4 Day Ao Nang, Krabi Itinerary for the Budget Backpacker!

by TravelBuzz

Krabi, one of Thailand’s most relaxing, adventurous, and scenic places is a budget backpacker’s paradise! Having the perfect blend of vibrant nightlife and island tranquility, it’s no wonder that thousands of backpackers flock to these shores each month. And with nearly 200 islands running down Krabi’s coastline, there is endless natural beauty to savor. 

If you’re a first time budget traveler in Thailand, this Krabi itinerary was MADE FOR YOU! In just four days, you’ll fall in love with all Ao Nang, Krabi has to offer.


Where to Stay in Ao Nang, Krabi

For backpackers, hostels are the way to go! Ao Nang’s streets are filled with hostels, but if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that each has its own vibe. Are you looking for someplace quiet? Or wanting to experience the party scene? What about something close to the beach?

Sleeper Hostel, Slumber Party Hostels, and Tan CafexHostel are consistently a crowd favorite. Their ideal locations, amenities, and cleanliness are what make them stand out amongst their neighbors.

Tan Hostel, Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand
Breakfast at Tan CafexHostel

I’ve stayed at Sleeper Hostel three times and each was a great experience! I wanted a place that was near the beach, wasn’t too far from the nightlife or main attractions, and didn’t attract too many big party-goers.

Slumber Party Hostel (as the name suggests) is the most popular party hostel chain around Thailand hosting wild bar crawls multiple times a week. With this in mind, I opted not to stay there, but instead head over for their bar crawls and party scene. Taking each hostel’s personality into consideration will definitely influence your trip, so choose accordingly to whichever would best fit your needs!

Note – Slumber Party has two locations in Ao Nang (Ao Nang Beach and Krabi). For a larger room size, I recommend staying at Slumber Party Hostel Krabi. But if you want the convenience of being close to the main strip of Ao Nang, Slumber Party Hostel Ao Nang Beach is the better option.

Editor’s note: For other types of accommodation you can check out the map below.


Arriving in Ao Nang (when’s the best time to visit?)

As someone that’s been to Krabi during rainy season, I strongly advise against it. While it’s likely you’ll catch a few sunny days, the odds are stacked against you – and honestly, with the rain, there really isn’t too much to do in Krabi. After all, it’s a beach town full of outdoor adventure. Your ideal travel window is between October and February.

Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

Upon arrival at Krabi Airport, the easiest and most affordable way to get to Ao Nang is by shuttle bus. As you exit the airport, you’ll see drivers selling shuttle bus tickets for 150 baht (trust me – you won’t find anything cheaper than that). 

The first time I flew down to Krabi, I didn’t know about these shuttle busses and ended up paying well over 600 baht for a Grab (Southeast Asia’s equivalent to Uber). Unless you want a quicker, private ride to your destination, the shuttle bus is the best, most affordable option for budget backpackers.

Keep in mind, drivers wait until the bus is full, so you may find yourself waiting anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. Once you’re off, it’s a 30-minute ride to Ao Nang.

Lastly, upon arrival be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings locked securely. For all of you first time travelers, be sure to avoid these 15 rookie mistakes in Thailand. Although common, knowing what to look out for makes them easily avoidable.


KRABI DAY 1

SPEND THE DAY AT RAILAY BEACH

Wake up early and head over to Railay on your first ever longtail boat ride! To purchase tickets, head down the main road towards the beach where you’ll find the ticket booth at the corner next to the Phra Nang Inn. Tickets range between 100 to 150 baht ($3 USD) one way depending on the season, and depart the beach when full between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand

When riding a long tail boat, don’t take any valuable items. Even though it’s unlikely, there is definitely a chance the boat can flip (which I’ve come close to on multiple occasions). Plus, depending on the speed and where you sit on the boat, you may be sprayed with water.

Boats will drop you off either at Railay West, or Phra Nang Beach depending on the tide. Be prepared to get wet from the get go! There are no piers, so you’ll have to walk ashore.

GO ROCK CLIMBING

Rock climbing the limestone cliffs is one of the most popular activities to do on Railay beach! You can choose between a half day and a full day, as well as your level of difficulty. All you need to bring are socks; everything else is provided (helmet, shoes, chalk, harness). After checking in with your instructor, you will be led down to Phra Nang Beach where you can spend hours testing out the different courses. Rock climbing next to other travelers is hilarious! Everyone is SO nervous, but full of lighthearted laughter and determination to make it to the top. 

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