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First Time in Krabi: Where Should I Stay?

Where Should I Book My Hotel in Krabi?

Krabi Province is the third most popular holiday destination in southern Thailand after Phuket and Koh Samui. Far from being as developed as its two main ‘competitors’, it offers a pretty good choice of destinations and some stunning scenery inland and along its coastal area, which features no less than 154 islands and islets.

From the buzzing Ao Nang to the wild and remote Railay to the tranquil Klong Muang to the famous Phi Phi Islands, Krabi has something for everyone and hosts a tremendous choice of hotels and resorts for any type of budget. See below a short introduction to the main Krabi areas, it will surely help you to make up your mind about your next holiday destination.

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Should I book my hotel in Ao Nang?

How to decide

Ao Nang is the most popular resort town in the whole Krabi Province. Featuring a great Thai and international dining scene, a decent shopping scene, and a hectic nightlife scene similar to (though smaller than) that of Patong Beach in Phuket, Ao Nang has all the assets for a successful tropical holiday. A prime island-hopping departure port, Ao Nang never ceases to grow and attract more and more visitors year after year. Its accommodation scene is also pretty impressive and counts a great choice of residences – including some very close to the beach - for any type of budget and taste.

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Who is it For:
  • Families
  • Budget-conscious holidaymakers
  • People who like a busy and lively beach
  • People who want to be centrally-located and want everything in one place
  • People who love to party
 
What's Good:
  • Massive choice of nightlife, dining and shopping options
  • Wide range of hotel prices
  • Many hotels right on the beach
  • Easy access to cool tropical islands
What's not so good:
  • There are not many traditional Thai touches
  • Traffic is intense

You like Ao Nang? Now pick the right hotel!

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    10 Best Hotels in Ao Nang

    Our list of the 10 best hotels in Ao Nang is here to help you to pick the perfect place to suit your taste. All the Read More»

  • Ao Nang Hotels

    Ao Nang Hotels A-Z

    Ao Nang or Ao Phra Nang, features Krabi's most developed beach. Fringed by palms, the long beach is backed by a wide Read More»

  • Ao Nang Beach (Ao Phra Nang)

    All About Ao Nang Beach

    Dominated by impressive cliffs overlooking a huge stretch of white sand. Krabi's most popular beach is also a jumping Read More»

Krabi La Playa Resort

Krabi La Playa Resort is contemporary Thai-styled accommodation located just between Nopparat Thara and Ao Nang beaches.These two Read More...

Pakasai Resort

Pakasai Resort is one-of-a-kind tropical destination.Located in Ao Nang, just a mere 10mn walk from the beach, the hotel setting Read More...

Deevana Plaza Krabi

Deevana Plaza Krabi Aonang(former Mercure Krabi Deevana )is located at a short distance from Ao Nang Beach, the most popular Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Railay?

How to decide

Railay is really an ‘out of the world’ type of holiday destination. Only reachable by boat, Railay is a small peninsula separated from the mainland by high limestone cliffs, making the construction of a road impossible. Featuring four beaches and a central area hosting a good choice of resorts, Railay offers its visitor a step back to the backpacking era that made the area famous. There’s no motorised transportation and everyone moves from one place to the other on foot. Outside the resorts, most of the dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment venues have a rustic hippie touch, making the place really cool. Railay is southern Thailand’s prime destination for rock climbers and hosts some excellent schools in that domain.

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Who is it For:
  • Rock climbers
  • Young travellers
  • People who want to get away from it all
 
What's Good:
  • Pristine natural environment
  • Top-notch rock climbing routes
What's not so good:
  • Can be crowded in high season
  • Beware of boat operators abusing their position

You like Railay? Now pick the right hotel!

  • Top 10 Hotels in Railay

    10 Best Hotels in Railay

    Our list of the 10 best hotels in Railay features the most recommended establishments in terms of comfort, Read More»

  • Railay Beach Hotels

    Railay Hotels A-Z

    With beautiful surrounding limestone cliffs and crags, Railay is an epic destination. Accommodation is varied and Read More»

  • Railay Beach

    All About Railay Beach

    The very essence of a tropical paradise; cut off from the rest of the mainland with no roads and no hassle. Railey's Read More»

Rayavadee

Rayavadee Resort has all the assets to provide its guests with the best possible tropical vacation in southern Thailand.Set on the Read More...

Railay Great View Resort

Railay Great View Resort as its name implies, is situated in Railay and offers great views of the stunning landscape made of high Read More...

Railay Village Resort

Railay Village Resort & Spa is set in an area only accessible by boat.Surrounded by huge limestone cliffs, Railay is a Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Klong Muang?

How to decide

Klong Muang is a very rural area located some 15km north of Ao Nang. It features a small fisherman village and a handful of resorts, many of them boasting a five-star rating. Klong Muang area is pretty far from being developed for tourism and it therefore retains a very strong local and rural feel. Satellite businesses – restaurants, bars, convenience stores, massage parlours, and small boutiques – popped up like mushrooms around the largest accommodation establishments, offering visitors some more affordable dining, drinking and shopping options. Featuring three beaches and one cape, Klong Muang is the right place to take a relaxing break from the modern world in a pleasant natural environment.

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Who is it For:
  • Wealthy travellers
  • People who want to get away from it all
 
What's Good:
  • Cool sundowner spots on the northern side of Klong Muang Beach
  • Peaceful natural environment
What's not so good:
  • A bit far from everything

You like Klong Muang? Now pick the right hotel!

  • 10 Best Hotels in Klong Muang

    The 10 Best Hotels in Klong Muang are the ones which make the most of this fantastic, relatively unknown location in Read More»

  • Klong Muang Beach Hotels

    Klong Muang Hotels A-Z

    Accommodation in Klong Muang Beach is of a higher calibre than neighbouring Ao Nang with the emphasis on luxury. Read More»

  • Klong Muang Beach

    All About Klong Muang Beach

    Krabi's latest beach destination, Muang Klong is the preferred location of Krabi's five-star and boutique hotels like,. Read More»

Nakamanda Resort And Spa

Nakamanda Resort & Spa is a five-star accommodation nestled in a small charming bay near Klong Muang Beach.A well-thought-out Read More...

Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort

Located in Krabi, Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort is by the sea, a 2-minute drive from Khlong Muang Beach and 8 minutes from Read More...

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is quite a landmark.Facing the sea at Klong Muang Beach, a tranquil area on Krabi Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Krabi Town?

How to decide

Krabi Town is the capital city of Krabi Province. Built on the northern side of Krabi River, it has been a stop-over for backpacking travellers since the end of the ‘70s, which contributed to the development of a good choice of small guesthouses and hotels in the downtown area and on the river banks. Krabi maybe a city, but it nevertheless retains a charming southern Thai provincial character with its fresh markets, unpretentious restaurants and boutiques, and slow-paced atmosphere. The main commercial hub of the province, it hosts a few great man-made and natural sites definitely worth a visit if you are coming by.

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Who is it For:
  • Budget-conscious holidaymakers
  • People who want to discover local city life
  • People who prefer a city base to explore all of Krabi’s inland attractions
  • People who love to party
 
What's Good:
  • Affordable dining and shopping
  • Krabi River side
What's not so good:
  • No beach (swimmable)

You like Krabi Town? Now pick the right hotel!

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    10 Best Hotels in Krabi Town

    Staying at one of the 10 best hotels in Krabi Town will permit you to fully enjoy this charming provincial city that has Read More»

  • Krabi Town Hotels

    Krabi Town Hotels A-Z

    Krabi Town, the capital of a province has only one large hotel, lots of boutique hotels and countless guesthouses to its Read More»

  • Krabi Town

    Krabi Town

    Krabi Town, the provincial capital, is a charming little place which seems to be retaining its identity in the face of Read More»

Well Timed Hotel

With a stay at Well Timed Hotel in Krabi (Downtown Krabi), you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Wat Kaew Korawaram and Khao Read More...

Peak Boutique City Hotel

With a stay at Peak Boutique City Hotel in Krabi (Downtown Krabi), you'll be within a 10-minute drive of Khao Khanap Nam and Wat Read More...

JS Residence

With a stay at JS Residence in Krabi (Downtown Krabi), you'll be a 5-minute drive from Wat Kaew Korawaram and 10 minutes from Khao Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Nopparat Thara?

How to decide

Nopparat Thara is the sister-beach of Ao Nang (both of them belongs to the same municipality). Like the two sides of the same coin, they could not be more different in their development and atmosphere. Nopparat Thara has a rather strong local feel, with its small fishing pier and the few hotels and satellite businesses displayed along the two-kilometre-long strip of sand. Despite some recent additions to its shopping and dining scene (Nopparat Thara Plaza on the beachfront, for instance), the area remains very peaceful when compared to its turbulent, ever-growing sister-beach, yet offers a good deal of affordable accommodation choices.

Overview:
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Who is it For:
  • Budget-conscious holidaymakers
  • People looking for a peaceful area
  • People who love to party
 
What's Good:
  • Tranquil area to stay with easy access to buzzing Ao Nang
  • Important island-hopping departure port
What's not so good:
  • Very few local dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment options

You like Nopparat Thara? Now pick the right hotel!

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  • Nopparat Thara Beach Hotels

    Nopparat Thara Hotels A-Z

    As Ao Nang spills over further and further into Nopparat it's getting harder to tell where one finishes and the other Read More»

  • Nopparat Thara Beach

    All About Nopparat Thara

    Quiet and shady, lined with swaying casuarina trees, Nopparat Thara is a popular weekend getaway with locals and Read More»

Andamanee Boutique Resort Krabi

Andamanee Boutique Resorts name comes from a playful word combination between Andaman (sea) and manee (jewel in Thai); the resort Read More...

Baan Habeebee Resort

Baan Habeebee Resort is a nice hotel built in Thai-Lanna style set in a beautifully landscaped garden filled with with flowers and Read More...

Krabi Aquamarine Resort

Krabi Aquamarine Resort & Spa is located 500m from Nopparat Thara Beach, in a tranquil area of Krabi Province.Nopparat Thara Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Phi Phi Islands?

How to decide

Phi Phi is a small archipelago of seven islands situated between Phuket and Krabi Provinces. Belonging to the latter, it can be reached from both of them in two hours by ferry or one hour by speedboat. With its limestone cliffs jutting from the sea, its white sand beaches and coves lapped by turquoise waters, its lush vegetation, and its superb underwater reefs, Phi Phi is a really captivating place. Only one of the islands of the group is inhabited: Koh Phi Phi Don. Its main village in Tonsai Bay features a wide range of dining, shopping, nightlife entertainment, and accommodation options while its northern tip – Laem Thong - hosts a few four- and five-star resorts with very little development around.

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Who is it For:
  • People who want to spend their holiday in a postcard
  • Young travellers who want to party on the beach
  • People who want to learn or practice scuba diving
  • People who love to party
 
What's Good:
  • Great leisure activities (diving, snorkelling, rock climbing)
  • Stunning scenery
  • Buzzing nightlife in Tonsai Village and Loh Dalum
  • Peaceful isolation is easily found in Laem Thong
What's not so good:
  • Most notable sites can be crowded in high season
  • There are no motorised vehicles, so it can be a bit of a hike from the pier to your hotel

You like Phi Phi Islands? Now pick the right hotel!

  • Top 10 Phi Phi Hotels

    10 Best Hotels in Phi Phi

    Phi Phi's leading hotels all have several things in common - prime location, superior facilities and top service. Many Read More»

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    Phi Phi Island Hotels

    Tonsai and Loh Dalum hotels tend to be busy and exciting places to stay, whereas the hotels a little further out are Read More»

  • Phi Phi Islands

    All About Phi Phi Islands

    No trip to Southern Thailand is complete without visiting the Phi Phi Islands which are surrounded by crystal clear seas Read More»

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort offers an authentic Thai island experience, whilst maintaining a high level of luxury and Read More...

Zeavola Resort

Zeavola - a Barefoot luxury resort with the concept of step back to simplicity.This romatic rustic resort located right on the Read More...

Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi

Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island, situated amidst the coconut palms on the beach, is a typically idyllic tropical island getaway, Read More...


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