Excellent place to stay
This is an excellent bungalow location to stay when visiting Krabi. It is close to Ao Nang beach and Krabi town, with free shuttle services to and from both locations. We stayed in a bamboo bungalow for around 350 baht a night, for the pair of us, much cheaper than a dorm room at a hostel! Much nicer and far more private too. The bungalow had a double sized roll mat, two pillows, a mosquito net, its own little balcony at the front and a private bathroom off the back. The bathroom had a western style toilet, minus the flush, you had to throw water down the toilet after use, bucket and tap provided. The shower was heated by the sun, so it only made it to 'warm' in the evening rather than 'hot', but then a cool shower is normally what was needed after a day out in the sun. Admittedly there was no roof on the bathroom, but for 350 baht for two people, it was excellent value. If you have to have a flush then the toilets near the restaurant are the ones for you to use. The site is not big, so they are never a far walk from you!
The staff were so friendly, we arrived at the bungalows at the wrong time for the transport to Ao Nang, so they took us in a private taxi and collected us when we were ready, just sent them an SMS asking to be picked up. The English of two of the staff was minimal, but better than my 'hello' and 'thank you' in Thai, it was enough to cope with ordering food, arranging trips and return airport transfer. As it is in Thailand I don't think anyone has the right to moan that English wasn't fluently spoken there!
The food they served was delicious and home made. Word of warning, don't ask for the hot curry unless you mean HOT! They grow the chillies there and the chillies bite back. If you don't want hot, ask for not hot and they give you what you want. As we were sat one morning having a late breakfast, looking over the salt lake towards the mangroves, we saw a troop of monkeys come and play in the trees on the other shore and the young ones were jumping into the lake, having a really fun time cooling off! There is a bridge leading through the mangroves right down to the river. Beautiful. If you are worried about the mosquito's while eating/drinking in the restaurant/bar, don't be. The moment you sit down, the staff come over with a mosquito coil, just for your table. I'm normally an 'all-you-can-eat' buffet for the mosquito's, even when dowsed in repellent, I was not really bothered by them here.
If you don't want to eat there, it is a few baht more expensive (still reasonable), as is the way with hotels, then a few hundred metres up the road is a multitude of street cafes, restaurants, some street hawkers and there was a fresh food market there on one day. Some of the cafes have menus, some don't, you just ask for what you want, (remember you're in Thailand, a fillet steak and chips is not likely to happen at these cafe's!) if they have the ingredients they make it, if they don't they say so and offer an alternative!
The standard bungalows looked fabulous too, basic, brick built with glass windows and real doors (the bamboo bungalows had bamboo flaps for windows and doors, but they locked shut and worked), a bed instead of a roll mat and a roof on the bathroom, so if you want to keep costs down, but want a mattress instead of the roll mat, pay a couple hundred extra baht for the standard.
OK, this is not a five star resort, so do not expect five star quality. You are paying a basic price. For the money it was fantastic. We are very sensible travellers and do use a secure lock sack for all our valuables wherever we go, even in the five star places, so we found no issues with security here. It is not right on the beach or in the town, if you want pubs/clubs/bars all round you, this is not the place. If you want a relaxed location to sleep/chill out while getting out and about exploring during the day, this is a great place.
If you are booking through a third party website, check the price. On the Amazon Bungalow website the prices are currently 400B a night, including moped hire for the bamboo bungalow (sleeps 2) and 600B, incl moped for the standard. I went to book through one site and they wanted about 1150 baht, per person for four nights!!! I went through Expedia.com.my (I'm based in Malaysia) and got it for about 1300 baht for the pair of us for four nights. Obviously exchange rate differs, but not by 1000 baht! Get the airport shuttle to Ao Nang (currently 150B per person) and then contact the hotel, on the number from their website, (the number Expedia gave me was not useful!) and they can come pick you up. Or get the public bus from Krabi to Ao Nang, tell the driver you are staying at Amazon Bungalow, near Ao Nammao pier and they will know the place.
All in all fantastic value for money and a great place to stay, if you are happy with bungalows. If you want five star, pay five star price!
คู่รัก - 26 ก.พ. 2013