Krabi River Hotel
Go for a river view
73/1 Khong Kha Rd, Krabi T: (075) 612 321, (075) 612 617
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 watch the boats drift past. Though the neighbouring Rooms At Krabi Guesthouse has more character, River Hotel’s rates haven’t gone up in years and it’s arguably the better-value choice, especially when judging each property’s river-view editions. River Hotel also has a riverside lawn and a handful of communal computers to go with free WiFi. We’ve found different staff members to be either friendly or impersonal but certainly not lazy -- cleanliness is very well looked after here. Next door, the Krabi Seaview Hotel has slightly cheaper rooms that face a car park along with river-view rooms with similar rates and amenities.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 600 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes: No seaview
Room: Family room, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: Sleeps three
Room: Superior double room, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: Seaview
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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.