Blogs from Ao Nang, South-West Thailand, Thailand, Asia


Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang February 12th 2019

Today was a trip to remember, not for all the usual reasons. I decided to go to Chicken Island, 300b plus 400b National Park fee. I’d been told there was a restaurant but picked up supplies from 7-11 ( note to self: if they’ve run out of hard boiled eggs do NOT buy soft boiled ones. They’ve been in hot water for 2 minutes only and everything is soft. They explode all over your towel and sarong when you tap them even gently). Otherwise it’s a great one stop holiday shop and has everything you could possibly need. I bought my ticket, even though it had clouded over and started to rain a bit. It wouldn’t rain all day, for sure, and it cleared up before we set off. The boat was number 75 and there ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang February 11th 2019

Today my buddies and I were booked in for a cookery class, with the lady who featured in Gordon Ramsay’s Thailand cookery programme (YouTube, 33m49s) and taught him how to make fish soup. I wondered if it will be al fresco, in the house on stilts, or whether that was not her house and a location chosen for filming reasons of authenticity. Martin ably negotiated the price down to 1000b each, including transport there and back. It’s a way out of Ao Nang. There would be 5 of us, what fun! I was told to come hungry as you get to eat it all afterwards. I’d had my usual lunch of corn, being completely unable to say no to the corn guy, bless his deaf little heart. He’s always so cheerful. I was picked up first ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang February 10th 2019

So in the interest of not getting stuck in a rut, beach-wise, yesterday I decided to walk to the other side of the town, along Noppharat Thara beach and keep going until I found somewhere to sit on sand that wasn’t completely covered at high tide. The first part is very narrow and only has hard sand. This took a long time, as from J Hotel it is 2 1/2 miles. I stopped for breakfast on the way and bought supplies in 7-11. Then I walked along the path next to the sea, past the Holiday Inn. Way, way past. Noppharat Thara beach is truly a trek. I was dismayed to see a septuagenarian pawing a schoolgirl, or not long past, on a bench. There is more of this now, older men holidaying solo here. I ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang February 8th 2019

Well not exactly woes, but it could have been! Last night I had to try a few exchange places as most only wanted to give me 1000b notes, and they are very annoying to a solo traveler. I ended up at the place just before the corner where the taxi boat ticket office is, and this time there was a young guy in there as well as the usual lady. The rate was below 40b for the first time, and so for £100 I was getting 3970b. i asked for some 500s and he handed over the cash. Luckily I didn’t pick it up or take it off the counter. The receipt had the right amount but I was 400b short. I said it wasn’t right and he straight away handed over the extra. He didn’t ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang February 4th 2019

Last night I tried the famous roll icecream. The making of it is very theatrical, they put all the ingredients on a frozen plate, chop them up like mad before spreading it all out to freeze (in seconds) and then scrape it off into rolls and put it in a pot. Looks impressive, doesn’t taste particularly wow! 100b, 8/10 for the entertainment factor. Today our pickup was at 8.30-8.45. My buddies were already in the back of the tuktuk and we picked up others along the way until we were quite squashed in. The others were from Taiwan, China, the Ukraine and France. We had no real idea where we were going but ended up on the coast to the north, about a 30 min drive through rubber and palm oil plantations. On arrival there was ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang February 2nd 2019

So 2 days on the beach has had positives (mainly) and a few negatives. There is a lot of development in the area, more than is immediately apparent. The main street ‘pink’ travel agency is now half the size, the other half being made into another Burger King, when there is already one just round the corner. Really??? And on the way to the beach, behind the Last Fisherman Bar there is a lot of construction. Not high rise, but when finished I don’t know how the beach will cope. There are so few places to be out of the sun. Téoo (not Nai, as I’d thought) said that next year it is planned to replace all the bamboo massage huts with proper buildings, no doubt much more expensive rent wise for the local people who ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang February 2nd 2019

Thai babies are not transported in buggies. They are carried, then they walk. End of. Just saying..... For food the night before last I thought I’d try to find the big night market on the other side of town, not being really sure if it actually existed or not. Or if I’d be too late, as the local ones seem to start at 5ish and finish early. I was more or less confident that I knew where it was. Along the front there were small clumps of ladyboys in fabulous gowns, each about 6’6” tall in high heels, asking for money to have their photos taken. They seem to prefer to congregate outside fast food places like McDonald’s and Burger King. They don’t like the non fee-paying public sneaking a shot when they’re posing. I didn’t ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang January 31st 2019

At last, a proper whole night in a proper bed, aided by one of my last zopiclone from Vietnam. Feeling much better after it. I can really recommend this hotel (The Quay Hotel, 57 South Bridge Road, Boat Quay). It in a great location, easy to walk to the river and harbour but with a traditional flavour too. It was super quiet last night, despite being on a busy street with a bus stop taking up half the entrance. Sorry not to be coming back here at the end of Feb rather than our usual choice (already paid for), twice the price and twice the distance from the MRT. Perfect if you don’t need a lot of room. It has a safe and a smartphone to take out with you, which seems to be quite standard ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang July 17th 2018

We departed the hotel for a daybreak flight out of Chiang Mai to the coastal territory of Krabi. We took an Air Asia flight which was somewhere between a Southwest and Spirit. We transferred to a private coach to our hotel, 8icon in Ao Nang, arriving before check-in. We got lunch at a small street restaurant and were able to check-in after eating. After a short nap, we ventured down to the beach to check out the surf. The conditions were cloudy and windy which resulted in rough waters. We walked along the beach enjoying the passing patches of sunlight. On the way back to the hotel we stopped for some Indian food when the heavens opened and we learned why this is called the wet season. After dinner, we stayed in the hotel room while ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang February 21st 2018

Saturday 17 February 2018 A good nights sleep. Weather hot and sunny. After chatting we decided on a beach day today. At 11.00 am we left the room. A stroll up to the coast to see what was happening with the boats, then along to find a place on the beach. All very busy, but we squeezed into a spot in the shade. Turned out to be a good place which kept the sun off us most of the day. I had a passion fruit and ice drink, Pat had a Chang beer. We popped in and out of the water. We had sandwiches and drinks at the beach cafe behind for lunch and eventually left at 2.30 pm and sauntered back. A quiet afternoon and we were hungry, leaving the room about 7 pm, we ... read more

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