Obviously this place gets packed on weekends with locals visiting from Bangkok, but I struck it midweek with only a couple of other travellers in sight. The water is calm & you can enjoy the trre lined beach & island views all day, there's literally hundreds of deck chairs & umbrellas under the trees which, I suspect are usually rented out [but no-one approached me for money] . There's a food centre across the road & a toilet/shower block .The peculiar thing about Ao Manao is that it's located in a Thai military base which has an airfield smack in the middle of it. You enter through the base gates & if you're lucky you'll get to see one of the aircraft land or takeoff.
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