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Where to stay in Krabi

Krabi town

Once controlled almost exclusively by cheap guesthouses catering to backpackers, Krabi’s accommodation scene now includes a bunch of cushier rooms and dorms spread all around town. Below you’ll find our picks of the bunch, all of which are located within walking distance of one another, either downtown off Maharaj and Uttarakit roads, or a little further south in the traditional backpacker area around Chao Fah Road.


55 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi
Under 600B

Chan-Cha-Lay

55 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi T: (075) 620 952 [email protected] http://www.lovechanchalay.com/

A cool mix of pastel blue and white welcome you to Chan Cha Lay, which remains one of the cleanest, comfiest and most professionally run of Krabi’s budget spots. From the front it looks like a tiny guesthouse but the property extends to the rear and includes three different buildings.

One of our favourites.

One of our favourites. Photo: David Luekens

At the high end of the price scale, our favourite rooms front a white-pebble courtyard out back and come with plenty of space along with desk, comfy bed and decoration that makes them feel like part of a seaside cottage. The spacious brushed-concrete bathrooms sport paintings of sunsets and partially open-air rain showers with hot water. You also get concertina doors opening to a private balcony with a couple of wooden deck chairs.

In the main building above reception, the many budget rooms get the job done with a firm bed on tile floors, small desk and air-con, which can be shut off if you’re paying the fan rate. These are small and have the same soothing blue and white paint job to go with one small window, some facing a wall that results in a dimmer atmosphere than in the pricier rooms. These rely on an ample supply of shared bathrooms with hot water.

Cute baby blue rooms.

Cute baby blue rooms. Photo: David Luekens

In the newest building, smart double and triple rooms come with ensuite bathrooms, wall-mounted flatscreen TVs, lots of space and brushed concrete walls broken up by floor-to-ceiling windows—a major step up from the older budget rooms. There’s also at least one quad room set up like a small dorm, with two bunkbeds and a larger ensuite bathroom with shower set behind concrete partition. All rooms are very well kept.

Laidback yet helpful staffers stand ready to arrange transport bookings, rent motorbikes and offer travel advice in a cute cafe overlooking the street. Free WiFi covers the whole property. Chan Cha Lay consisted only of this original building when we first inspected it many years ago, and we like how it has retained the feel of a small budget guesthouse while adding the two newer buildings for families and flashpackers.

Street frontage.

Street frontage. Photo: David Luekens

It’s a good example of an older property that has been savvy enough to stay relevant in an evolving traveller scene. In fact, “relevant” is an understatement for a property that remains one of the most popular and highly regarded out of Krabi town’s many places to stay. Whether going for a budget room or one of the cushier options, the value is excellent.

If you prefer a smaller guesthouse, neighbouring Mr Clean is another good option with only small budget rooms and an owner who is friendly and helpful. Those looking for an older-style spot with dirt-cheap rooms should check out nearby Cha Guesthouse, which has changed very little over the years, or head over to K Guesthouse.

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Walk–in rates: 350 baht—1,450 baht

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GPS: 98º55'5.45" E, 8º3'41.89" N

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45/19 Rattanadilok Rd, Krabi
600B to 1,500B

Dee Andaman Hotel

45/19 Rattanadilok Rd, Krabi T: (075) 620 780 [email protected] http://www.deeandamanhotel.com/

Opened around 2010 in the quiet south side of town near Thara Park, Dee Andaman was one of the first hotels in Krabi town to really make a play for flashpacking couples and families, and it remains a top pick in this price range despite the fact that several similar places have opened in more recent years.

Cool off here.

Cool off here. Photo: David Luekens

The purpose-built hotel stands six floors tall and greets you with high ceilings, tall louvered shutters, patterned-tile floors, chandeliers, stained-glass windows and a professional, welcoming staff. Out the back stretches a deck and swimming pool that we reckon is still the largest found at any hotel in Krabi town.

Accessed by a lift, rooms are clean and equipped with cushy beds on four-poster frames, glass doors opening to furnished balconies and swirling Thai art in warm colours. While the cheapest rooms are spacious enough for most, the corner deluxe editions bag you larger terraces and daybeds. Amenities include widescreen TV, minibar, desk and WiFi, and rates include breakfast.

Rooms are smart and comfortable.

Rooms are smart and comfortable. Photo: David Luekens

Around the corner is Baan Andaman, a smaller bed and breakfast run by the same group—it has smaller but similarly comfy rooms for a bit less cash and guests staying there can use the pool at Dee. Both properties are a little more than a kilometre south of downtown; a free tuk tuk shuttle is provided if you tire of walking it.

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Walk–in rates: 850 baht—1,500 baht
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GPS: 98º54'58.25" E, 8º3'16.66" N

6 Maharaj Soi 2, Krabi
1,500B to 4,000B

Opened in 2017, Family Tree Hotel is an eight-room hotel which has raised the bar for classy, comfortable accommodation in Krabi town.

Street frontage at Family Tree Hotel.

Street frontage at Family Tree Hotel. Photo: David Luekens

After enjoying a great coffee and brownie in the ground-floor cafe, the notably welcoming owner and staff led us up the spiral stairs to check out the spacious rooms sporting soft, high-end mattresses along with hardwood floors and accents creating a cosy atmosphere. Each room comes with a widescreen TV, WiFi, desk, fridge, safe, bathrobes and the best in-room coffee/tea station we’ve seen in thousands of hotel inspections in Thailand—with quality beans, grinder, coffee dripper, several types of teas and house-made cookies, all of it complimentary.

Bathrooms have large walk-in showers with glass walls and basin sinks situated just outside bathroom doors beside makeup desks and wide mirrors. You also get a balcony or, in the pricier rooms, a private patio with potted plants on floors made of brick and smooth pebbles.

Excellent value rooms.

Excellent value rooms. Photo: David Luekens

The cafe is popular with locals and non-guest travellers thanks to the outstanding all-day breakfasts, a good range of baked goods and craft beers. If this is too pricey, nearby KL Boutique Hotel is a decent alternative, while the larger Krabi City View is also worth a look if you prefer a larger hotel in the 600 to 1,000 baht range.

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Walk–in rates: 1,800 baht—2,600 baht
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GPS: 98º55'0.39" E, 8º3'45.64" N

2/8 Maharaj Soi 10, Krabi
600B to 1,500B

Just Fine Krabi

2/8 Maharaj Soi 10, Krabi T: (094) 580 1555 https://www.facebook.com/Justfinekrabi/

Just Fine Krabi is our favourite out of the half-dozen flashpacker-range spots clustered into City Plaza, a block of newish buildings in a central position between the riverfront, Talad City and Maharaj Soi 10 in Krabi town.

Plenty of space to go around.

Plenty of space to go around. Photo: David Luekens

Accessed by stairs on the upper three floors, the spacious rooms sport murals of the Ko Lanta lighthouse or mud crabs frolicking in mangroves, above firm yet comfortable beds, plus extras like desk, TV, WiFi, coffee/tea facilities, fridge, extra-large safe, daybed set beside wide windows and tables on small balconies. The only slight drawbacks are the hot-water bathrooms, which are small and have smudges on painted concrete walls.

Just Fine sits back in the corner facing a car park, so you don’t get the river views afforded by the smaller rooms at neighbouring hotels like Apo and River Scene. We think the higher room quality and slightly cheaper rates make up for that. Staffers have always been cheerful and helpful to us, serving breakfast and renting out mountain bikes out of a ground-floor lounge with plentiful tables, fishponds and art inspired by the Andaman Sea. There’s also an electric piano should you feel like busting into Tiny Dancer. In addition to the spots mentioned above, similar downtown options include Krabi Orchid Hometel and P.N. Boutique House.

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Walk–in rates: 990 baht—1,290 baht
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GPS: 98º55'0.27" E, 8º3'57.1" N

Corner of Uttarakit Rd and Chao Fah Rd, Krabi
Under 600B

Pak-Up Hostel

Corner of Uttarakit Rd and Chao Fah Rd, Krabi T: (075) 611 955 [email protected] https://www.pakuphostel.com/

The lively and popular Pak-Up Hostel remains our top pick for backpackers looking to party in a central patch of Krabi town.

Back to school.

Back to school. Photo: David Luekens

The four-floor building formerly served as a school, explaining why signs for subjects like “Art” and “English” mark each of the dorms. While the teachers and schoolkids are long gone, Pak-Up draws a notably young crowd of travellers looking to mingle at any of several bars found within stumbling distance.

Available in mixed and women-only, the clean and bright dorms have firm mattresses on bunks on wood frames set up lengthwise like in a train birth. Each comes with a reading lamp, electrical plug and lockable cabinets that are large enough to fit a big pack down below. The dorm rooms have four, eight or 10 firm mattresses and most do not have privacy curtains or partitions between them.

Pak-Up is best value for its dorms.

Pak-Up is best value for its dorms. Photo: David Luekens

Set on the upper floor, a couple of small private rooms come with street views, desks, bureaus and exposed brick walls painted blue. If staying in one of these you’ll use the same sizeable set of brushed concrete, hot-water bathrooms as guests staying in the dorms, and these are divided by gender. The privates are overpriced compared to cheaper, better-equipped rooms found in guesthouses like Chan Cha Lay, but they could be worth it if you’re staying for the social scene and want the privacy.

While the accommodation is solid, it’s the scene, staff and location that makes Pak-Up such a stellar option. Hip staffers who speak clear English do a fabulous job of helping guests arrange tours and transport. WiFi is free and the spacious ground-floor chill area features sofas, tables and a widescreen TV. This space extends outside to a small streetside terrace that was full of socialising guests every time we walked by.

Private rooms are not the most generously sized.

Private rooms are not the most generously sized. Photo: David Luekens

Out the back of Pak-Up and run by the same crew is Playground Bar, where you can play drinking games, down buckets and listen to hip-hop. A lot of guests start there before working there way to nearby Grace’s Irish Pub or Fubar for a reggae scene. Pak-Up also runs pub crawls that will transport you to the larger nightlife scene in Ao Nang. There you’ll meet up with guests staying at Pak-Up’s sister property, Balcony Party Hostel, set off the beach road.

Other hostels worth considering include the nearby Your Hostel, which has a plunge pool, and Hogwarts if you want a lower-key scene and more in-dorm privacy near Talad City downtown.

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Walk–in rates: 250 baht—1,200 baht
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GPS: 98º55'4.78" E, 8º3'44.73" N

22/12 Chao Fah Rd (entrance closer to Isara Rd), Krabi
Under 600B

Ban To Guest House

22/12 Chao Fah Rd (entrance closer to Isara Rd), Krabi T: (086) 475 0177 [email protected]

Bright-orange Ban To Guesthouse sits down a narrow footpath just downhill from Chao Fah Road and a short walk west of downtown, making it a quiet and convenient budget choice in Krabi town.

You’ll remember the colour scheme.

You’ll remember the colour scheme. Photo: David Luekens

Surrounding a small courtyard and restaurant, rooms are bright, clean and spacious—and they’ve held their integrity quite well over the years. Fan and air-con rooms are identical, all with tile floors, hot-water wet bathrooms, firm mattresses with fresh sheets, free WiFi, TVs, tables with a couple of chairs and balconies accessed through sliding glass doors.

This is another family-run spot with little kids and dogs usually wandering around. A spirit shrine sits out front beneath a tall mango tree that gives the place some atmosphere. The owner always seems a tad annoyed when we ask to check out rooms, but her attitude warms up quickly and we’d expect her to be helpful enough if you need something.

Rooms are more subdued within.

Rooms are more subdued within. Photo: David Luekens

Ban To is just south of a pocket of traveller-oriented bars, cafes and smaller guesthouses—Area 51 is a funkier spot that’s also worth a look for a bit less cash. Keep in mind that Ban To rhymes with “john doe” when asking drivers to take you here.

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Walk–in rates: 300 baht—650 baht
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GPS: 98º54'58.03" E, 8º3'36.99" N

67 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi
600B to 1,500B

A friendly family runs Grandmom Place, keeping the genuine Thai smile alive as it sadly becomes harder to find in many popular destinations.

Accessed by stairs, two spacious rooms come on all three upper floors of this remodelled building that puts you within a five-minute stroll of downtown and the riverfront. Designed for function over style, they have comfy queen beds raised off tile floors, larger-than-normal fridges, TVs, WiFi, desks, chairs on the large balconies and good-size hot-water bathrooms. 

Spacious rooms.

Spacious rooms. Photo: David Luekens

Front rooms bag you views over the river and all the way to Khao Kanab Nam and beyond, while those on the backside overlook Chao Fah Road. We prefer the fourth floor because the view is worth the climb.

Next door, U Residence is another decent flashpacker choice; there you pay around 500 baht more for a boutique-y design but also an inviting common room. Another similar choice is The 9th House over on Chao Fah, which is also a bit pricier. Grandmom is a serviced apartment type guesthouse best suited to couples and solo travellers. Though you shouldn’t expect a social scene, cafe or tour bookings, discounts are offered for long stays and the location is excellent.

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Walk–in rates: 650 baht—900 baht
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GPS: 98º55'5.76" E, 8º3'43.27" N

15-25 Chao Fah Rd, Krabi
Under 600B

The old K Guesthouse spruced itself up since our last visit by adding some vintage decor and attractive paintings in dark crimson, which looks good on the dark-wood walls.

Guesthouse wisdom.

Guesthouse wisdom. Photo: David Luekens

At the same time, some of the hot-water bathrooms received rain showerheads, and flatscreen TVs were mounted to walls in the priciest air-con rooms. While these are comfy enough and almost as good as the air-con rooms at Ban To, we’re still partial to K’s upper-floor rooms because they’re brighter and almost entirely wrapped in the original wood floors and walls of this two-floor heritage house.

Cheap and small fan-cooled rooms that rely on shared bathrooms were available at research time as a walk–in customer, although we only saw the air-con digs on booking sites. Air-con rooms set on the ground floor have concrete walls painted white, making them darker and not as atmospheric as the wood-walled rooms, but with thicker walls.

We like how K has stepped up its game without losing its original character—the place has been here for decades. Free WiFi is available and you’ll find some tables in the ground floor common room. Staff are helpful, and the location a short walk up Chao Fah Road from downtown.

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Walk–in rates: 300 baht—800 baht
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GPS: 98º55'3.2" E, 8º3'40.42" N

67/9 Isara Rd, Krabi.
600B to 1,500B

A swimming pool and quiet setting help to make Krabi Cozy Place a better choice than most of Krabi’s hotels that have similar rooms and rates.

The pool adds value to an already good deal.

The pool adds value to an already good deal. Photo: David Luekens

The family owners live in the house above reception, renting out 24 well-equipped rooms in a three-floor yellow concrete stack fronting the pool. Though not notably memorable with its tile floors and orange paint on one of the walls, the room we stayed in was clean, spacious and outfitted with a comfortable bed, desk, WiFi, TV, safe, fridge and a hot-water shower set behind a curtain in the small bathroom.

All rooms have private balconies with some chairs. The ground-floor editions open directly to the pool, though we’d save the additional 200 baht charged for those and go for an upper-floor room if you’re okay with stairs. The hotel’s easy-to-miss entrance pops up alongside narrow Isara Road, close to the small nightlife enclave housing Eve Bar and Area 51, but just far enough away from it to stay very quiet on this sparsely trafficked street.

Cozy also owns the empty lot across the road if you’re bringing a vehicle, and a security guard watches over the property after dark.

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Walk–in rates: 750 baht—1,400 baht
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GPS: 98º54'57.79" E, 8º3'39.31" N

73/1 Khongkha Rd, Krabi
600B to 1,500B

Krabi River Hotel

73/1 Khongkha Rd, Krabi T: (075) 612 321 [email protected] http://www.krabiriverhotel.com/

After checking out all five hotels in Krabi with “river” in their names, we still think the original, Krabi River Hotel, does it best.

The original and still our pick.

The original and still our pick. Photo: David Luekens

The hotel stands directly alongside a scenic stretch of the riverfront walkway on the quiet south side of town, a 10-minute walk from downtown. Unlike other “river” hotels, there’s no road between the hotel and the river—only a pleasant walkway and lawn with broad tamarind branches for shade. You can walk a few minutes in either direction and be on a longtail boat to Ko Klang or Khao Kanab Nam. If you’re a jogger or cyclist looking to make full of use of the riverfront, the location could not be better.

Available with river-view balcony or without river view for less cash, the rooms and appliances (fridge, kettle, TV) are dated. But it’s all kept clean and everything works, including the free WiFi that you can access at the in-room desks. Beds are firm and tiled bathrooms with curtained hot-water showers, adequate. The kind Thai owner offers two kayaks and two bicycles for guests, who get an included breakfast on the riverside terrace each morning.

Rooms enjoy a decent outlook.

Rooms enjoy a decent outlook. Photo: David Luekens

As for other “river” options, the River Front Hotel has solid facilities, including a small swimming pool, but it felt overly sterile to us. Then there’s the River View, which has average flashpacker rooms downtown; we prefer Just Fine when staying around there. If you prefer more of a guesthouse vibe, Rooms at Krabi is worth a look right next door to Krabi River Hotel.

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Walk–in rates: 600 baht—1,200 baht
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GPS: 98º55'12.59" E, 8º3'31.65" N

92-94 Khongkha Rd, Krabi
Under 600B

Boasting a quiet yet central and scenic location right across from where the riverfront night market sets up, Krabi Nature View Guesthouse is an old-school spot which remains a solid option for backpackers who want a private room for the same price as a bunk in most of Krabi’s hostels.

Cafe downstairs, rooms up top.

Cafe downstairs, rooms up top. Photo: David Luekens

A family-run guesthouse with a cafe, free WiFi and reliable tour/transport bookings, over the years we’ve watched the children transform from cute little monsters into polite and helpful young adults who have taken over some of the operational duties from their folks.

Most of the eight or so rooms are upstairs on either side of a hallway, with three hot-water bathrooms shared among them. Inside they’re cramped but well kept, with smooth hardwood floors and the choice of air-con or fan mounted on the ceiling directly above soft beds, which had replaced the old spring beds since our last visit. Windows in most rooms face walls of neighbouring buildings, but the room in front affords a river view.

Interiors are simple.

Interiors are simple. Photo: David Luekens

There’s also a shared river-view terrace that’s a good spot to kick back and chat. If you like the low prices and intimate setup but would prefer a private bathroom, check out Smile Guesthouse and Mr Clean Guesthouse. If you want a party vibe with your cheap room, head to Good Dream.

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Walk–in rates: 200 baht—500 baht
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GPS: 98º55'10.32" E, 8º3'40.79" N

52 Maharaj Rd (corner of Maharaj Soi 6), Krabi.
Under 600B

Snoozz Hotel

52 Maharaj Rd (corner of Maharaj Soi 6), Krabi. T: (075) 530 031 [email protected] http://snoozzhotel.com/

Snoozz Hotel is a fairly large, newish spot which is one part hotel and one part hostel with all of it set on a central parcel of Krabi town—like, the central parcel—at the corner of Maharaj Road and Soi 6.

Easy to find.

Easy to find. Photo: David Luekens

From the hotel you’re a five-minute walk to the river and any number of markets, restaurants and bars. Like many other properties opened in recent years, it occupies a completely refurbished and redesigned portion of a larger four-floor structure that reaches right up the gut of downtown.

The place has an Amazon Cafe drawing locals to the ground floor, with all of the rooms and dorms set upstairs. In the privates you get a soft bed, LCD TV, large safe, fridge, some ghostly ocean-themed art and a large bathroom with glass-walled rain shower—all of it modern and clean.

Heavy curtains help to keep the light at bay.

Heavy curtains help to keep the light at bay. Photo: David Luekens

Snoozz also has 15-bed dorm rooms available in female only and male only. Some bunks are the type that you climb into headfirst while others come in the classic “train berth” style. They’re reasonably comfy, though with no privacy curtains, the shared bathrooms are huge—not a bad option if you just want a bunk without the social scene of Pak-Up or Your Hostel. If considering Snoozz’s private rooms, you also may want to check out Amity Poshtel on quieter Maharaj Soi 5.

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Walk–in rates: 300 baht—1,590 baht
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GPS: 98º54'56.51" E, 8º3'48.06" N

85 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi
Under 600B

A plunge pool draped in disco lights and boxing gloves makes Your Hostel stand out from Krabi’s growing pack of dorm options.

Not your typical hostel.

Not your typical hostel. Photo: David Luekens

With a bright yellow facade in the heart of town, the urban-style hostel materialised out of an old cement shophouse, adding a large purpose-built section out the back for a cafe, bar, billiards table and the pool. Relying on modern hot-water bathrooms, the four- or 10-bed air-con dorms are both mixed gender and each bunk comes with private reading lamp, electrical outlet and locker. Dorms are clean with a fair amount of space, a few windows and polished concrete walls.

Private rooms are also available and while we like the pricier editions with river-view balconies, TVs, firm beds and rain showers in spacious bathrooms, we’d pass on the smaller privates that do not have windows or ensuite bathrooms. The place has a party vibe and the staffer who most recently showed us around was notably friendly and helpful, with a great attitude.

Rooms are simple but not a bad size for a hostel.

Rooms are simple but not a bad size for a hostel. Photo: David Luekens

Next door to Your Hostel is Good Dream Guesthouse, an older spot with a dive-bar vibe including its own billiards table and private rooms starting very cheap.

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Walk–in rates: 230 baht—880 baht
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GPS: 98º55'4.64" E, 8º3'45.25" N

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