Ao Manao, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Ao Manao, 3 kilometers south of Prachuap Khiri Khan, is known for its extreme beauty. This is an ideal bay: a moon-shaped beach surrounded by trees and impressive rock formations in the sea. This beach is well known by the Thai, so it can get busy on weekends and holidays. Even during these times this long bay is not too crowded.

The southern part of the beach is both the widest and the cleanest. Rent a beach chair here (10 baht) and unwind. It is a bay where you can swim all day long, especially with small children. The often calm, clear water does not get deep too quickly. Ao Manao is part of a military base, so to get to the beach and the hotel Wing 5 you have to register at the office and cross the air force runway. That makes it a bizarre experience.

The mid-range stay Wing 5 is the only one place to stay. This hotel is part of the military air force and offers value for money. It is difficult to make reservations at this residence because priority is given to army personnel. During the week, the stay is usually not fully booked, increasing the chance to find a room. An alternative is to stay in Prachuap Khiri Khan city.

In the middle of Ao Manao there is a food center with different food stalls offering a wide variety of food choices, all simple and good. Other lunch or dining options can be found in the town 3 kilometers away.