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Where to Stay In Krabi, Thailand: Best Areas & Hotels

Where to Stay In Krabi, Thailand: Best Areas & Hotels

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Complete accommodation guide for all budgets, featuring the best places to stay for luxury hotels, budget hostels, and 5-star resorts in Krabi, Thailand.

Krabi Province in Southern Thailand is a popular holiday destination known for its beautiful beaches such as Phra Nang Beach in Railay and Klong Muang Beach. It is also famously known for fun outdoor activities like rock climbing, and water sports such as scuba diving.

Krabi has accommodation options ranging from budget hotels close to night markets, all the way to luxury hotels, and incredible 5-star Krabi resorts with giant infinity pools and private villas.

Krabi is one of the best places in Thailand due to its close location to both mountains and the ocean and it’s only a one-hour flight from Bangkok. My favorite area to stay in Krabi is Ao Nang due to its convenience for day trips to surrounding islands, adventure activities, and affordability.

In this accommodation guide, I will explore all the best hotels you can find in this tropical little paradise.

The Quick Answer for Where to Stay in Krabi

Choosing the best areas to stay in Krabi can be difficult due to the vast selection of available accommodation options.

Below are our top 3 picks for the best Krabi luxury, mid-range, and budget accommodation choices.

Rayavadee luxury outdoor views of the bungalow accommodation and swimming pool, krabi

1. Rayavadee Railay Beach

Amazing 5-star luxury accommodation adjacent to Krabi Marine National Park in Railay. Boasts immaculately designed rooms, 6 restaurants, an outdoor pool, & incredible balcony views.

Saii phi phi island village swimming pool and bar

2. SAii Phi Phi Island Village Phi Phi Island

An eco-friendly resort that has beautiful ocean views, spectacular gardens, and private terraces. Those wanting a little extra can pick the private plunge pool room option.

Chill-out area and downstairs workspace and cafe at the tan hostel, krabi

3. TAN Hostel Ao Nang

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

Breaking Down the Best Areas to Stay In Krabi

Below are six recommended areas to base your stay for your next trip to Krabi Thailand.

  • Ao Nang - Known for its great location and beaches for first-timers. Staying in Ao Nang is perfect for visitors or families wanting to visit Krabi's major attractions, nearby islands, night markets, Muay Thai fights, and restaurants and enjoy the incredible nightlife.
  • Railay & Tonsai - Being only accessible by boat Railay and Tonsai are a great choice for those wanting to experience complete relaxation however they also offer great activities such as rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking and Phra Nang Beach for those looking for an adventure.
  • Krabi Town - This area is well known for its popular street night markets. Although it sits further from the popular beaches it is still a great option for those wanting to explore the streets and experience real Thai culture.
  • Tubkaek - Located further up the coast Tubkaek is one area that shouldn't be missed if 5-star luxury resorts are what you're looking for. With its incredible beaches and chilled-out atmosphere it is hard to beat.
  • Koh Lanta - Located just off the coast of Krabi Koh Lanta is a great island option for those who love to explore nature. This large island has many great hiking trails, snorkeling and diving, and beautiful quiet beaches.
  • Koh Phi Phi -The perfect island location option with some of the best accommodation options in all of Krabi. It boasts some of Thailand's most famous beaches and is a great base for island hopping adventures. From diving, nightlife, and delicious restaurant options it has it all.
The best areas to stay in krabi, thailand
Map showing the areas to stay in krabi
Hotels in ao nang beach, krabi thailand

Ao Nang: Best Place to Stay for First timers

A great area to stay for first-timers due to its prime location offering beaches, markets, cafes, bars, and access to day trips to Phi Phi islands.

Anana ecological resort aerial viewAnana Ecological Resort$$$
Outdoor swimming pool at bluesotel smart krabiBlueSotel SMART Krabi$$
Chill-out area and downstairs workspace and cafe at the tan hostel, krabiTAN Hostel$

1. Anana Ecological Resort

Anana Ecological is one of Krabi's 5-star eco-friendly luxury resorts that you've been looking for.

As you can tell, being environmentally friendly is a huge part of this resort's ethos, and this is reflected in both the design of the hotel and the services they offer.

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

A distinctly fascinating place to visit inside the resort is the spa. Inside of here, they offer exceptionally high-quality massages, reaching the deepest levels of human relaxation.

It is impressive that this resort offers such outstanding services and facilities while maintaining its eco-friendly status. When combining this with the fact it is located in the Ao Nang area, it really does make a great place to stay.

2. BlueSotel SMART Krabi

BlueSotel SMART Krabi is arguably located in the best area in Ao Nang, considering it is a brief walk away from the town's most popular beach.

This hotel has its own fitness center which is remarkably large and features more than enough modern equipment for staying fit and healthy.

The most fascinating outdoor swimming pool is located directly on the rooftop, displaying staggering views of the surrounding areas, including the Andaman Sea and the nearby limestone cliffs.

For those looking to venture out to the surrounding areas be sure to make your way to the Ao Nang Monkey trail for sunset.

Striking a perfect balance between affordability and resourcefulness, BlueSotel certainly provides great value for the price paid here.

3. TAN Hostel

The Tan Hostel has its name for a reason, as it is just a 10-minute walk from the white sands of Ao Nang Beach.

A quirky fact about staying at this hostel is that it is also a café, offering healthy food options to choose from. This is handy for those times when you don't feel like cooking but are still taking your well-being into account.

When you are feeling more eager to cook, you will be happy to know that the Hostel/Café does have its own shared kitchen. This makes cooking meals simple for those times of need. Or for those looking for some authentic Thai food the Ao Nang Night Market is just a short 5-minute car journey away.

If you are searching for shared accommodation for the first time in Krabi, I would highly recommend staying at this hostel.

Railay main walking street
Railay main walking street

Railay & Tonsai - Best Options for Beaches and Rock Climbing

The perfect option for those looking to avoid busy streets and relax whilst having the option to explore viewpoints over Railay and lagoons with views over the unbeatable Phra Nang Beach.

Rayavadee cave dining grotto in krabiRayavadee$$$$
Villa floating rooms at tinidee hideawayTinidee Hideaway$$$
Views from blanco hideout railayBlanco Hideout$

4. Rayavadee

Rayavadee Resort is in its own lane when it comes to 5-star resorts near Railay Beach.

Especially if you choose one of their private villa options.

Many of these come with your own private pool, private bathroom, free wifi, and double room, along with more exclusive amenities such as room service for their pricier options.

Their largest luxury villa option is the Phranang Villa, which includes three private rooms, a private dining room, and its own dedicated butler service!

Furthermore, Rayavadee has stunning private gardens to explore, as well as hidden areas to relax, making it undoubtedly one of the best resorts in Krabi as a whole.

Its also just a short walk from Diamond Cave and Phra Nang Beach.

5. Tinidee Hideaway

Tinidee Hideaway is located directly next to Tonsai Beach, which of course, means it provides easy access to its white sands that are filled with palm trees.

What is especially surprising about staying here is the huge amount of facilities that are offered. This includes the hotel's private transfer service from Krabi Airport.

Although Tinidee isn't one of those stunning, 5-star luxury hotels like the others we have listed, the prices here are certainly reasonable. Especially when considering their on-site restaurant, which offers delicious Thai cuisine.

6. Blanco Hideout

Blanco Hideout is an alternative hostel option to Tan Hostel and Café.

An awesome aspect of staying here is the possibility of booking one of their bungalow dorms with a sea view.

This definitely spices up the overall social experience of booking a night, and it certainly makes a stay more memorable.

I believe this hostel would possibly be the best in Krabi and a perfect choice if it had double room options. However, it is still a good choice for those backpackers looking for a more social adventure whilst visiting Railay.

The hostel also runs a pub crawl for those party heads among us!

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Crocodile on the menu at the night market

Krabi Town - Great location for Authentic Thai Experiences

Krabi Town offers mouth-watering food at its local markets and is only a short drive from the Tiger Cave Temple and Emeral Pool which was one of my favorite tours whilst visiting.

Large bedroom with tent at the brown hotelThe Brown Hotel$$
Outdoor pool at the fong krabi resortThe Fong Krabi Resort$
Chanchalay hip hostel dorm bedroomChanchalay Hip Hostel$

7. The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel is located close to Wat Kaew Korawaram, which is the largest Buddhist temple in Krabi and a popular tourist destination for visitors.

The hotel is practically right next to Maharaj Road, which is both the main road and the main street in Krabi Town.

This means you can find everything you need nearby such as bars with live music and local restaurants, it is also a short walk from Body Kneads which I recommend for a great massage.

Considering both the location and its inexpensive price, The Brown Hotel is a good place for budget backpackers due to its Central location in Krabi.

8. The Fong Krabi Resort

Another fantastic option when it comes to resorts in ideal locations is The Fong Krabi Resort.

Located close to Krabi Town, this makes the resort a perfect place to experience either relaxation or experience authentic Thai culture. There are plenty of Thai restaurants and cafes nearby or you may even want to try out a Thai massage.

If you are willing to pay the extra cost, the resort also offers its own large double room. This provides easy pool access along with cable TV and good air conditioning.

9. Chanchalay Hip Hostel

If you thought I stopped on the hostel options, here is another to add to the mix.

Chanchalay Hip Hostel is a unique place to stay considering it is just a few steps away from Chao Fah Park Pier. This makes getting to the infamous Mangrove Forest extremely easy, as longtail boats are readily accessible from here.

The hostel features a shared seating area and lounge, all while being clean and presentable for family and friends.

It is a great option for those not wanting to break the bank but still experience a comfortable stay.

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Tubkaek beach

Tubkaek - The Best Area to Stay for Luxury Hotels & Resorts

Staying in Tubkaek is a great option for families and groups looking to escape the crowds but still wanting to be close white sand beaches, hiking and restaurants.

Outdoor swimming pool with ocean views at phulay bayPhulay Bay Ritz-Carlton$$$$
Private pool at the tubkaak krabi boutique resortThe Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort$$$
Outdoor area at baan tubkaek hotelBaan Tubkaek Hotel$$

10. Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton Reserve Resort

If you are seeking luxury, the Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton Reserve has to be considered as an option.

This isn't suited for a budget, and this is reflected in the outstanding amenities and services that the resort offers.

One of these services is, of course, the Phulay Bay Spa located onsite. This spa features multiple hot tubs to indulge in, as well as outstanding therapies that are difficult to find elsewhere. There is a reason why the spa is seen as one of the top things to do while staying in this grandeur hotel.

Besides just this service, the resort has its very own gallery featuring rare artwork to feast your eyes on.

It also offers spacious family rooms which are much beyond any typical level of comfort with ocean views.

11. The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort

Are you a fan of fancy boutique hotels?

If you are, Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort should certainly be a strong contender for your consideration. This elegant hotel has an abundance of different elements to enjoy, and that isn't just limited to its range of fancy villas and suites.

One of the more surprising things you can do here is play sports, with yoga and even Thai boxing offered as a free activity during your stay.

The rooms here are shrouded in premium quality aesthetics and superior design to be appreciated.

The location is also perfect for those who enjoy nature as the starting point to the Dragon Crest Nature Hike is just a 10-minute walk away.

12. Baan Tubkaek Hotel

Baan Tubkaek Hotel is a simple and handy place to stay featuring a private beach area. One of the best things about staying here for a night has to be the epic Andaman Sea views.

To make your stay even better, there is a handy choice of cafés and restaurants nearby, all serving tasty local dishes to enlighten your tastebuds.

The hotel itself is equally handy, providing double rooms with plush bedding and free parking for all guests.

Snorkeling koh lanta
Snorkeling at koh lanta

Koh Lanta - The Best Area for White Sand Beaches

Koh Lanta is a lesser-known island that boasts beautiful beaches, epic day tours, and beachside bars. It is another great area for groups and families or those looking for a tropical paradise to relax.

Layana resort & spa outdoor swimming poolLayana Resort & Spa - Adult Only$$$
Garden and outdoor pool at long beach chaletLong Beach Chalet$
Dorm beds at hub of joys hostelHub of Joys Hostel$

13. Layana Resort & Spa - Adult Only

Layana Resort & Spa is a special adult-only 5-star luxury accommodation option.

One of the most surprising parts about booking a stay here is the huge choice of different rooms, villas, and suites on offer. There is a delightful range to choose from, with their Ocean Deluxe villa being one of the largest options in the entire resort.

The villa offers a stunning master bedroom, along with its very own jacuzzi and modern lounge area to wind down in.

14. Long Beach Chalet

Long Beach Chalet Resort is essentially a group of 63 chalets, located in relaxing and natural surroundings close to Koh Lanta's Long Beach.

One of the drawbacks of staying here is that the resort doesn't have many activities to do. Especially when comparing it with places such as Tubkaak Resort, which allows its guests to play exclusive sports for free.

I would say this is a great hotel for both minimalists and people who enjoy natural living.

If you are planning on booking a chalet here close to the beach, it is best to get one in their beach-front zone. The accommodation here is equally as stunning as the beachfront views you get from your door.

15. Hub of Joys Hostel

Hub of Joys Hostel is an extremely affordable hostel option located on Koh Lanta Island.

One of the most significant benefits of staying here would of course be the price that you pay for a night. However, the hostel's rooms are surprisingly very modern and cleanly designed for budget travel.

When combining the fact that you can meet new people here with the tasty free breakfast provided with the room price, it actually turns out to be a pretty sweet deal for the money paid.

Hub of Joys is definitely recommended for those backpackers who want more wiggle room for their budgets.

Phi phi leh island, thailand
Aerial views over pileh lagoon

Koh Phi Phi - Best Area to Stay to Explore the Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi is an adventurer's playground for exploring crystal clear waters. I found that the best part about staying here was you have most areas to yourself once the tours return to the mainland at the end of each day.

Views over the jungle at zeavola resortZeavola Resort$$$
Saii phi phi island village swimming pool and barSAii Phi Phi Island Village$$
Koh phi phi sweed dee hostelSweed Dee Hostel$

16. Zeavola Resort

Zeavola Resort truly has a lot going for it in the luxury resort department, and the amenities it offers make it a top-pick in Koh Phi Phi and possibly all of Krabi in terms of 5-star resorts.

Besides the ability to take scuba diving courses with the resort, Zeavola also offers private island excursions for their guests. These trips include nearby islands that are uninhabited, and rarely seen by the general public.

The next exciting aspect of this resort is its two different restaurants, serving both Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. These provide their guests with options, and you can expect scrumptious and satisfying food from either one of them.

Finally, a description of Zeavola wouldn't be complete without an in-depth dive into their accommodation options. These start with their smallest option known as the Village Suite, leading up to their largest known as the Pool Villa Suite.

One thing is for sure though, you won't regret booking a night here!

17. SAii Phi Phi Island Village

When talking about impressive resorts with an abundance of amenities, SAii Phi Phi Island Village is another that simply cannot be ignored.

There are a lot of fun activities to do onsite here, with the tennis courts being possibly the most impressive. Yes, this 5-star resort does in fact have its own tennis courts, and guests are welcome to use them freely as they wish.

As you might have guessed, this is located in a forest on a hill, combining the forces of nature with human energy creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

It is also necessary to mention that most of this hotel's accommodation options are capacious. Even their Garden Bungalow offers its own balcony which is roomy enough for two people.

18. Sweed Dee Hostel

Sweed Dee Hostel is on the pricier end of the scale when it comes to Krabi Hostels. However, there is no denying that it is a pleasant hostel to stay in for backpackers and tourists.

The location is decent here, considering it is less than one kilometer from Ton Sai Beach. In addition to this, it is close to Loh Dalum Beach which is well-known for being a party area among travelers and locals alike. It is also a great base for those wanting to explore the nearby islands or Phileh Lagoon.

Some of the best travel memories consist of partying and having fun with new friends, so this combination together is certainly fitting if that is your thing to do.

If you happen to be looking for a cheap place to stay a night near Ton Sai Beach, don't forget to check out Sweed Dee Hostel as an option.

Pai plong beach, thailand
Pai plong beach

My Hotel Selection Process

  • Accommodation Criteria: When selecting the best places to stay in Krabi I've focused on three main aspects which include reviews, location, and price. Each option listed ticks all the boxes for these aspects for you to have a comfortable and unforgettable stay in Krabi.
  • My Experience: I only choose hotels that offer the best for your money. I have personally stayed in many of the hotels mentioned during my many visits to Krabi.
  • Top Reviews: All hotels on this list have earned a high customer rating across booking sites such as, Expedia, and I constantly check my recommendations and update them accordingly.
  • Local Insights: I aim to stay at many of the hotels & hostels provided on the lists and speak and gather reviews from other travelers who recommend hotels based on location, staff, affordability, and nearby activities.

Read more about how I review & select hotels & accommodations.

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FAQ About Accommodation in Krabi

Which is the best part of Krabi to stay in?

Ao Nang stands out as Krabi's top spot because it's super convenient for hopping to nearby islands and offers loads of fun activities. It's got a great mix of places to stay that won't break the bank and everything you need is right there.

Is it better to stay in Krabi Town or Ao Nang?

Ao Nang is the go-to for beach lovers and those seeking a lively atmosphere, offering easy access to islands and a mix of activities and nightlife. Krabi Town delivers a more authentic Thai experience and is kinder on the wallet, making it ideal for cultural explorers and budget travelers.

How far is it from Krabi Town to Ao Nang?

It's about 15-20 minutes by car, making it easy to explore both areas during your stay.

Is Krabi suitable for solo travelers?

Definitely. Krabi is a solo traveler-friendly destination with a range of hostels and social accommodations like TAN Hostel in Ao Nang, where it's easy to meet other travelers. The area's safety, coupled with friendly locals, makes it a great choice for solo adventurers and first time travelers.

What's the best time of year to visit Krabi?

The best time to visit Krabi is from November to April, during the dry season, when the weather is cooler and less humid, making it ideal for outdoor activities and beach days.

Longtail boats at railay, krabi

Don't Miss Out on these Epic Activities in Krabi

Be sure to check out these 3 epic day tours from Krabi below or alternatively check out our post for the best day trips to the Phi Phi Islands from Krabi and Phuket.

Speedboat tour krabi phi phi islands

1. Phi Phi Speedboat Tour

Spend less time in transit & more time snorkeling among coral gardens and lazing on white sand beaches at the incredible Phi Phi Islands. Visits Maya Bay, Lohsamah, and Monkey Bay.

Hong island krabi beach

2. Hong Island Day Trip

An epic 7-hour tour to the turquoise sea and white sand beaches of Koh Hong. Relax in the warm Thai sunshine, swim and snorkel in clear blue water & go kayaking.

Emerald pool krabi

3. Emerald Pool, Blue Lagoon & Tiger Cave Temple

Visit the top mainland attractions from hot springs to amazing turquoise lagoons in the jungle.

More Krabi Travel & Accommodation Guides

I hope you enjoyed this in-depth guide on Krabi accommodation.

If you are interested in traveling around other parts of Thailand, feel free to check out more of our Thailand accommodation guides below.

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