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

Can we take a wild guess that you’re the kind of traveller that loves offshore islands and dense mangrove forest? 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 2022 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!

Your shortcut:

  1. TAN Hostel x Cafe – top pick for solo travellers
  2. Pop-In Hostel Aonang – best for female solo travellers
  3. Pak-Up Hostel – perfect for backpackers

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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.

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

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …no

  • 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.

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

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 reading:

The 3 Best Hostels in Krabi

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

  1. TAN Hostel x Cafe
  2. Pop-In Hostel Aonang
  3. Pak-Up Hostel

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: TAN Hostel x Cafe
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Pop-In Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Slumber Party Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: TAN Hostel x Cafe
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Pop-In Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: TAN Hostel x Cafe
🎒 For Backpackers: Pak-up Hostel 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. TAN Hostel x Cafe

Alrighty, let’s jump straight in and explore the cosy and beautifully-designed TAN Hostel x Cafe.

“At Tan, we would like to welcome you as if to the home of a close friend, instilling a sense of comfort and belonging amid one of the most lively neighborhood, Ao-Nang beach.”

Only a maximum of 50 people can stay here at any given time, so you definitely won’t feel overwhelmed or crowded here.

The rooms are mostly shared dorms, with either 4, 6 or 8-beds. There is a private bedroom as well.

And yes, that all important privacy curtain is included, wahoo!

It’s worth also feeling a bit of excitement for:

  • Tan Cafe – coffee, food, breakfast…
  • Small pantry
  • Sundeck (perfect for sun bathing!)
  • Beach & yoga mats for use

With an overall atmosphere of ‘airy, open and cozy’ it’s super easy to relax and socialise here. The living foliage throughout the property really adds something!

Location: How does an 8-minute walk from Aonang beach sound?! In a quiet area in downtown, yet easy enough to get to the clubs nearby if you fancy a night out.

This is one of the best hostels in Krabi for

  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
Book TAN Hostel x Cafe here

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

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2. Pop-In Hostel Aonang

This quote from Pop-In Hostel made us smile and instantly tickled our hostel taste buds…

“Once you Pop-In, you’ll never want to pop out!”

In fact, Pop-In is a hostel and a registered PADI 5 Star Dive Resort – how cool is that?!

This basically means you have a superb option for a one-stop diving service and accommodation all rolled into one.

Regardless of whether you want to breathe under the ocean, you’re going to love Pop-In.

Check out some of the other amenities:

  • Huge purpose-built communal area
  • Regular excursions (kayaking, hikes, sunset trips)
  • Hostel bar (with outdoor seating)
  • Motor bike rental

This is definitely the kind of hostel where you make tons of friends without even trying.

What about the room types? Well, this is the tricky part. As in, you’re going to have a tough choice deciding which one to sleep in!

If you’re all about the mixed dorms, these comes with 4, 6 and 8-beds. There’s a 6 and 8-bed female dorm, too!

Bunkbeds are oversized and come with an oversized locker, privacy curtain, plug socket, reading light, air conditioning, bed shelves… don’t forget to breathe.

Otherwise you could treat yourself to a private room.

Standard, superior, deluxe – all of them are bright, spacious and so so clean.

Location: In the heart of Aonang, the beach is a 10-15 minute walk away and you’ll be in close proximity to the best bars and restaurants in the area.

This is one of the greatest hostels in Krabi for

  • Female solo travellers
  • Solo travellers
Book Pop-In Hostel Aonang here

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

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3. Pak-Up Hostel

Pak-up Hostel Krabi 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 incredily popular and loved by travellers!

“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

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 which is 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

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

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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.

Why?

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.

  1. Open Hostelworld with 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 then 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 on 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 listed more Krabi hostels for you that you might want to consider:

  • Nomad Hostel Krabi
  • Reset Hostel Krabi
  • Blanco Hideout Railay Hostel

Nomad Hostel Krabi

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

It is not a party hostel but comfy, safe, clean and affordable. They are also a 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 metres to Maharaj Food Market (the largest in southern Thailand) and 950 metres to Krabi Night Market, Krabi riverside, Khao Kanab Nam and 1.2km to Thara Park.

Book Nomad Hostel Krabi here

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

Reset Hostel Krabi

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

There are private rooms in this hostel 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.

Book Reset Hostel Krabi here

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

Blanco Hideout Railay

Perfect for beach enthusiast! 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.

  • Slumber Party Hostel

Slumber Party Hostel

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

Slumber Party Hostel 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. Everyday you will find great tours and free barbecue on Pub Crawl nights. It is indeed the home of Thailand’s biggest pub crawl.

Location: Slumber Party Hostel is located in Aonang and a 15-minute walk from the beach.

This is one of the best hostels in Krabi for

  • Solo travellers
  • Backpackers
Book Slumber Party Hostel here

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

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.

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 that is great to hangout and meet new friends.

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).

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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 to check availability.ld

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.

Any Discounts?

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
  • Krabi Resort

There are so many fun things to do in Krabi:

FAQ

Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best hostels in Krabi for solo travellers?

It’s pretty clear that Pop-In Hostel Aonang 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.

It's sociable, yet cosy. Central yet not overwhelming. And the rooms are so spacious!

Are hostels in Krabi safe?

All hostels in this article do their best to ensure safety of guests. They have a range of policies and initiatives in place to protect the backpackers and Krabi travellers.

There are also hostels that offer mixed dorm and female only dorm so if you are a female solo traveller, you might want to consider staying in a hostel with female only dorms.

So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Krabi. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

What are the best hostels in Krabi?

You can find the best Krabi hostels in this article!

1. TAN Hostel x Cafe
2. Pop-In Hostel Aonang
3. Pak-Up Hostel

What is Krabi best known for?

Our goal is for you to experience the best of Krabi.

The top things to do in Krabi include:

  • 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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How much are hostels in Krabi?

According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Krabi costs $10 per night.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are your Krabi Thailand nightlife tips?

Looking for Krabi nightlife tips? Well, nightlife is all over Krabi Town but here are the things that should be part of your bucket list:

  • Sunset cruise from Railay beach
  • Shop ‘till you drop at Krabi town
  • Go bar-hopping at Ao Nang
  • Party with fire at Phi Phi
  • Chill by the beaches at Klong Muang

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best hostel websites are Hostelgeeks! Or at least, we like to think so. We are not a Krabi hotel blog but a legit website that promotes hostels all over the world!

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

Obviously, Hostelworld is a great platform for finalizing your reservations.

Flights to Krabi?

We enjoy Skyscanner, Omio.com and 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.

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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Krabi.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.

We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

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?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Krabi hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

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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Update: During the pandemic 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.

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.

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