How to Get to Ao Sane Beach?
Ao Sane Beach (which is pronounced Ao Sain) is the proof that Phuket still has some little beaches hidden from view where you can pretend nothing has changed in the past twenty years. Of course, there is no such thing as a ‘secret beach’ anymore, but you have to make a little effort to get there. These might be small tiny sandy coves, but it is a good feeling to step on one. Ao Sane is very visible from Nai Harn Beach, but unless you know that you need to drive through The Nai Harn Resort, you will never find out.
Ao Sane consists of three tiny sandy bays, and you can walk from one to another through the few beach bungalows.
The first beach is the largest. It has everything you need for the day including a nice beach restaurant where people seem to spend a lot of time in the tree shade. Food is good and prices acceptable. You can rent a couple of beach chairs on Ao Sane Beach for 200 baht a day, and even a snorkelling gear at the tiny ‘Armin’s Dive Shop’. You can also take your first dive lesson right there for 950 baht! Just remember that parking space at Ao Sane Beach is limited.
Small bungalows made of bamboo and thatched roofs along the beach are very basic but not cheap, around 800 baht per night for a fan room, but what a setting! Just looking at the few lucky people idly sitting on their wooden balcony make you feel the pace of tropical life. More luxurious are the Baan Krating beach front bungalows but starts around 4,000 baht a night. The Baan Krating Resort mostly uses the second and third beaches, but you can go there and have a drink or even a beach massage.
Where to Stay on Ao Sane
There are a few accommodation options to stay around Ao Sane. The best known are of course The Nai Harn, but it can be pricey. On the beach itself, we found three places. Baan Krating is the largest, and you can book it online. Jungle resort seems to be quite good. Interesting is the super cheap bungalows on the beach itself called ‘Ao Sane Bungalow อ่าวเสนบังกะโล’. They look extremely basic but seem to be popular. We will get some information on how to book them, but we know prices are between 600 baht and 1300 baht.