An oldie but a goodie
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 enough but less inviting than the upper-floor rooms and not the best value compared to other nearby choices, like PN or Ban To. Tiny fan rooms with reasonably well-kept shared cold-water bathrooms are tucked into the back of the building and will get the job done for those on a tight budget. If going that route, ask for a room with a window: they're the same price as those without. Free WiFi is slow and only works in the ground-floor cafe with a few tables next to the reception desk. Other disadvantages include thin walls and only one electrical outlet in most rooms. The quiet owner is a veteran of the Krabi tourism scene. Though not a modern choice by any stretch, K remains a solid option for those who prefer an old-style guesthouse.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes:
Location map for K Guesthouse
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has evolved into a mash-up of funky bars, Western restaurants, old-school markets slinging fiery curries and the same sorts of modest shophouses found in any Thai provincial capital. Somehow these pieces fit into a fun and intriguing puzzle, all set to a backdrop of mangrove-lined rivers, longtail boats, jagged karsts and a busy patch of the Andaman Sea.