Lanta Beaches is a continuation of review articles on the beaches of the main resorts in Thailand. The site also has beach reviews Phuket, Samui, Phangan, Pattaya, Koh Chang, Krabi, Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Hua hin. Already traditionally for the series, all the beaches of the resort are divided into main and secondary ones, and they are listed starting from the main pier of the island in the north of Lanta Yai, to its southern point. For a clearer understanding of what and where is, you can scroll the post all the way down and see a map of the beaches of Koh Lanta. Each beach marker has a link to the post description attached, so click and go to the beach page with photos.
Ko Lanta is a small island that can be crossed from north to south in about one hour, and if you leave early in the morning and without traffic jams, it will take about forty minutes. The geographical feature of the island affected the characteristics of the seabed around it, and thanks to them, all the tourist beaches were on the west coast. Lanta Yai has several mountain ranges along the entire length of the island. Smaller and lower mountains (up to 250 meters) are located in the northern half, and more serious massifs with a height of up to 600 meters are located in the southern half, part of which is generally reserved for the reserve.
The content of the article
- one List of the best beaches in Koh Lanta
- 2 Main beaches
- 3 The rest of the beaches
- 4 Koh Lanta beaches map
List of the best beaches in Koh Lanta
In my personal, subjective opinion, with the beaches on Ko Lanta, things are somehow not very good. For myself, I saw only three options out of fourteen, which I no doubt defined as «the best beaches of Koh Lanta», the rest are either wild, or for an amateur, or shallow or generally absolutely unrepeatable. The three best beaches in Koh Lanta are:
All other beaches of Koh Lanta are either very specific or require a compromise.
In the case of Ko Lanta, it doesn't matter for how long you visit: for two weeks of vacation or for wintering from three months. Unless the winterers will have a little more room to choose - they need to be tied not to a specific beach, but to the infrastructure that is able to meet the needs of the winterer in everyday life without much time consuming.
If you look at the scale of the entire island, then the most advanced in this regard is the northwest. There is a large Tesco Lotus hypermarket and its express version, large hospitals, authorities and transport hubs in Kolanta. That is, the winterer can choose any beach, starting from Saladan Pier and the beach Ao Ko Kwang, and ending with the beach Klong hin in the northwest and the Old City area in the southeast. And it is important for a tourist to relax on an initially good beach with a developed infrastructure, so his choice comes down to the very three beaches: Klong Dao, Long Beach and Klong Nin.
Klong Dao Beach
Crescent bay with strongly rounded beach flanks. It looks very beautiful, but only the central and left parts of the Klong Dao are suitable for full bathing. The right edge is popular with both tourists and locals as a place for walks and picnics. The sea is quite shallow here, you cannot swim. But it looks very nice at high tide and serves as an excellent backdrop for a relaxing family event on land. Klong Dao has a well-developed infrastructure and a decent selection of housing of different levels. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Klong Dao Beach on Koh Lanta is a great family beach!
Long Beach (translated from English long beach) is indeed the longest beach on Lanta Yai Island, and in most online reviews it is called the best beach in Koh Lanta, with which I personally agree. The Thai name is Phra Ae Beach. A good entrance to the water, a lot of natural shade, developed infrastructure, proximity to the main important points of the island (hypermarket, hospital, market) make it a universal beach for all occasions: Long Beach is loved by both vacationers and longsters. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Long Beach - the best beach on Koh Lanta.
Klong Khong Beach
The third major beach after Klong Dao and Long Beach. Despite the popularity with tourists, I did not understand this beach. Rather, I did not understand how he attracts people. In addition to a more or less developed infrastructure and proximity to Saladan, I did not see any advantages in it. Klong Khong is long, but shallow, and the entrance to the sea here is complicated by stony deposits, if it is correctly called. At low tide, it is impossible to look at Klong Khong without tears, and I do not quite understand why the beach was given such a colorful nickname - Bali Beach. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Klong Khong beach - like a fabulous Bali on Koh Lanta.
Klong Nin Beach
But with Klong Nin the opposite situation: the beach is not considered popular among the majority of tourists who have visited it, but in my opinion it is one of the three best beaches on Koh Lanta. A comfortable ratio of beach-infrastructure, a convenient location in the center of the west coast, between the civilization of northern Ko Lanta and the protected southern part. And also not crowded, a good choice of accommodation and a splash beach for children - everything that is necessary for a full family vacation. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Klong Nin beach on Koh Lanta - I'd live here!
The rest of the beaches
Koh Kwang Beach
The very first beach that starts right from the Saladan pier. True, Ao Ko Kwang usually stays away from tourist routes - everyone rushes to Long Beach, and further south. And Koh Kwang Beach is hiding in the outskirts of a village in the Saladan area, remaining something unpopular and unknown. But people do not lose much from this: the beach is dull, terribly shallow and practically not suitable for swimming. Basically, it is pleasant to spend time here walking or sitting in a seaside cafe. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Ao Kaw Kwang - a walking beach with a promenade.
Most likely, Relax Beach is just a lost corner of Long Beach, but not the essence. The place is pleasant in all respects, but it is interesting to come here for one or two days, maximum. And it definitely shouldn't be seen as a permanent stop on Ko Lanta. Nice, authentic, slightly out of the way, but nevertheless popular with the people, the beach. Due to its conventional wildness, Relax Beach is often dirty. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Relax Beach - where to relax on Koh Lanta.
Lanta Secret Beach
This beach remained secret until the gate with the road leading to it through a private plot was open to all comers. The coast has been badly damaged by human hands, almost the entire section of the coast is devoid of plantings, but the first line has been strengthened with a special planting of palm trees. The beach is beautiful, bathing, yet not very popular and there are very few people here. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Lanta Secret Beach - still a wild beach on Lanta.
Klong Toab Beach
Klong Toab Beach is a tricky place, so I saw only half of the beach, and not the best one. So, at the moment, I do not have an objective assessment of the entire location as a whole, but there is a detailed post describing that half of Klong Toab, which is considered a checkpoint, unrepeatable, and in general there tourists just stop to take specific photos, and on certain days a mobile Thai market comes ... A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Klong Toab Beach on Koh Lanta - mixed emotions, incomplete review.
Of the two beaches of Nui on Koh Lanta, I have seen only this one so far. Not a bad place in a pretty bay. Not the most bathing beach, almost no natural shade, infrastructure - one restaurant on the rocks. True, it is also a modest resort, so Nui Beach can be classified as «hotels with their own beach» on Koh Lanta. Bamboo sunshades were built on the beach by the resort staff, so the beach holiday is comfortable here, but I wouldn't want to hang around here for more than a day. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Nui Beach - a decent wild beach on Koh Lanta.
Klong Hin Beach
Not the most built-up and not very inhabited area of the island of Ko Lanta. Its name is consonant with Klong Nin, and therefore they are often confused, although Nin is a candy beach compared to Hin. Klong Hin corresponds to the area: wild, dirty, rocky. There is a place where a couple of resorts with bungalows are built, but as for me, this is a place for a big fan. The bottom is studded with stones and it won't be possible to get into the sea right away. At low tide, you can watch the lunar landscapes or Mordor - who is closer to what. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Klong Hin on Koh Lanta - a beach for survivalists.
The last major beach on the west coast of Lanta. There is a good selection of housing, relatively well-developed infrastructure and a surprisingly good beach with fine sand. Due to its remoteness from the main tourist hangouts, Kantiang Bay seemed to me a moderate, calm place for people seeking peace, away from the hustle and bustle. Moreover, there is a protected area with an array of jungles and walking paths nearby - there is where to hide from the world. A detailed description of the beach, with photos - see the article Ba Kan Tiang Bay beach - a place for a quiet holiday on Koh Lanta.
Koh Lanta beaches map
Koh Lanta beaches map
Koh Lanta Beach Map:
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P.P.S. I will also be very happy to express your opinions regarding the various beaches on Ko Lanta, where you were vacationing. What and what did you like.