Four glorious days in Krabi, and everything was absolutely perfect. As we were sat on a long tail boat headed out to the open ocean, suddenly I understood why this beach destination is frequented by many.
Stunning beaches, a lot of things to do, and a wide selection of places to stay at. Given the variety, we decided to put together a list of our personal recommendations on the best places to stay in Krabi for both hotels and hostels.
- 1 Best Budget Places to Stay in Krabi
- 2 Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Krabi
- 3 The Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Krabi
Best Budget Places to Stay in Krabi
Room Type: Private Rooms
Near: 7-minute walk from Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara Beach
Price Range: $14 a night
If you are looking for a cozy and friendly hotel near the beach, then Ploenlay is the perfect spot.
The rooms are clean, modern, and have everything you need. You even have a balcony! Plus, the location is marvelous. Just pack your swimsuit and in just seven minutes you’ll find yourself at Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara Beach.
Offering such great value for money, this is one of the best places to stay in Krabi for those on a budget!
Pak Up Hostel
Room Type: Dorms| Private Rooms
Near: Chaofa Pier
Price Range: $9-24 a night
If you want to stay in Krabi town and meet people, head to Pak Up Hostel.
This modern hostel has clean bunks with large lockers and an awesome common area where you can socialize and meet other travelers. If you prefer having your own space, then opt for the private rooms.
The front desk is very helpful and you can directly book any type of tour with them making it very convenient for travelers. The bathrooms are pretty clean too!
From the hostel, you easily can hit up Krabi’s weekend night bazaar.
Mini Boxtel Ao Nang
Room Type: Dorms
Near: 2km from the beautiful Nopparat Thara Beach
Price Range: $10 a night
This hostel has it all! For a modern stay with a social atmosphere, choose the Mini Boxtel Ao Nang.
The social areas have a hip decor and are great for meeting fellow travelers. Plus, there’s an awesome deck where you can directly see the ocean from! Their rooms feature sleek and comfortable sleeping pods. The bathrooms are always clean and the whole place is so well-maintained.
And if you want to explore Krabi, the hostel is situated in a very central area.
This is an ideal place to stay for people traveling on a budget. Mini Boxtel is often fully booked so don’t forget to book in advance.
Slumber Party Hostel
Room Type: Dorms | Private Rooms
Near: Central town
Price Range: $10-45 a night
If you’re looking to party and have a good time, Slumber Party Hostel is your best choice. This hostel is famous for their legendary parties with nightly activities like beer pong competitions, BBQs, and other fun activities.
When you’re ready to some rest, the beds here are comfortable and have privacy curtains. Guests also compliment how clean the hostel. But really, most people are here for the social atmosphere!
This is definitely one for the party people who are looking for a fun hostel where you can meet other backpackers. You’ll enjoy free breakfasts, nightly BBQs, or free vodka shots. Really…what more do you want?
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Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Krabi
The Verandah Hotel
Room Type: Twin | Double| Family Room
Near: 2oom from Ao Nang Beach
Price Range: $39 a night
Want a stylish stay without breaking the bank? Check out the Verandah Hotel.
The location is very central, close to the beach and many shops around you, which makes it easy to explore. The hotel itself exudes a very posh vibes, with an all-white interior that just screams luxury. You won’t believe that you’re paying this price for such an indulgent stay!
You have access to the pool in the establishment next door which is quite nice. Your stay also comes with a complimentary breakfast buffet which is a great steal for the price you are paying.
Alisea Boutique Hotel
Room Type: Twin | Double| Suites
Near: Ao Nang Beach
Price Range: $40 a night
This beautiful boutique hotel is one of our top picks when it comes to choosing a mid-range place to stay while in Krabi.
The whole hotel has a Moroccan vibe with an Asian twist, which is a surprisingly charming style. The rooms here are well-decorated and comfortable, perfect for relaxing after a day out. If you can, spring for their loft suite rooms which come with a wooden bathtub located right in your personal balcony.
For an extra dose of relaxation, spend some time on their rooftop pool which overlooks the lush trees and mountains as well as the ocean over Ao Nang.
Read our full review: Alisea Boutique Hotel Review: A Relaxing Retreat in Krabi
Room Type: Twin | Double| Suites
Near: Ao Nang Beach
Price Range: $60 a night
Nestled amidst a tropical garden, Pakasai Resort is a wonderful place for relaxation.
Situated near Ao Nang Beach, this resort has everything you wish for. The rooms are spacious and so beautifully decorated, and you can chill out on your balcony after a long day out.
For some sun in the resort, grab your towel and dip into the cool freshwater of the infinity pool at the rooftop, with a cool drink in your hand. Need more relaxation? Opt for a spa treatment at the on-site spa and let your troubles just melt away.
And have you seen how affordable this place is? It doesn’t get better than this!
The Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Krabi
The L Resort
Room Type: Double | One-Bedroom Suites | Two-Bedroom Suites
Near: 1 minute from Ao Nang Beach
Price Range: $94 a night
The L Resort in Ao Nang is the epitome of modern hotel living. What started off as a bamboo bungalow guesthouse has now transformed into one of the best places to stay in Krabi.
The rooms are modern and fancy, equipped with a Nespresso machine and sound docks. They also issue you an iPad upon arrival which you can use to order massages, room service, and other quick comforts.
The hotel has two large pools and is located a stone throw away from the beach. The wifi in the resort is also one of the best ones that we have encountered in Thailand! Oh, and did I mention their breakfast buffet spread is amazing due to the selection of European cheeses?
Read our full review: The L Resort Krabi Review: Modern Hotel Living
Alisea Pool Villas
Room Type: Two-Bedroom Villas| Three-Bedroom Villas
Near: Nopparat Thara Beach
Price Range: $150-370+ a night (good for 4-6 pax)
If you’re looking for a private getaway while in Ao Nang, Krabi, the Alisea Pool Villas has everything you need and more. The pool villas are perfect for groups of friends, families, or even couples like us!
With each villa boasting of a private pool, garden, and a fully-equipped kitchen, this place can easily become your home away from home. The villas are well-furnished, and the rooms are especially nice and comfortable. We spent a few days here and could have easily stayed for longer!
The resort also provides free transport to the Andamana Beach Club, an exclusive beachside restaurant where you can eat and hang out all day.
Read our review: Alisea Pool Villa
Railay Bay Resort & Spa
Room Type: Double | Suites | Pool Villa
Near: Railay Beach
Price Range: $80 a night
Luxury meets hospitality at this 5-star resort! The tropical landscape, the white sand, and the clear blue waters create a magical scenery at the Railay Bay Resort & Spa.
While the rooms here are beautiful, for a true splurge, go for one of their villas with comes with a private pool. You’ll feel like you’re in your own private paradise!
The spacious and lavish cottages offer many facilities. You can swim at the beachfront outdoor pool and dine at Railay’s restaurant and enjoy seafood and pizza specialties. You can also choose between paddle canoeing and rock climbing, or organize a small trip with the help of the tour desk to the other islands.
The best thing about this resort is its location as Railay is only accessible by boat. If you wake up early enough, you might even have the beach all to yourself — perfect!
Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort
Room Type: Twin | Double | Ocean View
Near: Ao Nang Beach
Price Range: $86 a night
Aonang Cliff Beach Resort definitely exceeded our expectations! This unassuming resort with a small entrance sprawls out to a massive compound with two pools and ocean view rooms.
We stayed at one of the rooms which had a private tub in the balcony — it was amazing! We had a stunning view of the mountains and the ocean where we happily watched the boats pass and the sun go down every afternoon.
The breakfast buffet had a wide variety of choice and was one of the best that we’ve had. Definitely one of our top picks for the best places to stay in Ao Nang if you’re looking to splurge and pamper yourself.
There you have it folks!
The value in accommodation on Krabi is pretty incredible so whatever your travel budget is hopefully, this list has helped you find a suitable place to hunker down and enjoy the islands from.
If you’re looking for things to do in the area, check out some of our guides!
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