Our resort was situated along Ao Nang beach. We were introduced to a very sea shelled shore during high tide. All visions of swimming the hours away were dashed! We retracted to the hotel pool and returned to the beach to witness Ao Nang’s spectacular sunsets (see pics). The next day, even though the water was not as turquoise as I would have preferred, the tide was amicable and we could do what we came there to do: be at one with the ocean The water was perfect and the waves provided for enough excitement for 2 young non-wave fans (9 and 6 yo). When you return to the pool from the beach at say, 17h00, the water is as warm as a jacuzzi, ok, almost …but still deliciously warm.
The beach is government regulated against commercialisation, so you will not find hotel recliners claiming official space. You’re going to have to relax on your towel or just plonk yourself down on the sand! Even so, you may be touted with a local smile and a packet of sweet smelling and masterfully carved pineapples, like we were and guided towards the end of the beach beyond the Last Fisherman. What greets you there is a host of local massage parlours: From Number 1 right up to number 17 (if I am not mistaken) Thai massages are uniformly 200 baht (+/-ZAR 70) throughout. However, bear in mind that those were probably “green season” rates and that there are varying massages on offer.
The beach is in very close proximity to shops and (halaal) restaurants – so there’s no problem if you forgot your sunhat and flip flops at home.
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