The best hotels in Krabi

Even the best hotels are well priced in Krabi

Even the best hotels are well priced in Krabi

By Brad Night

Krabi rests along the western coast against the Andaman Sea, about 170kms south of Phuket and boasts the best seascapes of all of Thailand’s beach resort areas. Rich in history and a long established traveller favourite, Krabi’s popularity stems from its easy accessibility and pristine natural beauty as much as from the numerous and diverse accommodations and leisure activities on offer here. Not surprisingly some of the best hotels have established themselves here.

While there is no scarcity of places to stay or dine in Krabi, regardless of budget, availability during seasonal peak periods can become a concern and reservations are recommended. Most popular, on the basis of proximity to both Krabi town and the famous Railay beach, is the area of Ao Nang. Luxury and privacy can be found in beachfront resorts with spectacular scenery on the islands of Phi Phi and Lanta, with the least expensive accommodations available within Krabi Town itself.

Although a few of the most international of hotel chains are in evidence in Krabi, such as Sheraton and Best Western, the majority of hotels are privately owned establishments. At the top end of luxury and exclusivity, the Rayavadee Resorton Cape Phra Nang is accessible only by boat. Set within acres of manicured gardens, secluded by limestone cliffs and possessing three private beaches, its two-storey pavilions and well-appointed grounds offer every amenity and service possibly required.

The Chada Beach Resort and Spa unfolds across nearly eight acres of some of the most beautiful beachfront on Koh Lanta. Situated centrally and only a short drive from Saladan, the resort offers 196 choices of suites and villas, each catering to the needs of individual travellers to couples or families with children. Possessing the island’s largest swimming pool, an elegant restaurant with an impressive menu and wine list, white sand beaches, modern amenities and exceptional customer service has made the Chada resort one of the most recommended places to stay on Koh Lanta.

The Rayavadee has a priviledged locations in Krabi

The Rayavadee has a priviledged locations in Krabi

A short distance southwest of Krabi, on Koh Phi Phi, vacationers in search of ultimate privacy without sacrificing any loss of luxury or availability of services will find the Phi Phi Natural Resortan excellent choice. With five types of cottages offering a difference in views, from garden to ocean and mountain views, the beautifully furnished and spacious wooden cottages are set harmoniously among the natural surrounding and upon an exclusive stretch of pristine white sand beach.

All rooms are well-appointed, some with private balconies and bedrooms separate from the living area for families travelling with children. The resort provides a swimming pool overlooking the beach for those not tempted to dive or snorkel in the sparkling, crystal clear sea. A restaurant, open-air coffee shop, money exchange and souvenir shop are also available.

The Ao Nang Sea Front Thai Resort, a few rungs down the ladder of luxury, is a popular family and newlywed selection at Ao Nang bay. Only a short distance from the beach, the traditional Thai-style rooms offer private, spacious and comfortable facilities within a setting of lush tropical forest and relaxing atmosphere.

A 15-minute boat ride from Ao Nang and travellers find themselves at Railay, one of the most popular beach areas in Krabi. On the sunrise side of Railay, natural style mountain or sea facing bungalows can be found at Diamond Cave Resort and Spa. Only a two-minute walk from the beach, the rooms at Diamond Cave are available with air conditioning or fan while the resort offers a range of facilities from traditional massage, a full-service restaurant, onsite rock climbing, a sauna and a swimming pool. Tours can be arranged through in-house operators for diving or boating daytrips, or to visit nearby islands.

Roughly 800kms from the capital of Bangkok along the north-south route of highway 4, Krabi poses no difficulty in accessibility by land, sea or air. The small Krabi Airport boasts a fairly new international terminal and offers a tourist visa on arrival, with daily domestic flights from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport. Night buses from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal offer a less expensive domestic option, while high-season ferry services sees boats running from Phuket to Ao Nang and Railay directly.

Concerning the best times to travel, the hot season from November to April is busiest, with January and February considered ideal for climate and weather. Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year at the end of April, ushers in the rainy season which lasts until October and during which tropical monsoon conditions are common.

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