We'll be travelling to Krabi area late in March and plan to stay for about 10 days before leaving to Koh Phangan. We don't want to bounce around too much and spend our vacation time moving too many times. We want to be in a place that will be a good home base to stay but still do day trips to other places easily. We also don't want a super crowded and touristy beach area, but would like to be walking distance to some small bars/restaurants. From reading Tripadvisor, I think Koh Lanta would be a good choice. Can anyone confirm this or tell me if I'd be better off somewhere else? As for our hotel, here's what we are hoping to find:
-Simple but safe and clean hut preferably on the beach, or close to it as possible
-Budget about 1600-2500 baht per night
-On a nice beach that's good for swimming (snorkeling too would be a bonus)
-Friendly and good service
We've seen many on Tripadvisor that have some nice places for under 2000 baht, but the huts they offer on the beach jump in price to over 3000-5000 baht. Are there any hidden gems that anyone can tell us about? Any input will be appreciated!