I was thinking that Ao Nang would be a desserted place of sun and sand, but at sunset, the street stalls are setup and the bargaining begins. After about 9pm the place starts to close up for the night.
Whilst the range of clothes and gear is not as big as Bangkok, it makes for pretty good shopping.
What to buy?
DVD's/CD's etc - 100bht, expect to get 1 free for every 10.
Silk table runners - price is on size, take about 1/3 off the starting price.
Carved soap - looks pretty, but what to do with it other than give it to your mother in law?
Handbags - great range of fabric casual handbags.
Sunglasses - genuine fakes at around 350bht.
Lots of wooden stuff and lacquerware - although do you really want to contribute to chopping down the rainforests?
T-Shirts and the usual beach clothing options - well priced.
Cushion covers - about 100bht each buys some great options.
Silverware - not bad options, but you need to know your stuff.
Whats a tad annoying?
Lots (too many) Tailors - all offering to perform miracles with cloth and thread.
Something to keep your energy up?
There are a few pancake stalls along the roads - try the pancake with banana at 15bht. Fantastic!