What a hostel should be
87 Uttarakit Rd (corner of Chao Fah Rd), Krabi T: (075) 611 995, (093) 763 5522 F: (075) 620 878
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 reading lamp, electrical outlet and large drawer-style locker space right below the beds. Huge polished concrete shared bathrooms are clean and equipped with hot water and rain showers in addition to standard moveable showerheads. There are also two air-con private rooms, though you’ll find better value for a private at many nearby guesthouses. You can feel secure thanks to security cameras in the halls and key-card entrances. Common spaces include a ground-floor lounge with LCD TV, rooftop terrace/bar and open-air chill spot with a billiards table. The associated Playground Nightclub and an air-con coffee shop are part of the same building. The place is large enough that you can privately relax while taking advantage of the free WiFi, but also lively enough to easily meet other travellers. While not overly friendly, the polite staff runs a tight ship and seems to really care about their guests. They rent out bicycles and motorbikes and provide a range of tour and onward transport bookings, with many of the minibuses and the Lomprayah bus stopping right out front.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 330 baht, high season 330 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 750 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes:
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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.