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“Simple but great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Ao Nuan Beach, Ko Samet, Thailand   |  
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“Simple but great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The east part of Kho Samed may be noisy and very busy, but Ao Nuan beach is calm and ideal to relax. The Bungalows is the only accommodation available on that small beach.

No reservation possible but being there during the week I just took the chance and arrive in taxi truck from the ferry: 50 to 100 bth.

They have three types of bungalows, but the closest ones to the beach are without AC with a fan and shared shower. Great quality/price value. Only downside, the mattress is very hard, but that was not a big deal since their is plenty time and places to rest at Ao Nuan Bungalows.

They have food and bar service. I ate their in the morning and for lunch or diner just walked north along the coast to other beaches (nice path link all beaches) where many choices are available.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I loved this. Ao Nuan is close enough to the port that you can reach it with a short taxi ride. Or you can do what I did and decide you don't like where you originally booked and walk from beach to beach until you find Ao Nuan.

I went for the cheapest bungalow, 800 Baht - a wooden hut among the trees with a single room. A standing fan, but no air conditioner. A mosquito net and a hard double bed mattress on the floor. It also has a lovely little roofed patio looking out to the beach. Shower and basin are free standing from the bungalow and shared with some of the others.

It's a bit sandy, and the wood is rough and real. If you're looking for a really affordable place and enjoy a rustic vibe, the cheap bungalows are the way to go. I felt very at home and definitely think it was a good choice. It is quiet and the bungalows are far enough apart that you have a sense of privacy. Some guys in the next bungalow said they've explored all around Ko Samet and Ao Nuan bungalows are the best value for money for such a secluded spot - as you go south the resorts may be more secluded, but they also rapidly get more expensive.

The one thing that wasn't top notch was the food at the restaurant cum bungalow reception. They are slow and the vegetables were not so fresh. This is a place to stay, and then wander to the next beach for meals at the beach restaurants.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

This resort keeps things simple. It has an (almost) private beach. Tourists walking the coastal trail do pass through (and often stop to swim), but this does not really detract from the pleasantness of this little cove.

We stayed in the most expensive a/c villa (honeymoon style) at 3,000 baht/night, as we arrived late at night by speedboat, and this was the only room available. It is very nicely appointed, with a spacious bathroom, and comfortable bed. The only negative was the distinctly septic-tank sulfurous odor of the shower water. This is probably not what you really want if you are their on a honeymoon - but then again, Thailand coastal resorts often suffer from septic tank contamination of water bores used for water supply to showers and toilets.

We then stayed in a 1,500 baht/night a/c villa. This was also pleasant, but still expensive for what was offered. The bathroom of our unit was an awkward step-down from the bedroom, with a very low door, so the owners had helpfully nailed a rubber tyre across that to stop untoward injury.

800 baht/night non-a/c rooms are also available. The near-beach garden area is beautifully planted and cared for - a very pleasant place to relax with a book and a drink. The restaurant/communal area is also very 'Thai' - relaxed, homey-feeling, and very pleasant to spend time in. The food is both good value and delicious!

The beaches just north and south of Ao Nuan are tourist-infested deck-chair-littered tired-after-the-bar-party-last-night offerings. Any natural beauty that they once had has long since died. South, a 10-15 minute walk gets you to an internet cafe (Ao Nuan has no internet or Wi-Fi), and a 7-Eleven-style store that sells everything from jandals to soap. You'll need the latter as, even at these prices (other than the 3,000 baht/night villa) you are not provided with any soap.

When traveling to Ko Samet be sure to reach the standard Rayong ferry before 5pm. After that, you may be stung with a 600% surcharge to use a speedboat option to get to the island, if you don't want to find accommodation in Rayong itself. The beach at Ao Nuan cannot be used for speedboat landings if the swell is too great, so you may need to arrive/depart a 15 minute walk North at a neighboring beach with softer surf.

While waiting for our departure ride we noted one speedboat deck-hand immersing people's bags up to 1/3 in the surf as he attempted to carry 2 heavy bags (one each hand) at a time. If you are a planner, pack a jumbo garden rubbish bag, wrap your bag and tape it prior to boarding the speedboat, just for safety's sake.

Overall - this is a lovely spot to relax and just de-stress. We'd recommend avoiding the 3,000 baht/night villa not just because it is overpriced, but because of the sulfurous shower.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ao Nuan Beach, Ko Samet, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Rayong Province > Ko Samet
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Ranked #6 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Ko Samet

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