About Ao Manao – Prachuap Khirikhan
Ao Manao, aka Lemon Bay, is a beautiful beach located in an air force base (Wing 5) of Prachuap Khirikhan. The military base is very open and friendly, tourists are allowed to use almost all of the facilities, and because it’s cared for by soldiers … the beach is stunning, clean, safe, and checked everyday. There are chairs provided, along with delicious and affordable local food and beverages, all while you relax watching the waves and staring out at the island opposite. The water is normally warm, as the water is quite shallow, which makes it popular with swimmers. You can actually walk most of the way out to the island.
Near the beach area, there is also a food park serving coffee, beer, soft drinks, and mostly seafood (although other dishes are available). There is also a coffeeshop, and in the evenings a beach front ‘Steak House’ bar with live music. For those that like somtum, at the southern side of the base is a small but tasty somtum restaurant. A lot like to relax under the shade of the trees at the southern end of Ao Manao, where there are no chairs, just a cool breeze and maybe a few beached fishing boats.