Funky and comfy
7 Maharaj Soi 10, Krabi T: (075) 622 301, (083) 083 6062
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 with hot oranges, reds and yellows and wrap-around balconies. The room we checked out had two doors that both open onto the balcony but no actual windows, making it rather dark with the doors closed. If you don't mind the lack of windows, all rooms come with air-con, LCD TVs, free WiFi and modern hot-water bathrooms. A ground-floor cafe offering fresh coffee, excellent fruit juices and Thai food is a good spot to chat with other travellers and the cool staff. Bicycles are available for free to guests, but you won't need them to get to Maharaj market directly across the street, or the riverfront just around the corner. The central location also means that you can expect some street noise.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 650 baht, high season 650 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 750 baht, high season 750 baht. Notes:
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: 990 baht, high season 990 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.