Where to Stay in Krabi

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Where to stay in Krabi

Krabi draws travelers from around the world to its picture postcard beaches, climbing opportunities on the limestone cliffs, forest trails and hikes, snorkeling, swimming, and water sports. Some of the best-preserved coral reef lies along coast of Krabi and the nearby islands. This underwater world of colorful coral species, parrotfish, eagle rays, turtles and sharks can be explored on one of the many scuba diving tours that depart daily throughout the high season. With so many tourists visiting every year, it’s unsurprising that there are many hostels and hotels to stay in. With so many beaches, it’s difficult for the first-time traveler to decide on which area to stay. Here’s a little guide to the different spots.

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Temple at Tiger Cave in Ao Nang.

Krabi Town

The capital of the province is Krabi, a town located on the mouth of a river flowing out to sea. Its main industry is fishing. Don’t come here expecting to be really close to the beaches. Though they are not far away, the town doesn’t have any really good ones so you will need a taxi, rental car, scooter or take the bus. Many people come to Krabi Town to experience an authentic slice of Thai life for a day or so before moving onto the beach resorts. The food markets here at terrific, as is the street food that specialises in Southern Thai cuisine. There are some typical Thai nightlife joints including karaoke bars, a great deal of fun until you see the photos the next day! There are other things to do here in the day. The nearby caves of Kha Kanab Nam are well worth the visit, long-tail boats ply their tours up the river and there are some excellent fishing locations nearby. At weekends, there is a fantastic night market with creative locals selling their colourful handicrafts and wares. Be sure to head down for some great street food. There is a ton of options for places to stay in Krabi Town that range from US $6 dormitory beds in decent enough hostels, all the way up to 5* luxury hotels. The prices here tend to be cheaper than Ao Nang and the beach resorts as there is less demand to stay in town.

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Phra Nang beach in Krabi.

Ao Nang

By far the most popular place to stay is the beachside resort town of Ao Nang. This small fishing village has exploded in recent years with backpackers and tourists been drawn in by the picturesque beaches and scenery nearby. It’s one of the friendliest and pleasing places to stay in Thailand. The village is small, but there is much to offer tourists. Along the main strip, travellers can find everything they need including tour agencies, accommodation, shops, and facilities. For such a small place, Ao Dang has its fair share of excellent restaurants offering Thai and international fare. Be warned, some of the nightlife in the centre of Ao Nang can get quite lively (and noisy!). Though Ao Nang’s own beach is not the best, it’s perfectly decent and there are several excellent beaches nearby. The busiest the beach gets is in the early evening when tourists flock to the sand to watch the famous sunset. A road that separates the town from the beach means Ao Nang has no actual beachfront accommodation. There are plenty of hostels, hotels, and nearby luxury resorts to suit all tastes and budget. Use it as a base to do day trips out to the other beaches.

Railay

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Railey beach in Krabi.

Just a kilometre or two from Ao Nang is Railay, a beautiful stretch of beach along the edge of a peninsula. The shortest distance between Ao Nang and Railay mean most people travel down for the day and then return to the Ao Nang accommodation. The white sand beach is backed by coconut groves and the shallow waters make for the perfect swimming spot, particularly for families with kids. Remember that the beach here can get very busy during high season. It’s got some world-class climbing nearby for adventure travellers as well as climbing schools for beginners looking to get into the sport. In recent years, much low-rise accommodation has strung up catering to all types of travellers. Though they don’t sit right on the beach, they are not far away. There are also several tour agencies offering trips out to the islands. Once all the tourists have taken their long-tail boat trips back to Ao Nang, the village becomes much calmer. Further south is Phra Nang Bay, also located on the peninsula. This pretty beach also gets crowded, but when you visit you’ll see why. There is a luxury resort for those who want to overnight. This area has drawn in celebrities including Mick Jagger and Fatbou Slim who played a set here.

Ton Sai

Sitting between Ao Nang and Railay is the beach of Ton Sai which has becoming increasingly popular over the last few years, mainly due to the rising costs in the other locations. This increase in tourism has spoiled the beach area somewhat with bars and restaurants now lining it, though they are low-rise and not that intrusive. It’s not best to visit Ton Sai during the rainy season as the waves get quite large here. If you decide to stay here, you can easily motor around to West Railay and Ao Nang on board the long-tailed boat taxis. One of the main draws here is the excellent climbing opportunities as well as climbing schools offering to teach beginners on day trips. Spending time on the beach is the main order of the day, but for those looking for something else to do, snorkel and sea kayak equipment can be hired at many of the hotels and shops. There are just two groups of beach bungalows lining Ton Sai, the est of the accommodation is located a few minutes inland. Other amenities in the village include Thai and international beach eateries, a shop selling provisions and several coffee shops.

Klong Muang

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Misty day at Klong Prao beach in Thailand.

Located north of Ao Nang, Klong Muang offers three beautiful little beaches which overlook Koh Hong island. Like many of the fishing villages around Krabi, there has been some rapid development over recent years with luxurious resorts popping up all along the coast. These include some of the largest luxury chains including the Sofitel and Sheritan which offer resort-style hotels complete with tropical gardens, swimming pools, restaurants, and bars. The cost of these hotels means that Klong Muang has a very different vibe to Ton Sai or Ao Nang. It’s generally quieter without the nightlife and better serves families on honeymooning couples. There are several nearby restaurants, but as most of the hotels offer their guests bookings inclusive of dinner, these rarely get busy. There are one or two smaller beach bungalows for those who can’t afford the sky-high prices of the chain hotels, but still want to stay in the area. The Tupkaek beach is beautiful, there is not much life going on here, so if you want the buzz of Thai tourist towns, this won’t be for you. A good place for a luxury getaway or base to explore the islands nearby, albeit expensive one.

Noppharat Thara

The enormous 5-kilometre beach of Noppharat Thara sits close to Ao Nang. In recent years, many resorts and guest houses have sprung up along its edge. For those on a serious budget, there is also a nearby campsite, although in the hot, humid heat, these are not the most comfortable of options. On the other side, there is a huge resort hotel built in the style of a Thai palace. It has the added benefit of being close to the nightlife and restaurants of Ao Nang, without actually having to stay there. It’s also close to the village of Klong Haeng which offers some fantastic Muslim restaurants, cheap guesthouses and a local produce and fish market. The beach area is popular with both international and domestic tourists.

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