School is in
The lively and popular Pak-Up Hostel remains our top pick for backpackers looking to party in a central patch of Krabi town.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Corner of Uttarakit Rd and Chao Fah Rd, Krabi
T: (075) 611 955;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º55'4.78" E, 8º3'44.73" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||250 baht||320 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||900 baht||1,200 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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