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Choosing a Hotel in Krabi

Choosing a Hotel in Krabi

By Chris QuanUpdated Oct. 27, 2022

Krabi is one of the best holiday spots in Thailand. Lovely sandy beaches, an endless stretch of Andaman Sea and a collection of 130 neighboring islands topped with lush evergreen forest, make it nothing less than paradise.

In this article, we discuss the best places to stay in Krabi, and the special features of each resort in Koh Lanta, Ao Nang and Klong Muang, as these are the most popular Krabi spots. Whether you are looking for a honeymoon holiday or a family vacation, Krabi has something for you.

Quick facts

  • Krabi is 814 kilometers south of Bangkok.
  • The peak season in Thailand is late September to March, while the low season lasts from late March to September.
  • There are 2 seasons in Krabi: the rainy season from May to October and the dry season from November to April.
  • Krabi Province is the third most popular holiday destination in southern Thailand after Phuket and Koh Samui.
  • Koh Lanta, Ao Nang and Klong Muang are the most popular spots in Krabi.

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Choosing a beach

Klong Muang Beach is a quiet beach 45 minutes’ drive from Krabi Airport, with a collection of up-market resorts that provide everything you need for a chilled-out beach holiday. The beach is quite narrow and long and offers amazing views out to sea, with rock formations and surrounding islands silhouetted on the horizon.

Ao Nang Beach sits directly at the end of Ao Nang town, making it one of the most accessible and popular beaches in Thailand. It has a bustling mix of restaurants, bars and souvenir vendors, and is endowed with beautiful white sand, perfect waters for swimming and wonderful sunset views.

Koh Lanta is famous for its fantastic array of beautiful, unspoiled beaches. The beaches to the north of the island are more developed, as they are near the port of Ban Saladan – the further south you go, the more remote and peaceful the beaches become, perfect if you are looking for peace and quiet, but also with fewer amenities.

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Resort styles and average ranking

There are heaps of options for accommodation in Krabi, ranging from 3-star hotels to luxury resorts. Mid-range hotel rooms tend to be simple but still comfortable, when compared to resorts with better facilities.

Luxury resorts usually provide private beaches with amazing views and service, fully equipped fitness centers, swimming pools, and spas. Such facilities can make you feel more relaxed and pampered during your stay. Resorts will not disappoint you.

While standard hotels will be simpler than resorts, and lower-priced hotels may offer only the most basic guest services and facilities, higher-priced hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business center and restaurant.

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Length of stay and budget

As there are many attractions in Krabi, please consider carefully the length of your stay. You are recommended to stay at least 3 days to see the highlights. If you are staying a shorter time, we advise you to pick hotels that are close to the main attractions, so attractions will be easier to access.

For those who are staying longer, there is more time to relax and enjoy the facilities offered by hotel or resort. The hotel or resort price depends greatly on the season. The peak season in Thailand is during late September to March, while the low season lasts from late March to September.

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We have done some research on resorts in Krabi, which has something for everyone and hosts a tremendous choice of hotels and resorts for the whole range of travelers.

Resorts in Klong Muang

Amari Vogue Krabi

Rating: 5-star resort

Location: Tubkaak Beach, Krabi 81180

Features and why we recommend it:

Situated on the sandy white shores of Tub Kaek Beach beside the tranquil blue of the Andaman Sea, Amari Vogue Resort is an intimate 57-room resort with elegant Lanna-inspired architecture in a beautiful garden setting.

The hotel boasts comfortable accommodation suitable for any holiday, from romantic weekend getaways to family vacations. It offers the indulgent Spa Suites and Ocean Villas for a truly exceptional holiday experience.

Amari Vogue has a children’s pool that can help your kids enjoy their stay in Krabi. You can connect to the internet through the free Wi-Fi system. Boat trips to the Hong islands are available. From this resort there is also a shuttle bus to Ao Nang that can make your trip easier.

The Elements Krabi Resort

Rating: 4-star resort

Location: 189 Moo 3 Tambon Nong Thale, T. Nong Tale Chang Wat, Krabi 81000

Features and why we recommend it:

Only 37 kilometers from Krabi International airport and 19 kilometers from Ao Nang, this resort is an ideal hideaway for those seeking a tranquil environment away from day-to-day distractions. Local attractions and activities are still within comfortable reach.

The resort’s main amenities include a fitness center, an airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi, and a business center. This is a great place for a honeymoon or a holiday with your family.

With a fireplace facility, it is the perfect spot to relax or to make new friends during your stay. A 24-hour front desk service and tour assistance are also available at this resort.

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Resorts in Koh Lanta

Layana Resort and Spa

Rating: 5-star resort

Location: 272 Moo 3 Saladan, Koh Lanta (Krabi), Phra-Ae Beach, 81150

Features and why we recommend it:

Experience the art of relaxation in peace and tranquility at Layana Resort and Spa, a delicate combination of unique Thai culture and modern luxury. Warm hospitality with special attention to your personalized wishes and needs are the hallmarks of the Spa’s friendly and dedicated team. Gracious staff with endearing smiles – always there when you need a hand.

Guests can experience a facility called the “wellness zone” making you feel healthier and more relaxed at the same time. An infinity pool, spa, fitness center, library and jacuzzi are available to guests. Please keep in mind that Layana is an adults-only resort, welcoming guests over the age of 18 years only. This is the perfect resort for a honeymoon.

Twin Lotus Koh Lanta

Rating: 4.5-star resort

Location: 199 Moo 1, Klong Dao Beach, Koh Lanta 81150

Features and why we recommend it:

This resort is excellent for those who are looking for relaxation and pleasure. The resort’s main swimming pool is directly in front of the beach, while its second pool sits in the center of the property.

Gorgeous island beauty, stellar service and a package full of extra goodies makes all your honeymoon dreams come true. Enjoy your day at The Bua Luang Spa, a full-service facility offering a total of 9 treatment rooms for both singles and couples, as well as an outdoor oversized Jacuzzi and an open-air Pagoda. Please note that the hotel does not admit children under 18 years old.

Resort in Ao Nang

Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa

Rating: 4-star resort

Location: 182 Moo 3, Tumbol Ao Nang Soi 8, Mueang Krabi, Krabi, 81000

Features and why we recommend it:

Located in the Noparatthara area, west of Ao Nang and within easy reach of the soft sands of Nopparathara and Ao Nang Beach, Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi provides a great holiday base with an intimate setting. Krabi International Airport is a 45-minute drive from the resort.

A fun place for families, the resort has a kids’ club with daily activities, a children’s pool for the younger ones to splash in, and plenty of space for guests wishing to crash out and bask under the Krabi sun. Equipped with amazing spas and a pool-side bar, this resort is great for families.

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