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Where to stay in Krabi

Learn where to stay in Krabi based on what type of trip you want

The province of Krabi is located on the west coast of southern Thailand with its main town also bearing the name Krabi. In recent years, Krabi has seen a surge in tourism thanks to its breathtaking and alluring nature, as well as for being an amazing destination for adventurous souls.

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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Krabi

The Krabi province is divided into eight districts, Ao Luk, Mueang, Neua Klong, Khao Phanom, Plai Phraya, Klong Thom, Lam Tup, and Koh Lanta. Mueang is one of the most popular districts since that is where most of the tourist attractions are. Each of these districts has a number of its own sub-districts and neighborhoods.

These are our 5 picks for the best neighborhoods in Krabi:

  1. Ao Nang
  2. Koh Phi Phi
  3. Krabi Town
  4. Ton Sai
  5. Koh Lanta
Best neighborhoods in Krabi
Ao Nang The best place for first-time visitors
Koh Phi Phi For those looking for a great time out during the night
Krabi Town For a long-term stay
Ton Sai For travelers on a budget
Koh Lanta For artistic and bohemian souls

Where to stay in Krabi for the first time — Ao Nang

Ao Nang is an excellent place to start with your exploration of the beautiful Krabi. It was originally a hotspot for backpackers but throughout the years it has shifted its appeal to satisfy a greater variety of tourists. Orientation-wise it is really easy to move around Ao Nang since everything is in close proximity to each other.

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Things to see and do in Ao Nang

There are plenty of options when it comes to things to see and do in this charming resort town. If you are someone who seeks excitement and likes to increase their level of adrenalin, you have the option of going diving or snorkeling in the beautiful and crystal-clear waters. Another great thing about Ao Nang is its proximity to other small, tropical islands. If you want to explore some of those hidden gems, hop onto a long-tail boat and explore everything those islands have to offer.

Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Go diving
  • Go snorkeling 
  • Visit nearby islands

Go diving

This diving center offers several options such as courses for beginners and advanced recreation or recreational fun diving.

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Go snorkeling

This snorkeling and diving center can also help you explore the blue waters.

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Visit nearby islands

Go on a tour and visit the islands that are in the vicinity. During the tour visit the majestic Poda Island, as well as Tub Island, Chicken Head Island, and Pranang Cave.

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Where to stay in Ao Nang

The prices for accommodation in Ao Nang range from relatively affordable to quite luxurious. The selection of places down below was based on price, what the place has to offer, and location.

Affordable: Slumber Party Hostel Krabi Simple mixed-gender dorms in a vibrant hostel featuring arcade games, a bar & daily happy hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: The distance from this villa to the airport is only 30 minutes, guests have quick access to a market, and it’s close to the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi – Resort along a private bay with tranquil rooms & villas, a luxurious spa & stylish restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Krabi for nightlife: Ko Phi Phi

Dance the night away in the clubs and bars in Koh Phi Phi or enjoy the splendor of the street performers.

Things to see and do in Koh Phi Phi

Here are some recommendations for a fantastic night out.

  • Carlito’s Bar
  • Sunflower Beach Bar
  • Loh Dalum Beach

Carlito’s Bar

Enjoy the live music and spectacular fire show in a fun and inviting atmosphere.

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Sunflower Beach Bar

The vibe in this bar is a bit more chill and relaxing, but this is great for those who want to go out at night but without all the loud noises and big crowds.

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Loh Dalum Beach

One of the most popular beaches that also has some of the wildest parties on the island.

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Where to stay in Koh Phi Phi

Although the average price for a night for hostels and hotels is about $100, it is possible to find places for around $25 per night.
Here are some of our suggestions:

Affordable: The Pier 519 Hostel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: This bungalow is fantastic for those who want to have an amazing view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Krabi long term

There are many things to take into consideration when deciding to move to an entirely different country, such as cost of living, can you work there or from there, is it safe, will you be able to find a place to live, and so on. Of course, experiences vary and are not necessarily applicable to every situation. Most expats have a relatively good experience when it comes to Krabi Town. There’s access to a decent internet connection, the immigration office is close by, there are plenty of markets, shops, and restaurants that sell local Thai food, as well as Western food. It should be noted that it is cheaper to eat local food, so it’s a good thing to keep in mind. Another important thing to note is that Krabi Town has a more authentic Thai feel rather than the touristy vibe of other areas.

Things to see and do in Krabi Town

Although Krabi Town is not as touristy or flashy as some other areas, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things to see and do. 

Here are some suggestions for places to visit and things to do so that they can help you have a better understanding of the area, as well as to get to know Thai culture a little bit better.

  • Visit the Tiger Cave Temple
  • Pay a visit to the Krabi Town Walking Street
  • Have lunch at Baitoey Restaurant

Visit the Tiger Cave Temple

The Tiger Cave Temple is a sacred Buddhist temple located north-northeast of Krabi. At the summit, there is a large golden statue of Buddha perched on top. Climb the stairway and enjoy the stunning view from the top.

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Krabi Town Walking Street

Mingle with the locals every Friday and weekend and taste some of the best street food in Krabi. You can also find all kinds of booths selling a variety of products and items.

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Baitoey Restaurant

Taste some of the best and most authentic Thai seafood in this quaint and charming restaurant that has a long history.

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Where to stay in Krabi Town

When it comes to hostels and hotels there isn’t that large of a selection, however, there are places where you can get a decent space for a low amount of money.

Here are some suggestions:

 

Affordable: Hogwortz hostel Krabi – Basic dorms with shared bathrooms in a laid-back hostel offering free breakfast & a guest lounge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: Thanks to its central location, this place is close to everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: Maritime Park And Spa Resort– private balcony the view is stunning over lake, gardens, and forest-clad mountains.