The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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In a country known for its natural beauty, Krabi is perhaps the most beautiful region of all. Its turquoise waters, powdery sands, dense emerald jungles, dramatic mountains, and cavernous mangrove forests combine to make a truly spectacular sight. Hotels in the area know how to play to these strengths.
You’ll find decadent glitzy hotels and the usual family-friendly resorts, but also some more low-key options with rooms and villas that blend in and highlight the natural surroundings. Many hotels in Krabi pride themselves in being isolated and in allowing you to really get away from it all – several are even only accessible by traditional longtail boat.
Krabi is a large region, so it can be hard to decide where to base yourself. There is no gay area (there is no dedicated gay nightlife at all) and only a couple of places with a strong nightlife. It’s up to you to decide whether you want a more secluded, relaxing experience or if you want to enjoy the social life of the busier hubs.
All of the hotels on this list, however, are on mainland Krabi, and most are in and around the following three areas. Ao Nang, Railay and Krabi Town
Ao Nang is the central transport hub of Krabi, as well as the most developed beachside area. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, markets, and stores, but not too much that the beach feels completely taken over by tourism. Apart from Koh Phi Phi, it has the closest nightlife to the party vibe you get in other major Thai destinations. Because of its frequent boat services and good transport networks, this is the best place to stay if you plan to cover a lot of ground throughout Krabi.
Railay – More upscale and quieter than Ao Nang, Railay has more of a relaxed atmosphere. It is made up of a beach in Railay West that connects with a more developed area in Railay East. There are bars and restaurants and a decent nightlife, but it’s considerably more laid-back than Ao Nang. It’s a particularly beautiful peninsula, with dramatic limestone formations, green mangrove forests, and stunning beaches.
Krabi Town is the capital of Krabi, and it is perhaps one of the most authentic spots in the area. It’s very much a living, breathing Thai town, with plenty of great temples, markets, bars, and shops to explore. Few people spend their entire time in Krabi here (few people come to Krabi to stay away from the beaches and nature), but it’s worth a stop for a day or two.
♥ Poolside rooms with direct access
♥ Great Ao Nang location
♥ High-quality fitness facilities
This huge resort in Ao Nang has everything you could possibly want from a Thai beach vacation. There’s a huge freeform pool with a swim-up bar, lush tropical greenery, and a complete suite of services, activities, and facilities to keep you busy.
The rooms are spacious and decorated in a modern style, with some of them featuring direct access to the pool (we mean direct – you can jump straight from your private terrace into the water). The hotel is very family-focused, but it is also careful to cater to those without kids as well. There is a dedicated adults-only wing of the hotel based around the needs of couples, and the dedicated kid and teen areas mean the other parts of the hotel tend to be relaxed.
There’s great food at the Inn Asia restaurant and three different bars to get your refreshments from. You can also enjoy live entertainment most nights, and the 24h gym is excellent, with a full range of cardio and weights equipment.
One of the best things about Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach is its location, right in the middle of the action in Ao Nang. Noppharat Thara Beach is just a short walk away, and there are countless great restaurants and bars around to enjoy.
♥ Secluded bay with an almost private beach
♥ Two huge pools – one very quiet and peaceful
♥ Great facilities and free kayak rental
Centara Grand Krabi sits in its own quiet bay, surrounded by steep cliffs and a pristine beach. Cut off from the mainland by mountains, you can only reach the resort by boat, creating almost private vibes. Free boat transfers are provided by the resort and while it’s so tranquil you can still reach Krabi International Airport within a 40-minute drive.
In addition to the 500-meter beach, the luxury resort’s facilities include a spa, fitness center, two outdoor pools, four onsite restaurants, and a large watersport center. The watersports guests offer sailing, paddleboards, windsurfing, and kayaks.
The resort is a little bit removed from Krabi’s main attractions. However, the secluded location also makes for a perfect setting to indulge in romantic escapes.
♥ Largest. Swimming. Pool. In. Thailand.
♥ Beautiful Thai-colonial design
♥ Top-notch resort facilities across the board
If the words “Thailand’s largest swimming pool” doesn’t do it for you, we don’t know what will. As well as a massive 7,000m2 lagoon-style pool, this luxury resort features some of the best recreational facilities around, including tennis courts, a golf course, an excellent fitness center, and a full suite of activities. You can then top off a busy day by getting a L’Occitane treatment at the spa.
The gay friendly hotel also boasts four restaurants, serving everything from local Thai fare to poolside barbeques and authentic Italian cuisine. For breakfast, you can enjoy an incredibly well-stocked buffet with options catering for every possible taste and nationality.
It also helps that the resort looks absolutely gorgeous, with a blend of old-fashioned colonial grandeur, and traditional Thai features. This extends to the rooms, which feature luxury elements like teak floors and furniture, marble bathrooms, and sea-facing balconies.
The resort is a little bit removed from Krabi’s main attractions, but Ao Nang is just a 20-minute drive away. From there, all of Krabi’s best islands and beaches are easily reachable. That said, the isolated location is also perfect for gay couples and travellers who want to properly get away from it all in a luxury environment.
♥ Beachfront location
♥ Beautiful relaxing decor
♥ Great pool and gym facilities
The ShellSea Krabi is a beautiful 5-star resort that sits close to the peaceful shores of Ao Nam Mao beach. It features playful, modern decor, with a discreet ocean theme in honor of its location on Fossil Shell Beach, a unique and ancient geological feature.
The hotel offers both rooms and private villas, all impeccably decorated and with high-end amenities. The rooms are all extremely spacious and face either a lovely tropical garden, the ocean, or the pool. Meanwhile, all the villas have their own private, secluded pools, with the biggest housing up to four people.
There are two outdoor pools: a quiet, adults-only, romantic one and a larger one with 180-degree ocean views and hydro massage jets that will make it hard for you to get out of the water. There is a bright, modern gym with a good selection of equipment and a fitness studio offering yoga, pilates, and aerobics classes. The spa is beautifully designed in a relaxing minimal style, and the three restaurants serve up tasty Thai and international food.
Ao Nang is less than a 20-minute drive away, and the hotel offers a free, limited shuttle service to and from Ao Nang and Krabi town.
♥ Beachfront, stunning decor & landscaping
♥ Above-and-beyond levels of service
♥ Perfect for a romantic getaway
The Tubkaak Krabi is a gorgeously designed resort located near quiet Tubkaak Beach. This location is far removed from most of Krabi’s more commercial resort areas, meaning you truly get a feeling of peace and quiet when staying here. The hotel has won several awards for its design and romantic feel, so this is definitely one to discover with a significant other.
All the rooms are decorated with a contemporary take on traditional Thai design, and they all have an outdoor bathtub that is perfect for soaking under the stars after a long day of beach activities. The villas are even more romantic, with your own private pool and, in some cases, direct beachfront access.
The resort is dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience. This is felt from your arrival, where you are welcomed with fresh fruit, cold towels, and a drink. The staff take pride in their work and are exceptionally friendly and helpful.
Facilities include a beautiful spa, a library, a gift shop stocking authentic artisan items from throughout Thailand, and a small but well-equipped gym. Complimentary kayaks and paddle boards are available on the beach, and the daily breakfast has an excellent selection of Western and Asian dishes.
♥ Stylish and unique design
♥ High-quality fitness and leisure facilities
♥ Quiet and less developed location
The Tama Hotel is sleek and stylish, looking more like a modern urban hotel than your usual tropical resort fare. The interiors are distinctly contemporary, all clean lines and tasteful blend of color. Outside, you’ll find all the features you would want from a Krabi resort: a large swimming pool, killer views, and well-kept greenery.
The rooms come in Deluxe and Superior, with the latter being larger. All rooms feature a balcony and floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows that make the most of the surrounding mountains and mangrove forests.
The facilities are all excellent, including a saltwater swimming pool with a whirlpool and a very good gym. That said, the WiFi can be spotty at times and it is worth noting that no alcohol is served on the resort.
The Tama Hotel is located near Ao Nam Mao, a quiet and peaceful area between Ao Nang and Krabi town. Both are just a 15-minute drive from the hotel, and a free shuttle service is provided for making the trip. There is not a beach in the surrounding area – it is a primarily Muslim and fairly traditional part of Krabi – Ao Nam Mao pier does provide regular longtail boat services to Railay.
♥ Friendly and relaxed atmosphere
♥ Great bar and hostel facilities
♥ Comfy beds
Pak Up is located in Krabi town, which is a good place to base yourself for jungle adventures and cultural trips. It’s a friendly, modern hostel with a chilled-out vibe and great facilities, as well as a lively bar that makes for an excellent social hub.
The dorms have either 8 or 10 beds, all of which have their own locker, international plug point, USB socket, and privacy curtain. The decor is very simple and straightforward, but the rooms are clean and the beds are very comfy, which is ideal after a long day of adventuring.
“The Playground” is Pak Up’s main bar, which has tons of games and party activities as well as a nightly free BBQ. They also have a large guest kitchen which is perfect for making your own meals and cheap laundry facilities. The open-air rooftop gym is an especially welcome addition and a pretty rare one for a hostel.
The hostel organizes fun hikes and jungle experiences during the day, and there’s always something going on in the bar at night. This means that, despite Krabi town having little to do for tourists, you’ll never get bored during your stay.
♥ Excellent location in Ao Nang
♥ Private beach access
♥ Pleasant layout in beautiful tropical gardens
Krabi Resort benefits from an incredible location on Ao Nang, with its own private stretch of beach (it’s the only hotel in Ao Nang to have this feature). From here, it is easy to get transport to islands like Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, and you have a great selection of nightlife spots to keep you entertained.
The resort itself offers a selection of spacious rooms, villas, and bungalows, featuring either contemporary design or a more traditional Thai decor. The luxury grand room is a particularly romantic choice, with large windows and a balcony overlooking the mountains, while the Tropical Pool Villa offers some of the most stylish decor.
It’s a large resort with a sprawling tropical garden, so it feels nicely isolated and peaceful. There are two great outdoor swimming pools as well as the aforementioned private beach. Aside from this, you will find all the expected facilities, including a decent gym, daily activities, several food and drink outlets, and bicycle rental.
♥ Great location close to Ao Nang
♥ Modern, comfortable, and clean rooms
♥ Cool bike-friendly scheme for exploring the area
This Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach is located on quiet and scenic Noppharat Thara beach. This means it is close to all the bars, restaurants, and markets of Ao Nang, while still having a more quiet and relaxed vibe than the resorts directly on Ao Nang beach. That said, Ao Nang beach is just a 15-minute walk away, so you have your choice when it comes to where to spend the day on the sand.
The gay-friendly Krabi resort itself is modern, with all facilities impeccably clean and up to date. At its center, it features large landscaped gardens and a central swimming pool that is ideal for both splashing and doing laps. Other useful facilities include a basic but well-equipped gym with cardio and weights equipment, self-service laundry, and an extensive bike-friendly service that includes rental, cleaning, bike maps, and more.
The rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, with a Sino-Portuguese theme that nods to Southern Thailand’s history of trade. All have extremely comfy beds and all have great amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, MP3 alarm clock, and a balcony overlooking either the pool or the garden.
Breakfast is included in all room rates and is both varied and delicious. The hotel’s central restaurant, Calm Cafe & Bistro is a pleasant and relaxed place to grab a drink or a bite to eat, with a laid-back beach decor.
♥ Bright, fun, tropical decor
♥ Excellent facilities all-round
♥ Large, pleasant rooms with big windows
Located among bright green jungle greenery and featuring fun, colorful decor with a tropical theme, Hula Hula resort is very easy on the eyes. There are traditional touches throughout, but it manages to feel like a fresh and unique take on the typical Thai resort, with a sustainable green ethos and a focus on holistic wellbeing.
The rooms are decorated in tones of minimalist white, with pops of bright color and large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden, pool, sea, or mountains. All of them are very spacious and impeccably clean, with a private terrace and all the basic amenities. The rooms on the ground floor with direct access to the pool are particularly handy for sunbathers, while couples will love the romantic or private pool villas.
All of the facilities are of a high standard, including an airy and well-equipped gym and four outdoor swimming pools. The Happy Restaurant serves authentic Thai food as well as some international options, and there is also a pleasant breakfast space, pool bar, and a barbecue grill serving the freshest Andaman seafood.
The resort is located approximately a 20-minute walk from both Ao Nang and Noppharat Thara beaches. This places you close to Krabi’s biggest nightlife hub, as well as being well-positioned for day tours and island hopping.
♥ High-quality facilities
♥ Lovely cottage accommodation
♥ Beautiful natural surroundings
This Ao Nang resort is exceptionally Insta-friendly, blending in beautifully with the cliffs, mountains, and mangrove forests that surround it. It is also a popular gay-friendly Krabi hotel, so you’ll often find other gay guys stopping by in the area here.
The rooms are quite spacious, especially the Superior and Deluxe categories. Most are decorated in a pretty basic style, with simple white walls and dark wood finishings. The best accommodation on site, however, are the lovely pale blue cottages that sit nestled among the trees and cliff-faces. These have a relaxing blue color scheme and windows spanning almost 360°, so there is plenty of natural light.
The resort offers a wide range of activities to keep you entertained, from live music performances to cooking classes, snorkeling, canoeing, and more. You can get a massage or other wellness treatment, pick up a book at the library, or enjoy a happy hour cocktail at the poolside bar. There is also a good gym and three swimming pools to choose from.
Peace Laguna is located in Ao Nang, a short walk from the beach. This means that Krabi’s liveliest nightlife is right on your doorstep, but you still get to enjoy the peace and tranquility of being in nature.
♥ All-out party vibe
♥ Awesome daily activities and experiences
♥ Clean, comfortable accommodation
As the name indicates, this hostel is part of a chain of hostels around Southeast Asia with a strong party vibe. Don’t come here if you want to relax, reconnect with nature, and get some well-deserved restful sleep. However, if you want to meet people and party hard in Ao Nang, this the place to be.
The hostel hosts Krabi’s most infamous pub crawl, which is a good way to get to know the local nightlife (if you can remember anything the next day). During the day, they run awesome tours and activities, like a kayaking tour through the local mangrove forests and a jungle experience featuring hiking and a dip in hot spring waterfalls.
There is a tendency for party hostels to be dirty and sleazy, a trend which Slumber Party completely avoids. Everything is kept perfectly clean, everyone is welcoming and friendly, and the facilities themselves are modern and comfortable. The bunk beds all have privacy curtains, plugs, and individual lockers.
♥ Beachfront, stunning pavillions and villas
♥ Feels both luxurious and connected to nature
♥ Commitment to sustainability and respect for the local ecosystem
Located in idyllic Railay, this truly unique resort feels like stepping into a dream. Gorgeously designed pavillions form the accommodation, providing your own private slice of paradise within dense Thai jungle. Each two-story pavilion has everything you need for a luxurious stay, with some also including beautiful extras like a breezy open-plan terrace, a freshwater private pool. If this isn’t enough luxury for you, there are also private villas available.
The gay friendly resort also features all the facilities you need for your comfort. There are four restaurants, from elegant dining to more a casual beachside vibe, but it’s The Grotto – located directly on the sand under a limestone cliff – that is most unforgettable. An excellent spa provides all the pampering you could want, and the hotel can arrange a wide variety of activities ranging from kayaking through mangrove forests to learning Thai cooking.
Another bonus for Rayavadee is its commitment to sustainability and the local environment. The hotel uses eco-friendly water and waste management techniques and actively gives back to its community to preserve the beauty of the Thai ecosystem. Unsurprisingly, Rayavadee is the top-rated hotel in Railay Beach on both TripAdvisor and Booking.com.
♥ Spacious rooms with a traditional feel
♥ Beautiful isolated location
♥ Cool evening vibe along Railay Beach
Railay Village Resort has an incredible location, facing the beach and entirely surrounded by limestone cliffs and dense jungle. It is only accessible by boat, which makes it both wonderfully isolated and kind of hard to reach. Luckily, the hotel arranges airport pickup with a longtail boat transfer for 1,600 THB, and can also arrange day trips for island or beach hopping.
The gay-friendly hotel is one of four resorts located directly on Railay Beach, a laid-back but fun area filled with small restaurants, bars, and shops. These keep things interesting, especially at night – don’t expect any of the neon-lit, go-go-bar-filled nightlife of other Thai resort towns, but there is a nice low-key vibe. Railay Village Resort is quite popular with a gay crowd, so you have a good chance of meeting other guys around here.
The resort is decorated in a traditional Thai style, with plenty of natural materials in neutral tones. All of the rooms are spacious, especially the Family Suite which houses four people in two separate rooms. The Jacuzzi room is great for romantic stays, as is the lovely Honeymoon Suite.
There are two swimming pools, including a very large one, so the poolside is never crowded. The resort has several dining options, however, it is worth pointing out that it is a dry resort, meaning it serves no alcohol. There are shops and bars nearby if you need a drink, and the hotel is more than happy for you to bring your own.
♥ Beautiful location on Tonsai Bay
♥ Excellent climbing facilities, plus other adventure sports
♥ Easy access to the nightlife of Railay
Tonsai Bay Resort is located on Tonsai Beach, a small and secluded stretch of sand north of Railay West. The hotel can only be reached by boat, which is about a 10-minute journey from Ao Nang Pier. This, combined with the spectacular scenery of Tonsai Bay, makes the resort a paradise for nature lovers and those who come to Krabi to get away from it all.
You can choose between a Deluxe or Superior room or villa. The villas offer more space and privacy, especially the detached ones which sit at the foot of a cliff. The decor throughout the rooms is basic and a bit dated, but everything is clean and well maintained.
There isn’t a gym, but you don’t really need one: the activities on offer will be enough to keep you fit. The bay’s cliffs are some of the most popular spots in Krabi for climbing, and the hotel rents out gear and offers classes. There is also kayaking, snorkeling, and diving, both in Tonsai and in neighboring Railay.
During low tide, you can walk to Railay Beach along the shore. Overall, staying in Tonsai Bay allows you to enjoy all the bars and restaurants of more touristy Railay, while staying somewhere much more peaceful.