From unforgettable five-star hotels to boutique villas and guesthouses, Krabi boasts one of the best ranges in accommodation in Thailand. The options most popular with visitors are found at Ao Nang and Railay beaches, but the stunning tropical scenery of both Phi Phi and Koh Lanta islands just a short boat ride away is enticing for nature lovers. If you’re looking for budget accommodation, Krabi Town has a good selection to offer and provides a central location as well.
Lodging guide – Krabi
Lodging in Krabi runs the whole spectrum with regards price and luxury. The hotels and resorts along Railay Beach and on Koh Phi Phi tend to be a bit pricier than those on Ao Nang and Koh Lanta, as they’re less accessible and have higher operating costs. Krabi’s least expensive options are in Krabi Town itself, which can be a good base for taking daytrips, as long as you don’t mind the lack of beach.
To get a better idea of where you might like to stay you can have a look at the Krabi lodging guide by area on our Krabi map.
Ao Nang lodging: Ao Nang is Krabi’s most popular tourist area. It’s centrally located and features accommodation ranging from luxury beachfront resorts to much more modest guesthouses that are set farther inland. Just a few hotels are on the beach, but many others aren’t far from it. Much of the lodging is along the main road, which is also where you’ll find most of the facilities. This can be convenient, but also a bit noisy, so something off the road is going to be more peaceful. See our Ao Nang guide.
Railay lodging: Railay Beach is one of the most beautiful spots you’ll come across in Thailand. It can be reached only by boat, which helps to keep it secluded and serene. The cheap shops and go-go bars aren’t part of the scene here, but that’s never been why people come to Railay. A more exclusive and upscale destination, the lodging here is in high demand and the supply limited. Reservations in advance of the season are recommended. Room rates start from around US$30 (1,000 baht) but going much higher. See our Railay guide.
Phi Phi lodging: Phi Phi Island boasts stunning scenery and idyllic secluded bays. It’s an incredibly popular destination and draws loads of day-trippers. By the evening, the island gets much more peaceful – unless you are staying in the main village of Ton Sai. Rates tend to be higher due to accessibility and a limited range of lodging options. After the 2004 tsunami the number of lodging places was greatly reduced due to a limit on rebuilding. Rooms sell out quickly during the high season. See our Koh Phi Phi guide.
Koh Lanta lodging: Koh Lanta is accessible by a 90-minute boat ride from the main tourist areas of Krabi, and boasts lovely beaches, although without the dramatic scenery of Phi Phi or Railay.
Lodging tends to be more affordable here with suitable options for families. Due to the distance, daytrips from other parts of Krabi aren’t all that popular. As you head farther south on the island’s west coast, the resorts become more secluded and peaceful. See our Koh Lanta guide.
Krabi Town lodging: the town is a small commercial centre that has several hotels, but doesn’t have a beach. It can be a good location for exploring the area on daytrips and, although it’s a busy place and can be noisy, the lodging choices are much more reasonably priced than around the beach areas. Getting to the popular resorts is easy and takes less than 30 minutes. This is an authentic Thai town, so is worth considering if you’re looking for a place to see how Thai people really live.