Koh Lanta’s biggest attraction, by far, is its beach life. Most of the activity on the island is located around the beaches, with the exception of the small seaside Saladan Village area in the north of the island.
Saladan is the main settlement on Koh Lanta. Located in the far north of the island, Saladan is the main entry point onto Koh Lanta. The village is located a short distance from the new bridge connecting Koh Lanta Noi with Koh Lanta Yai.
You’ll find a mix of local shops and travel agencies in Saladan. There’s also a good selection of restaurants, some of which overlook the ocean and offer great views. Saladan is a great place for Western dining on Koh Lanta, with several excellent restaurants and cafés.
Klong Dao Beach
Located just south of Saladan Village, Klong Dao is a long, crescent-shaped beach that attracts families, couples and solo travellers. Due to its proximity to Saladan Village, Klong Day is by far the easiest beach on Koh Lanta to access.
You’ll find a good selection of hotels on Klong Dao beach, ranging from budget bungalows and cheap hotels to mid-range resorts. There are also several four and five star resorts. As a result of its popularity, Klong Dao has a great range of Western and Thai restaurants.
Phra Ae Beach (Long Beach)
Phra Ae Beach, which is better known as Long Beach, stretches for just over three kilometres along Koh Lanta’s west coast, offering great views of the sunset. While Long Beach isn’t quite as popular as Klong Dao, it has a great selection of budget, mid-range and luxury hotels.
You’ll also find a good selection of Thai and Western restaurants on Long Beach, as well as a variety of bars.
Klong Khong Beach
Klong Khong Beach is located to the south of Long Beach. Smaller and less popular than Long Beach, it’s home to a variety of small resorts and restaurants, many of which are family owned and operated. There’s also a reasonably good selection of Western restaurants.
Accommodation on Klong Khong Beach ranges from inexpensive bungalows to a few mid-range resorts aimed at travellers with a reasonable budget. There are also several luxury villas for rent located close to Klong Khong Beach.
Klong Nin Beach
Klong Nin Beach is a quiet, laid back beach located to the south of Klong Khong. Here, you can find a good selection of budget and mid-range hotels and resorts, as well as a variety of luxury villas available for rent.
Less developed than the beaches to the north, Klong Nin Beach has a chilled out atmosphere and a great selection cafés and beachside dining options. It takes 20 to 30 minutes to travel to Klong Nin Beach from Saladan, giving the beach thinner crowds than options like Klong Dao.
Lanta Old Town
Lanta Old Town (or Sri Raya) is a small seaside village on the eastern coast of Koh Lanta. The village itself is built partially on land and partially over the water, with several houses and shops overlooking the sea. You’ll find a small selection of shops and restaurants here.
Kantiang Bay and Southern Beaches
Kantiang Bay is a small bay in the far south of Koh Lanta with clear water and beautifully white sand. Due to its remoteness, it’s one of the quietest beaches on Koh Lanta, with several family bungalows a few high-end resorts, as well as the usual selection of small shops and eateries.
There are also several small bays, such as Klong Jark and Bamboo Bay, located further south of Kantiang that offer a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.