Koh Lanta beaches

by Guest

Koh Lanta is one of the largest islands in Thailand, located just off the western coastal mainland in the Andaman Sea. It may not be as popular as Koh Samui, but the quiet retreat has much on offer including some beautiful swathes of beach. Nearby all the beaches and accommodation as located along the west. The east coast does have a few beaches, but is mainly made up of mangroves and forests. Each of the beaches offer something different. Some offer better swimming, others are better for families, while some have better nightlife. Before you book your accommodation, check which beach it is on to make sure it suits your taste and budget. Most of the large resorts are located on the north eastern beaches which are large and more suitable for development. The south has some fantastic beaches, but they are quieter and more secluded and there is less development. Here’s a guide to some of the best beaches in Koh Lanta.

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Klong Dao Beach

Klong Dao Beach is by far the most bustling beach with over 20 hotels lining it. The huge stretch of golden sand, which is backed by coconut groves, wraps around a little forested peninsula at the end. The beach is one of the first places reached when travellers arrive on the island, so it’s no surprise that it is also the busiest. The fine sand gentle slopes down into the calm sea making it particularly good for swimming and snorkelling. It’s not all just about resorts. The small town of Saladan is not far away and has everything one needs to from street food, restaurants, cafes, travel agencies and bars. The beach is big enough that you will find some space, but it’s worth remembering that that beach can get very busy in high season. In low season, you’ll likely to have the place all to yourself as the weather keeps most travellers away. The accommodation is 4 to 5 stars, and therefore fairly expensive, so it’s best for families or couples with deep pockets.

Koh Lanta Beaches

Photo by Judy

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Phra Ae Beach

Known as Long Beach, Phra Ae Beach is the next beach down from Klong Dao. Though it is a little shorter than its neighbour, it’s just as spectacular and with less people there is some space available per head. During the high season, the sea off the beach are calm and have good visibility for swimming and snorkelling, though it does drop off into deep waters quite quickly making them less suitable for families. There are less hotels here than Klong Dao Beach, the accommodation is generally cheaper, most people three star resorts. These are also well hidden by the coconut palms and casuarina trees. Grab a book and find a shady spot, swim on the hammocks on work on your tan in the Thai sunshine. One end of the beach is definitely more lively than the other, so pick your accommodation carefully depending on the type of holiday that you want. Like Klong Dao Beach, the town of Saladan and all of its amenities are not far away.

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Klong Khong Beach

Further south if Klong Khong Beach, a golden sandy beach which is considerably smaller than Klong Dao and Phra Ae Beach. The ocean floor here is rocky, meaning swimming is really only suitable around high tide. This is more popular with backpackers then families and though the days seem quiet and lazy, the nights are lively with beach bars, DJs and live music. Lining the beach are very good value bungalows which are basic, but perfect for a few budget days on the beach. There aren’t that many cheap eats here, through the beach bar food is pretty good. For street food, head to the small town of Saladan. The beach is fairy clean and the rubbish is removed regularly. For some, one of the nice things about Klong Khong Beach is the lack of jet skis and speed boats which ply the waters off many of the other beaches and islands in Thailand. This keeps the ocean more scenic and the water safer for swimmers and snorkelers. If you like Thai massages, you won’t be far away from masseuses. A good Thai massage on Klong Khong Beach should cost you around US $7 an hour. Anything less and it probably won’t be any good.

Koh Lanta Beaches

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Klong Nin Beach

Klong Nin Beach is located yet further down the west coast, roughly in the middle of the island. This huge swath of white sand leads down to shallow waters which are ideal for swimming and bathing. The lack of room behind the beach has kept the accommodation small, meaning you’ll find no large resorts along the beach. None of the accommodation is particularly expensive. Though its large, there aren’t that many hotels here, all of which sit directly on the beachfront. This keeps the beach particularly quite compared to the others. The melting orange sunset viewed from Klong Nin is famous and people come from all over the island to watch it. This can be done from one of the many beach bars or restaurants which serve up extensive ranges of wines, beers, and cocktails, accompanied by live music. Once the sun sets, the lack of light means the view of the stars is amazing. Other than the restaurants and bars, there isn’t much else to do on the beach, but what else do you need than a shady spot and a good book? There aren’t many amenities here, so if there are things you particularly want, stock up before you arrive. The beach is best for couples of honeymooners looking for a secluded retreat.

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Ao Nui Bay

One of the quietest beaches on Koh Lanta, Ao Nui Bay is located on the south west coast. It’s one of the further places to get to from the arrival points on the island, but it is well worth the extra journey if you are looking for a secluded spot. When you arrive, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there was anything here other than the rocky coast and a small strip of white sand, but there are actually three small resorts hidden away behind in the line of trees. Though the waters have very good visibility for swimming and snorkelling, but there are a few rocks here to look out for. If you are looking for facilities, nightlife and restaurants, Ao Nui Bay probably isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a quiet place away for the crowds, it’s probably perfect.

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Koh Lanta Beaches

Photo by Matteo

Kan Tiang Beach

Kan Tiang is a beautiful beach located in the south of the island. The mountains that work their way through the centre of the island end here and tumble down into the sea covered in rainforest jungle. The beach curves around the bay, making it particularly scenic and the backing of trees creating some welcome shade from the midday heat. The calm waters here in high season are great for swimming. To the north of the beach, there are several small resorts and to the south there is a luxurious 5 star resort which has its own pier (with guests arriving directly here instead of another part of the island). If you are not staying at the luxury resort, you will need to travel across the island to reach Kan Tiang Beach, but it’s well worth it. It’s another perfect location for families or small groups who don’t want to be around the noise of the bars and beaches further north.

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