Most of the beachside accommodation in Krabi is upmarket, with the best selection of guesthouses packed into Krabi Town; a 20 minute drive from Ao Nang. However, there are budget options near the beach areas, including in Ao Nang and even at Railay.
Ao Nang is the main resort area but you can still find something for a few hundred baht a night here, though typically located away from the beach somewhat. You’ll still be near the action and have more chance finding something affordable here compared with Phuket.
Krabi Town Guesthouses
Krabi Town has the atmosphere of a true southern Thailand town, minus the hordes of tourists. Not quite at the beach, but close enough if you’re really on a budget.
Chanchalay Hip Hostel: modern, new and clean, this place has more than a dozen rooms and is well organised, with internet café and travellers’ services. Likely to be full in high season. Has fan and air-conditioned rooms…more details and booking.
A Mansion Guesthouse: bit more upmarket for Krabi Town, with very nice rooms (including TV). It’s a good all round deal with nice restaurant and bar, laundry service and friendly staff…more details and booking.
The Dream Garden: located in the centre of town, this is a convenient and friendly place with good value rooms with free WiFi...more details and booking.
Pak-Up Hostel: lively, yet chilled out hostel-cum-guesthouse in the centre of town, with variety of aircon dorms and private rooms. Clean, free Wi-fi and also boasts a rooftop bar…more details and booking.
Ao Nang Guesthouses
This is the main resort area of Krabi, with a nice beach and long tail boats to Railay and the islands. It has plenty of tourist facilities.
Ao Nang Orchid Resort: roomy bungalows with optional aircon. Comfortable and nice environment with a small garden, near the beach…more details and booking.
Lavinia Guesthouse: close to the beach, tucked behind a row of shophouses in the middle of Ao Nang, this is a small but homely sort of place with just a few rooms. Clean, modern and well located. Rates: 300-1,300 baht for fan/aircon (seasonal), monthly rates also available; Beach Rd, Ao Nang, tel: (075) 662 161.
J Mansion: budget option offering spacious, clean rooms with TV and private bathrooms. Quite central…more details and booking.
Laughing Gecko: chilled, budget place at the other end of Noppharat Thara; the up and coming new beach in the Ao Nang area. Features fan bamboo bungalows in a leafy environment and tasty buffets. English, German and Thai spoken. Rates: dorm bungalow 180 baht, standard 500 baht, family 900 baht; 154 Noppharat Thara, Ao Nang, tel: 081 270 5028.
Emerald Bungalow: nicely equipped bungalows in a quiet garden setting near Noppharat Thara beach. Fan and aircon bungalows available…more details and booking.
Tolmaj Family Apartment: large air-conditioned apartment can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests with four private bedrooms and large communal spaces. Just a few minutes walk from Ao Nang and Noppharat Thara beaches and close to shops, restaurants and nightlife…more details and booking.
Ton Sai Beach Bungalows
Ton Sai and Railay are cut off from Ao Nang by karst cliffs and are only accessible via a 10-minute long tail boat ride. While facilities are fairly limited, the area boasts great beaches and rock climbing.
Andaman Beach Resort: set on the Ton Sai side, with bungalows surrounded by nature setting and basic amenities…more details and booking.
Ton Sai Bay Resort: 40 beautifully appointed guest rooms with hand carved artwork and air-conditioning, surrounded by rainforest and with views of the famed rock climbing cliff. Also boasts a beach patio area with sun-loungers…more details and booking.
Dream Valley Resort: decent quality flashpacker option for those with a bit of money to burn, complete with pool, range of well equipped rooms and some nice little touches…more details and booking.
Separated by an isthmus, Railay East is cheaper than the prettier Railay West.
Sand Sea Resort: well established setup in Railay West with superior and deluxe bungalows featuring mod cons, including TV and fridge. Swimming pool on site…more details and booking.
Railay Garden View Resort: well spread hilltop bamboo bungalows with clean, hot water bathrooms, front porch and fine views. The on-site restaurant has free Wi-fi…more details and booking.
Rapala Rockwood Resort: simple property in Railay East with basic bungalows with attached bathroom. Small pool and roof restaurant on site. Okay as a money-saver. Rates: 400-800 baht; Railay East north end, tel: (075) 622 586.
Railay Garden View Resort: featuring coconut wood and bamboo bungalows with impressive porch. Small place high up amid nature…more details and booking.
Note! All these places will book out in the high season. There are no budget options on the popular and space-limited Railay Beach, though you can walk between the two at low tide.
Phi Phi Island Bungalows
Phi Phi Don has recovered well since the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. It is still possible to show up in the off season and find something cheap on this beautiful island, but be sure to book well in advance in high season. See the accommodation page on our complete Phi Phi island guide.