Aonang Phu Petra: Mountain View Villas In Krabi, Thailand
After our short flight from Bangkok and our extremely long and slightly confusing bus ride from the airport, we arrived in the small and beautiful Aonang Phu Petra Resort in Krabi, Thailand. The drive in took us through the busy walking street and endless rows of tour operators in Ao Nang and turned onto a green residential road leading to the resort. The stark contrast of quiet leafy Phu Petra to the bustling beach town down the road emphasized the breathtaking view of the mountains in the distance.
The pool, which is the focal point of the resort, sits just behind the lobby and at the center of the villas. Like the rooms, it is surrounded by trees, but the view of the cliff jutting up behind the resort is unobstructed. At night, a chorus of frogs and the distant sound of monks chanting adds to the ambiance, making an evening swim an enjoyable experience. The large lobby and restaurant look even better lit up at night with their silhouettes reflecting off the water. The resort is family friendly, but romantic. During our stay, several of the other guests were young couples with babies.
Phu Petra is a small resort with 25 villas. The Villas are close together, but the trees and other plants provide privacy and quiet. We stayed in a Gloriyo Poolside Villa which has a lovely front porch. The large bathroom has a separate tub and walk-in shower and an island-style sink, making it easy for multiple people to use at the same time.
Our over-sized king bed was Thai firm, but comfortable, and the pillows and comforter made up for it. Even with the big bed, sofa, desk and drawers, there was plenty of space for a morning yoga session or perhaps an extra bed.
Phu Petra is tucked into the trees below a huge cliff, but is only a 30 minute walk to the beach or a quick shuttle ride. A free shuttle leaves from the resort on the hour every hour from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and drops you off on the main street in Ao Nang. The beach is five minutes downhill from there.
The street is lined with tour companies, souvenir and clothing shops, mini marts and restaurants. Closer to the water there are market stalls selling bathing suits, sarongs, hats, sunglasses, everything you could want for a day at the beach.
Ao Nang beach is straight from a postcard. Longtail boats pull in and out throughout the day and into the evening, shuttling people to the smaller islands such as Koh Phi Phi. Where the beach meets the cliff, there are tons of monkeys waiting to rob tourists of their trash and anything edible. Don’t expect to leave with any food you bring their way.
The restaurant has two-story high ceilings and indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast was simple with the usual Thai and western dishes and an omelet station.
We opted for a room service dinner and should have known better than to order pizza in Thailand, but gave into temptation. Consider Thai food or the sandwich options when ordering from the restaurant.
- Arrange airport pickup through Phu Phetra or hire a car to take you directly there (500-600 baht). Shuttle buses are available but stop at tour operators and take twice as long
- Use the private shuttle to get to the beach. You can arrange for rides at unscheduled times as the front desk for 100 baht
- To get back to the resort, wait for the shuttle or get a tuk-tuk for 100 baht. If you have more than two people, arrange pick-up with the resort (100 baht)
- In Ao Nang eat at Massaman Thai Restauarant and try the pumpkin curry
- For more information and booking check out their website here
Poplar Travels was a guest of Aonang Phu Petra. Our opinion is always our own.