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Budget accommodation

Krabi on a Shoestring!

Krabi has a strong reputation for exclusive, high-end hotels and plush resorts, yet you really don’t have to spend a small fortune to land quality rooms in this beautiful province. Fortunately there is a reliable selection of cheap, backpacker accommodation and budget bungalows that offer basic, but clean and comfortable board. So, if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the exclusive beach front resorts or even the competitively priced mid-range hotels, then you’ll need to know where to bag a bargain!

Ao Nang Budget Accommodation

Ao Nang is one of Krabi’s most popular tourist resorts and as such, finding an economical place to lay your head can prove quite a challenge. Three quality options all within 5 minutes walk of the stunning beach and offering double or twin rooms from between THB 800 to THB 2000 per night in peak season (£20-40), include The Seaworld Guesthouse, Blue Bayou bungalows and Krabi Forest Homestay Bungalows, the latter two of which have private bathroom facilities.

It’s also worth knowing, that large groups travelling together can actually enjoy more upmarket holiday accommodation in Ao Nang, without having to pay a luxury price tag. An extremely cost effective option is to rent a serviced villa – these provide exclusive accommodation at a very realistic price. Krabi Villa (Krabi’s leading serviced villa providers) for example, offer the lovely Baan Andaman which sleeps up to eight people, from just THB 8,239 per night. This works out at an incredible THB 1,029 or £21 per person, per night!

Alternatively, as the Krabi weather is gorgeous all year round (bar a few afternoon downpours in monsoon season), an out of season holiday in Ao Nang will also significantly reduce your room rate.

Inexpensive Railay East / Tonsai

Railay East is a favourite with backpackers and consequently has a wide choice in cheaper digs. Check out the Railay Phutawan Resort which although basic, does provide private facilities and costs from between THB 1200 – 3500 or £24-£70 per night. Another contender is the Railay Cabana Bungalows which charge around THB 700 or £14 per night in high season and a remarkable THB 100 or £2 in low season. The trade off here, is that this complex is located a good 15 minutes from the beach. Nearby Tonsai, which can be totally cut-off in monsoon season, is also home to a number of wooden bungalow complexes offering frugal rooms from just a few hundred THB per night. One of the cheapest is Tiew Khao Bungalows which have shared bathroom facilities and, although rather spartan, are spotless nonetheless.

Cheap and Cheerful Krabi Town

Krabi Town doesn’t just offer cut price Krabi lodgings – food and drink are also significantly cheaper than in the tourist resorts. If you are prepared to travel to the beach (Krabi Town has no beach of its own), then the local shops, bars and restaurants do lend themselves to a more authentic Thai experience. There are an almost infinite number of budget hotels, hostels, guest houses and backpacker rooms from which to choose, too.

Scuba divers looking for keenly priced accommodation in Krabi Town might like Cha Guesthouse, which also doubles as a dive shop – single rooms cost from as little as THB 100 per night. The Good Dream Guesthouse provides free wifi and rooms that start from THB 120 and rise to a maximum of THB 500. If you want to sample Thai style accommodation, then the rustic charm of K Guesthouse in the Chao Fa Road, will definitely hit the spot. If you prefer to be where the action is, then Chan Cha Lay Guesthouse is ideal for its central location. Perhaps the most successful Krabi bed and breakfast and certainly the most established, is Swallow Guesthouse, also right in the heart of town and known for its clean, comfortable rooms and exceptionally friendly service. For a room with a view, try the Krabi Nature View Guesthouse, a warm and welcoming guesthouse overlooking Chao Fa Park. Krabi Town also has much in the way of simple, hostel style accommodation. No.7 Guesthouse provides a free book exchange in addition to cheap board, while Pak-Up boasts immaculate dorm style rooms and a roof top bar.

For more contemporary accommodation, the A Mansion Hotel is a safe bet, offering inexpensive air conditioned rooms and high speed wifi from THB 550. Another stylish, yet attractively priced hotel is KR Mansion, which also features a hip, roof top bar with panoramic views over Krabi Town.

Koh Lanta

If bustling resorts and busy towns are not exactly your thing, you can still uncover budget accommodation on the breathtaking Krabi islands. The tranquil island of Ko Lanta has the largest selection and Golden Bay Cottage Bungalows is a fine illustration. Avoid the more expensive islands such as Phi Phi, if you plan to keep costs down.

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