Buri Tara Resort is at the beginning of a narrow street which has other hotels like The Small Hotel, RedGinger, Ananta Burin, Apasari, Centara Anda Dhavi, Aree Tara. It shares the back fence with the Krabi La Playa. It is about 100-meter walk west to Nopparat Thara Beach, and 600-meter walk east to Ao Nang Beach. Buri Tara opened in 2006 and had 70 rooms over 5 floors, with elevators in the front and back sections.
From Krabi airport to Buri Tara, a private car would cost THB600, while the bus would be THB150/pax. However, the bus journey was excruciating long (more than 1 hour), waiting for passengers, stopping at bus station, ferry stations, and hotels along the way. On the return journey from hotel to airport, we booked the hotel minivan at THB500, and shared it with another couple, working out to THB125/pax, and took only 25mins without any stop.
We booked 4D3N Superior room through Agoda at SGD50/night without breakfast, and were upgraded to a Deluxe pool view room on 2nd Floor, with balcony facing the pool. The room was spacious, clean, good lay-out, good lighting, although parts were showing its age, with wood varnish coming off on table and door. The toilet was big, with 2 wash basins, long bath, separate shower booth. Room had a Sony LCD TV, mini safe, mini fridge, kettle, hairdryer, shampoo, shower gel, 2 bottles water free each day, but no toothbrush.
We took breakfast just once at the hotel’s Tara Restaurant, paying THB200/pax. There was a small buffet of noodle, fried rice, sausage, scrambled egg, porridge, cereals, juices, fruits. Nothing fantastic, but edible. In comparison, the breakfast at the RedGinger across the road was THB400, and a plate of fried rice at a roadside café was THB130. Desktop computers were available at a corner of the restaurant at THB50 for 30mins, the same charges for wifi if you used your own laptop.
The small shops and cafés on this street were expensive. If you are walking towards Ao Nang Beach, buy your stuff at 7-11 and the minimarts there.
A good place to eat was the Wan Sai Seafood at the pier for longtail boats to Railay, on the south end of Nopparat Thara Beach, just 100 meters walk from Buri Tara. There was good sunset view, extensive menu and good food (noodle dishes at THB70, prawn/fish dishes from THB150).
Although the hotel reception staff also sold tours, we decided to take our chances with the travel booths at Ao Nang, and booked a THB400/pax 4-island tour on a longtail boat. The fishes were colorful, but the corals were mostly dead.
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