Klong Dao, Ko Lanta

Klong Dao is a social beach with many accommodation options and restaurants, but because the beach is wide and long it still feels spacious and relaxed. It is a great beach for sunbathing with white powdery sand. A great advantage of Klong Dao is that there are no stones in the water, making swimming more enjoyable. The water is shallow and clear, especially in high season.

Klong Dao offers a selection of accommodations from the middle and higher segments. However, Klong Dao is far from overdeveloped because resorts are not allowed to build at high altitudes. Be sure to check the booking sites to see what suits you. We recommend going to the upper range Twin Lotus or Costa Lanta.

If you are searching for a mid-range accommodation, we like D.R. Lanta Bay Resort and Bambie Boutique Home. There are also plenty of good restaurants and nice bars on Klong Dao beach, otherwise there are some alternatives a short walk to the main road.

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!

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.

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.