong island both only around 10 mins. boat. Klong Muang is nice and quiet just a few bars and restaurants, the Pan Sea just opposite the Shereton is great for sea food.

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7. Re: Klong Muang Beach

Klong Muang beach is lovely, very quiet. Not at all like Au nang as you suggested Au nang is very similar to Chewang in Koh Samui and Patong in Phuket they were far to busy for me also. If you like it quiet I'm sure you will like it here.

Buriram, Thailand
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8. Re: Klong Muang Beach

Just want to clear something up here. Ao Nang is nothing like Chaweng and Patong. Both are big, ulgy, over crowded resorts full of the sort of tourists we don't need in Ao Nang. Whilst Ao Nang may seem busy next to Klong Muang it's nothing like the other two; it's basically one street, 150 metres long and stretching 150 inland too.

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9. Re: Klong Muang Beach

Give it a couple of years!

Goole, United...
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10. Re: Klong Muang Beach

It's not changed hardly in the 3 visits we've made in the last four years Farnaway !!

We first visited in 2002,and was concerned that maybe it wouldn't be the same when we went back.(2004)..We were wrong.

I agree with Eggchaser,it is nothing like Chaweng or Patong.

We have just revisited last month,and apart from some refurbishment of shops,and some that have closed down,post tsunami,it's as lovely as ever.