I love love LOVE Krabi.
I lived in Krabi for over a year and had visited numerous times before. I’ve traveled the area quite a bit which means I know where to stay in Krabi, Thailand!
I’ve compiled a list of all the places I think are a good choice to stay around the Krabi province! Many places on this list of the best accommodations in Krabi have been tried and tested out.
My personal top picks have an asterisk * next to the name!
Where to Stay in Krabi, Thailand
A few things to note before we dive into where to stay in Krabi. Krabi is a big region in Thailand, not just one place! Krabi encompasses gorgeous dense forests, mountain tops, and over a hundred offshore islands, including the famous Koh Phi Phi.
So you can’t just say I want to know where to stay in Krabi, because WHERE in Krabi!? No worries, I sectioned out everything here for you so you can choose the best spots to stay in the best regions of Krabi. NOW we can get into it…
Where to Stay in Krabi? – KRABI TOWN
Krabi Town sits further inland, away from the beaches (but also away from tourists). Known for providing a more authentic experience of the local area, there’s still plenty to do. The most popular activity is walking to the top of Tiger Cave Temple. You’ll need to be in good shape, but the views are other-worldly.
This area is a lot quieter and more laid back, with night markets and good souvenir shopping opportunities. Spend some time at one of the many cafes, traverse your way through Wat Kaew Korawaram (the largest Buddhist temple in Krabi), or bike through the Mangrove Walkway.
You’ll find significantly cheaper accommodations here since it’s away from the touristy areas.
*Blue Juice Guesthouse
Homey, budget-friendly, and simple rooms, some have a bathroom, and some share one. Blue Juice is located perfectly with the night market and pier just outside the front door.
The best part is the food, though. Even if you don’t stay here, definitely try the curries, lamb, and the western breakfasts offered are done well (rejoice)!
P Nueng is the lovely soul behind the counter. Please tell her Nina says hello!
Number Seven Guesthouse
This is a nicely done, simple option. Everything is in good condition, and it’s kept clean.
There’s a shared hangout room for doing whatever you want to do, and Number Seven is located close to the pier and market. I lived here for a few months while working online.
The Wi-Fi is decently strong here (a definite plus for digital nomads), and there’s unlimited free coffee all day! Can’t ask for much more.
Regular budget backpacker spot with a small bar and restaurant at the bottom. When I first had to ask myself where to stay in Krabi, this was the place I ended up at! Good Dream is probably the cheapest in town.
This gem of a place is an ideal location for accessibility to nearby activities and ease of transportation options. The hostel mainly has bunk beds or twin bed options, and there is a restaurant and bar on-site.
Easy, clean, and comfortable place right in the center of town. Long-term availability is on offer here, as well. Out of all the places to stay around Krabi, Grandmom’s Place is one of the newer ones and is a perfect budget option for those who are a bit pickier about their accommodation.
Free Wi-Fi is available in all of the bedrooms with many offering a balcony overlooking Krabi Town. For those who struggle with the Thai humidity, there’s air conditioning in each room!
For a little extra space, try this private loft apartment. Featuring two bedrooms, a large terrace, and a great central location, you and your friends can sleep up to 7 or 8 people (or you can enjoy it all for yourself)!
You’ll have a full kitchen, access to on-site laundry facilities, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi… everything you could need for a flashpacker-style accommodation.
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Where to stay in Krabi? – AO NANG
Ao Nang is the perfect spot for first-timers if you’re searching for where to stay in Krabi. Boasting beach vibes, a lively nightlife scene, and being well-known to tourists, this is a great spot to get amongst all the activities in the area.
Explore the Ao Nang night market, visit nearby beaches to take advantage of kayaking or diving, or walk along the shops at Ao Nang Beach, filled with restaurants and bars to your heart’s content!
Alisea Pool Villas
If you’re wanting to splash out on a place in Krabi and make a splash in your own pool, this is the spot. These are private villas with their own private pool! They are brand new, immaculate, and everything you would want in a holiday home.
Grab your family or friends, share a villa, and love life. Rent a car, a motorbike, or ask to be taken into town or to the beach. It’s only about 10 minutes away from this secluded spot. Check here for prices.
*Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort
If there was ever an ultimate flashpacker hotel, Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort is it. You can spend a lot more, but even their budget rooms are really nice! This is a sprawling property comprised of restaurants, pools, amazing views of Ao Nang, and super helpful staff.
One of the pools is a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the cliffs and beach – It’s crazy beautiful!
The breakfast buffet has everything you could possibly want and the hotel is perfectly located with the beach being about a 5-minute walk away and tons of shops, bars, and restaurants right outside.
If you really want to know where to stay in Krabi, this is the spot. Only have a few days in Krabi? Stay here. Want everything to be first class but don’t really want to spend THAT much money. Stay here.
I think this is the best value for your money, hands down. Also, if for no other reason, the pool should sell you on this place. Did you see it!?
This is a great budget backpacker spot, whether you’re looking for dorms or private rooms. You’ll be right in the middle of town and a very short walk to the beach.
The prices are ideal for budget travelers, especially considering the location, amenities, and larger bunks with ample storage. There’s also a bar on site that keeps the vibes upbeat.
The Lai Thai
This condo is worth all the money, it has all the necessary amenities you could want and then some, including a kitchen, fitness center, swimming pool, and a jacuzzi.
You’ll also have access to a full bar, restaurant, and massages available on-site. The rooms are spacious and have views of the breathtaking surrounding mountains all around.
Andakiri Pool Villa
If you want to splash out a bit more, you won’t regret it at this amazing four-star villa. The private property is on a cliffside surrounded by jungle, giving you views out over the private terrace, swimming pool, and beyond to the sea.
Book a Thai massage here, fill up your plate at the daily breakfast buffet, and take a dip in your private pool.
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Where to stay in Krabi? – TUBKAEK
Tubkaek has white sand beaches and stunning views of nearby islands. The beaches will virtually be empty, giving you a truly tropical vacation vibe. The area boasts luxury accommodations and spas, making it a great destination if you’re looking for relaxation, pampering, and a bit of serenity.
Tubkaak Boutique Resort
I haven’t stayed here, but it looks amazing. I love the beach at TubKaek. I’ve been plenty of times after hiking the nearby mountain by the same name.
This five-star resort has everything you could want in a luxury stay, including a gym, hot tub, spa, restaurant, and bar. The rooms boast high-end wood and wicker decor with a minimalist feel.
Where to stay in Krabi? – KOH PHI PHI
Koh Phi Phi is well known for its lively nightlife and pristine blue waters. Catch a boat tour to see surrounding islands, snorkel, or party it up at one of the many clubs in the area. This is definitely an area for tourists!
Chao Koh Dorm Room
For a cheap option with quick beach access, Chao Koh is the spot! With very basic amenities, this is for the backpacker looking for location over luxury.
They offer dorm-style accommodations with simple bunk beds and lockers for safe storage. Free Wi-Fi is available and bathrooms are all shared.
Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort
This spot requires you to take a boat from Tonsai Bay, but it is highly recommended for those wanting to check Phi Phi out without all the craziness. This place is in an area all on its own. Please note electricity is only offered from 6pm to 6am.
You’ll find more traditional bungalows here offering sea views while you have coffee at their cafe or savor a Thai meal at the restaurant on-site. Also definitely give their open-air Thai massage a go!
Phi Phi View Resort
This colorful collection of bungalows gives you plenty of great amenities at a reasonable price. The rooms are large, and all of them have balconies, some with a sea view. There’s a swimming pool and a restaurant on-site.
Be sure to utilize their tour booking service and explore the surrounding area at Loh Dalum Beach.
Paradise Pearl Bungalows
These Lanna-style Thai bungalows are strewn across the way from Maya Beach along a pathway. Couldn’t ask for a better location!
The rooms are traditionally decorated with beautiful dark woods and are quite spacious. Make sure to book yourself in for one of their Thai or sports massages.
Where to stay in Krabi? – RAILAY
Railay is only accessible by boat due to its rugged terrain. In the east, you’ll find more secluded luxury accommodations while the west has more activities and bars, but also still leans towards high-end resorts.
Railay East doesn’t have a beach, but the West does. Pretty much anything on Railay West is a few hundred a night to over $3,000 a night! Keep in mind Railay is a WALKING-ONLY town. There are no modes of transportation at all on land aside from your own two feet.
Rapala Rock Wood Resort (East)
This budget-friendly place is probably the cheapest on all of Railay. Some might not be able to handle the bare wooden cabin with a mattress on the floor and a mozzie net. The bathroom is very… “outside-y.”
Considering some of the other prices in the area though, if you’re on a tight shoestring, you’ll want to end up here. Their food is pretty good and some of the best-priced around town. They have a chill seating area and wifi. If, at the least, you can come here to chill and eat!
*Railay Viewpoint Resort (East)
This option is good for those leaning on the flashpacker side. The rooms are pretty nice, with a bit of wear and tear, but nothing excessive in my room. It’s quite good value with a pool and a convenient cook-to-order breakfast add-on option.
This spot is a good choice with many local attractions, restaurants, and cafes within quick walking distance.
Rayavadee Hotel (West)
Set amongst the jungle only steps from the beachfront, Rayavadee is where to stay in Krabi, Thailand if you’re looking for a quality luxury vacation but don’t mind the price tag that comes with it ($$$).
This property has an on-site restaurant, gym, and high-end spa. Some villas offer private pools, but there is also a community pool with a bar.
Listed as one of the world’s best places to stay in Condé Nast Traveler 2010 Gold List, this 5-star hotel has also committed to UNESCO’s Sustainable Travel Pledge.
Railay Village Resort (West)
This resort is a great option for walkability to nearby beaches, activities, restaurants, and shops. The cheaper of the two options in the west on this list, it offers an indoor and outdoor pool, includes breakfast for 2 in some rooms or an add-on option, and free Wi-Fi.
Modern meets traditional Thai architecture, with accommodations structured like townhouses. Every space is equipped with a full bath and shower as well as black-out curtains to get optimal shut-eye.
Where to stay in Krabi? – TONSAI
Tonsai is a good destination for the adventurous type who are keen to explore the impressive limestone cliffs in the area. If climbing isn’t on your agenda, try kayaking, snorkeling, or exploring nearby caves. Tonsai is laid-back and has a bohemian vibe, with affordable bungalows and beach bars to relax.
Like Railay, this spot is only reachable by boat and is also walking only!
This place isn’t exactly the greatest, but it’s going to be pretty cheap compared to the rest. For some reason, I’m obsessed with their gross bathrooms for the simple reason that it’s outside.
You get to look up, as you bathe, at the dramatic cliffs and palm trees that float above you. It’s pretty epic. But then you look around and you’re in a shower that’s OUTSIDE… complete with leaves, critters, and surrounded by dirty cement.
That bathroom view and the price, though… It deserves to be on the list. If you’re a weirdo like me and actually would like a place like this (and you’re on a shoestring budget) book yourself a spot at Paasook “Resort.”
Green Valley Resort
Even cheaper if my memory serves me well. This is a super simple bungalow on the side of a hill. Wood slapped together, a bed with a mozzie net, and a bathroom is what you get unless you shell out more cash.
‘Resort’ is a bit of an overstatement, BUT it is only 10 meters from the beach, has free Wi-Fi, an add-on continental breakfast, and a swimming pool.
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Where to stay in Krabi? – KOH LANTA
You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy both beaches and lush rainforests like the Mu Koh Lanta National Park. Another area with great nightlife, if you get tired of your stock standard bar scene, check out some live music or a kickboxing show. Afterward, you can explore the multitude of food stalls along the beach.
Koh Lanta has a more laid-back vibe attracting a younger crowd with budget accommodations.
This accommodation is okay for the price and is located pretty well on Lonely Beach. White Flower is a bit stuffy in the rooms from what I remember, but the beach access is really close.
The view from the two pools offers great sunset views, making up for the simple room decor.
*Lanta Arrow House
I really loved Lanta Arrow. In fact, I lived here for a few weeks. The beach access is perfect and sunsets every night became a thing pretty quickly. Everything is kept nice and the location is decent!
You’ll find a fitness center, massages, sauna, restaurant, and bar as well as a private access beach.
Ok Chawkoh Bungalow
Just a 5-minute walk to Long Beach in Koh Lanta and 15 minutes to Saladan Pier. This cozy bungalow has a prime location and includes air conditioning.
There’s an interesting hot spring bath on-site as well as massages. This is a prime spot for walking to many facilities in the area like laundry, scooter rentals, and tour booking shops.
Choose from one, two, or three-bedroom villas, all with their own private pools and gardens. The property is nestled on the hillside, but with easy access to Khlong Khong Beach and surrounding shops and restaurants.
Zen out in their yoga room, or get some laps in at the on-site pool. If you want to get out and about, rent one of their bicycles, kayaks, or, give horseback riding a crack.
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Nina Ragusa is an adventurer, messy bun master, breakfast fan, and full-time travel blogger. She’s been abroad since 2011 and blogging on Where in the World is Nina? for nearly as long. Nina helps people like you move around the world while making money. She loves talking about how to work abroad and online to travel longer!