Until recently, Secret Beach on Lanta was closed to prying eyes, and it was possible to get here only along the coast from neighboring Relax Beach or Klong khong. Moreover, the borders of the beach are equipped with natural fences made of sharp stones, which not everyone dares to climb. So people just drove along the main road past the locked gates, unaware of what beauty is hidden from them so close.
Now the point of the beach has already appeared on Google maps, so its secrecy will soon end. Moreover, they regularly do something in terms of changing the territory: they level the ground with bulldozers, uproot some trees and plant others. Thanks to such «shaving» you can observe an open, light and romantic view as you approach the sea along a dirt road.
The content of the article
- one Beach description
- 2 Entering the water, depth and waves
- 3 Sun beds and shade
- 4 Beach photo
- five Infrastructure
- 6 Houses and hotels on the beach
- 7 How to find the beach
- eight Beach Map
Lanta Secret Beach is located near Long Beach and is very similar to the Relax Bay beach, only it is half the length of Relax. When the locals told me about it, they called it Bambu Beach, which later turned out to be incorrect..
The real Bamboo Beach is hidden in Mai Phai Bay, which is much further south along the coast. And Secret Beach on Lanta is a series of three very small, secluded beaches: the central one, which I photographed, and two kids (20 and 90 meters long) which I did not bother to watch..
Lanta Secret Beach is bounded on both sides by stone ridges and is a small cove with medium-sized yellow sand. The beach is wide, from 20 meters at high tide, up to 40 at low tide.
Entering the water, depth and waves
Lanta Secret Beach is a beach of normal depth. At high tide, you need to walk 5-10 meters so that it becomes about your neck, and the depth will only grow later..
The ebb and flow are noticeable, but do not greatly affect the change in depth - the beach remains bathable. At low tide, it is clearly visible that the coast is under a significant slope. At low tide, the sea leaves no less than 20 meters from the beach, and in order to catch up with the depth up to your neck, you have to walk these 20 meters longer.
Small stones are found under the water, and there are large and unpleasant boulders only at the edges of the beach, where stone ridges are piled up..
Sun beds and shade
There is very little shadow on Lanta Secret Beach, it is given by a palm planting. The trees in it are still very young and the shadows from them - the cat cried, but there are a couple of mature trees in the center and this is the main shadow on Secret Beach. There is still quite a bit of greenery along the edges of the beach, but in general, the entire coastal zone suffers from a shortage of trees. The people solve the problem with improvised means: some bring sun loungers and umbrellas with them, while others make huts and sheds from sticks and palm leaves.
In principle, there is no official rental of sun loungers and beach equipment on the beach. If it were not for the pre-sale preparation of the site behind, Lanta Secret Beach could be safely called wild.
The infrastructure of the Lanta Secret Beach area is represented by a family-owned Thai cafe on the beach that sells drinks. There was nothing else here at the time of my arrival. In case you forgot to buy yourself ceramic pots or building materials, there is a construction market just behind the main road from the beach exit..
To the left of the market, a hundred meters away, there is a motorcycle service and the production of lattice gates and fences. In the same place, but a little further - there is a mosque. In general, as you can see, the infrastructure at Secret Beach on Lanta is sparse. You will find everything you need on the nearby Klong Khong beach - there is already a richer and more practical choice.
Houses and hotels on the beach
Directly on the beach, in the first line of Secret Beach, there are no buildings. Keep this in mind if you come across a hotel marker in some of the booking services, for example, Booking.com - this is a mistake, there are no hotels and bungalows here yet. The nearest offers to the beach are 300 meters from the turn onto a straight dirt road: Baan Sansasin on the left (when looking at the sea), and Chaw Ka Cher Tropicana Lanta Resort - on the right.
Speaking for myself, I see no reason why I would want to stay here longer than one day. Come, entertain yourself - yes. Sitting for two weeks without getting out - no.
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
I did not see any bright landmarks for the exit from the main road, the place is really some kind of inconspicuous and secret. From the main road to Lanta Secret Beach, there is a straight dirt road, about a hundred meters long. The dirt road ends with a large clearing for parking vehicles and an even planting of curly palms along the coastline.
The entrance is free, parking spaces are marked, I would not be surprised if someday they make a paid entrance here, because in Phuket such small beaches with access through private territory are always paid. Well, let's hope this beach avoids this fate for now..
Lanta Secret Beach Map
Lanta Secret Beach Map: