Where to Stay in Krabi, Thailand

Located on the western coast of southern Thailand, Krabi is world-famous for its jaw-droppingly beautiful limestone karsks, mangrove forests, offshore islands, and beautiful beaches. Accommodation ranges from cheap budget hotels to exclusive 5-star resorts.

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Amari Vogue Krabi is one of the best places to stay in Krabi, Thailand. Photo Credit: Onyx Hospitality Group.

Krabi, Thailand, has numerous accommodation options, from unpretentious budget hotels to exclusive all-villa resorts.

TripAdvisor lists 318 hotels in Krabi, running from two to five star properties. I’ve pared the list down to a manageable eight full-service hotels at price points ranging from under US$30 to more than US$400 a night.

Some of the hotels on my list are located at the island’s most popular beaches. Others are decidedly off the beaten track.

One of the hotels is located on legendary Phi Phi Island, offering a mind-boggling array of facilities and activities.

Another one of the hotels is a sports enthusiast’s dream come true, with the largest swimming pool in Thailand, a nine-hole golf course, and several other sporting facilities that will keep active travelers spoiled for choice.

What’s included in this list: a hotel quick reference guide with basic facts about the hotels and links as well as the best times to book Krabi hotels and how to get to them.

Krabi 101

Located on the west coast of Southern Thailand, Krabi is one of Thailand’s most interesting and beautiful travel destinations.

There are sandy beaches, coral reefs, caves, waterfalls, mangrove forest, and countless offshore islands.

Krabi’s most distinguishing feature, however, are the dramatic limestone Karsks, which soar skyward from the rice paddies and the Andaman Sea.

Krabi is lots more laid back than Pattaya, Phuket, or Koh Samui, and Krabi hotel room rates tend to be much more affordable than at comparable hotels and resorts in other popular Thai beach resorts.

Krabi Accommodation Options

All of the hotels and resorts on this list are full-service properties with at least three stars.

Breakfast is served at all of the hotels, and sometimes it is included in the room rate.

All but one of the hotels have at least one all-day dining restaurant. Most of the hotels have multiple food and beverage outlets.

All of the hotels have swimming pools, 24 hour front desks, and accept internationally recognized credit cards. All of the rooms at these hotels have either balconies or patios.

Most of the hotels have fitness rooms. Many of them also have full-service spas.

All but two of the hotels are located directly on the beach. One of the hotels is within walking distance of a beach.

There is also a budget hotel located in Krabi Town near restaurants, bars, and sightseeing attractions for travelers wanting to be where the action is.

I have not included any hostels or guest houses on this list.

Pricing is for comparative purposes only and can vary substantially by season. Many of these hotels do, in fact, offer substantial discounts during off-seasons.

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Ao Nang Hotels

Ao Nang Beach is the most popular beach in Krabi province. Many of the best hotels in Krabi line Ao Nang Beach, which is the most westernized beach in Krabi. Originally popular with backpackers, Ao Nang Beach is attracting more and more packaged tour groups.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach

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Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach is set amid landscaped gardens. Photo Credit: InterContinental Hotels Group.

The Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach has 173 hotel rooms, a free-form swimming pool, water slides, and a swim-up bar. There is a full-service spa, a 24-hour gym, an all-day dining restaurant, and three bars.

$$$$$
Best for active families. Kids under 12 stay and eat free!
Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach – 123 Moo 3 Ao Nang Beach, A. Muang, Krabi, Thailand.
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Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach

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Hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach have private balconies overlooking a rectangular swimming pool. Photo Credit: InterContinental Hotels Group.

The Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach has 281 rooms, a swimming ppol, and a restaurant serving complimentary breakfast buffets. The hotel is within walking distance of the beach.

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Best for budget-minded travelers wanting a swimming pool.
Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach – 123/3 Moo 3, Ao Nang Muang, Krabi, Thailad, Thailand.
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Phi Phi Island Hotels

Ko Phi Phi is an archipelago of six islands, and Phi Phi Don, a.k.a. Phi Phi Island, is the largest and only inhabited island in the group. As an island, Phi Phi Don is accessible only by boat. There are five daily sailings from Krabi Town, four from Phuket, and one from Ao Nang, Rai Lei.

Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island

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Holiday Inn Phi hi Island overlooks Laem Tong Beach.  Photo Credit: InterContinental Hotels Group.

Accessible by speed boat from either Phuket or Krabi, the Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island is located on Laem Tong Beach, whose waters are teeming with marine life.

The hotel has 137 rooms, six food and beverage outlets, a full service spa, and a fitness centre.

The hotel has two swimming pools: one for families with children, the other for adults. Activities include snorkeling, fishing, island hopping, beach football, beach volleyball, and Thai cooking classes. Kids under 12 stay and eat free.

$$$$
Best for active ecotourists wanting to chill out in a pristine environment.

Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island – Lam Tong Beach, Phi Phi Island, Krabi, Thailand.
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Off the Beaten Track

Some of the best places to stay in Krabi  are scattered at secluded locations off the beaten tourism track, offering a greater sense of privacy and exclusivity.

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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Phulay Bay, a Riz-Carlton Reserve, is one of the best hotels in Krabi. Photo Credit: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Phulay Bay is an all-villa resort with five food and beverage outlets. All villas have both indoor and outdoor bathrooms and private plunge pools. Facilities include a full  service spa, a fitness centre, and a yoga and pilates studio.

$$$$$$
Best for well-healed travelers wanting luxury and privacy off the beaten-tourism track.
Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – 111 Moo 3, Nongthalay, Muang Krabi, Thailand.
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Amari Vogue Krabi

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Amari Vogue Krabi features Thai style Lamma architecture. Photo Credit Onyx Hospitality Group.

Located on secluded Tub Kaek Beach, Amari Vogue Krabi offers easy access to the Hong Islands.

The hotel has 57 hotel rooms, including eight grand deluxe jacuzzi rooms, four grand deluxe rooms, two spa suites, and four one bedroom villas. All rooms have private balconies.

The hotel has a Thai restaurant, an Italian restaurant, and a cocktail lounge overlooking the sea.

There is a free-form swimming pool, a children’s pool, a jacuzzi, a full-service spa, a fitness room, and hotel kayaks.

$$$$
Best for travelers wanting a full-service resort at a secluded location.
Amari Krabi – Tubkaak Beach, Krabi, Thailand.
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Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort

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The Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort has the largest swimming pool in Thailand. Photo Credit: AcccorHotels Group.

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa resort has 276 rooms and suites set amid tropically landscaped gardens.

The hotel has four restaurants, two bars, a fitness centre, a full-service spa, a tennis court,  badminton court, a jogging track, table tennis, volleyball, archery, bicycles, a 7,000-square metre swimming pool, which is the largest in Thailand, and a nine-hole golf course.

$$$$$$
Best for sports enthusiasts with deep pockets.
Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort – 200 Moo 3 Nongtalay, A. Muang Krabi, Krabi, Thailand.
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Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort

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Lobby of the Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort.  Photo Credit: Dusit International.

Located on Klong Muang Beach, Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort has 240 rooms in eight low-rise buildings, and all rooms have private balconies. The hotel has three restaurants and five bars,

There are two outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre, a full-service spa, a tennis court, and badminton court as well a kayaks, bicycle rentals, table tennis, beach volleyball, and a water sports centre.

$$$$$
Best for active travelers wanting a secluded location.
Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort – 155 Moo 2, Nong Thale Muang, Krabi, Thailand.
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Krabi Hotels

Krabi Town is a laid-back market town of 25,000 inhabitants. It serves as the main commercial and transit hub for the province.

Ibis Styles Krabi Ao Nang

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Ibis Styles Krabi Ao Nang has a free-form swimming pool and a kids pool. Photo Credit: InterContinental Hotels Group.

ibis Style Krabi Ao Nang is located in the heart of Krabi Town. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a free-form swimming pool, a kids pool, and a small children’s playground with swings and slides. All of the rooms have private balconies. Some of the rooms have children’s bunk beds.

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Best for budget minded families wanting an in-town location.
Ibis Styles Krabi Ao Nang – 725 Moo 2 Ao nang, Muang Krabi, Krabi, Thailand.
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Best Time to Book Krabi Hotel Rooms

When is the best time to visit Krabi? It depends on a variety of factors, and weather and your budget are two of your most important considerations.

Krabi has a tropical climate, which means the temperature doesn’t change much throughout the year.

There are, essentially, two seasons: wet and dry. The humidity is higher and rainfall more plentiful during the wet season. The air is drier and rainfall less frequent during the dry season.

The wet season runs from May to October. The dry season runs from December to March.

The average high never drops below 31 degrees Centigrade (88 degrees Fahrenheit), and the average low never drops below 22 degrees Centigrade (72 degrees Fahrenheit).

April is the hottest month. August, September, October, November, and December are the coolest months.

In terms of rainfall, October is the wettest month, with an average of 22 rainy days. January and February are the driest months, with an average of five rainy days.

Keep in mind, however, that these are averages. It is possible to have sunny days during the rainy season and rainy days during the dry season.

Hotels and resorts will also tend to fill up for Loi Krathong, which falls in November, as well as at Christmas and New Year.

Chinese New Year is another issue, and it can fall any time between 21 January and 28 February.

While not an official holiday in Thailand, Chinese New Year is an official holiday in several nearby countries, and many people in these countries like to visit Krabi during this period.

If you plan on visiting Krabi during any of these festive periods, make sure to book hotel rooms early – and don’t count on steep discounts.

How to Get from Bangkok to Krabi

Krabi is 770 kilometres, or 482 miles, south of Bangkok, and there are two ways to get there: by bus and by plane.

The trip by bus takes about 12 hours. The trip by plane takes about 90 minutes.

Keep in mind that you need to calculate the amount of time it takes to get from your Bangkok hotel to the airport, and you should also figure in that you need to check in at least one hour before departure.

There are flights to Krabi from both Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

If you want to travel From Bangkok to Krabi by train, it would be a bit complicated. You would first have to take a train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, which would take from nine to 13 hours.

From the Surat Thani Train Station, you would have to take a shuttle to the bus station. Then you would have to take a bus to Krabi. Finally, you would have to take a taxi to your Krabi hotel.

How to Get to Krabi from Overseas

Krabi Interational Airport is served by several airlines, domestic and foreign.

If you are traveling to a Krabi from an overseas travel destination, you have three options.

First, you can fly into another Thai airport (most likely one of Bangkok’s two international airports) and take a connecting flight to Krabi International Airport.

Second, you can fly into another one of Thailand’s other airports – such as Surat Thani International Airport – and continue to Krabi by bus.

Third, you can fly directly to Krabi International Airport from the following foreign travel destinations: China, Finland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Qatar, and Singapore.

From Qatar, there are connections to travel destinations in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East.

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As Thailand’s second busiest airport, Phuket International Airport is another option, with direct links to far more international travel destinations than Krabi International Airport.

The trip from Phuket Airport to your Krabi resort or hotel, however, will take considerably longer than the trip from Krabi Airport.

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How to Get from Krabi Airport to Your Hotel

Krabi Airport is nine kilometres from Krabi Town and 27 kilometres from Ao Nang Beach.

You can get to your Krabi hotel by taxi, limousine, bus, or rental car. If you are staying at a Phi Phi Island hotel, you will need to find your way to a pier and travel by ferry to the island.

Some hotels will arrange transfer from the airport to your hotel, but most Krabi hotels charge for this service.

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Where to Stay in Krabi, Thailand, is the fourth in a series of guides to hotels and resorts in popular Thai travel destinations.

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