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The Island Koh Lanta that also belongs to the Krabi region, has many beaches to offer and almost all of them are located at the west coast, except the beach in the national park that you can find at the southern end of Koh Lanta Yai.
The island itself is not very affected by mass tourism and still very calm – no clubs, no McDonald’s, no big night life. Well, there are a few hotels, but you can also find some quiet and small bungalows. Here you have time for relaxing and maybe doing some motorbike trips.
The most beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta – our beach guide
As a beach lover, it was obligatory for me to check out all the beaches. Personally, I think that Koh Lanta’s beaches are not as pretty as the beaches of Koh Phi Phi, which is not very far away.
But I think it’s still nice to have some quiet days here relaxing and having the beach almost completely for yourself – which is not so easy on Koh Phi Phi. Well, maybe it was only because of the approaching rainy season. I will definitely come back someday.
So here I put together the most beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta for you – of course with pictures. They are listed in the order from north to south:
Klong Dao Beach
For me, personally, the prettiest beach of Koh Lanta. The sand is very soft, almost white, and during low tide the beach becomes very wide. Also, the water is really beautiful. Admittedly, not so crystal clear like I love it, but still very good for a nice swim.
In the water there are no stones at all and you can enjoy the sand under you. The only disadvantage is that there are only very few trees that give you shadow. Hence, you will be under the blazing sun all the time, which isn’t quite good, is it?
Phra Ae Beach (Long Beach)
This is the longest beach of Koh Lanta and in the north it adjoins the Klong Dao Beach. At the southern end I was staying in the Gooddays Lanta Resort. A nice little resort with cheap bungalows directly at the beach, which I can definitely recommend (800 baht in low season).
The water here is beautiful, but not as gently sloping as the Klong Dao Beach. When you swim a little bit more far, there are plenty of stones in the water which I personally don’t like.
But for a nice and relaxed day this beach is still a good choice since it’s very long with its 4 kilometers and you can always find a lonely place there. But, a leafy bower is hard to find here, too. At evening, when the sun is almost going down, this beach is also nice for a long walk – especially for couples this might be a good option.
Klong Nin Beach
This beach section offers plenty of space for swimming and is bounded by big rocks at both ends. At some parts, the beach is a bit rocky but you can still find a few places without stones at all.
At the beach there are also some accommodations and beach bars, where you can comfortably take one or another nice drink. A great place to end the day with a delicious cocktail.
Ba Kan Tiang Beach
The bay where this beach is located, is considered as one of the most beautiful ones of Koh Lanta. It looks indeed very pretty, but the beach itself it partially studded with shells. This makes it not very easy to walk bare-footed. No problem with flip-flops.
There are not many shady spots, but since it was a little cloudy (see picture) when I arrived at the beach, it wasn’t that bad. At the Ba Kan Tiang Beach you can also find the 5-star luxury hotel Pimalai Resort & Spa, which is well-known on Koh Lanta and considered as a great place to stay.
Besides of that you can have your peace here since the beach is never really crowded. Also, the sunset is amazing here. I never tried it, but many people say that this is a great snorkeling spot, too.
Klong Jark Beach
Since there is no surfaced street leading to the bay where this beach is located, is is not so easy to reach. But once you arrive there, it’s amazingly quiet and making you wanna swim there immediately.
There’s also a restaurant/bar where you can enjoy nice food. It can actually happen sometimes that you are the only person at this beach, because not many tourists usually come here.
Mu Ko Lanta National Park
The national park is located at the southern end of Koh Lanta and you have to pay an entrance fee of 200 baht per person to enter it. This park is definitely well-kept and beautiful to look at.
Also, the beach with its soft sand and some leafy bowers is very beautiful. But appearances are deceiving and so there is one big minus point: the water has almost only stones, which makes nice swimming impossible for me. Nevertheless, you can still have a really good time here and at least enjoy the views in the national park and the beach.
In my opinion you can have a few nice quiet days at the beaches of Koh Lanta – for the rest there isn’t really much going on here. But I still would say that it’s worth it to visit the island! Unfortunately, we didn’t always have the bluest sky which was due to the rainy season that just has started. Well, the good thing about it was that in low season you have reduced prices almost everywhere.
Hotels on Koh Lanta – our recommendations
You’re still looking for an accommodation on Koh Lanta? Here we show you 3 great hotels and resorts that are situated directly at the island’s beaches.
The Gooddays is a small resort with 40 rooms at the southern end of the Long Beach. The bungalows are simple but have everything that your heart desires. Air conditioning, refrigerator, wifi and a comfortable bed. Furthermore, there is a swimming pool, a restaurant and above all a very good service. You can see the beach from your terrace and the Long Beach is a perfect spot to enjoy a nice sunset. Book Book
The Coco Lanta Resort is located directly at the Klong Khong Beach. The small resort has a quiet location and great bungalows. The kind staff will be glad to help you if you have any concerns. The complex is well-maintained and offers sun beds for their guests at the beach. Also, there is a swimming pool, breakfast, wifi and air conditioning to make your stay quite comfortable. The beautiful garden with palm trees offers a nice atmosphere and the beach is just at your doorstep. What do you want more? Book Book
This resort is situated at the – in my opinion – most beautiful beach of Koh Lanta, the Klong Dao Beach. The bungalows are clean and nicely decorated. In addition, you have free wifi, a swimming pool and there is also a scooter rental available. If you just want to relax, this is the right place for you. Next door there is a nice massage parlor and the beautiful beach is just a few steps away. The kind staff will make sure that you have a pleasant stay and in addition you can have delicious food in the restaurant inside the resort. Book Book