Klong Toab Beach on Koh Lanta - mixed emotions, incomplete review

With Klong Toab Beach, I had a hitch. The complexity of the coastline, which changes there from hills to plains, interrupted by a river and rock formations, a tricky road, a crooked tourist map - all this combined led to the fact that I saw only half of the beach. Moreover, the worst half of it, and I was firmly convinced that this was the whole Klong Toab.

While writing the post, I found a discrepancy and at first even decided to remove the draft of the recording before the next trip. But then I thought that my mistake has a positive message for readers - not to repeat it. Well, I didn't want to miss an excellent occasion for live communication with subscribers, especially those who have already visited those parts and can suggest something useful for my re-arrival.

The content of the article

Beach description

The main feature of Klong Toab Beach is its location relative to Road 4245, the main road on Ko Lanta Island. The beach stretches from north to south for almost one and a half kilometers, and only the first half of it is visible from the road. From Lanta Corner Resort, where the track snuggles close to the shore, to Coconut Grove restaurant, where the road turns inland, you have a bleak view of the sea..

The shore is packed in concrete and tiles, which are washed away by the waves in every heavy rain season, so don't be surprised when you see that part of the embankment is all in pits and gullies. If you are guided only by a tourist paper map, then you, like me, will find yourself on this embankment and remain at a loss - where is the beach here? Some stones.

But after the Coconut Grove Restaurant, the road makes a loop, leaving inside a section of 400x400 meters, which can accommodate a dozen hotels and resorts, and even this dozen occupies only half of the territory. The rest is wasteland and jungle, and quite large by local standards, a river with a wide mouth.

Klong Toab Beach is often interrupted by rocks, so there are sandy bathing areas just opposite the Moonlight Exotic Bay Resort, Lanta Palace Resort & Beach Club, Rawi Warin Resort And Spa and Lanta River Sand Bungalow. Details about these beaches will be available a little later..

Entering the water, depth and waves

There is no entrance to the water from the embankment, and it is not needed - hardly anyone will dare to swim here. The depth for 100 meters is not very great, and at low tide, the lunar landscape and a pile of stones at the bottom are exposed. Closer to the center under water there is an approach channel for longtails and boats.

Small sandy strips in the second half of Klong Toab, where the main infrastructure of the beach and its housing stock are concentrated, look much nicer. Judging by the state of the coast on the embankment, there are waves, but most likely - in the off-season.

Alas, I have not personally examined the beaches of the second half of Klong Toab. Therefore, the pictures will only be from the Klong Toaba embankment..

Sun beds and shade

In the second half of Klong Toab beach, which I did not get to, there is everything you need for a tourist vacation. But since I do not have pictures of this half, I will leave the descriptive part until better times. Based on what I saw on the neighboring beaches, I dare to assume that there are umbrellas and sun loungers on the sandy beaches of Klong Toab, but strain with natural shade - the beaches are very wide, especially at low tide.

Beach photo

Klong Toab Beach on Koh Lanta

Klong Toab Beach on Koh Lanta

Klong Toab Beach on Koh Lanta - mixed emotions, incomplete review

Klong Toab Beach on Koh Lanta - mixed emotions, incomplete review

Klong Toab Beach on Koh Lanta - mixed emotions, incomplete review


There is no infrastructure in the first half of Klong Toab. There are literally two purely Thai cafes and that's it. On the left side, where on the edge of the beach stands the Moonlight Exotic Bay Resort or its restaurant, or both ... in any case, as for me, then: what a restik, what a resort with such «chic» the view of the stones is a dubious pleasure.

After Moonlight, a built-up patch of hotels begins, where the infrastructure is mainly hotel, at a minimum: a bar, a restaurant, a pool, massage, equipment rental. This is if we talk about the first line.

And while driving along the main road, I saw gas pumps, many cafes, a couple of serious restaurants, many Thai shops, a mosque, rental and repair of equipment, and even a lawyer's office, not to mention street travel agencies. I did not find any major attractions nearby.

Houses and hotels on the beach

There are no houses on the desert part of Klong Toab, except for the resort at its very beginning - Lanta Corner Resort .

But on the patch to the south, there is already plenty to choose from. Pay attention to these options first of all:

  • Moonlight Exotic Bay Resort
  • Lanta Palace Resort & Beach Club
  • Rawi Warin Resort And Spa
  • Lanta River Sand Bungalow

I did not see any private housing that could interest winterers and longsteers. And the very infrastructure of the area around Klong Toab is such that you don't really want to stay here for longsays..

Hotels on Lanta>

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For the lazy, here are the direct links to the hotels listed above:

How to find the beach

From Saladan (ferries from Krabi arrive here) to Klong Toab about 20-25 minutes drive. If you are driving on your own and head here directly, you can buy a ticket for a minibus at the pier.

The fare for a minibus is about 500 baht.

If you arrived to Koh Lanta by your own transport, then drive along the road 4245 until you jump out into an open space, where the sea will splash 10-15 meters from the road - such a site on the western coast of Lanta is the only one of its kind, skip hard. This will be the start of Klong Toab Beach.

Beach Map

Klong Toab Beach Map

Klong Toab Beach Map: