There is just something so special about taking morning walks to the beach.
You feel the warmth of the gentle sun rising while your nose tickles to the salty breeze, your shoulders start burning…
But like a light at the end of the tunnel you reach a peaceful plot of sand; drop your bags and run for a dive in the sea, with no one around…
Any thalassophile (lover of the sea) would relate, and here is why we believe every beach vacation you go for should be spent that way!
Curated by our team, this list of affordable hotels include the small, secret but also few that are fit for a king (yet very affordable) – including boutique places to stay – all a barefoot stroll to the waters of Krabi’s best beaches!
Tub Kaek Beach
The tranquil and quiet haven…
Note: Both Tub Kaek and Klong Muang are usually “up-scale” areas in Krabi, and there are very few affordable hotels in and around the two beaches. They are two of the best beaches in Krabi, as they are both quiet and relaxing. Most of the stays here are big resorts, but we found affordable ones for you!
1. Perfecting succulent breakfasts over endless ocean views – Anyavee Tub Kaek Beach Resort
It seems that this resort offers “good ocean views” as part of their menu. Obviously breakfast alone makes the trip to this chic little beach resort on the coast of Krabi worthwhile!
Within 3 minutes’ walk from the beach, this 4-star resort is what we like to call an affordable luxury stay!
The suites and villas are utterly spacious and offer special treats in the form of amenities, views or direct beach access…
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With a modern reincarnation of Thai culture, you can expect airy rooms furnished in other natural materials, but also beautified with modern décor and materials…
Aiming for a perfect ocean-view getaway? You can book one that sits directly on the beach; and the Beachfront Pool Villa at Anyavee Tub Kaek Beach Resort takes it to a whole new level!
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Spacious bedroom and bathroom guaranteed but can we talk about the view from your private pool?
Special Mention: Look out for small paths that lead to the best secret beach spots – Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort
Some days you deserve your own private beach, that tends to be a few notches quieter than its sister beaches.…. A two minutes’ walk around the garden is all you need, before you spot on secret paths leading to the ocean!
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In fact, if you need sand and sea every day (pretty much like us), the resort features beachfront bungalows with the beach right at your doorstep. The perfect location for couples looking for peace and quiet.
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All bungalows at Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort sit on a well-manicured lawn, outlined by white-sand shores and guests can enjoy the pool at leisure…
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If you are looking for the best sea views, the beachfront rooms win again since they have them as a backdrop – where the sound of the crashing waves help you sleep and wake up everyday.
The sea in front of the resort is remarkably shallow, which makes morning and evening dips pretty inviting.
Do not miss dining with your toes in the sand at the resort’s beachside restaurant and bar – where one can enjoy eating with the smell of the ocean air…
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Comfort food from both Thai and International cuisine are served at the restaurant, while indulging cocktails and snacks are available at the bar.
Nopparat Thara Beach
Only locals know about
2. It’s a graffiti gallery in all its quirkiness – Hotel Maneetel Krabi Beachfront
Put aside other flashy hotels in Krabi. This is a stay that calls for debate; according to us its free-spirited and comes with unique off-beat vibes – while some refer to it as a concrete prison?
Probably due to its quirky and artsy graffiti on the walls! We simply love the creativity behind, don’t you?!
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Plus it is a two minutes’ walk across the road to reach the beach, and you would do anything to be that close to the beach right?!
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The hotel is fairly new, so everything speaks contemporary design. What’s really worth gushing over is the space in the bedroom; huge enough to fit a zoo!
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A dip in the swimming pool will offer you a double treat, as it is coupled with views of the ocean. Cross the road and you are right in the sea.
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Guests’ all time favourite are the rooms with pool access; slide from your bed to the swimming pool as a morning wake up call…
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The hotel is surrounded by eateries and a supermarket can be found a few strides away; talk about convenience!
3. Adrenaline-inducing water slides for ultimate family fun – Ananta Burin Resort
Adventure awaits you at Ananta Burin Resort. The resort hosts water slides, outdoor pool, and a children’s splash pool all set a short 5 minutes’ walk from the beach.
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The rooms at Ananta Burin Resort are well-appointed, fusing Thai design with modern amenities and a touch of Japanese for some.
Both the deluxe pool view and deluxe pool access have sweeping views over the pool, and feature a small balcony.
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All guests will enjoy free-entry to the waterslides throughout their stay, as well as a range of other amenities such as free Wi-Fi and a poolside bar.
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Ananta Burin Resort is highly family-friendly, with every effort made to make your stay as comfortable and welcoming as possible. The room arrangements are flexible with extra facilities such as a cot, extra bed and babysitting services available on request.
To fuel all the fun, the resort’s restaurant offers cuisine from Thai to International options.
PS: Request for babysitting services and treat yourself to a poolside massage service!
4. Fish are not only in the sea, but all over your bedroom walls too – Krabi Aquamarine Resort
The resort is located a short 7 minutes’ walk away from peaceful (kind of secret) Nopparat Thara Beach – known to locals only, away from the hustle and bustle. Ideal if you’re looking for a tranquil vacation rather than a lively one.
We tell you – those fish on the walls will keep your kids busy, while you finally make time to enjoy your shower (with none of them sneaking in)!
The design also gives a fresh ocean look to the bedroom, and constantly remind you that you are on a beach vacation! We like to think that it pays a tribute to the island’s local lifestyle…
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While deluxe rooms are equipped with bathtubs for ultimate soaking sessions with your lover, the 2-bedroom family room features a kitchenette for the finickiest of them all.
Why not get Thai sauces from the local store, and cook a hearty dinner for the whole family tonight? Immerse in the traditional culture!
The alfresco pool is one of the best finds at the resort, while the restaurant and bar are also inviting dining options! You might not want to leave; be warned!
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Klong Muang Beach
Lesser-known views over the Andaman Sea
5. Connect with nature in every possible way – Bann Chom Le Small Beach Front Resort
Everything about this hotel, especially the bamboo-made huts, help you connect with nature and be one with the earth; so your stay has the potential of being radically distinctive, in a world where concrete is taking over…
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The absence of fanciness is what makes Bann Chom Le a charming place to stay at. The huts are located by the beach, and all of them feature an exceptional view of the glittery ocean.
Every corner of this boutique resort is bound to comfort you by the luxury of a natural environment, besides your sleeping cabin. Even the sun loungers and gazebos by the pool are made out of bamboo.
Don’t expect a shabby looking interior, the bamboo cabins are set to be natural but modern at the same time, so you get all the necessary comfort throughout your stay (Yep, they do have Wi-Fi)
Fret not, eco-living resorts do not always mean less amenities. Your swim craves can also be fulfilled at the resort’s swimming pool – one that overlooks the ocean…
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Sea views can be enjoyed from anywhere you stand… or sit at this resort. You barely have to commit to the same spot. Even the on-site restaurant is set in an open-air setting, and comes with magnificent sea views to indulge while you dine!
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Special Mention: That affordable luxe life you have been dreaming of – Beyond Resort
Scrolling through the resort’s location page on Instagram will surely get you packing your bags! This is what we call “Selling dreams”
It is just a 1 minute walk from the beach, and when you see their affordable Pamukale villa that exudes timeless elegance… You won’t be able to resist.
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The resort is to everyone’s liking and welcomes families with kids, catering a series of kids’ activities – while your day at the resort involves a quick detour to the swimming pool, followed by the pristine Klong Muang Beach. Not forgetting taking the time to cleanse your body and soul with a relaxing spa treatment …
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When you’ve had enough of peace and quiet, opt for the resort’s cooking classes and get your hands on traditional Thai cuisine – bring flavours of Thailand to your home country, by mastering cooking for friends and relatives!
Challenges will come your way when you will have to decide where to grab a meal – the resort vaunts an array of dining options for you to choose from. It all depends on what your palate feels like having today!
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6. Karsts and shimmering waters make perfect holiday backdrops – Railay Great View Resort and Spa
Railay Great View; great view indeed! Here is a worth-every-penny stay while in Krabi! We wish we could retire there!
The resort features its private beach, while Railay main beach is located 8 minutes’ walk away.
But wait, before you even step in your room, you should seriously don a mask and fins and slip into the waters surrounding this resort.
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Clear waters make this a great spot to discover the underwater treasures of Krabi – visibility is near-perfect and tide condition is ideal for beginners. (PS: Don’t forget to look up once in a while, as the view, oh the view!!)
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Now back to the resort’s facilities – throw in everything contemporary surrounded by tropical greenery and offering infinite beach views… the wooden style cottages that serve as guest rooms are designed and equipped to ensure your ultimate comfort.
Another wow factor would be the rimless swimming pool that seems to just merge with the ocean… dreamy views for days!
The on-site restaurant offers delicious Thai food, Chinese Food and Western food while breakfast is served in a buffet style.
Railay Great View Resort and Spa is essentially a barefoot hideaway, where sarongs rather than shoes take precedence in the dress code… and you should really begin your holidays with a swim and snorkel!
7. One leg in the pool and one on your private gazebo – Avatar Railay Resort
Known for its warm summer tones, this is your next 6 minutes’ walk to the beach steal!!
First, you must be wondering why “Avatar”? Blame it on the dramatic limestone cliffs! Similar to those in the movie scenes… nothing more, rest assured there are none of the blue species hiding around!
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Basic yet comfortably furnished, this is a superb deal for Railay beach that tends to be featured as an expensive location attracting celebrities only – LIES!!
Airy rooms furnished in other natural materials, beautified with massive hardwood help to complete the fantasy of your stay in a true colonial style. Our crush? The calming colours of the guestrooms that contribute to a complete relaxing atmosphere.
The pool villa is an affordable option you should definitely consider too!
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It is guarded by the surrounding limestone and provides ultimate privacy located at the corner of the main block – but it is also about the Jacuzzi and the balcony that runs into the main swimming pool…
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An affordable yet comfortable stay is their promise to you!
Note: Most of the lights around the resort are dimmed as part of their energy-conserving design.
The oh-so-popular and liveliest of them all
8. Featuring a swim-up pool bar, that’s exactly what Monday blues should look like – Bluesotel Resort & Spa
Whoever invented swim-up pool bars is a legend in our books.
With the azure waters of AoNang Beach located only 8 minutes’ walk from the hotel, it is no surprise that the hues of blue have taken over the hotel from every corner!
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Everything glows and oozes the vibes of famed Ibiza beach clubs!
Bedrooms are simple, with touches of blue here and there, sun-filled and comfy, many with views of the nearby limestones and others over the pool.
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A typical day at Bluesotel revolves around tanning sessions on the sun loungers…
Refreshing dips in the saltwater pool…
And a few laps to the pool bar for a cocktail, and a short walk to the nearby beach at sunset time.
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You might want to book a massage while you relax on the sun loungers too!
9. For the perfect bubble bath after your beach day out – Pakasai Resort & Spa
Daydreaming in Krabi is easy at Pakasai Resort & Spa, and you will agree with us once you get to see their bathtubs. Nothing more heavenly than such soothing soaks with nature, as your soundtrack and here you are…
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It’s rare to find affordable hotels close to the beach, and now with such stunning bathtubs… We think that this resort is an absolute steal, pretty much a luxury deal!
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The rooms at Pakasai Resort & Spa feature an expansive balcony for the best views, while besides the bathtubs, the real draw lies on the rooftop…
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Make your way there and leave your heart at the freshwater infinity-edge pool, with nothing to disturb you while you take a dip…
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Even with all of Krabi at your fingertips, sometimes a day to yourself is the real key to getting the most out of a trip.
This resort will get you to don your swimsuit 24/7, switching from bathtub to infinity pool, and ending with a 5 minute walk to the nearest beach!
10. Take an off-beat dip in a fascinating bloody-red pool – Apple A Day Resort
This is a tricky find and we’re not sure if it will appeal to all of you, but it is surely fascinating. Both for what it features, and for its price and location – being only 4 minutes’ walk away from the beach!
Rest assured, no one was killed to turn the pool water this red! In fact this is due to the red tiles.
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Living up to its name; mostly everything (including the bloody-red pool) revolves around apples at this resort…You will find a symbolic one at the entrance, so there is absolutely no way your cab gets you to the wrong stay!
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There is nothing extra fancy about the rooms, but they have all the necessary comfort and amenities one requires for a proper holiday – and that is all we need, isn’t it?
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Most rooms have direct access to the pool, and some even are equipped with a private Jacuzzi for the most romantic time ever. Add a glass bottle of champagne, and you are sure to win his/her heart!
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PS: Watch out for the sharks in the pool, they love the colour! 😉
11. The fun, colourful and funky stay at a stylish hotel – Wake Up AoNang
This trendy hotel located only 3 minutes’ walk away from popular AoNang Beach, will blow your socks off – if you love everything colourful retro kitsch; it’s packed with lots of hip little twists!
Starting with the lobby exploding with colours, it’s a real feast for the eyes. Around the common area, find yourself a spot at the multiple reading corners that seem to serve as potential picture spots too; although perfect for a post-beach snooze if you ask us!
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There is charm in what the hotel features but also in what it lacks; no swimming pool is to be found but you can enjoy the one next door! But seriously, who needs a pool when the sea is a short 3-minute stroll away?
The ultra-comfortable rooms offer a choice of views; and we rave about the sea views obviously!