Photo: So much to eat.


For ease of browsing, we've divided Krabi town's accommodation into three sections: Chao Fah Pier area, Downtown Krabi and Thara Park area. However the town is not huge and -- with the exception of Dee Andaman and Baan Andaman out near Thara Park -- all of these places are clustered relatively close together.

Krabi town centre

A handful of budget and midrange options are found in the vicinity of Maharaj Rd. There's no shortage of shops and restaurants and the town centre is always full of locals going about their business. These spots are also a stone's throw from Maharaj market, in case you want to be as close as possible to Krabi's delicious "curry alley".

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Where to stay in Krabi town
Backpacker - Under 600B

Long boasting a strong lineup of backpacker-range guesthouses, Krabi town’s accommodation scene has rounded out in recent years thanks to the arrival of several more modern hotels aiming for the flashpacker trade. The increasingly stiff competition results in excellent value, especially compared to what you’ll find in Ao Nang and the islands. Hostels With at least six places now offering... Read our full review of Where to stay in Krabi town.

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Chao Fah Pier Area

While guesthouses and hotels are now popping up all over town, most of the budget guesthouses are still clustered around Chao Fah pier and on nearby Uttarakit and Chao Fah roads. The Chao Fah area blends into the Maharaj “downtown” area, which is no more than a 15-minute walk from the furthest of the places listed here. If the cheap spots listed here are full, or you’re just feeling lazy, the impossible-to-miss Grand Tower Hotel has characterless but cheap fan or air-con rooms at the corner of Chao Fah and Uttarakit roads.

Backpacker - Under 600B
55 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 620 952

A cool mix of blues and whites welcome you to Chan Cha Lay, which remains one of Krabi’s friendliest, most comfortable and best-value guesthouses. As if plucked from a seaside cottage, the best rooms occupy a separate building out back and are spacious, spotless and equipped with wide shutter-style windows, soft white cotton drapes, verandas overlooking a small courtyard, desks, beds on raised... Read our full review of Chan-Cha-Lay.

Good Dream Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
83 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 622 993

Thoughtfully managed and very popular, Good Dream is a complete budget guesthouse package with an energetic social scene. Most stay here for the lively atmosphere and central location, but the rooms represent solid backpacker value as well. Each is a bit different from the next, some with balconies and TVs, others minimally furnished and relying on shared hot-water bathrooms. Small groups can... Read our full review of Good Dream Guesthouse .

Grandmom Place
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
67 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi
T: (085) 186 6633

A father, mother and son who are all effusively friendly run Grandmom Place, keeping the genuine Thai smile alive as it sadly becomes harder to come by in many popular destinations. Two spacious and immaculate rooms are set on all three upper floors of this remodelled building that puts you within a five-minute stroll of downtown and the riverfront. Designed for optimal comfort rather than style,... Read our full review of Grandmom Place.

Krabi City View Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Maharaj Soi 2, Krabi
T: (075) 630 112-3

This easily overlooked modern hotel is one of the best-value options in town if you’re after creature comforts and a quiet night’s sleep. Not to be confused with the City Hotel or the City Seaview Hotel, the City View is located on a side street near the far southern end of Maharaj Road, a location that puts you close to all of the action but removed enough to ensure peace and quiet. Spacious... Read our full review of Krabi City View Hotel.

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Pak-Up Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
87 Uttarakit Rd (corner of Chao Fah Rd), Krabi
T: (075) 611 995

After opening in 2012, Pak-Up has swiftly become a well-known landmark with a happening scene. It occupies an impossible-to-miss four-storey building with colourful glass windows at the heart of the traveller area. Available in mixed or women-only, the four-, eight- or 10-bed dorms are simple but spacious, with air-con, high ceilings and decent mattresses on sleek wooden bunks, each with a... Read our full review of Pak-Up Hostel.

PN Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
34-36 Chao Fah Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 630 382

The PN might not win major points for style, but for a good night's sleep on the cheap, it’s a solid choice. The ground-floor rooms are dark and can get hot if you go with the fan option, with windows in some rooms facing a wall. Upstairs rooms are significantly better, available in either fan or air-con (they shut off the air if you’re okay with a fan). Beds are comfortable and sheets fresh.... Read our full review of PN Guesthouse .

Smile Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
13 Khong Kha Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 624 015

The Smile is our favourite of the four similar budget guesthouses set in shophouses where Khong Kha Rd meets Uttarakit, within a stone’s throw of Chao Fah pier and downtown. All rooms come with moveable fans (no air-con here) and, while spartan, are pleasant and clean. Screened windows that span the lengths of the walls in many rooms are a big advantage. The 300-baht room with shared cold-water... Read our full review of Smile Guesthouse.

Ban To Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
22/6 Chao Fah Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 612 950

Ban To is located down a side street accessed either from Chao Fah Road or Itsara Road, making it a quiet but convenient choice. Representing good value and situated in a bright-orange concrete building surrounding a small courtyard and restaurant, rooms are modern, bright, clean and spacious. Fan and air-con rooms are identical, all with tile floors, hot-water wet bathrooms, firm mattresses with... Read our full review of Ban To Guest House.

K Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
15-25 Chao Fah Rd (near Soi Ruamjit), Krabi
T: (075) 623 166

Occupying a long two-storey wooden house slightly removed from the action on Chao Fah Road, the K is a long-running backpacker haunt. Rooms come in a few styles, the best being second-floor fan editions with dark-wood walls, high ceilings, very firm beds, private hot-water bathrooms and bamboo furniture on balconies overlooking the street. Air-con rooms are located downstairs and are comfortable... Read our full review of K Guesthouse.

Krabi City Dorm
Backpacker - Under 600B
1/15 Soi Ruamjit, Krabi
T: (086) 476 1140

Shoestring budget travellers should be satisfied with Krabi City Dorm’s bare-bones accommodation and welcoming staff. The cement shophouse has a very small common area on the open-fronted ground floor, with stairs leading up to a handful of rooms on either side of the narrow halls. Small fan dorm rooms with three or four firm single beds (no bunks) and shared lights/outlets can be rented by... Read our full review of Krabi City Dorm.

Nature View Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
92/94 Khong Kha Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 624 037

An old-school backpacker spot that will remind seasoned travellers of what Thailand was like in the 1980s, Nature View has a great location right across from the riverfront night market and Chao Fah pier. The family-run haunt is set in an old two-storey wooden house with cramped box-like rooms upstairs and a few darker ones behind the bustling ground-floor restaurant. All of them come with droopy... Read our full review of Nature View Guesthouse.

The I Talay Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
5 Khong Kha Rd (corner of Uttarakit Rd), Krabi
T: (080) 559 5553

Centrally located where Khong Kha meets Uttarakit and within sight of the river, The I Talay is one of four similarly priced guesthouses set in a row of tall and narrow concrete shophouses in the centre of town. The Thai word talay means ocean, and all rooms sport a breezy light-blue and white theme with framed tropical sea scenes. The cheapest fan rooms are small but immaculate, with decent... Read our full review of The I Talay Guesthouse.

Your Hostel
Backpacker - Under 600B
85 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 656 886

A plunge pool situated at the centre of Your Hostel’s heavily renovated building certainly makes it stand out from Krabi’s growing pack of dorm options. With a bright yellow exterior in the heart of town, the urban-style hostel appeared out of an old cement shophouse, adding large new sections out back to house a small cafe, bar and the pool. Relying on large and modern shared hot-water... Read our full review of Your Hostel.

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Downtown Krabi

In recent years, a growing number of accommodation choices have popped up in what’s long been considered Krabi’s “local” section, or the “downtown” that’s clustered between Maharaj Road and the river. While you’ll still find plenty of humble businesses, they now rub shoulders with several modern flashpacker-range hotels. These put you within a stone’s throw of Maharaj Market and the weekend night market, and a five- to 10-minute stroll from Chao Fah pier.

B-Trio Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
90/77 Maharaj Rd (in side alley shooting north off Maharaj Soi 10), Krabi
T: (089) 294 6669

The B-Trio is fronted by a bubblegum pink shopfront that opens into a charming boutique selling vintage clothes, swimsuits and souvenirs. The cheerful couple in charge have made the most of the narrow four-storey shophouse, setting up a clean and smartly designed mixed dorm with around 10 bunks set in partially private concrete nooks painted lime green and white. Representing good value, each... Read our full review of B-Trio Guesthouse.

Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
7 Maharaj Soi 10, Krabi
T: (075) 622 301

Looking like a research station on Mars from the outside, this funky spot opened in 2012 and is run by a stylish and welcoming young Thai couple. The old building was gutted and replaced with polished concrete walls and floors that give the place an urban-industrial vibe -- but that's not to say it isn't comfortable. Well-kept rooms are outfitted with firm beds, small tables, textural paintings... Read our full review of Hometel.

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Just Fine Bed and Breakfast
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
2/8 Maharaj Soi 10, Krabi
T: (075) 611 655

Hidden in a the corner of a parking area that cuts north off Maharaj Soi 10, Just Fine is a great choice for travellers who don’t mind paying extra for cleanliness, comforts and a hint of boutique style. The room that we checked out was spotless, with plenty of space, a desk, daybed in the corner, widescreen LCD TV, minibar, safe, air-con, comfortable queen-size bed, several wide windows, glass... Read our full review of Just Fine Bed and Breakfast.

JP Mansion
Backpacker - Under 600B
52 Maharat Soi 5, Krabi
T: (089) 866 1248

Located near Wat Kaew at the end of a side street that cuts west off Maharaj Road, JP is easily overlooked and rarely full. The airy first-floor lobby has plenty of tables and raised lounges with floor cushions, and the receptionist was one of the friendliest we met in Krabi. For the money, the air-con rooms offer great value -- they're unexpectedly spacious, clean and come with TVs, hot-water... Read our full review of JP Mansion.

Krabi River View Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
171-173 Uttarakit Rd (corner of Maharaj Soi 10), Krabi
T: (075) 620 288

The largest of several newish flashpacker hotels in this area, the River View offers straightforward modern comforts to go with river views and an excellent location. Rooms come in a few different sizes and rates don’t hinge on views, with no discount for rooms overlooking the parking lot and/or street, so do ask for a river view. All rooms are spotless and functional, with glossy white floors,... Read our full review of Krabi River View Hotel.

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Orange Tree House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
12 Pruksa-Uthit Rd (between Maharaj sois 8 and 10), Krabi
T: (075) 612 884 F: (075) 612 885

Another modern spot to have opened in recent times, the Orange Tree overlooks a central lot that that hosts a very lively market on weekends. Maharaj Market is also a stone’s throw away, making this a convenient choice for foodies. The owners did a good job with an old cement building, outfitting rooms with a contemporary edge and paintings of oranges. Okay, so the orange fruit art is a bit... Read our full review of Orange Tree House.

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Thara Park area

If you’re looking for a quieter area that’s still within a 10- to 20-minute walk of Chao Fah pier and the riverfront, some excellent flashpacker to midrange options are found near Thara Park to the south of town.

Baan Andaman
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
12 Uttarakit Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 624 018

Baan Andaman was an early arrival in Krabi town’s wave of new flashpacker-style guesthouses, and it remains an excellent choice if you don’t mind the out-of-the-way location. The cheapest rooms are spacious, clean and decked out with dark hardwood furniture, including elegant four-poster beds, and decorative touches like traditional Thai axe pillows and soft lamps. All rooms are equipped with... Read our full review of Baan Andaman.

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Dee Andaman Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
45/19 Rattanadilok Rd (near the southern end of Uttarakit Rd), Krabi
T: (075) 620 779-81

Krabi’s classiest hotel greets you with high ceilings, tall louvered shutters, dark blue and green stained glass windows, elegant chandeliers, intricate woodcarvings and a professional, English-speaking staff. Rooms are spotless and beautifully done with cushy beds on dark-wood four-poster frames, wide glass doors opening onto balconies, shiny wood or sleek white-tile floors and swirling lai... Read our full review of Dee Andaman Hotel.

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Rooms At Krabi Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
79/3 Khong Kha Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 630 500

We arrived at this stylish riverside guesthouse to find the owner providing a pair of travellers with all sorts of helpful info on the area. He seemed like the type who goes above and beyond what’s expected to ensure that guests have a pleasant stay. Rooms come in a few different sizes, all with dark violet walls, soft lighting, fans in addition to air-con, at least one window, hot-water wet... Read our full review of Rooms At Krabi Guesthouse.

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Krabi River Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
73/1 Khong Kha Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 612 321

Not to be confused with the River View Hotel downtown, the long-running River Hotel is accessible by the riverside promenade after a five-minute walk south from Chao Fah pier. Standard rooms are small but bright, clean and comfy enough for the price, with TVs, mini-fridges, air-con, desks and ensuite bathrooms. The seaview rooms bag you considerably more space and balconies where you can sit and... Read our full review of Krabi River Hotel.

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Fossil Shell Beach

Fossil Shell Beach is a handy getaway both from Krabi and the hordes of tourists you get throughout the province. It's a laidback sleepy stretch of beach with the occasional passing long-tail about as exciting as it gets. Note that Fossil Shell Beach is several kilometres from either Krabi town or Ao Nang, but white songthaews pass by regularly and can take you to either for 50 baht.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Krabi? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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