Krabi is one of my favorite parts of Thailand to visit and is a great relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of some of the country’s cities. There are over 150 islands off the coastline, and you’ll love relaxing by the turquoise waters and white sands in the area.
Like many places in Thailand, the accommodation choices can be overwhelming. With simply hundreds of places to stay, it can be hard to know where to stay in Krabi.
If you like, you can even choose to spend a couple of weeks traveling between the areas listed below, as they all offer something unique for visitors.
Regardless of your budget, you’ll find some amazing hotels and hostels in the area, and today I’m here to share my best places to stay in Krabi.
Best Places to Stay in Krabi
If you are more interested in where to stay in Krabi than the destination itself, here are my top choices for each type of accommodation:
- Best Hotel for Couples – Railay Village Resort
- Best Luxury Hotel – Phi Phi CoCo Beach Resort
- Best Midrange Hotel – Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort
- Best Budget Hotel – Rapala Rock Wood Resort
- Best Hostel in Krabi for Solo Travellers – Aonang Baan Suan Resort
- Best Hostel in Krabi for Couples – Blanco Hideout Railay
- Best Party Hostel in Krabi – Slumber Party Hostel Ao Nang
- Best Hostel in Krabi with Private Rooms – Pop-in Aonang
- Best Hostel in Krabi for Digital Nomads – Snoozz Hotel
Railay Beach is one of my favorite areas in the region, with incredible limestone cliffs and beaches. West Railay, which is known as Sunset Beach, is where you will find larger resorts and luxury accommodation options.
East Railay, or Sunrise Beach, doesn’t have a very nice beach, however, offers much cheaper hotel and hostel options. It’s only about a 5-10 minute walk from good beaches, and Railay is small, so you can cross the whole area in less than 10 minutes!
Railay is mainly known for its incredible beaches, so swimming and enjoying the sun are the main things to do here. However, I would highly recommend taking a rock-climbing course too.
There are plenty of climbing schools in the area, and it’s a fun break from the beach. Here are my top places to stay in Krabi in the Railay Beach area:
Best for Luxury – Railay Village Resort
Railay Village Resort is located on West Railay Beach and it offers rooms and villas with beautiful views. The outdoor pool was one of my favourite parts of the resort, and I found it to be one of the best hotels in Krabi.
All villas and rooms are well-equipped with modern facilities, and the onsite restaurant cooks delicious Thai and barbeque food each night. One room here is about $150 a night.
Best for Midrange – Avatar Railay – Adult Only
For couples or solo travelers looking for the perfect quiet escape, Avatar Railay is a great choice. Set near the beach, it’s also very close to Phra Nang Cave. Each room looks over the pool or garden area, and all have private bathrooms.
With the nature surrounding the hotel, you’ll leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. A night here would take out of your pockets about $85-$90.
Best Cheap Hotel – Rapala Rock Wood Resort
For basic accommodation, some of which will require sharing a bathroom, Rapala Rock Wood Resort is a great place in Railay Beach. It’s just 600 yards from the Railay Rock Climbing Point and is a bargain for such a good location.
I loved the fresh Thai food they serve at their outdoor restaurant, and there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the resort. The bungalows have comfortable beds and are each fitted with mosquito nets.
I particularly liked the swimming pool on-site, which was great for chilling out at in the hot weather. You can stay here for only $15-$20 a night.
Best Hostel – Blanco Hideout Railay
Located on Railay East, Blanco Hideout Railay is a fun and sociable place to stay. What I liked a lot about this hostel were the views it offered over the beach and the mountains.
With two bars, a restaurant and a pool, this is a great place to stay if you are looking to meet other travelers. All dorms are air-conditioned, and this resort-style hostel offers an upgrade from other budget options you may have stayed at on your trip.
A dorm here typically costs between $15-$20 a night.
This is the most popular resort area in Krabi Province and has great nightlife, dining, and shopping. It’s perfect for anyone looking to relax on the beach and has some of the best resorts in Krabi.
You can easily get from Krabi airport to Ao Nang as is only a half-hour drive.
For anyone who’s been backpacking for a while, you may enjoy seeing familiar restaurants and stores here, as it’s the main tourist area.
The beaches are the main thing to do in the area, so expect to spend plenty of time swimming and sunbathing. Here’s a list of the best places to stay in Ao Nang, Krabi:
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Best for Luxury – Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi
Located on the private Pai Plong Bay, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is an incredible choice for couples. The rooms all feature private balconies with views of the well-kept gardens or the ocean.
You’ll reach the resort by the complimentary speedboat shuttle, and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay. The grounds are beautiful here, with luxury pools to relax around during the day.
The price for a night here starts from $125.
Best for Midrange – Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort
This resort has an incredible location, set against the beautiful green hills of Ao Nang. The rooms are stylish, featuring a balcony and rain shower in the bathroom.
I personally didn’t stay in this hotel but a friend I’ve met in Phuket booked 3 nights here so I went by to visit him. I ended up sleeping over 2 nights in this hotel.
What I like about this place is the swimming pool and the beach is just a 5-minute walk away. Don’t miss their onsite restaurant, which has lovely views over the coast. The price for a room in this cool hotel starts from $50 a night.
Best Cheap Hotel – Aonang Viva Resort
This is a great budget option located near the beach. Aonang Viva Resort offers everything you could need in your room, as well as a swimming pool on the grounds which even features a small slide.
It’s just a five-minute walk from the beach, and there’s a 24-hour front desk. It’s perfect for solo travelers on a budget who are looking to spend most of their day at the beach or exploring the area. A room here starts from $30.
Best Hostel – Aonang Baan Suan Resort
This resort is a good find for any backpackers, giving you the chance to stay in this popular area at a low cost. You’ll get all the features of the resort, such as their pool and free beach transfers while saving money staying in a dorm.
Onsite you can even enjoy a Thai massage, and book your day trips including diving and snorkeling. Dorms offer private bathrooms and sleep only four people.
The price for a regular room here starts from $30 a night, but if you take a dorm you can pay as little as $10 a night for a 4-bed mixed dormitory.
Krabi Town is the capital of the Province, built alongside the Krabi River. While it’s unlikely to be your final destination, many people choose to spend a few days here between other places.
It has some great fresh markets and restaurants, and you can find some good shopping deals here. It’s the perfect choice for anyone on a budget who wants to enjoy the local life.
It also makes for a great base to explore the attractions away from the beach, or for those who love to party! It doesn’t have its own beaches, however, is well connected by bus and ferry to other local areas. Here are my top choices for hotels in Krabi town:
Best for Luxury – Venice Krabi Villa Resort
Located in Krabi Town, Venice Krabi Villa is one of the few luxury options in this area. It offers an onsite restaurant, outdoor pool, and terrace and overlooks the water. Each room is fitted to the highest standard and offers plenty of space and a private balcony.
The price for a night in this beautiful resort is starting from $130-$140 a night, but sometimes you can find it on the deal as little as $95 a night.
Best for Midrange – The Brown Hotel
With a central location, The Brown Hotel offers modern rooms and facilities. Each room has a flat-screen TV, private bathroom and Wi-Fi.
Decorated in a modern and stylish manner, this hotel is the perfect choice for business travelers or young couples. A night in this place would cost you no less than $55 a night.
Best Cheap Hotel – Krabi Heaven
With budget rooms starting at such a low price, this is a great option if you are looking for more privacy than a hostel. For cheap, modern Krabi lodging, this is one of my top choices, and I’ve always heard great things about it from fellow travelers.
All rooms have private bathrooms, and there’s a 24-hour front desk. It’s located centrally in the town, just 450 yards from Wat Kaew Korawaram. The price for a room in Krabi Heaven starts from $15 a night.
Best Hostel – Snoozz Hotel
Snoozz Hotel is located in the center of Krabi town and is a modern hostel with dorms and private rooms. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the resort, making it a great option for digital nomads.
The night market is just 100 yards from the hostel, and the lobby is really welcoming for hanging out and working in. While the price for a regular room starts from $30, a bunk bed is only $10 a night.
Koh Phi Phi
If you love to party, Koh Phi Phi is the place for you! The Phi Phi Islands consist of seven different islands, however, only Phi Phi island is inhabited. It takes just a couple of hours to reach by boat from Krabi or Phuket.
The scenery on the island is stunning, with white beaches, limestone cliffs and clear waters. For adventure lovers, there’s plenty to keep you entertained here including rock climbing, scuba diving and cliff jumping.
If you’re just looking to relax, you won’t be alone, as many people just come here to laze on the beaches. There’s a fantastic range of Krabi hotels on the beach here, and regardless of your budget, you’ll have a great time.
The Phi Phi island comes to life by night, with a wild backpacking crowd. You’ll find some of the best hotels in Krabi here on Koh Phi Phi:
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Best for Luxury – Phi Phi CoCo Beach Resort
This is a stunning resort for anyone looking for a luxury escape. It has immaculately kept grounds and is one of my favorite hotel pools. All rooms have a sitting area with a flat-screen TV, private bathrooms, and comfortable beds.
It’s just 200 yards from Loh Dalum Bay and 550 yards from Monkey Beach. Included in your stay is a fantastic breakfast, which offers continental and buffet choices. A night in heaven starts from as little as $98 a night.
Best for Midrange – Phi Phi Harbour View Hotel
The views from this hotel are worth staying here alone. It’s a great mid-range option on Koh Phi Phi and is one of the best beach resorts in Krabi overall.
Located in Phi Phi Don, it has an outdoor pool with incredible views and a fitness center. All rooms come with their own terrace, and you’ll get a delicious buffet breakfast included in your stay each day. The price for a room starts from only $67 a night. Just a bargain.
Best Cheap Hotel – Blu Monkey Phi Phi Island
This modern hotel follows a monochrome theme in its décor and is a trendy, cheap option for solo travelers and digital nomads. It’s located 0.6 miles from Ton Sai Pier and offers modern rooms with all the basic facilities you could need.
It’s the perfect hotel if you need some peace and quiet on your trip to recover from all the partying! Only $33 to spend a night here.
Best Hostel – Ibiza House Phi Phi
Located right on the beach at Loh Dalum Bay, Ibiza House is an incredible party hostel. With a variety of dorms and private rooms, you can enjoy the Rawinanda Pool and Ibiza Pool onsite.
At the Ibiza Pool, you can enjoy live DJs throughout the week, and there’s a fantastic poolside bar. This is a really sociable, fun hotel, that’s perfect if you are coming to the island for the nightlife.
A dorm in this hotel starts from $19 a night.
Read also: The Best Party Hostels in Thailand
As you can see, the area offers some incredible places to stay in Krabi, Thailand. This is one of my favorite regions in Thailand, and I could spend a couple of weeks hopping between the areas described above.
Where are you planning to stay on your next trip to Krabi? Whichever of these Krabi places to stay you choose, I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time!
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