Friday, August 29, 2008

Good food at Ao Nang Beach

Ao Nang is the nearest town (or at least a resemblance of it) to Klong Muang Beach where our resort is at. So to fill our hungry tummies, we set off for Ao Nang beach in search of dinner. Getting into Ao Nang can be very costly. Our hotel shuttle costs THB200 per person both ways, whilst a taxi (which we hailed from outside the hotel) costs THB900 both ways. For all the traveling we’ve done in various countries, this has got to be the most expensive considering it’s just a short 10 minute drive away.

Ao Nang is basically a stretch of hotels, restaurants and shops catering for the tourist masses. Of course, there’s also the Ao Nang beach popular with tourists. The beach overlooks the islands on Krabi’s island hopping trail including Poda Island. The islands dotting the sparkling blue water makes for a picturesque view. Tut-tuts offer a cheaper alternative to the taxis at about THB400 per way to Klong Muang. The tut-tuts here are very colorful and interesting. Shopping in Ao Nang isn’t quite full of choices. Most shops sell the same stuff, save for one or two unique ones. There’s a Burger King, McDonalds and even Starbucks for those who can’t live without their burgers and coffee. Those with more adventurous taste-buds can settle for a nice Thai seafood dinner at the many restaurants as well as open air food courts. There are of course, the obligatory Italian, Swiss and Western restaurants to cater to the western tourists.

We had dinner the first night at Bernie’s which serves a BBQ buffet for about THB200 per person. There’s a spread of items such as sausages, fish, pork chops, corn and beef that guests can choose for the BBQ, as well as a selection of noodles, pasta, rice, soups and salads. It’s pretty good value for the price we paid, but not exactly what we looked for.

The second night we had dinner at the open air food court where we chose fresh seafood to be cooked any style we liked. I liked the ambience here with it's tables covered in batik and area lighted up with little lightbulbs. The food selection was great and the food absolutely scrumptious! It’s one of the best food we’ve had in Krabi. I absolutely loved the Som Tam (Thai young papaya salad) which came with perfect harmony of sweetness and sourish delight! The seafood were very fresh! We also ordered freshly blended mango juice which was thick and smooth and absolutely delicious! For our meal of tom yam koong (Tom Yam prawn soup), steamed fish, mixed stir-fried vegetables with mushroom, hot-plate seafood and chicken, som tam and drinks, the bill came to about THB550 which is extremely good value for such great food.


Sherry said...

hi Sharon, love the pics, thanks for info. look forward to visit there :D

Sharon said...

Enjoy your visit Sherry!