The perfect getaway
Ko Lanta is a roughly 30 km long island in the beautiful Adaman sea of Thailand. Once home to Sea Gypsies and Chinese merchants Ko Lanta is still one of the hidden gems where tourism didn’t take the control over the island`s authentic life. It’s a great compromise for tourists looking for a less developed and more intimate place with yet relatively good infrastructure.
The west shore of the island is home to long and diverse beaches offering excellent spots for watching the magnificent sunset while sipping a delicious cocktail.
Here are my top 4 favorites:
1. Klong Dao beach
This is the first beach on the northern part of the west shore and my absolute favorite. Powdery sand stretches along the shallow, turquoise and extremely clear water for about 2 km long. Small eateries, bars and massage huts offer you full relaxation between two splashes. You may also rent a SUP in case you want to challenge your balance.
The beach is especially popular among families but don’t worry – it`s wide enough not to be overcrowded.
2. Klong Nin
Though the shore is slightly steeper than in Klong Dao, it’s still perfect for swimming. The sand is less fine but the beach is wide and long enough to lend a secluded feeling to the entire coast. This is an absolute heaven for backpackers due to its inexpensive guesthouses and beach bars.
3. Khlong Khong
The best beach if you want to be just on your own, though you still require some infrastructure for grabbing a drink. The shore has definitely a wilder appearance than the others from the four: palm trees bending towards the sea and hundreds of small crabs are being busy in the sand. Being quite rocky though the only time you may enjoy the waves is at high tide.
4. Long beach (Phra Ae)
As its name suggests the beach stretches for about 3 km long right under Klong Dao. This is the most developed and liveliest from all Lanta beaches. Good for swimming and the majority of the accommodations in the island are also found here.
Good to know:
- There are only a few trees right on the beach providing shelter against the burning sun – better to be prepared with your own sun umbrella. (Or have a cold beer in a beach bar to escape the heat.)
- The sunset is stunning from all the western beaches. If you prefer a laidback vibe head to Rasta Baby Bar at Klong Nin beach. They play live music on Fridays and have happy hours just right around when the sun sets on the horizon.
- Getting around: the best way to explore the beaches is by renting a scooter for just 200 baths per day. Otherwise there are plenty of tuk tuks available that give you a cheap ride. Bargaining is highly recommended!