With sandy beach feet we were sitting in the brand new café, enjoying a creamy fruit bowl along with a beach side view. The radio played smooth jazz, and with the morning steadily passing, more and more people joined the coffee shop. We visited MiniBoxtel in Ao Nang, Krabi, South Thailand. We at Hostelgeeks brought back a beautiful design hostel, photographic impressions, and a story to tell. The fruit bowl however, sorry; that one was just for us!
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The Location Advantage of Mini Boxtel AoNang
The beach on your doorstep - do you need anything else?! Ao Nang is a fairly small beach destination, and you have several grocery stores, bars, cafés, ATMs and shops nearby. It is a great, convenient location, no doubt about that.
As for the night life, there are some bars and clubs in the area, just ask the staff about recommendations. Would you like to explore the area and region?
Then it is a good idea to get a scooter. It is the easiest and fastest way to get around, and it is very affordable. However, please make sure you know how to drive a scooter beforehand, drive slow and defensively, and wear a helmet!Mini Boxtel AoNang, 247/3 M.2 Aonang Muang Krabi TH 81000
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All room types at Mini Boxtel AoNang
Shared Room Types available: Mini Group Dorm, Lady Dorm
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Guide to hostels
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MiniBoxtel Hostel is a small, female-only, design-led hostel at the beach front in Ao Nang.
It takes you literally 20 steps to feel the sand under your feet.
The hostel opened its doors back in 2015, as a result of the ongoing success of Mini House, the bigger sister hotel.
We are Hostelgeeks, your shortcut to the most outstanding hostels in the world, the 5 Star Hostels.
Based on transparent criteria, the 5 Star Hostels are budget accommodations with unique character and personality.
Ao Nang is the beach town, only a 20 min ride away from famous Krabi.
And if you are traveling around Thailand, you will find more 5 Star Hostels:
- Oxotel Hostel in Chiang Mai, North of Thailand, where landscape meets design (and where we lived for 1 month)
- the inspirational Happynest Hostel Chiang Rai, also North of Thailand
- your friends in Bangkok, the popular Yim Huai Khwang Hostel
The Mini Boxtel Hostel in Review
Oh Yeah, during your Thailand trip you will be able to stay at unique accommodations!
So now is time to relax and let us show you around.
1. Love, care, and passion
To quote the hostel directly; This hostel runs on love, passion, and care.
„We believe that giving others the best, is the best receiving“
– Mini Boxtel team
The abandoned building in the center of Ao Nang got lifted from loneliness and given new purpose.
The owners recognized the potential of an upscale accommodation for budget travelers right here.
After Mini House was a big success, the owners wanted to take a second step, and created the cities first female-only hostel.
After the opening, the hostel decided to upgrade the hostel to an even better place.
The dorm on the first floor was removed and replaced by an impressive in-house café.
It is no secret: we love Coffee and Design!
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Here you can order delicious food and creamy coffee to enjoy with the cities beach view.
We got the fruit bowl with cereals and the freshest fruits and mango cream.
When you get one, please send us over an Instagram shot to make us jealous!
The stylish table in the center of the café bar is actually a 30 year old rubber machine.
That reminds us to Swanky Mint Hostel in Zagreb, which has an old machine as a reception desk.
Along with many more details like travel quotes, surfboards, and colorful sprinkles over the hostel, it’s a fantastic place to unwind and kick-back.
Read: +110 design hostels you can admire all day long
2. Design-led hostel at the beach front
Remove your shoes and go inside; you’ll discover a serious gem of design.
The colorful sprinkles in blue symbolize the ocean.
Splashed on the wall, it highlights the logo on the ground floor as well as the room numbers on the upper floors.
It’s an elegantly discreet design.
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- Bali, paradise for surfers, beach-lovers and home of Bread&Jam Hostel
- Kuala Lumpur with its Paper Plane Hostel
- Makati and the hipster-hostel of Makati Junction Hostel
The dorms themselves come in a pod-style.
Every pod has its own plug, light and curtain for privacy.
As Mini Boxtel is a female-only hostel, it’s therefore only female-only dorms here.
Read: overview of all different room types at hostels .
We even created a handy introduction to female-only dorms with 7 pros and 3 cons to consider.
The café is the highlight of the accommodation.
The name of the café is „Lion&Shark“, the animal kings of the earth and water.
Have a closer look at the hand painted wall behind the long sofa as it shows different animals as well.
Besides a beautiful design, the concept becomes clearer when paying closer attention to the design elements.
In a nutshell, the hostel‘s design is kept in a boutique style with grey and wooden colors.
The laid-back influence of a beach location is, there’s no denying it, a great way to enjoy a quality accommodation on a budget.
3. The only female-only hostel in town
The photos, reviews and comments we received from our community here at Hostelgeeks convinced us: We had to stop by MiniBoxtel to see if it is really a 5 Star-worthy hostel.
We were excited to see for ourselves.
The hostel matches all the criteria, and really stands out of all the hostels in the area.
The concept hostel was designed after its bigger sister boutique hotel, the Mini House.
It is the owners’ next iteration of success as a fresh approach towards female-only boutique hostels.
The whole hostel tells you the responsible one is a design lover and a fruit junky.
From our perspective, Mini Boxtel is 100% pure Ao Nang.
4. Easy going and chill vibes
Although it’s a female-only hostel, you will find a mix of gender in the cafe itself.
Guys are welcome here as well, and the atmosphere is easy-going and chill.
This is not your typical party hostel, but a serious social melting point for travelers exploring Thai-islands.
It is very common to meet people either coming from the islands like Koh Pi Pi, Koh Lanta or Koh Lipe, or from the Northern parts such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai and so on.
Therefore, it is great to chat with fellow travelers about their experiences, and potentially create new travel plans.
Watch out: you might end up in Argentina…
If you end up there just say Hi from us!
At night, the hostel is surrounded by numerous options to go out and experience the town‘s nightlife.
5. Passionate staff loving Krabi
Last but not least, what about the staff?
The staff speaks great English, so you won’t experience that dreaded language barrier.
When talking about languages Hostel Ruthensteiner in Vienna always comes to our mind, their staff speaks more than 5 different languages.
The team in the café downstairs will give you their personal recommendations for a good coffee or food to order.
We mentioned it before, but thanks to the recommendation we took the fruit bowl – and we still dream about that one, seriously!
Another plus for the staff is that they actually come from Ao Nang and area.
This means you have some friends here knowing the area like the back of their hand.
Go for it and ask them for their recommendations.
The owner of MiniBoxtel is also the creatives behind the project EveryDay Krabi – an insider’s guide to Ao Nang, Krabi and area.
Check it out for non-touristic tips.
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Hostel Packing List
Now that you found this amazing hostel, make sure you pack the right away and the right things.
Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 smart items you need to pack.
The main things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries
- The hostel address – written down
FUN Things to do in Ao Nang Beach, Thailand
Remember to book your tickets to the most popular sights in advance.