My review for this wonderful home stay has such a title because the owner, Mr. Chang, is a truly wonderful man who is attentive to detail and truly puts his heart into making his guests' stay a memorable one.
I have just stayed with Mr. Chang over a period of 5D4N together with my girlfriend. She is now my fiancé, and my proposal moment was made better with the kind assistance from Mr. Chang! Before we arrived, I had been emailing him to make special arrangements at his home stay that my fiancé booked for us. Mr. Chang really went above and beyond by not only arranging for the wine and a (very beautiful) bouquet of flowers I asked for, he even added a speaker playing romantic acoustic music and a few heart-shaped balloons. Needless to say, everything went so smoothly, and it simply could not have been planned any better.
Apart from our personal story, the home stay is also well maintained and very comfortable. Please note that this is a home stay, so do not expect things to be like a larger resort or hotel with staff members available for your every need. Mr. Chang will personally see to most of your needs, and has a small staff of people helping him with things like housekeeping only. That being said, the home stay is constructed mostly of wood, and so sound travels easily. Please be considerate in keeping your activities quiet so as not to disturb your fellow guests, especially at night.
The room we stayed in was the "Superior" category, which was on the 2nd floor. Furnishings are simple and tasteful, with good lighting in the room and bathroom. Room space is relatively small, but again this is to be expected. Perfectly comfortable for a couple in my opinion. The room comes with a double bed, air-conditioning, and a ceiling fan as well. The closet has a mini safe (for smaller valuables such as passport), a couple of umbrellas, hangers, and space below for your bags/ luggage. A small desk by the window carries a small TV, electric kettle, and coasters with glasses for water and coffee. A mini-fridge under the desk will be stocked with 2 bottles of water every day complimentary. There is even a vanity mirror with a small counter surface for the ladies to place their essentials for easy access. The bathrooms are also compact, but are very clean and pleasant. Did I mention the free WiFi?
In the larger picture, Mr. Chang's Ao Nang Home Stay is nicely located up a Soi from a 7-11 and pharmacy, and is 20 minutes walk to the beach front. On our first day after arriving, we made the walk down to the beach and back, and even though the weather was very hot, it was a nice ramble and recon, allowing us to pick out all the notable places along the way. I strongly recommend first-timers in Ao Nang do the walk as well. Otherwise, you may want to ask Mr. Chang to arrange for your scooter rental from the get-go. At 250 THB per 24hrs, it's a steal, and a full tank of gas only costs 120 THB. The benefit of having Mr. Chang to arrange the rental is that you do not have to surrender your passports since he will provide them with photocopies, and that is a huge security to have.
Most of the benefits are covered by the other reviewers, such as how the home stay is right next to the 3rd best restaurant in Ao Nang on TripAdvisor - Ton Ma Yom. We were unfortunate that the restaurant was closed on holiday for the entire duration we were there, but from what we know, it's a relative small place but is now highly rated on TA because it is a place of choice for the locals. I would also recommend the Jane & June massage place that is close by the home stay. Do note that they are spread out across a few locations along the main road.
All in all, our long weekend stay in Ao Nang was made special by Mr. Chang and his home stay. If you do decide to stay, do book in advance, especially during the high season. I can safely say that you will feel cozy and at home with Mr. Chang.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering homely Thai-style rooms with free Wi-Fi, Ao Nang Home Stay is situated amidst peaceful garden landscape. Featuring views of scenic mountains, it is a 15-minute walk from the beach. Ao Nang Home Stay is 27 km from Krabi Airport and provides airport transfer services. It is a 5-minute drive from Aonang Pier and a 10-minute drive from Nopparat Thara Beach. Leisurely afternoons can be spent at the private balcony, which features outdoor seating. Air-conditioned rooms at Ao Nang Home Stay offer the comforts of a cable TV, fridge and safe. Staff at Home Stay Ao Nang’s front desk can provide tour and car hire services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ao Nang Home Stay Krabi