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First-Timer’s Guide to Where to Stay in Ao Nang, Krabi (All Budgets)

First-Timer’s Guide to Where to Stay in Ao Nang, Krabi (All Budgets)

A detailed accommodation guide including 12 unique places to stay in Ao Nang, Krabi. These are suitable for all budgets and cover a wide range of features and facilities.

Ao Nang Town has plenty of special characteristics that make it a great place to visit. This cute little beach paradise located in Krabi, Thailand is perfect to enjoy with family and friends. It isn’t just natural wonders such as Railay Beach and island trips which make this place special, but also the activities available in the town of Ao Nang itself.

This town has an abundance of restaurants and cafes offering mouth-watering food, along with lively nightclubs such as Upbeat Bar and the Reggae Town Bar to let off some steam.

It is more than possible to enjoy a vacation here with friends and family, as long as you know how to make the most of your time and where to stay. There is an extensive variety of hotels here after all, so it is important to find an accommodation which suits all of your needs and desires.

In this guide, I have handpicked some of the best hotels in the town of Ao Nang based on the categories below. This includes hotels close to Ao Nang Beach, and others located in the town center.

Olly Gaspar

I'm Olly, a full-time traveler for the past 5 years. I visit every destination I write about & handpick all recommendations.

The Quick Answer for Where to Stay in Ao Nang Krabi

With so many incredible hotels and resorts in Krabi, we have suggested our top picks for Ao Nang below. You may be looking to stay at a luxury villa for a great friend/family trip, a mid-range resort for a romantic getaway, or a budget hostel option to keep your wallet full.

Below are the top 3 picks for where to stay in Ao Nang. Continue reading for more options and a breakdown of each area to help you plan your trip.

Indoor living space at Poonsiri Varich Pool Villa

1. Poonsiri Varich Pool Villa Luxury

The perfect choice for those in larger groups wanting to relax away from the hustle of the main streets of Ao Nang. With private pools and loft-styled rooms.

Bedroom suite with large bed and lounge areas at the Anana Ecological Resort Krabi

2. Anana Ecological Resort Mid-Range

An eco-friendly resort offering a large outdoor swimming pool, beautifully designed rooms & amazing garden with onsite cooking classes. The best part is the excellent price.

TAN Hostel dorm room bed

3. TAN Hostel Budget

The best backpacker hostel in Krabi is just 700 m from Ao Nang Beach & near many restaurants, shops, & bars. It has a great vibe with a neat and tidy co-work area & an excellent onsite cafe.

Breaking Down the Best Places to Stay In Ao Nang (Neighborhood Guide)

Below are our four recommended areas to base your stay in Ao Nang Krabi.

  • Ao Nang Beach - Best for those wanting to be close to the beach with restaurants, cafes, and bars all close by. Also a convenient area for those visiting Railay Beach for the day.
  • Noppharat Thara - Known for its incredible night market, this is the perfect choice for those wanting to enjoy delicious food and finish the day watching the sunset over Noppharat Thara beach.
  • Ao Nang Village - The main area of Ao Nang for restaurants and cafes. The main meeting point for those meeting for boat trips to the surrounding islands and Railay Beach.
  • Ao Nang Inland - A short drive from the center of Ao Nang. It boasts views over the surrounding landscapes with a more quiet and laidback atmosphere.

As you can see from the map below, all the areas and neighborhoods of Ao Nang are quite closeby. As a result, getting around is quite easy on foot, by motorbike, or public transport like taxis or songthaew. Keep reading for recommendations for the top hotels and accommodation picks for varying budgets within each neighborhood.

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Ao Nang Beach: Best Place to Stay for Relaxing Beach Vibes

The L Resort Krabi outdoor swimming pool, Ao NangThe L Resort Krabi$$$
BlueSotel SMART Krabi$$
Bedroom at COSI KrabiCOSI Krabi$
Ao Nang Beach at sunset
Ao Nang Beach at sunset

1. The L Resort Krabi

The L Resort is one of those luxury hotels that truly offers everything you need. Not only is this stunning resort a 4-star hotel with a considerable assortment of spacious rooms to choose from, but you'll also get to enjoy the two outdoor swimming pools here for as long as you want.

When choosing a room, the largest accommodation option here is the Two Bedroom L Suite that you can book. Apart from the fact this suite is suitable for an astonishing five people, you'll also find various facilities such as your very own mini bar and Flat Screen Satellite TV, along with the necessary creature comforts such as air-conditioned rooms and free wi-fi.

On top of all of the above, what makes L Resort one of the best places to stay in Ao Nang is its location. The fact that this hotel is a short, one-minute walk away from Ao Nang Beach provides incredibly easy access to it, making it more than ideal for beach lovers!

2. BlueSotel SMART Krabi

If you are looking for another one of those impressive Ao Nang hotels close to the beach, this might just be your answer.

BlueSotel SMART Krabi is only a four-minute car drive to Ao Nang Beach, meaning this glorious paradise is almost right there on your doorstep.

What else makes this hotel great?

If you are a fan of keeping fit and healthy, you will be happy to know that BlueSotel SMART Krabi also has a fitness center. This is a part of their Blue Plus program which includes a professional fitness trainer to help keep you in shape while traveling on the road.

After finishing an intense workout, it is time to journey outside toward their outdoor pool area. This is the perfect place for relaxing after a long day, and you can even grab a drink at the pool bar here too.

Now that is a good way to end a fun day in the sun!

3. COSI Krabi

Cosi Krabi Hotel is an effective option when it comes to comfortable rooms with affordable prices.

Although this is among the cheaper hotels, you will find all of the basic facilities that you need for a fun, budget-friendly stay. This includes air conditioning in the rooms, free wifi, and your own mini fridge along with access to the hotel's main outdoor swimming pool.

Of course, the most exciting part about the Cosi Krabi Hotel is its location. The fact it is only a 10-minute walk from Ao Nang Beach means it is one of the best areas to reside in the small town.

In addition to this, you have the opportunity to socialize, and meet plenty of other travelers at the hotel's rooftop pool and social hub, making it difficult not to be entertained.

Cosi Krabi is perfect for backpackers, and especially for those seeking a thrill close to Ao Nang Beach!

Noppharat Thara - Best Place to Stay for Sunset and Night Market

Bedroom at Holiday Style Ao Nang Beach ResortHoliday Style Ao Nang Beach Resort$$$
Ao Nang Blue Ba You Resort outdoor swimming poolBlue Ba You Resort$$
Outdoor street view of Sanim Hostel, Ao NangSanim Hostel$

4. Holiday Style Ao Nang Beach Resort

When it comes to top-notch accommodation near Ao Nang night market, Holiday Style Ao Nang Beach Resort sits at the top of the list.

There is a reason why this is one of my favorite hotels in Ao Nang!

This hotel has lots of facilities including free private parking, transfers to and from Krabi International Airport which is the nearest airport, and a gigantic swimming pool to have fun in.

You can choose from six different types of rooms here, ranging from their Superior Room with a garden view, all the way to their Two Bedroom Family Room. This astonishingly big room provides direct access to the main swimming pool, and you can find two separate bathrooms along with a king-sized bedroom inside of its doors.

This family-oriented hotel is a very popular option. For this reason, you might want to ensure you book early to get the room that you desire.

5. Blue Ba You Resort

Although Blue Ba You Resort is significantly less popular compared with other options, it is still worthy of a stay for its location and amenities.

Blue Ba You Resort is only a three-minute walk from Nopparat Thara Beach and a twelve-minute drive from the Krabi International Boxing Stadium. This is the newest Muay Thai Boxing venue in Krabi which offers some great fight nights.

All rooms come with free parking, a private terrace, and a flat-screen TV, making them great value for money.

6. Sanim Hostel

There are multiple reasons why Sanim Hostel is a unique and special option compared to the others on this list.

Firstly, this is a hostel meaning it is exceptionally cheaper than booking a private room at a hotel. You will find more than enough options here ranging from mixed dorms to private hotel rooms to enjoy.

Secondly, Sanim Hostel is literally a one-minute walk from both Noppharat Thara Beach and Noppharat Thara Pier. The pier is great for taking trips to nearby islands such as Phi Phi Leh Island, and Ko Lanta, and the close distance means you don't have to wake up extra early in the morning.

What better way to savor those precious extra minutes of sleep?

Ao Nang Village - Best Place to stay for Access to Nearby Islands

Bedroom suite with large bed and lounge areas at the Anana Ecological Resort KrabiAnana Ecological Resort$$$
Bedroom suite at De Loft Hotel, Ao NangDe Loft Hotel$$
Chill-out area and downstairs workspace and cafe at the TAN Hostel, KrabiTAN Hostel$
Hotels in Ao Nang Beach, Krabi Thailand

7. Anana Ecological Resort

Are you a fan of 5-star accommodation?

If so, Anana Ecological Resort might be the hotel that is right up your street.

Not only does this hotel feature luxurious amenities, but there are plenty of eco-friendly features inside of the resort.

Anana Ecological Resort is an environmentally sustainable hotel that offers some pretty amazing goodies. One of these is a spa with massage services, and you can book carbon-neutral tours at the front desk. These tours include visits to Krabi Night Market and the historical Khanap Nam Cave.

You will find smooth wooden floors throughout the comfortable rooms in the hotel, along with gorgeous bath amenities made from organic ingredients to appreciate.

I would say the most interesting part of the hotel is the day trips that are offered here. Not only are they uniquely designed, but they include direct transfers from Krabi Airport to the hotel.

This certainly makes planning your trips a lot easier!

8. De Loft Hotel

De Loft Hotel is a simple budget-friendly choice in Ao Nang with plenty of reasonable amenities.

Although this hotel isn't close to Ao Nang's beautiful beaches, it is in the center of the town which makes the location very useful. De Loft Hotel is near to the Tesco Lotus Supermarket as well as the Mountain Buddha Temple which is often visited by tourists. It is also just a short distance walk from the ticket booth for boats heading to Phra Nang Beach.

In addition to this, because the hotel is in the town center, it makes it much easier to get a tuk-tuk to wherever you want to go to. There is also a great restaurant called 'Mama Kitchen' that serves some of the best curries in town.

Each of the rooms comes with a plush double bed and balcony view.

9. TAN Hostel x Cafe

The Tan Hostel has its name for a reason, as it is just less than a mile from the white sands of Ao Nang Beach. This means you can tan without hassle, and it will take you only around 10 minutes to walk there in total.

As you also might have guessed from the name, this hostel is also a cafe that offers healthy food options and vegan-friendly recipes. Not bad if that is something you are a fan of!

What else is ideal about Tan Hostel & Cafe?

There are plenty of shared facilities here, including its own shared kitchen for guests. This makes cooking your own meals smooth and easy whenever you are feeling peckish.

The hostel has a beautiful modern design that looks both smooth and silky. This is pretty awesome considering the cheap room prices here.

A great option for those wanting to visit Railay Beach as it's just a short walk to the ticket desk.

Ao Nang Inland - Best Place to Stay Away From the Main Road

Indoor living space at Poonsiri Varich Pool VillaPoonsiri Varich Pool Villa$$$
Bedroom layout at Poonsiri Resort Ao NangPoonsiri Resort Aonang$$
Villa views at Coco House, Ao NangCocco House$
Motorbike in Ao Nang

10. Poonsiri Varich Pool Villa

Poonsiri Varich Pool Villas are perfect for those on a higher budget who are looking to enjoy their stay in style. Some of the villas offered here are incredibly large, coming with high-class amenities such as in-villa room service, and even a chauffeur service.

When combining this with your own floating breakfast to start the morning off right, you can have quite a fabulous experience!

Of course, it is important to mention that these villas do come with a price tag. Their smallest Two Bedroom option costs around 12,600 Baht, which is the equivalent of just over $360 per night.

For this price, you get a large and lavish villa with pretty much everything you need including your very own hot tub.

Not a bad way to spend time with your family and friends if you want to split the costs.

11. Poonsiri Resort

The rooms at Poonsiri Resort are a smaller but exciting alternative to the Poonsiri Varich Pool Villas. This SHA Plus+ hotel is surrounded by beautiful limestone cliffs and has five epic mountains to gaze at. For this reason, you can expect to have some pretty epic views from your hotel room depending on where it is located.

There are plenty of benefits to staying at this resort, and this includes onsite kayaking directly on your doorstep.

For the nature lovers out there, don't hesitate on Poonsiri Resort. The dramatic limestone cliffs have to be mentioned twice for their eye-catching glory, and the natural surroundings will aid you in winding down during your Thailand vacation.

12. Cocco House

Cocco House provides a tranquil escape from the busy traffic and noise of central Ao Nang. This cute little hotel offers cozy rooms along with onsite laundry and dry cleaning to make your vacation easier.

There is more than enough to cherish about the rooms here for a typical budget traveler. You can take in all of the beautiful and bright colors from the nearby garden scenery, and the sunflowers are bound to amaze you on your first time staying here!

Expect both a comfortable and soul-nourishing stay at Cocco House.

Should I stay in Krabi Town or Ao Nang?

If I was to be honest, I would say there are many more activities and tourist attractions close to Ao Nang. Due to this, I would recommend staying here over Krabi Town.

However, Krabi Town offers the Pak Nam River, Tiger Cave Temple, and weekend night market that shouldn't be missed.

What activities can I do in Ao Nang?

There are plenty of activities you can do in Ao Nang. This includes rock climbing, visiting Railay Beach by boat, taking a day trip to Phi Phi Islands, exploring churches and temples, or simply walking around the town's main streets and taking in the sights.

Ao Nang is perfect for a short vacation ranging from a few days to a week, and it is honestly difficult to get bored here.

When is the best time to visit Krabi?

I would personally advise visiting Krabi Province from November to March. By going then, you can steer clear of the rain which usually occurs from June to October.

In addition to this, you can enjoy some sun without the extremely hot months ranging from early April until late May.

Is Ao Nang a good destination for families?

Ao Nang is one of the best holiday destinations in Thailand for families due to its stunning beaches, adventurous activities like kayaking, hiking with monkeys, diverse dining options, and vibrant local markets. It is also a very convenient location for exploring nearby attractions, and it has a reputation for safety and accessibility.

Boat in Railay, Krabi

More Thailand Travel & Accommodation Guides

I hope that this Ao Nang accommodation guide has helped you find the hotel that matches your needs in the town.

Before you go, make sure to check out my other Krabi accommodation and adventure guides below.

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