Ao Nang is the most popular resort in Krabi Province and used have a bit of a reputation as a party town. It now caters for a much broader market and many of those looking for more of a party use Ao Nang as a stepping off point rather than the end destination.
The main resort centres around one road which runs from the north of Ao Nang alongside the beach and then heads inland where the local walking street is located as well as a range of more budget options as you head further away from the beach. There is a more relaxed vibe towards the north of Ao Nang.
Due to the road there are is only one true beachfront hotel, Krabi Resort, as the rest all have either the main road or a smaller access road between the beach and any hotels. Many resorts are situated alongside the road as it heads inland at either end of the town. Almost all have excellent access to the town and beach.
Ao Nang is just 30 minutes from Krabi Airport.
£££££ – Amatapura Beach Villa (Ao Nang general area)
£ – De Loft Hotel
Immediately to the north of Aon Nang is its quieter neighbour Nopparat Thara. A popular location for Thais, especially towards the north end of the beach, it has a much more local feel although development at the southern end is changing it’s character slowly.
The area is still very quiet compared to Ao Nang but is easily walkable, or a short Tuk Tuk ride, if you want to visit it’s livelier neighbour.
The capital city of Krabi Province which has an excellent choice of hotels and hostels for those who want a few nights in this attractive traditional Thai, small, city.
With no access by road you need to jump on a boat and probably get your feet wet to visit Railay but it is well worth the visit. Incredible limestone cliffs, four white sand beaches and blue sea dominate the area.
A reminder of the backpacking routes of many Thai resorts Railay also caters for high-end resorts with an excellent choice of laid back nightlife, restaurants and shops.
A mecca for rock climbing that attracts top climbers from around the world but also offers opportunities for beginners to try their hand and head for heights.
£££££ – Rayavadee
££ – Avatar Railay Krabi, Railay Village Resort, Great View Resort and Spa
£ – Railay Dream Valley Resort 34
Seven islands sitting between Krabu Province and Phuket Island, the Phi Phi Islands are world famous for its white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, jungle and stunning views. The area became a mecca for visitors following the, film, The Beach, and hordes of boats descended on its location Maya Bay to such an extent that the Thai Government has closed the bay to visitors to allow the eco system to recover.
Tourism is centred on Phi Phi Don where Tonsai Bay has become the location of choice for many party goers as well as families and honeymooners. Laem Thong offers a more secluded, relaxed atmosphere.
Klong Muang & Tupkaek
North of Ao Nang but just 15 minutes away is a much less developed area that hosts a number of 5 star resorts and a local scene that has a more traditional feel but still has a good choice of restaurants, bars, small shops as well as the ubiquitous massage parlours. The beach at Tubkaek further north, was featured in the Hangover 2 for the wedding beach scenes.
You will need to travel to Ao Nang if you want a bigger choice of food, drink and shopping outside of the hotel and there is little if any budget accomodation.
££ – Baan Chom le
A remote location with much less development, the area comprises more than 50 islands with resorts scattered around the area. With less people comes a relaxed atmosphere, less development and beaches and forest are largely unspoilt.
Ko Lanta is 70 km from Krabi so expect longer transfers often involving a boat trip. There are still budget options in the area but more high end resorts have appeared in recent years.
££££ – Alanta Villa
££ – Lanta Thip House, Coco Lanta Resort
£ – Hutyee Boat Bungalow, Best House
Krabi Province lies in the south of Thailand between Phuket and Ko Samui.
Krabi Town sits on the banks of the river and is perfect for a short stay or day trip to enjoy the street markets and riverside pathways.
Ao Nang is the busiest resort area but is still much quieter than Chaweng or Phuket. Many islands and resorts are only accessible by boat.
We have picked some our favourite hotels throughout Krabi based on the following price guide (prices per night based on 2 sharing in February 2021)
£££££ – Over 300 per night
££££ – £200 to 300 per night
£££ – Between £100 and £200 per night
££ – Between £50 and £100 per night
£ – Less than £50 per night
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