The Test & Go Program was short lived (only 2 full months) and has been shut down for the time being because of the Omicron Variant. Lucky, the 7 days Sandbox Program has been extended from Phuket, Khao Kak, Koh Samui to other provinces in Thailand. Krabi Sandbox Hotels is one of the new destination added to the list as well!
Time for the amazing beaches of Thailand! Taking into consideration the low numbers of arrivals, you will probably have a whole beach only for you and your family!
Till now the quarantine was up to 14 days (modified several times in the past months depending on the country and covid vaccination type! The Sandbox program quarantine is only 7 days and you are free to roam on the island without any restrictions!
Before boarding on a plane to Thailand we need to:
What is an SHA plus hotel?
SHA is a certificate given by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to hotels and services that meet pandemic-level safety and health standards. … Being a SHA+ hotel means more than 70 percent of the staff is fully vaccinated and that no unvaccinated staffers are allowed to have close contact with guests
What is the difference between SHA and SHA plus?
The ‘SHA’ logo certifies that venues and businesses have public health measures in place for COVID-19, while the ‘Plus’ sign confirms that more than 70% of employees in the organisation are fully vaccinated under the Bangkok vaccination programme.
Is alcohol allowed in ASQ hotels?
How to Fly to Krabi Sandbox
Phuket Flights : You must book a direct flight from Europe/USA/Africa to Phuket without a transit to Bangkok and then take a private care to your accomodation in Krabi.
Example: Qatar Airways from Frankfurt to Phuket (via Doha) and landing straight in Phuket then by car to your hotel in Krabi.
For best flights deals check directly on Qatar Airways of Kiwi.com
Pre-Arrival Requirements according to TATNEWS.ORG
All eligible travellers travelling from the eligible countries must have the following documents for entering Thailand:
- A Thailand Pass, which can be applied via https://tp.consular.go.th/.
- A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
- Travellers under 6 years of age, travelling with parents with a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before travelling, are not required to have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test result and can have a saliva test when entering the Kingdom.
- For arrivals by water, everyone on board the vessels must have a medical certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected within the officially specified time frame. Anyone on board with a history of COVID-19 infection within a period between 14-90 days must have a medical certificate of recovery. *We will provide an update on this as soon as the official information becomes available.
- An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$50,000.
- Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national healthcare coverage are exempt from this requirement.
- A confirmed payment for at least a 7-day stay at an approved accommodation; such as, a SHA++ hotel, within either Krabi, Phang-Nga, Phuket, or Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao). They must also have proof of a confirmed payment for 2 RT-PCR tests, which can be reserved via www.thailandpsas.com (2,100 Baht per 1 test, or totalling 4,200 Baht for 2 tests).
- A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery
- Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
- Travellers 12-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
- Travellers 6-11 years of age, travelling with parents, are exempt from this requirement.
- For arrivals by water, everyone on board must be fully vaccinated. This is except for travellers under 18 years of age, travelling with parents or guardians. *We will provide an update on this as soon as the official information becomes available.
- Travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have recovered by medical treatment and travellers who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine after post-infection must have a certificate of COVID-19 recovery.
All travellers must undergo ‘exit screening’ at the point of departure, i.e., at the airline check-in counter and present the required documents to the person-in-charge to carry out the checks.
For complete information before and after your arrival in Thailand please check the official information on https://www.tatnews.org/.
We have created for you a hotel list for the best hotels which are under the Sandbox in and Khao Lak and Phang-Nga Province!
1. NAP KRABI HOTEL – SHA Extra Plus 4* – Krabi Sandbox Hotels
Set in Krabi town, 4 km from Krabi Stadium, NAP KRABI HOTEL – SHA Extra Plus offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. 5 km from Wat Tham Sua – Tiger Cave Temple and 10 km from Wat Kaew Korawaram, the property features a garden and a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, room service and free WiFi throughout the property.
The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a shower. All guest rooms feature a wardrobe.
What other tourists are saying about NAP KRABI HOTEL – SHA Extra Plus, a SHA Plus Hotels in Krabi:
Due to early flight from Krabi airport we booked one night at the Nap Krabi Hotel. We always search for best value/location/standard ratio.
First surprise: Industrial style – okay, cool, I like the “raw” concrete and steel elements, but what I don’t like is the industrial dirt…Even though the hotel is brand new it is quite dirty. Our bed linen were clean but had some old stains and few holes… The bathroom, theoretically clean had some mould and damp in it.
Second surprise: Staff – in the restaurant super friendly and helpful. At the front desk I felt I was disturbing them in some way.
Third surprise: The restaurant – they serve good choice of Thai and european food for reasonable prices.
I would stay there again but some things should be fixed there
Where to book online NAP KRABI HOTEL – SHA Extra Plus: Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com.
2. Islanda Hideaway Resort – SHA Plus 4* – Krabi Sandbox Hotels
Islanda Hideaway Resort – SHA Plus offers beachfront accommodation on Klang Island, a 10-minute boat ride from Chaofa Pier. Situated 7 km from Ta-lay pier, the resort offers free WiFi, an outdoor infinity-edge pool and a restaurant.
The spacious rooms at Islanda Hideaway come with air-conditioning and open-air bathrooms. Flat-screen satellite TVs and DVD players are provided.
The property provides leisurely classes on batik painting and rice farming. Day trips can be arranged at the tour desk.
Video Review of Islanda Hideaway Resort
What other tourists are saying about Islanda Hideaway Resort – SHA Plus, a SHA Plus Hotels in Krabi:
Islanda Hideaway Resort, located on the west end of “Koh Klang”translated to the center island in Thai sitting peacefully at the estuary of Krabi River, is a perfect must-stay for ones seeking a serene escape with continuous fresh ozonic sea breezes and a daily perfect panoramic view of sunset over the edge of the Andaman Sea when Mother Nature paints orange and purple on the sky.
Traveling to this beautiful spot is quite convenient and very impressive as its transportation is uniquely done via locally made vehicles which are long-tailed boat and modified motorcycle.
The resort houses a limited number of seafront tropical style bungalows built on stilts in local fisherman expression allowing comfortable ventilation throughout the day. Each of its bungalows featuring a bedroom in the front facing west and a separate unit of air-conditioned living room and bathroom in the back is amazingly full equipped with 5-star amenities.
A wake-up scene of fishermen collecting sea clams on the beach in the morning is a good refreshing photo of the the day. While its sea-view open-air all-day dining restaurant serves international dishes mostly cooked from local produce and catches, its “Village Bar” with semi open-air and alfresco seating is a perfect chill-out station from dusk till dark.
Where to book online Islanda Hideaway Resort – SHA Plus: Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com.
3. The Pineapple Hotel 4* – Krabi Sandbox Hotels
Set in Krabi town, 2.2 km from Wat Kaew Korawaram, The Pineapple Hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a shared lounge. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a garden and to a terrace. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, an ATM and free WiFi.
At the hotel, the rooms are equipped with a balcony. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower and slippers, all guest rooms at The Pineapple Hotel have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms also feature a seating area. Guest rooms feature a safety deposit box.
What other tourists are saying about The Pineapple Hotel, a SHA Plus Hotels in Krabi:
The rooms are clean, spacious. The hotel is close to convenience stores, restaurants and coffee shops, The hotel in the center of Krabi town. The large swimming pool is suitable for the amount of room that is not busy. Enough for 3 days 2 nights.
Where to book online The Pineapple Hotel: Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com.
4. Railay Bay Resort & Spa-SHA Plus 4* – Krabi Sandbox Hotels
Stretching across the white sands of Railay Beach, Railay Resort & Spa offers spacious cottages set in tropical landscapes. It features free WiFi throughout, a beachfront outdoor pool and a restaurant.
Offering free parking on the mainland at Ao Nam Mao Pier, Railay Bay Resort & Spa-SHA Plus is a 20-minute boat trip from Ao Nam Mao Pier or Ao Nang Beach to Railay Pier.
Featuring private balconies, tropical-style cottages at Resort Railay feature casual cane and wood furnishings. In-room comforts include DVD player, a safe and a spacious bathroom with a bathtub.
What other tourists are saying about Railay Bay Resort & Spa-SHA Plus, a SHA Plus Hotels in Krabi:
Where to book online Railay Bay Resort & Spa-SHA Plus: Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com.
5. Resort Poonsiri Resort Aonang – SHA Plus 4* – Krabi Sandbox Hotels
Poonsiri Resort Aonang-SHA Plus is situated among tranquil mangroves and sheer limestone cliffs. Surrounded by a lagoon, Thai-style rooms feature a balcony with outdoor furniture. Guests can enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or take a kayak to explore the area. Free WiFi access is available in public areas.
The on-site restaurant serves local Thai dishes from 07:00 to 21:00 hrs. A 24-hour convenience store is located 400 m away.
The air-conditioned accommodation provides guests with a flat-screen cable TV, a seating area and a safety deposit box. All rooms also include a dining area and minibar, while some room types include a kitchenette with a microwave. Free toiletries and a bathtub or shower can be found in the en suite bathroom.
Video Review of Resort Poonsiri Resort Aonang
What other tourists are saying about Poonsiri Resort Aonang-SHA Plus, a SHA Plus Hotels in Krabi:
Very pretty place with friendly staff!
Love the monkeys and the kayak that are always available.
Everything was amazing except for the breakfast and coffee, which didn’t excite me at all.
It is a bit far from restaurants but there’s a shuttle available but definitely recommend to book your shuttle in advance or you might end up waiting a bit!
Overall it was a pleasant experience staying in poonsiri.
Where to book online Poonsiri Resort Aonang-SHA Plus: Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com.
6. AoNang Colors Hotel Krabi Aonang Beach – SHA Plus 4* – Krabi Sandbox Hotels
Located close to Aonang Beach, AoNang Colors Hotel Krabi Aonang Beach – SHA Plus presents a fusion of modern Moroccan style and Thai vibrancy.
Relax at the stylish rooftop swimming pool which overlooks the mountains and the pure blue waters of the sea. Find refreshment at the poolside snack bar where you can enjoy an exotic cocktail as you gaze out to the dazzling tropical sky and the majestic landscape below.
To make your holiday unforgettable, we suggest taking our daily Andaman Sea tour. The trip involves a boat trip to the wonderful nearby islands for diving and snorkelling. We can also arrange sightseeing and activities including coral reef diving and rock climbing.
What other tourists are saying about AoNang Colors Hotel Krabi Aonang Beach, a SHA Plus Hotels in Krabi:
We stayed here 1 night and managed a decent sleep despite the air con running ‘amuck’ throughout the night by blowing air at different speeds and continually changing sounds which was annoying and disruptive. Despite that we liked the style and ‘artsy’ look of our room.
The shower was more than adequate but had a light outside the bathroom window which you couldn’t switch off which was also annoying. The hotel itself is a hefty 400m walk to the beach which we took advantage of. It had no pool or breakfast but for 700 thb per night, it’s hard to complain.
Please be aware that this place is a nightmare to find on the map or GPS so make sure you do your homework prior to arriving the first time
Where to book online AoNang Colors Hotel Krabi Aonang Beach: Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com.
7. Hotel Andaman Breeze Resort – SHA Plus 4* – Krabi Sandbox Hotels
Situated in Ao Nang Beach, less than 1 km from Ao Nang Beach, Andaman Breeze Resort – SHA Plus features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a garden. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The hotel has family rooms.
The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a shower. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge.
A à la carte breakfast is available each morning at Andaman Breeze Resort – SHA Plus.
Video Review of Andaman Breeze Resort
What other tourists are saying about Andaman Breeze Resort, a SHA Plus Hotel in Krabi:
I actually stayed here on October 2019. The hotel is amazing. Very comfortable, clean and quiet. The breakfast buffet was really good, with Thai and American food. Room service was great too. Staff is really nice too, they speak English so you won’t find a trouble with communication.
I had an issue with a tour guide and the front desk receptionist helped me to call him to pick me up from the hotel. They have a small pool but is ok to relax and enjoy the weather.
Beach is not too close though, but they have a shuttle to get you there for free. The only bad side of the shuttle is that return last pick up is at 4 o 5 o’clock so if you stayed in the beach zone for the evening you’ll need to find another transportation or walk around 20 minutes. I highly recommend this hotel for all visitors I would stay here again
Where to book online Andaman Breeze Resort: Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com.
8. Resort dusitD2 Ao Nang Krabi – SHA Plus 4* – Krabi Sandbox Hotels
Situated amidst a tropical garden, dusitD2 Ao Nang Krabi – SHA Plus offers accommodation on a hillside of downtown Ao Nang. It is within a 5-minute walking distance to Aonang Beach and provides easy access to the city’s main attractions.
The elegant rooms at the resort feature Thai décor and a private balcony that overlooks lush gardens. Rooms are fitted with 49-inch flat-screen Smart TV and free WiFi access for guests’ convenience.
Guests can enjoy a meal at the Rakhang Thai Bistro and Bar, which specialises in Thai and European cuisines. Chao Nang Spa offers massage treatments for guests to unwind. Staff at the resort’s tour desk can arrange snorkelling excursions. Guests travelling with children can make use of a kids’ playground.
What other tourists are saying about dusitD2 Ao Nang Krabi – SHA Plus, a SHA Plus Hotel in Krabi:
We are from Phuket and we happily celebrated New Year’s Eve at this great resort which is highly recommended for anyone who visits Ao Nang. Deluxe room with Seaview at building 5 is magnificent with a spacious balcony overlooking the swimming pools, the cliff, and the beautiful sea.
The location is perfect as you can reach the beach in 10 minutes on foot, being in the center yet peaceful with the tropical garden. Khun Narongchai, General Manager, is such a polite and friendly gentleman who gave us a very warm welcome throughout the stay.
Khun Pui, Front Office Manager, is superb and professional. Khun Ta from Reservation has made a positive first impression. The countdown party was very fun and exciting with the lucky draw prizes! Thank you for a memorable experience.
Where to book online dusitD2 Ao Nang Krabi – SHA Plus: Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotels.com.
9. BlueSotel SMART Krabi Aonang Beach – Adults only – SHA Extra Plus – Krabi Sandbox Hotels
Located in Ao Nang Beach, 200 m from Ao Nang Beach, BlueSotel SMART Krabi Aonang Beach – Adults only – SHA Extra Plus provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can have a drink at the bar.
The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a bidet. All units include a wardrobe.
Guests at BlueSotel SMART Krabi Aonang Beach can enjoy a buffet breakfast.
Video Review of BlueSotel SMART Krabi
What other tourists are saying about BlueSotel SMART Krabi Aonang Beach – Adults only- SHA Extra Plus, a SHA Plus Extra Hotel in Krabi:
Leaving today but got to say what a fab hotel. 5 minutes from beach. Hotel is clean, comfortable, rooms are a great size. We were greeted by lovely welcoming staff all over the hotel. Special mention to the most helpful lady on reception, I am not too good with names, but she spoke great English and helped me everytime.
The rooms have everything you need like a kettle, tea tray, fridge, large tv, mini bar and two bottles of water daily. We had a ground floor swim up room. The rooftop pool is a must with gorgeous sunsets.
We found the food amazing at the twice a day restaurant. Again the staff are most pleasant and cant do enough for you.
Finally the New Years Eve party on the rooftop was stunning, staff worked so hard to put it all together, it was magical, great food, drink and music. Well done to you all👏👏❤if we ever come back to Thailand, this is where we will stay. Thank you all and Happy New Year❤
Where to book online BlueSotel SMART Krabi Aonang Beach – Adults only – SHA Extra Plus: Booking.com or Agoda.com or Trip.com.