Best beaches in Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta offers a choice of several beaches lying along its west coast, most of which boast a good range of accommodation options as well as numerous beachside restaurants and bars.

Heading south the beaches become more secluded that are typically framed by jungle-covered hillsides and rocky promontories such as Kantiang Beach.

Khlong Dao

Unwind on this long golden-sand beach, the most northern of the west coast beaches, located about half an hour's walk from Ban Sala Dan.

Framed by rocky headlands and overlooked by a dramatic hilltop, the flat, wide beach offers safe swimming and magnificent sunsets – probably why it is so popular with the locals at weekends.

Grab a tasty snack and cool drink at a beachside restaurant or from one of the beachfront resorts. Klong Dao Beach hosts a good choice of beachfront resorts including the Chada Beach Resort and Spa.

Ao Phra Ae

(Long Beach) – Did your toes into the soft white sand of this long casuarina-fringed beach that shelves gently into calm, crystal clear waters that offer good swimming.

Relax during the day at one of the beachside bars and restaurants or party-on after dark at the famous Reggae House, which boasts live music and hosts annual music festivals. Choose from a range of resorts to suit all budgets, including the 5-star Layana Resort & Spa (photo).

Khlong Khong

This gorgeous long beach is dotted with rocks and offers the good swimming and snorkellng at high tide.

After dark, choose from a number of funky little beach-bars. Or stay longer at one of the small beachfront budget resorts.

Khlong Nin

This picturesque, tree-fringed, long white-sand beach shelves gently into calm, turquoise waters.

Framed by forested headlands and offering a collection of beach bars, restaurants and hotels clustered around the centre of the beach, Klong Nin offers a village-style atmosphere.

Sunbathe on the beach, go swimming or head inland to the Tham Mai Kaew caves, about an hour’s walk away (or much faster by rented motorcycle or bicycle).

Kantiang Beach

This 900m-long crescent of soft white sand is fringed by shady trees and sits beneath a jungle-clad hillside.

Sunbathe on the gorgeous beach, go swimming in the turquoise waters, snorkel the rocky headlands.

Choose from three beachside resorts, including Ko Lanta’s most luxurious resort accommodation, the Pimalai Resort and Spa (photo), which spreads over 40ha of manicured tropical gardens and offers the finest of creature comforts.

Ao Mai Phai

(Bamboo Beach) – Relax on this very quiet white-sand beach, with the best swimming and snorkeling at high tide and great kayaking any time. Ao Mai Phai is the last resort before the National Park.

Stroll the hillside track to the lighthouse at Ko Lanta’s southern tip for great sea views from the plunging cliff tops. Come for a day or stay longer at the LaLaanta Hideaway Resort.

Ko Lanta’s offshore islands

Discover some of Ko Lanta’s southern islands, which also host a range of beautiful uncrowded and unspoilt beaches.

These islands can be reached by boat from Ko Lanta or from the mainland.

Ko Ngai

Discover a tiny 6km² mountainous island covered by tropical forest and indented with rocky headlands.

Relax and swim from a series of beautiful palm-fringed white-sand beaches along the east coast, snorkel the west and southern coastlines and look out for migrating birds, crab-eating monkeys and monitor lizards in the forests of the interior.

Ko Ngai offers a range of accommodation, including the Ko Ngai Resort (photo), and is easily reached on a 20-minute speedboat boat ride from the mainland town of Pak Meng Pier in Trang Province.

Ko Kradan

At just 4km², tiny Ko Kradan (also known as Ko Ha) offers secluded sugar-white sand beaches and great snorkelling above coral reefs that lie just off the beach on the east coast.

The island hosts an annual underwater wedding ceremony on Valentines Day.

Koh Mook

This mountainous island offers a couple of secluded beaches framed by jungle-clad headlands on the east coast and a Muslim fishing village on the west coast.

Check out Mook Island's main attraction – the Morakot Cave (Emerald Cave).

Here you can take a boat ride and swim or snorkel through a narrow entrance into an 80m-long cave that sits in darkness at the bottom of a steep cliff face. The cave emerges into a hidden emerald lagoon and white-sand beach that lies encircled beneath steep jungle-clad cliffs in a ‘shangri la’ type setting.

Come for a day or stay longer at the luxurious Sivalai Beach Resort on the Sivalai Beach.

Latest update: Ko Lanta Beaches: 5 May, 2022