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Duang Jai Resort
Ranked #51 of 110 Hotels in Ao Nang
Reviewed May 16, 2013

I found this hotel more by chance and only regret that I didn't find it earlier. Lovely setting in a mature and tranquil garden at the end of a quiet road (It's the last one on the left hand side past Aree Tara) in the Nopparat Area .It is walking distance to a number of restaurants, street stalls and both beaches.

The spacious rooms are very well appointed with even a mini kitchenette and have beautiful verandas or balconies all overlooking the pool and garden. No room ever faces the road, like in so many other hotels in the area. Another plus is the small size, with only 21 rooms it has a much more personal feel to it and quite often you even get the pool to yourself (well in low season that is)
Staff are helpful and friendly and still have that smile on their face that seems to have gone missing in a lot of tourist areas these days. Most of the waiting staff have only a limited grasp of the English language but they make more than up for it with their kindness.
Especially Jeab, the Manager is very friendly and very helpful with every request you may have. I loved that she took the time in the morning to greet every guest personally and have a little chat. You certainly can tell that she loves her job.

The only minor downside is that you get some noise during the day from building work going on in the neighborhood where more hotels are build; but that would apply to all hotels in this area.
Which brings me to what some previous reviewers described as slum or shanty town opposite the hotel. This is indeed a neatly fenced off compound that houses construction workers and their families while they work on the new buildings. So by no means a dodgy area.

I certainly can recommend this hotel and would stay again without hesitation.

Room Tip: The top floor rooms have a high ceiling and give you more privacy
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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6  Thank Tina J
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

I really like this hotel. It's situated on the quiet street and surrounded by the forest but at the same time it's not far away from the main street. It takes just a few minutes to get there. It's very quiet and lovely. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The hotel doesn't have many rooms so you really get personal service while staying. The rooms are very clean and spacious with the little back yard if you sstay on the first floor. The pool is very nice. The hotel has a little garden that's very well maintained. The price is very good compare to the other hotels. During my stay in aonang I changed 3 hotels. In this one I spent 17 nights. I really recommend this place.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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5  Thank kapriz
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Love this hotel,

After searching many different options I found this hotel by luck.
It's a great place to stay.
The hotel is so beautiful and clean.
Staff is great and professional.
The Manager is always available for every request and the owner is on site most of the days.
Rooms are lovely with a tropical feel.
Breakfast is good.
Pool is so nice and clean and is filled with clean sea water!!!
Hotel is Set in a beautiful tropical garden.
The Whole staff will go above and beyond to meet every of your requests.
Great Value. Do not think twice before booking here. This hotel is a true GEM!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Laurent S
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

-Small and cozy hotel. You get to know the friendly personnel and the other guests.

-Good breakfast.

-Clean hotel with nice rooms.

-Location: a few hundred meters from the beach but no traffic sound.

-We can most certainly recommend this hotel to other travelers.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Anton E
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Chanced upon the Duang Jai Resort after trying quite a few other places along the Nopparat Thara beach (didn't know Ao Nang existed at this point and once we did, we avoided it).
Everything was way over our budget, but we felt that we could stretch it a bit as Duang Jai looked lovely and was at the quiet end of a street, with parking, which we needed as we were driving.
Jeab, the manager, was efficient, friendly and genuine - a real find these days - and the staff were all very well trained and helpful.
Lovely rooms, with all you could want for a quiet and relaxing stay, great saltwater pool surrounded by greenery and birds (and few people as the resort is very small).
Breakfast fine and pretty standard for this kind of resort - not 5 star, but then much easier than trying to find a decent breakfast out of the complex. Again, staff always willing and able to chat, offer other options etc.

Room Tip: All rooms seem pretty much equal size and specification.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank IngridBP_13
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Duangjairesort2013, Owner at Duang Jai Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2013

Thank you for your review and pleased to welcome you again soonest.Don't miss to notice us you are the repeat guest for the next visit Duangjai Resort,your second home !

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Reviewed February 26, 2012

I went to Ao Nang for 3 nights with my husband, parents and brother. I booked this hotel as I thought it would be nice and peaceful as it is a little way from the main strip of restaurants. It was lovely and quiet, but still only took 5 minutes to walk down and get some food in the evening. The rooms were big, comfortable and clean. The garden and pool are really pretty. The breakfast had good variety and was of good quality. We booked a package and got airport transfers, a boat trip and a dinner thrown in. The boat trip was pretty good and the dinner was lovely and extremely huge. When you go into the hotel in the evenings you wouldn't even know that they do food, but it was really good. Without the boat trip and the dinner, I think the rooms would have been over-priced, but I guess it is high season so...
If there is any negative about this hotel, it is that the reception staff don't really seem to know what's going on. Maybe they're nervous speaking English, I don't know but they seemed fairly clueless. Luckily we didn't have any real issues for them to solve. I would definitely recommend this place to friends who want somewhere quiet to stay.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are much more private. The ones on the ground floor are really quite exposed to ever...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

I liked the location of this resort - about 10 minutes walk from Either Ao Nang or Nopparat Thara Beach. There are several restaurants and stores right nearby. The pool area is nice, mostly unoccupied and surrounded by plants. The breakfast consisted of bread, eggs, bacon that was never cooked enough, fruit, yogurt, cereal, and a couple other items. It got old after 7 days but was good enough.

I shopped around and feel this is a good value hotel in the area. Still, for Thailand the price is quite high. I guess that is the cost of being in a touristy area.

I booked a ground floor room because it was slightly cheaper and had the exact same floor plan as the top floor. This was a mistake - the footsteps of the people above you resonate loudly such that we were listening to booming footstomps from 5pm to 11pm. It was almost laughable listening to the NONSTOP foot sounds. I think the design of the building allows sound to carry through the cement such that you can hear footstomps from several rooms away, because there is no way that 1 or 2 people could have made all that noise. Also, the whole front of the room is windows facing the pool, which is nice to look out but terrible for privacy. Because of the windows we had to shut all the curtains all the time, making the room feel dark and cave-like.

This is the last resort on the street and is in a quiet area. Of course it is no longer quiet if you happen to get noisy neighbors in the next room, which we did. The rooms have a small sitting area outside in the front, which is nice to relax but again not so great when your noisy neighbors are out on their sitting area drinking.

The hotel staff did not speak much English. This was fine with me with the small exception that the server at the egg station never understood how I wanted my eggs cooked.

Overall, I was happy with this resort and would have been much happier with a second floor room. Even though the resort was not full, we were not offered a top level room like other reviewers were.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MrJoeG
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Address: 152 Moo 3, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Ao Nang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ao Nang
#11 Family Hotel in Ao Nang
Price Range: $28 - $191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Duang Jai Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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