We stayed here for 3 nights after a week in Samui. The taxi ride from the airport was about 40 minutes and cost about 600 baht for four of us. The resort is lovely, surrounded by huge cliffs and bushland. Lots of natural tropical gardens, very well maintained and gorgeous flowers everywhere. The reception were very nice, the ladies were polite and friendly although the guys not as much. The rooms are beautiful and the timber work stunning, we had a room on the second level at the back of the pool. The rooms are very small with a bed in the centre of a round room and a small cabinet as well as a small sink, toilet and shower adjoining and there is no space for storing any luggage which made it a little cramped however that was the only complaint. The walk into town was about ten minutes and was an easy walk with barely any traffic as it's a back street. The courtesy bus into town was very handy as well and ran often however a tuk tuk ride back from town only cost us between 30 baht to 50baht each so this was no trouble and getting one at any hour of the night was easy. The resort was very quiet, lots of people staying there but we barely saw anyone, the pool was usually empty and the pool bar serves nice cocktails. The breakfast was quite nice, the best fresh fruit and most delicious toast I had in Thailand. Ao nang town was great fun, lots going on however a more laid back style than Samui where we'd come from. We hired a long boat for a day which cost us about 3000 baht for a full day and between four of us this was excellent value, we were taken to four islands and had a fantastic day. The bars and nightlife were good fun and the shopping I enjoyed as well, most prices were very cheap for clothing and souvenirs. Food in the area was great, we found an amazing Thai restaurant along the main street not far from the resort and we feasted on all types of entrees and mains and including drinks paid around $45 Aussie. It was so good we went back the second night and it didn't disappoint. Look for the plastic tables and chairs under bamboo huts, you walk down some steps to the restaurant and the husband serving and wife in the kitchen cooking and numerous dogs running around. Best food we ate in Thailand by far! We also booked a day trip through reception which included a half day kayak trip just out of town, we kayaked in a mangrove and climbed through a cave, they provided a delicious 3 course lunch and then we were taken to the nosey parkers elephant reserve where we rode an elephant for an hour. The elephants were well taken care of and treated very well and we were told they were very well loved by their Thai owner! The ride lasted an hour and the rider Sun was amazing, he jumped off and we rode Lulu around for about 20 minutes directed by his voice commands while he took photos on our camera. We were then given fresh fruit to hand feed the elephants. All this for about $50 Aussie for the entire day! We also purchased an enlarged, laminated photo for 100 baht which was great value. Ao Nang was a lovely place and would be a great place to spend a week or more as there were so many activities. We enjoyed our stay at this resort however next time we would probably book at the cliff view resort in town as it looked very comparable but was closer to town. For a relaxing quiet stay in a resort, this would be the perfect place but we spent most of our time out and about. I have to say though that the ladies at reception were incredibly helpful, right down to a last minute booking on the ferry to Phi Phi and a transfer out to the pier with about 20 minutes notice so we are very grateful for their fantastic service and would recommend others stay here for sure.
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