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I m running a small business since 4 years here in Aonang and i d like to get a bigger picture of the pro's and con's of the place (from both tourists or peoples living here).

For me&wife (living here)

pro's are:

quiet place

beautiful sceneries

low rate of criminality

many nice peoples (locals and expats)

con's:

difficulties to socialize(i guess it s the case of most expats)

slow development

no shopping mall,

longtails boats(pollution, ruining the beaches)

noisy mosque,

from our customers:

pros's:

nice sceneries

short trip to beautiful islands

cheap restaurant (not on the beach front)

good place to chill out.

con's:

no shopping mall

no decent nigthlife

dirty beach(Aonang) and even no beach at high tide

noisy mosque

lack of beach activities.

What do you think of Aonang ? :)

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I've always seen Ao Nang as a bit of a jumping point to other places nearby and that's a "pro" for ya, easy access to outer islands.

Otherwise complete tourist hell, shack up in an overpriced resort and hang at a marginal beach. Nightlife, terrible, restaurants way overpriced, too many touts bugging on the street (can I see your work permit pal?). Cons.

But I must say, one of the nicer things in life is to pull a big beer out of 7/11 and sit on the beach wall and watch the sunset. Big Pro.

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Kind of agree with above if ao nang didn't have the islands it wouldnt have half the tourists that it has.

Ao nang beach crap much better beaches in the area , ao nang seafront shops crap 100 shops all selling the same overpriced crap ,for me ao nang has become well to westernised but then again that is what families want

Plus points are beautifull scenery, no jet skies beach hawkers and no in your face sex tourism and a relative quite low season means easy to park your car and get around if your an expat

P.s just see the comment about noisy mosque well the big new mosque in ao nang is nearly finished so that will be more noise

I have no problem with mosque and understand ao nang is a huge mislim area but they shouldn't

Really build them in the middle of atourist area in which is considered to be a Buddhist country

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"I have no problem with mosque and understand ao nang is a huge mislim area but they shouldn't Really build them in the middle of atourist area in which is considered to be a Buddhist country"

It's their land so can they do what they want. Mosques in other major tourist areas are Pattaya and Phuket and of course Bangkok, just enjoy the diversity. BTW many of the beach vendors & massage ladies are Muslims

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When i went there for the first time a few years back, we checked into our resort and immediately noticed the noise of construction work coming from the beach direction. Took a stroll down there wondering how long we would have to put up with it, and couldn't see any construction work in sight. That was when it dawned on us that the noise wasn't construction work, but the noise of the long tail boats going back and forth. Couldn't believe it! It totally destroys any tranquillity and it lasts from sun up to sun down. That would be the biggest con for me and enough to put me off ever going back again. And it's not like i'm unaccustomed to the banana boat / jetski nonsense. This was worse.

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When i went there for the first time a few years back, we checked into our resort and immediately noticed the noise of construction work coming from the beach direction. Took a stroll down there wondering how long we would have to put up with it, and couldn't see any construction work in sight. That was when it dawned on us that the noise wasn't construction work, but the noise of the long tail boats going back and forth. Couldn't believe it! It totally destroys any tranquillity and it lasts from sun up to sun down. That would be the biggest con for me and enough to put me off ever going back again. And it's not like i'm unaccustomed to the banana boat / jetski nonsense. This was worse.

What? You're criticizing the noise of longtails boats near a beach in Thailand? Are you mental?

This is the only time I can ever remember of hearing someone complain about the noise of longtail boats in 7 years.

They're not there in the same role as jetskis and banana boats. They are about as far removed from playthings for tourists as they possibly could be. What do you think a longtail is?

They're the de facto method of transportation to and from Railay/Tonsai Beach (which are only accesible by boat), all the islands and other numerous destinations. Moreover, forgetting the tourists, they're a very important to lots of Thai fishermen too. These guys need to make their livings.

They support a very very large proportion of the Thais in the coastal Krabi areas and their families and have been doing so for decades. Long before your ever so tender eardrums even heard of this country.

They're a feature of every beach resort and rural seaside town I've ever been to and I've been to hundreds.

You can rent any one you see (normally) for the day and get them to take you basically anywhere you want. They're cheap, fun and an experience you can't get out of the Asean region.

The alternative is a speedboat, which with 2-3 250hp engines strapped on the back is the epitome of quietness (!) Obviously longtails outnumber speedboats and catamarans greatly and will continue to do for decades to come. It simply comes down to cost.

This is easily the most ridiculous post I've read in a while!

Here's a suggestion, if you don't like the sound of longtail boats near the sea. Book a resort with sound proofing or go to Chiang Mai and stay there for the whole duration of your holiday. May I also recommend Lhasa in Tibet and Thimphu in Bhutan.

Longtail boats make noise! Hahaha! Yeah, the rain's wet and grass is green.

Sunset, looking out over the part of Ao Nang beach infront of the coastal road, drenched in red, orange, purple, pink, salmon, violet and blue watching ardent longtail boat skippers roll in the surf and ply their trade is probably one of the prettiest vistas this life has to bring, in my opinion and that picture is ruined if there's no soundtrack.

You're never coming back? Oh no. Destroy all longtails in Thailand, quickly!

Thanks for the laugh. Complaining about noise in Thailand? What?

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I have no problem with mosque and understand ao nang is a huge mislim area but they shouldn't

Really build them in the middle of atourist area in which is considered to be a Buddhist country

Ever stopped to consider the local Muslim population might not want noisy bars and tourists in thier area? After all, they were there first!

They don't and I've seen them out protesting on the street in their white kaftans numerous times.

I talked to one of the younger men involved in the protest and they also really take umbrage to the northern Thais that come and make their kids sell "All Purpose Flying Fire Lanterns" until 2am, as well as the go-go culture, late closing times and various states of inebriation they get to see the foreigners in at 6 am - 10 am when they're on they way to do a hard day's graft.

Sadly, the tourist dollar is now inextricably linked with Ao Nang, to its detriment, and lots of Muslims are the beneficiaries of this.

The devout will continue to complain, as is their right, but I think they're drowned out by the rest of Thai community that reap serious financial dividends by setting up shop here.

As for this comment...

"I have no problem with mosque and understand ao nang is a huge mislim area but they shouldn't Really build them in the middle of atourist area in which is considered to be a Buddhist country"

That's about as ingorant as you can get about the whole of Southern Thailand and its history, it's bordering on inflammatory.

So wats are OK and mosques aren't? On what basis? That Thailand is 95% Theravada Buddhist?

Ok, let's go and destroy St Agnes Church while we're at it!

They were here centuries before we even got close to this place and have been working the land and sea in the area the whole time and up to the present day. We've been here since the late 80's and that gives us a right to dictate to them where they can and can't build their houses of worship, because they'll get in the way of the gogo and hamburger culture we've imported?

Some of the comments in this thread are outrageous!

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I lived there for three years in the early 90s. It's honestly my least favorite place in all of Southern Thailand. Sorry, but I have absolutely nothing positive to say about any aspect of the way it turned out.

The unfortunate part is that many tourists think they should go there instead of Phuket when it's worse than Phuket in many ways.

Krabi Province is beautiful. Ao Nang is a cookie cutter mass tourism hell.

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I lived there for three years in the early 90s. It's honestly my least favorite place in all of Southern Thailand. Sorry, but I have absolutely nothing positive to say about any aspect of the way it turned out.

The unfortunate part is that many tourists think they should go there instead of Phuket when it's worse than Phuket in many ways.

Krabi Province is beautiful. Ao Nang is a cookie cutter mass tourism hell.

Lol, least favorite part in all of Southern Thailand? Pattani, Naratiwat, Songkla and Yala with bombs going off, teachers being murdered, schools being torched, religious fundamentalists and the government being at an impasse on an almost daily basis and you choose Ao Nang? What did Ao Nang ever do to you!?

Did you get an STD here? biggrin.png

Have you been hidden away from the spate of high profile murders, beatings and grand scams in Phuket that have been featuring as front page news of TV for the past few months? Not to mention Chalerm's vow to 'clean up Phuket'. I don't remember the Thai gov't having crisis meetings over the rampant levels of crime in Ao Nang and the way they'll seriously affect the Thailand brand and image to the outside world.

Phuket's a total hole!

They should rename the place the United Soviet Socialist Republic of Phuket. I love the mafia-enforced Russification of Phuket, I really do.

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I lived there for three years in the early 90s. It's honestly my least favorite place in all of Southern Thailand. Sorry, but I have absolutely nothing positive to say about any aspect of the way it turned out.

The unfortunate part is that many tourists think they should go there instead of Phuket when it's worse than Phuket in many ways.

Krabi Province is beautiful. Ao Nang is a cookie cutter mass tourism hell.

Lol, least favorite part in all of Southern Thailand? Pattani, Naratiwat, Songkla and Yala with bombs going off, teachers being murdered, schools being torched, religious fundamentalists and the government being at an impasse on an almost daily basis and you choose Ao Nang? What did Ao Nang ever do to you!?

Did you get an STD here? biggrin.png

Have you been hidden away from the spate of high profile murders, beatings and grand scams in Phuket that have been featuring as front page news of TV for the past few months? Not to mention Chalerm's vow to 'clean up Phuket'. I don't remember the Thai gov't having crisis meetings over the rampant levels of crime in Ao Nang and the way they'll seriously affect the Thailand brand and image to the outside world.

Phuket's a total hole!

I don't go to the far south, so I don't include that in the places I don't like. Other than Hala Bala, there is nothing down there of interest to me.

I worked in Ao Nang in the early 90s and found the locals to be the most dishonest and downright mean Thais I've personally encountered. There were, of course, plenty of nice folks too, but overall, I'd say that area has an unusually high amount of nasty people.

I live in Phuket Town and I don't go the touristy parts of Phuket. I don't drink and I have never had any problems with violence/crime in my 20 years here. There are crime problems in any area with this many people. Stay away from places that tend to be troublesome and you won't have any problems.

My opinion is based on my experiences. Obviously yours is different. You must have had different experienced.

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I like Krabi and Ao Nang, I like small towns, free of stress, noisy and pollution.

good beaches, many things to do (no at night), mixed culture, people friendly, cheap home with kitchen tongue.png, many places to eat...

no shopping mall xD

the unique thing that I don't like are these gangs of young people (I think muslims) making bad things, and that the people like so much to burn the rubbish, and in the afternoon and night the nasty smoke is everywhere, about the muslims chants good luck that the monk have good and soft voice, i like it smile.png

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I have no problem with mosque and understand ao nang is a huge mislim area but they shouldn't

Really build them in the middle of atourist area in which is considered to be a Buddhist country

Ever stopped to consider the local Muslim population might not want noisy bars and tourists in thier area? After all, they were there first!

They don't and I've seen them out protesting on the street in their white kaftans numerous times.

I talked to one of the younger men involved in the protest and they also really take umbrage to the northern Thais that come and make their kids sell "All Purpose Flying Fire Lanterns" until 2am, as well as the go-go culture, late closing times and various states of inebriation they get to see the foreigners in at 6 am - 10 am when they're on they way to do a hard day's graft.

Sadly, the tourist dollar is now inextricably linked with Ao Nang, to its detriment, and lots of Muslims are the beneficiaries of this.

The devout will continue to complain, as is their right, but I think they're drowned out by the rest of Thai community that reap serious financial dividends by setting up shop here.

As for this comment...

"I have no problem with mosque and understand ao nang is a huge mislim area but they shouldn't Really build them in the middle of atourist area in which is considered to be a Buddhist country"

That's about as ingorant as you can get about the whole of Southern Thailand and its history, it's bordering on inflammatory.

So wats are OK and mosques aren't? On what basis? That Thailand is 95% Theravada Buddhist?

Ok, let's go and destroy St Agnes Church while we're at it!

They were here centuries before we even got close to this place and have been working the land and sea in the area the whole time and up to the present day. We've been here since the late 80's and that gives us a right to dictate to them where they can and can't build their houses of worship, because they'll get in the way of the gogo and hamburger culture we've imported?

Some of the comments in this thread are outrageous!

Think you need to calm down a bit people are aloud opinions you know sorry I mentioned the mosque now but I have run a business here for five years and these are the general comments of most customers I speak with,no use starting to talk about catholic church after all they do not blast music at all hours of the day and yes most tourists don't realise parts of Thailand are more Muslim than thai and they come expecting to see wats not to be staying in earshot of a mosque waking them up everyday.

And if you want to talk about the bars well sorry but after nearly 7 years here I would say 8 out of ten of the Muslims I have met or am friends with drink alcohol or smoke weed.

No more comments on this subject from me.

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I like Krabi and Ao Nang, I like small towns, free of stress, noisy and pollution.

good beaches, many things to do (no at night), mixed culture, people friendly, cheap home with kitchen tongue.png, many places to eat...

no shopping mall xD

the unique thing that I don't like are these gangs of young people (I think muslims) making bad things, and that the people like so much to burn the rubbish, and in the afternoon and night the nasty smoke is everywhere, about the muslims chants good luck that the monk have good and soft voice, i like it smile.png

Ok a few things here.

I can see English isn't your first language, so could you please try to be clear about what your mean by "gangs of young people (i think muslims) making bad things". You do not know they're Muslim. Thinking someone is Muslim isn't good enough. What do you mean by bad things? That could include an awful lot of things.

People burn rubbish as the rubbish collection service is totally awful. It's not the Thai people's fault the Thai goverment don't want to spend the money they get given for dealing with waste disposal and would rather use it to pay themselves. People will burn refuse if no one comes to collect it and they should be allowed to until there's a satifactory level of refuse collection. I'd rather have the smoke than the smell of rotting rubbish on my property.

Also the smoke isn't everywhere. It's just where you are. I've never come across smoke in the main tourist areas of Ao Nang nor at my house. If it's happening right next to the house you're staying in, that doesn't mean it's happening everywhere.

A muslim "monk" is called an "imam". What you're hearing is the "adhan" or call to prayer. It has nothing to do with good luck in any way. It's announcing to pracitisng muslims in the area that they should come to the mosque now to pray.

Often it's performed by a young teenager, 12-13 years old, but can also be one of the older men in the congregation.

Please do explain to me what "bad things" means, I'm very intruiged.

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