Looking for a laid back island in Thailand where there’s unspoilt beaches, not too many people but still decent hotels and restaurants? Take a look at the Koh Lanta Beach Guide on AmazingLanta.com
If you’re looking for a detailed guide about what you can find on each of Koh Lanta’s beaches, check out the sterling work done by my friend Rob on AmazingLanta.com. Each of the major beaches on Koh Lanta has its own page, complete with Google Map showing the location of major hotels and restaurants and other attractions. If you click on the icons, you’ll get a pop-up balloon with pictures, a brief description and a link to more info if you’re interested.
There’s also pictures and videos showing off each of the Koh Lanta beaches themselves and some of the hotels on it (the ones that would let Rob in to shoot some footage!) so you can get a proper look at what the hotel rooms really look like. There’s also a short list of recommended hotels too, where you can read reviews written by guests who’ve previously stayed there.
The most popular beaches on Koh Lanta are Klong Dao Beach and Long Beach, mainly because they are nearest to the port of Sala Dan in the north where most travelers arrive on the island. Long Beach is still my personal favourite beach on Lanta – despite the ongoing development there, it still remains unspoilt and has a great collection of bars and restaurants after dark. Kawkwang Beach and Relax Bay are at either end of Long Beach and have their own character too.
However, the beach at Klong Nin has really started to grow in popularity as it’s only a few minutes drive further on from Long Beach
There are also the more secluded, largely undeveloped beaches at the southern end of Lanta like Klong Toab and Bamboo Bay for those looking to get away from it all, while the beautiful Nui Beach has no resorts at all – perfect for a day trip. Bamboo Bay is particularly remote and has just simple places to stay on it.
Kantiang Bay at the far south of Lanta is famous thanks to Lanta’s first luxury hotel, Pimalai, being built there, and the hotel still gets rave reviews from guests. This end of the island is part of a protected national park, and provides a real get back to nature retreat for those who want it.
Koh Lanta’s popularity over the last few years has seen a big increase in the amount of accommodation available. While the trend has been towards high end developments, there are still plenty of cheap Koh Lanta hotels to be found. As well as listing hotels by beach, AmazingLanta.com also lists hotels by category too which might help you narrow down where you want to stay. Check out these different pages to help you decide:
- Best Cheap Koh Lanta Hotels
- Koh Lanta Luxury Hotels
- Best Koh Lanta Hotels For Honeymooners
- Koh Lanta Family Friendly Hotels
- Best Koh Lanta Spa Hotels
- Koh Lanta Eco-Friendly Hotels
Getting to Koh Lanta is pretty easy these days as well. There’s no airport on the island, and you can fly into Krabi Airport and then get a fast speedboat and minivan transfer to Koh Lanta or opt for the slower minivan transfer to Lanta.
Alternatively you can fly into Phuket Airport and get the ferry that leaves from Rassada Pier which goes to Koh Lanta via Koh Phi Phi. See How To Get To Koh Lanta for full details.