Koh Lanta is famous for its fantastic array of beautiful, unspoilt beaches. Those beaches located to the north of the island are more developed as they are near the port of Ban Saladan – the further south you go, the more remote and peaceful the beaches become, but also with less amenities.
Kawkwang Beach is situated at the northern tip of Koh Lanta, around 1 kilometer from Saladan village and the piers. This beach area is well known for being small and never crowded. This is mainly due to its location – it also has some of the cheapest accommodation on Koh Lanta.
Khlong Dao Beach
Khlong Dao Beach is the nearest beach to the village of Ban Saladan, where the Koh Lanta ferry and most dive shops are located. Due to its location it is the most developed beach on Koh Lanta. It’s still far from spoilt and offers a great mix of resorts and restaurants with easy access to Ban Saladan.
Phra Ae or Long Beach
Long Beach is the most popular beach on Koh Lanta – it is very long (hence the name!) and has everything from the luxurious Layana resort to old school backpacker bungalows, along with a big choice of restaurants and bars and also clubbing. Despite its popularity, Long Beach never feels crowded – it’s always easy to find your own spot in the sun.
Khlong Khong Beach is known for having very friendly locals. It’s a 3 kilometre stretch of beautiful soft sand fringed with palm trees. The accommodation here is nearly all family run giving a special personal touch and it’s slightly cheaper than the other beach areas. Swimming is difficult at low tide due to the amount of rocks revealed by the sea going out.
Khlong Nin Beach
Klong Nin is a small village situated in the middle of Koh Lanta. It’s around 15 km or a half hour drive from the main village of Saladan. The fine white sandy beach stretches for several kilometers and maintains a tranquil, relaxed, laid back atmosphere. The sea is great for swimming in and all along the beach you will find Koh Lanta’s famous Umbrella Tree. With the surrounding mountains and tropical rain forest it makes for some breathtaking scenery.
Relax Bay is one of Koh Lanta’s most beautiful areas, secluded from the rest of the island. It has soft sand, calm crystal clear emerald green water and is normally deserted. Not many people will be found on this beach due to only one resort, Relax Bay Resort, being built here. The resort is nestled in the north and although it has its own restaurant and beach bar the rest of the beach has no amenities.
Kantiang Bay is located towards the southern end of Koh Lanta, about a half hour drive from Saladan Village. It’s a much quieter, more secluded beach than Klong Dao or Long Beach and boasts some of Koh Lanta’s best soft golden sand which stretches for nearly 2 kilometers. It’s most famous as the location of Pimalai, Koh Lanta’s first luxury hotel.
If you want peace and quiet, Khlong Toab is a great choice. There are only a couple of resorts here set on this very small beach, but it’s not far to the other, more developed beaches like Khlong Nin or Long Beach if you want a change of scene one evening.
Bamboo Bay is the furthest beach away from Saladan around a 40 minute taxi ride away. Bamboo Bay has crystal clear waters and a fine white sandy beach and a very relaxed pace to the life. It only has a hand full of simple resorts scattered along the bay and is surrounded by mountains covered with rain forests.
When travelling around the island don’t forget to visit Nui Beach. Because of its superb location no resorts are built on this beach. You may well find you have it all to yourself