3 Best Hostels in Krabi, Thailand – Purely Dorm and Female-Only Hostels Close to the Beach

3 Best Hostels in Krabi, Thailand
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Can we take a wild guess that you’re the kind of traveler who loves offshore islands and dense mangrove forests? That’s probably why you’re in search of the best hostels in Krabi.

No, we’re not mind readers. But we do know that hot destinations need cool hostels.

Fresh: We did a huge update of this guide in 2024, replacing ALL top 3 hostels. Link Hostel, Surf Hostel, and Talardkao Hostel are sadly now closed.

Yet, we’re super excited to introduce our new smoking hot collection!

Looking for party hostels in Thailand? We have a detailed guide to the best party hostels in Phuket.

Our favorite hostels in Krabi are:

  1. Pak-Up Hostel - best for Backpackers
  2. 8 Sleeper Street Hostel - best for Solo Travelers
  3. Chanchalay Hip Hostel - best for Groups, Friends, Family

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This is the only guide you’ll need if you’re in search of where to stay in Krabi and the top things to do in Krabi. It’s all here!

Thailand is chocker with design hostels. In fact, we’ve collected 57 best hostels in Thailand to help you save time. We have you covered if you’re also looking for the best hostels in Ao Nang.

And, of course, we’ve found some wonderful options in beautiful Krabi.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

We cover in this article:

  • What about cheapest hostels in Krabi?
  • More Hostels in Krabi worth a mention
  • Party Hostels in Krabi
  • Female-only Hostel?
  • How to book?
  • Discounts
  • All 3 Hostels put on a map + TOP Sights
  • FAQ
  • Flights to Krabi?
  • More guides
  • Quick Introduction to Krabi

    Average price for a bed: Hostels in Krabi cost 5€ – 11€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 20€ up to 56€ per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea.

    Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

    Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

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    The 3 Best Hostels in Krabi are …

    Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Krabi.

    1. Pak-Up Hostel – best for Backpackers
    2. 8 Sleeper Street Hostel – best for Solo Travelers
    3. Chanchalay Hip Hostel – best for Groups, Friends, Family

    These are our favorite hostels in Krabi. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

    Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

    🦸 Solo Traveler: 8 Sleeper Street Hostel
    🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: 8 Sleeper Street Hostel
    🥳 Party Hostel:Bodega Party Ao Nang
    👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Chanchalay Hip Hostel
    👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Chanchalay Hip Hostel
    👯For Groups:Chanchalay Hip Hostel
    🎒 For Backpackers: Pak-up Hostel Krabi

    1. Pak-Up Hostel

    Pak-Up Hostel very quickly built a reputation for being where the buzz is, the most energetic and dynamic place in the area.

    It opened in 2010 as the first and biggest hostel in Krabi. To this day, it remains incredibly popular and loved by travelers!

    “Our lobby is normally full of backpackers making plans and forging new friendships.”

    The best bit? Probably the Playground Bar, here you can play games and meet other travelers!

    This is unique, no doubt.

    Have a look at why Pak-Up is a superb choice for backpackers and party animals:

    • Biggest & most debauched PUB CRAWL in the area
    • Cooking classes
    • Free full-body training
    • Backpacker adventure tours
    • Onsite bar
    • Free breakfast
    Book Pak-Up Hostel here

    Check prices at:
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    Pak-Up Hostel

    Not only that, but this hostel has its very own gym, including monkey bars, yoga mats, and weights.

    It’s not unusual for people to get on so well that there’s a party underway before you know it, so be prepared!

    All of the shared and private rooms here are gorgeous, too. Big spaces, air conditioning, extra large beds, and privacy curtains – yes, please.

    Little perks like a shared kitchen, 24/7 reception, and free wifi give Pak-Up bonus points.

    Location: Pak-Up is located in Krabi Town, a 20-minute drive from the popular Ao Nang Beach. It’s situated on the main corner of the town, surrounded by various local markets.

    This is one of the best hostels in Krabi for

    • Backpackers
    • Party animals
    Book Pak-Up Hostel here

    Check prices at:
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    Pak-Up Hostel Lounge Pak-Up Hostel Gym Pak-Up Hostel Dorms

    2. 8 Sleeper Street Hostel

    8 Sleeper Street Hostel is our top Krabi hostel for solo travelers.

    On-site, you’ll find:

    • A shared lounge
    • A terrace

    This is a cozy hostel with city views, it offers a clean, comfortable, and modern environment for travelers looking for a good night’s sleep and friendly staff. 

    The space is kept thoroughly clean all day long and caters to people who prefer a laid-back atmosphere rather than a party one. 

    Location: Centrally located hostel in Krabi town. Restaurants and cafes surround the area, and Krabi walking street and the night and morning markets are a short distance away.

    A great choice for

    • Solo Travelers
    Book 8 Sleeper Street Hostel here

    Check prices at:
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    8 Sleeper Street Hostel Dorms 8 Sleeper Street Hostel

    3. Chanchalay Hip Hostel

    Chanchalay Hip Hostel is our top pick for Krabi hostels if you’re traveling with a group of friends or family

    This Krabi hostel has the following facilities: 

    • A garden
    • A shared lounge 
    • A restaurant/cafe
    • A tour desk

    This is a nice cozy, friendly hostel renowned for its cleanliness and comfort. The accommodation is housed inside of a house next to the river with a nautical theme interior marked by mosaics and lots of green plants. 

    The staff is incredibly accommodating and helpful and will help you out with any issue or needs you might encounter during your stay. 

    Location: Krabi hostel close to the city center and peer. The night market and train station are a short walk away. Restaurants, cafes, and bars surround the area. 

    This is one of the best hostels in Krabi for

    • Groups of friends
    • Family
    Book Chanchalay Hip Hostel here

    Check prices at:
    Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    Chanchalay Hip Hostel Dorms Chanchalay Hip Hostel Garden Chanchalay Hip Hostel

    What about cheapest hostels in Krabi?

    Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

    We think it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


    The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

    However, if you are traveling on a shoestring budget and you want to save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Krabi.

    1. Open Hostelworld with a full list of budget places to stay in Krabi
    2. Order the listing by price

    Simple as that.

    Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels.

    Make sure you use the other filters and rank per price. Hostel world Krabi hostels will really meet backpackers’ Krabi budget.

    Also, keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings.” Meaning the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight into what to expect.

    More Hostels in Krabi worth a mention

    What is seriously the best hostel in Krabi for backpackers? Well, there are actually a lot!

    We have one more Krabi hostel for you that you might want to consider:

    • Blanco Hideout Railay Hostel

    Blanco Hideout Railay

    Perfect for beach enthusiasts! Looking for an adventure?

    Blanco Hideout Railay is a resort-style hostel. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the Andaman sea and surrounding mountains.

    Here in this hostel, you will get to experience white beaches and insane rock climbing.

    Hostel highlights:

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor pool
    • 24-hour security
    • Rock Climbing packages

    Blaco Hideout Railay beach hostel will never let you get bored! They have plenty of activities, such as snorkeling, rock climbing, and kayaking.

    Book Blanco Hideout Railay here

    Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

    Party Hostels in Krabi

    Remember that we only want to recommend party hostels that offer social, fun vibes and less of the ‘young party kids’ atmosphere.

    In our opinion, it’s often obvious which are the crazy, all-night party hostels in Krabi and other destinations around the world.

    We found the best party hostels in Krabi.

    • Bodega Party Ao Nang

    We also have a guide with more information and options: party hostels in Krabi.

    Bodega Party Ao Nang 

    Note: This hostel previously was Slumber Party Hostel. This is the same hostel, just with different name now.

    Just the name of this hostel will make your book for them. Are you ready to experience the bodega madness?

    Bodega Party Ao Nang is great for meeting new people from all cultures and backgrounds. It is amazing!

    Rooms are in perfect pod beds for great privacy. They are clean and refreshing!

    Hostel highlights:

    • Bar
    • Travel desk
    • Outdoor terrace & BBQ
    • 24-hour security

    There are a lot of activities that you can do. You will find great tours and free barbecues on Pub Crawl nights every day. It is indeed the home of Thailand’s biggest pub crawl.

    Location: Bodega Party Ao Nang is located in Aonang, a 15-minute walk from the beach.

    This is one of the best hostels in Krabi for

    • Solo travelers
    • Backpackers
    Book Bodega Party Ao Nang here

    Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

    Bodega Party Ao Nang Fun

    Bodega Party Ao Nang Dorm

    Did someone say Female-only Hostel?

    That’s right, Krabi has its very own hostel designed solely for female solo travelers – how cool is that?!

    Welcome to the beautiful design hostel that is Mini Boxtel.

    Update: Oh no! Mini Boxtel has permanently closed. Sorry, ladies! Go with TAN Hostel x Cafe instead; you won’t be disappointed.

    Walk all of 20 steps, and you’ll feel the sand under your feet.

    There’s no doubt that ladies who are all about healthy living and chic design will love it here. You will also love its outdoor terrace, which is great for hanging out and meeting new friends.

    Downstairs you’ll find Lion & Shark, a hip cafe that offers delicious smoothies and super-food bowls to guests and locals.

    Retreat to your privacy pod in peace, knowing you’ll only be sharing spaces with other fellow women.

    No boys means top-notch cleanliness! (Sorry, lads).

    Mini Boxtel one of the best hostels in Krabi, Thailand

    Welcome to Mini Boxtel Hostel AoNang

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    How to book?

    The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

    We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

    Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

    We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Krabi best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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    Our Favorite Hostels in Krabi put on a map + sights

    Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Krabi hostels on a map.

    Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

    We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

    • Phi Phi Islands
    • Railay Beach
    • Tiger Cave Temple
    • Ao Nang Beach
    • Ko Poda
    • Tha Pom Klong Song Nam
    • Krabi Hot Springs
    • Krabi Resort

    There are so many fun things to do in Krabi:

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    There you have it. Hopefully now you know where to stay in Krabi during your trip.

    Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

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    Last note: Our commitment

    This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place in Krabi on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

    Take note that there are also Krabi Thailand hotels that you might want to consider but we guarantee that choosing Krabi hostels instead of Krabi hotels will make your travel experience more rewarding! Plus, it is cheaper and budget friendly.

    At Hostelgeeks, we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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    The complete guide and overview to the Best Hostels in Krabi, Thailand

    Update: During C*v** many hostels in Thailand suffered and as such the below hostels have closed.

    CLOSED: Link Hostel

    Our #1 choice in Krabi is your link to a great hostel. Get it? Ok, that was bad.

    But seriously, Link Hostel is without doubt the coolest hostel in the area and perfect for solo travellers, backpackers and friends. Definitely, the best place to stay in Krabi for solo traveller.

    That’s because you won’t find a private room in sight.

    Instead, there are beautifully designed 6-bed dorms with pod-beds to die for. But don’t actually die as there is so much to enjoy here!

    There are actually four 6-bed dorms, two of which are mixed and two female-only.

    Hint: decide if you’d like a shared or private bathroom and book accordingly.

    We warn you now; it could be very easy to spend too much time curled up on your bed.

    That’s because you’ll find:

    • Garden, pool & mountain views
    • Personal socket, light, curtain & locker
    • Air conditioning
    • Free WiFi

    Trust us when we say that you won’t regret peeling yourself away from ultimate comfort.

    This boutique hostel also has a sizeable swimming pool attached to a spacious garden and undercover seating area.

    Rent a bicycle to enjoy the immediate neighborhood. It’s second best to wandering around by foot.

    If you’re feeling peckish, visit the best Krabi restaurants and grab some free snacks.

    There’s also tea and coffee available all day which is always a bonus.

    In the evenings there is often entertainment – meeting people made easy.

    Although the reception is only open from 06:00 to 22:00, there is no curfew here.

    Just be aware that check in has to happen during reception open hours.

    Location: Link is found 23km from Ao Nang and around 15-minutes from the beach.

    This is one of the best hostels in Ao Nang. You could also show your love to LGBT community since Ao Nang has a Krabi gay beach.

    It’s the ideal location if you like to be in a quieter area. There’s access to a Krabi shuttle bus, taxi and mopeds to get further afield.

    Link Hostel is one of the best hostels in Krabi, Thailand

    CLOSED: Surf Hostel

    Who’s ready for modern social spaces and a friendly welcome?

    At Surf Hostel you’ll get both and more.

    It’s evident from the many reviews that the staff here really stand out and do a good job of giving every guest the same attention.

    We wouldn’t have it any other way!

    As a brand new hostel on the block, you can expect spotless spaces and clever design.

    There is a good choice of rooms including:

    • Superior 8-bed mixed dorm
    • Deluxe 6-bed mixed dorm
    • Deluxe 6-bed female dorm

    Once again, sorry couples: no private rooms here.

    One positive thing about that means a lot of attention and detail has gone in to the dorm rooms.

    Under some of the bunks you’ll find cosy seating areas and in others there are TV screens at the foot of the bed.

    No matter which one you end up in, enjoy a

    • curtain,
    • shelf
    • and plug socket.

    These dorms are a perfect balance of social and private space. A great way to test out if you’re a lover of shared space or not.

    On the ground floor is an open plan space for everyone to enjoy.

    Here you’ll find a small cafe, reception, tour desk and ample space to chill and/or chat the day away.

    The sofas are great for reading a book. Or perhaps you’re a digital nomad?

    In that case you’ll appreciate the table and chair combination.

    Just try not to get too distracted by the large window looking out on to the street.

    Free breakfast is included and the staff are known to rustle up something delicious for vegans/vegetarians.

    Location: Ao Nang beach is a 10 minute walk from Surf Hostel, located in a peaceful neighbourhood.

    There is a cute restaurant directly opposite worth a visit.

    CLOSED: Talardkao Balcony

    Ok, forget big chain hostels for a minute. Talardkao Balcony Krabi is a charming boutique hostel and an obvious home-from-home choice.

    This is one of the best hostels in Krabi for travellers looking to be away from the tourist hub and party scene.

    It’s run by a small, happy family. Doesn’t that just bring nothing but a smile to your face?

    It’s a space designed to un-wind and switch off. You won’t find a TV here!

    But fear not, there is still free Wi-Fi to help you stay connected.

    And guess what? This hostel has private rooms available, and they’re gorgeous.

    We really love the homely details in each room that will have you feeling so settled it will be hard to pack up and move on.

    Honestly, Talardkao is all about the rooms and the building is minimalistic without much in the way of social spaces.

    That’s why we recommend this to couples and small families that are looking for a clean, budget option.

    It’s also a great choice for travellers that like the option of socialising in a small setting.

    The mixed dorms only have 4 beds so it’s not an overwhelming space.

    Location: being close to the Krabi airport, this is a great choice if you’re flying out the next day.

    Krabi Town is 5km away so requires transport – it’s very close to the bus station.

    Talardkao Balcony is one of the best hostels in Krabi, Thailand
    Talardkao Balcony

    CLOSED: Nomad Hostel Krabi

    Update: This hostel has permanently closed. We’ve kept this content here for your information.

    Nomad Hostel Krabi is a cozy boutique hostel that meets all your needs.

    It is not a party hostel but comfy, safe, clean, and affordable. They are also an environment-friendly hostel. They encourage sustainable, eco-friendly travel, so water refill services are provided, and re-usable straws are available for use or purchase to help reduce plastic use.

    The staffs are very helpful and welcoming. Every guest will feel at home in their place.

    Hostel highlights:

    • Tour desk
    • Outdoor terrace & Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Airport Shuttle

    Popular points of interest near the hostel include Wat Kaew Korawaram, Weekend Night Market Krabi town, and Cro-Magnon Man Intersection.

    Location: It is 700 meters to Maharaj Food Market (the largest in southern Thailand) and 950 meters to Krabi Night Market, Krabi riverside, Khao Kanab Nam, and 1.2km to Thara Park.

    CLOSED: Reset Hostel Krabi

    Update: This hostel has permanently closed. We’ve kept this content here for your information.

    Modern-style hostel? En-suite dorm bathrooms? Spacious common areas? They are all here at Reset Hostel Krabi.

    The hostel is very clean, and it is being maintained every day. The staffs are so helpful and friendly. Breakfast is very good, and there are new homemade snacks every day.

    Hostel highlights:

    • Bar
    • Travel desk
    • Outdoor terrace
    • Board games

    This hostel has private rooms so couples can stay here and have their privacy. They guarantee that you experience a total reset upon staying at their place!

    Location: Ao Nang Beach is 9 km from Reset Hostel, while Krabi town is 18 km from the property. The nearest airport is Krabi Airport, 26 km from the property.

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