If you are planning on going to the Province of Krabi, it's totally worth taking the 30 min drive and staying in Ao Nang. Somkiet Buri was a great place to stay in Ao Nang. Just a short stroll down the main strip to the beach and right in the middle of all the restaurants, 7 eleven across the street, and plenty of shops on either side. However, it's tucked away from the busy street in a jungle giving it the quiet and private feel you want for your vacation. The room was clean and the staff was always willing to help. The pool was one of the cleanest I saw and provides stops of sun or shade when you get sun burned :)
The only reason I didn't give it a 5 out of 5 was because of the breakfast and restaurant. We didn't eat at the restaurant because a) it was always dead (not a good sign) b) the breakfast was marginal. There was plenty of bread and always a thai style option and an egg station, but we sure got tired of the options after a week. Having said that, this was my second trip to thailand and it's not uncommon to have a marginal breakfast when you get it included in the price of the room.
With all that said, I was SO impressed with what we got. The location is PERFECT especially considering the price. (I don't think it's worth spending the extra money to be right on the beach) The staff was amazing and even though they don't sell alcohol right in the hotel its ok to take it back to your room and there are so many places close by that do buy 1 get 1 free it really didn't matter to us.
Other tips: Arrange for the hotel to pick you up at the airport ahead of time (it's tiny and finding a taxi could be challanging especially if coming in the PM) it was 700 baht for 4 people to get to the hotel in a nice van with AC, water, and help with luggage. Check out the Monkey trail at the far end of the beach right down the road, just don't take anything in plastic bags or have shinny stuff out (they STEAL!) Take bananas with you :)
- Also Known As:
- Somkiet Buri Hotel Ao Nang
- Somkiet Buri Hotel
- Somkiet Buri Krabi
- Somkiet Buri Resort Krabi/Ao Nang
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