Ao Kantiang, Ko Lanta

BEACH
In the southern part of Ko Lanta there are 2 nice bays that are included in the TreasureBeases database. The northernmost of the 2 bays, Ao Kantiang, is a social beach where you can also turn to for some entertainment. It is a large bay with a wide beach and fine sand.

The northern part of the beach is the busiest. You will find a small village with restaurants, some shops, and even ATMs. Most stays are centred here too. As you walk farther south, the beach becomes increasingly quiet. On the southern part of the bay, you can visit the lovely beach bar. Day-trippers come to this bar to enjoy a lazy day.

Pay attention to the swimming condition! At low tide, rocks lie in front of the shore in the northern part of the beach, making it difficult to swim. Fortunately, the southern and middle parts of the beach do allow you to go into the water for a nice swim.

WHERE TO STAY
There are various hotels to choose from, so definitely check the Internet to see what suits you best. Directly on the beach there are the 2 mid-range options Baan Laanta Resort & Spa and Kantiang Bay View Resort, and the more upper range option Phra Nang Lanta.

If you are looking for high end luxury, the Pimalai Resort & Spa is the place to be. This place is recommended if you want to enjoy the Thai beaches and be surrounded by Western amenities at the same time. Most bungalows are located on the hill with a beautiful view and only a small number of bungalows are directly on the beach.

You will find several good restaurant options near the beach or in the small village next to the beach.

Most visitors arrive in the northern part of the island. Please note that a taxi from the pier to Ao Kantiang costs approximately 700 baht.

ISLAND
The island of Ko Lanta is becoming more touristy every year; therefore, our first impression was not too positive. Most of the beaches in Ko Lanta are good but too crowded for our taste. Surprisingly, we found 2 beautiful relaxing bays in the southwest and one social beach in the north of the island!

WHAT TO DO
Ko Lanta offers excellent opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. The surrounding waters are home to a variety of marine life and coral reefs, making it a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts.

Ko Lanta’s natural beauty goes beyond its beaches. Explore lush jungles, visit waterfalls, and even go hiking to experience the island’s diverse ecosystems. There are many activities on the island, from yoga, boxing, and cooking classes, to taking day trips to dive sites or feeding the elephants.

The east coast of Ko Lanta is a nice day trip, this is where you will find mangroves and Old Town, a charming village with small temples and old wooden buildings. The main street is full of shops, cafes and restaurants. If you want to buy some souvenirs, Old Town is the place to go.

TRANSPORT
It is possible to visit Ko Lanta with your own car. Take the car ferry (15 minutes) and cross a bridge to reach the island. However, most people fly to Krabi and take a minibus (300 baht) or private taxi (2000 baht) from the airport to reach Ko Lanta. There are good connections by minibus from Krabi town (300 baht).

Another option would be to fly to Trang and take the minibus connection from the city or the airport (400 baht). From Phuket and most of the southern islands are speedboat services to Ko Lanta. For this, check the internet.

On Ko Lanta it is easy to rent a scooter.