Best beaches of Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is a calm Thai island on the West coast of Thailand where we spent around 10 days. Since the beaches close to Salaadan pier didn’t really appeal to us, we moved down South. This is a beach walkthrough! Oh and Klong means river canal which goes in the sea.
From North to South the beaches of Koh Lanta are:
- Khlong Dao: family and agency tours oriented town. A bit more expensive hotels and resorts.
- Long Beach (or Prae An): long, sandy beach with some more expensive resorts in the middle and less expensive on the North and South of it. It is long and not crowded at all, with light brown sand, You can swim here in low and high tide, go for a beer or have a very calm evening. At first we stayed here in Hut Yee boat (offers 500 THB for a bamboo bungalow for 2 or 800 THB for a bigger bungalow).
- Relax bay: a smaller bay between Long beach and Klong Kong which has lovely sand, good swim and has accommodation somewhere in a flashpacker range. If you look around, you also can find something cheaper. It looked like a really calm area.
- Khlong Kong: hippie, backpacker, yoga vibe with not such a beautiful beach because of the rocks. The accommodation here is the cheapest. Also a beautiful sight at night because of all the lights in the bars/restaurants which make this beach magical.
- Khlong Nin: Nice long beach, with light sand and sea color. There are couple of expensive restaurants and one really rasta one. There are guesthouses also away from the beach and are less expensive as on the beach. Khlong Nin has a local market twice a week where you an buy veeeery affordable fruit and vegetables and also have local lunch.
- Klong Hin: Long empty beach with no restaurants or shops or hotels. In the end there is a small restaurant called Vittles with the most disrespectful owner and I strongly suggest to avoid that place. Coffee was also 4 eur. Just don’t.
- Kantiang bay: Bay with some restaurants on the beach and lots of nice viewpoints looking at this bay. It is quite empty and has nicely colored sand and the sea. Our favorite restaurant was in the end, when the road turned up (heading South), with only 5 tables and an amazing view of the bay and cliffs. The prices were good!
Kantiang is also a place with tha last 7/11 which means cheaper water (13 THB) and beer (50 – 58 THB) 🙂
- Nui bay: Hidden small beach with a very private feel. It has one restaurant with food and drinks (quite expensive). You can find it going from Kantiang Bay and watch for a lot of motorcycles parked on the right side. there you head down in the forest for 5 min. be careful of the monkeys which love to steal food.
- Klong jark: Our favorite beach! Medium sized bay with almost no people. We stayed at SunMoon bungalows which were 2 min away from the beach (800 THB). Sometimes we counted the people and there were no more than 15. It had beautiful sunsets (like most of the beaches). Besides the restaurant in the guesthouse, there is a nice restaurant across the street called Breadwinner with good prices. Attached to it is also a market and laundry machines.
- Bamboo beach or Mai Pai: Very calm long beach, it is the last beach on this side. Visitors are mostly during the day and even they get lost on this big spread of white sand.
- National Marine park: There is an entrance fee of 200 THB for this park and since the last 3 beaches were so beautiful we didn’t even bother to go here. People say you can go for a hike (1,5h) and be careful of the monkeys!