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Where to stay in Krabi town

Our pick of the bunch

Where to stay in Krabi town

Long boasting a strong lineup of backpacker-range guesthouses, Krabi town’s accommodation scene has rounded out in recent years thanks to the arrival of several more modern hotels aiming for the flashpacker trade. The increasingly stiff competition results in excellent value, especially compared to what you’ll find in Ao Nang and the islands.




Hostels

With at least six places now offering dorms, Thailand’s hostel craze has caught on in Krabi. Our top pick is centrally located Pak-Up, which offers solid security, comfortable air-con dorms for 330 baht a night and generous common areas for meeting other travellers. The nearby Your Hostel is a good backup with similar rates, especially if you fancy an urban plunge pool.

Balcony with a view, courtesy of Grandmom Place.

Balcony with a view, courtesy of Grandmom Place.

If you’re looking for something more intimate, the charming B-Trio is one of the only true budget options around Soi Maharaj 10 and its nearby markets, while the tiny Krabi City Dorm will accommodate you for as little as 200 baht a night. But before you book into a hostel, keep in mind that several budget guesthouses deliver private rooms for the same price as a dorm, or sometimes even less.

Your Hostel gives Pak-Up some friendly competition.

Your Hostel gives Pak-Up some refreshing competition.

Budget guesthouses

Krabi has been a backpacker hangout for decades, and you’ll still have no trouble scoring a decent room for 500 baht or less around Chao Fah pier. The long-running Chan-Cha-Lay remains a terrific choice thanks to a lovely staff and clean sea-themed rooms. Closer to the pier, I Talay and Smile are two of the best among a cluster of shophouse guesthouses serving up quality in the 250 to 600 baht range.

What 600 baht will get you at The I Talay.

What 600 baht will get you at The I Talay.

Also worth mentioning is Good Dream, a conscientiously managed mainstay with a lively ground-floor bar and good-value rooms that can accommodate solo travellers, couples and groups. Ban To is a good clean choice for those who like their peace and quiet, while Nature View’s 200-baht private rooms with shared bath will remind old-timers of what backpacking was like in the 1980s.

Flashpacker

We counted around 10 small hotels that had opened since 2013 to serve an apparently growing group of travellers who don’t mind paying more for their comforts. Towards the top of this pack, Grandmom Place provides plush pads for 1,000 baht along with a good-humoured staff and the same laid-back charm that you expect from a family-run guesthouse.

A spotless room at Just Fine.

A spotless room at Just Fine.

Over in the Soi Maharaj 10 area, where the majority of flashpacker spots are found, Just Fine delivers spacious rooms with an artistic touch for 1,300 baht, including breakfast. Orange Tree and City View are both good options if you’re looking more in the 800 baht range, while Rooms At Krabi impressed us more with its river views and exceptionally helpful owner than the email-sounding name.

Midrange

Things get a lot thinner as you approach 2,000 baht a night, but there is one standout for those with more to spend. Located to the south of town near Thara Park, Dee Andaman offers cushy and tastefully decorated rooms starting at 1,700 baht. The mid-size hotel also bags you an extensive buffet breakfast, swimming pool and wide private terraces.

Have a stop-off in Krabi on the way to that island honeymoon? Dee Andaman.

Have a stop-off in Krabi on the way to that island honeymoon? Dee Andaman.

If you want a comy room with a more central location and direct river views, the aptly named River View Hotel‘s 1,800 baht deluxe editions should do the trick. And if these aren’t good enough, well, you’ll just have to head over to one of Railay’s high-end beach resorts.

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