No, we’re not mind readers. But we do know that hot destinations need cool hostels.
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.
And of course, we’ve found some wonderful options in beautiful Krabi.
- Link Hostel – top pick for solo travellers
- Surf Hostel – female solo travellers
- Talardkao Balcony – one for couples
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Perhaps you’re in search of awesome party hostels? We’ve found a laid-back social option you’re going to love.
If you’re a female solo traveller you must check out Mini Boxtel – it’s strictly for ladies and we doubt there’s room for disappointment.
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.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). 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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Krabi
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Krabi.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article. This also includes cool things to do in Krabi.
1. 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.
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
- Free Wi-Fi
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 restaurant 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.
It’s the ideal location if you like to be in a quieter area. There’s access to a bus, taxi and mopeds to get further afield.
This is one of the best hostels in Krabi for
- Solo travellers
2. 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
- 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.
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.
This is one of the greatest hostels in Krabi for
- Female solo travellers
3. Talardkao Balcony
Ok, forget big chain hostels for a minute. Talardkao Balcony 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 airport, this is a great choice if you’re flying out the next day.
Town is 5km away so requires transport – it’s very close to the bus station.
This is one of the best hostels in Krabi for
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 shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Krabi.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Krabi
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Krabi for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Krabi for solo-travellers?
Let’s simplify this for you so you can spend less time looking and more time booking.
- Best hostel in Krabi for female solo travellers: Mini Boxtel
- Best hostel in Krabi for solo travellers: Link Hostel
- Best hostel in Krabi for backpackers: Link Hostel
It’s pretty clear that Link Hostel is the top choice for solo travellers of all kinds. Heck, even female solo travellers would like it here thanks to the single-sex dorms.
There’s a pool, restaurant and bright, clean rooms. It’s an obvious choice, if you ask us.
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.
So, we bring to you Stayover Hostel; a relaxed backpacker place perfect for socialising.
“Experience a Stayover here and you’ll never want to leave.”
This hostel is ideally located just 1.4km from the beach and excellent nightlife opportunities.
The coolest area to hang out has to be the spacious rooftop with mountain views.
BYO booze is allowed up here so unwind in the sun and let the good times flow.
If you don’t meet new friends this way, the beers are on us!
Having failed that, you’ll definitely want to check out the activities on offer.
Anything from sunset hikes to rock climbing – the opportunities will be nothing but memorable.
Did someone say Female-only Hostel?
That’s right, Krabi has its very own hostel designed solely for female solo travellers – how cool is that?!
Welcome to the beautiful design hostel that is Mini Boxtel.
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.
Downstairs you’ll find Lion & Shark, a hip cafe that offers delicious smoothies and super-food bowls to not only guests, but locals, too.
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).
We loved our visit so much, we wrote up a full guide to Mini Boxtel to give you a better idea of what to expect.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostels. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Link Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Surf Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Talardkao Balcony: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Mini Boxtel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Stayover Hostel: Booking.com | 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 hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fixed.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Krabi. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels 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
There are so many fun things to do in Krabi:
- 4 Islands day trip by Speedboat (with lunch)
- Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Trip (full day)
- Blue Lagoon Kayaking (half day)
- Krabi Jungle Tour: Tiger Temple, Hot Springs & Crystal Pool
Flights to Krabi?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Krabi.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Krabi.
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Over to you
There you have it. Hopefully now you know where to stay in Krabi during your trip.
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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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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries