Situated in the Krabi Province, Koh Lanta is one of the best Thai Islands for beach hopping. The entire west coast is lined with the best beaches where you’re sure to catch the most magical sunsets. This is why exploring the beaches in Koh Lanta should be on top of your Koh Lanta bucket list!
Although Koh Lanta beaches can’t compete with other destinations in Thailand like Railay or Hong Island, they attract both adventurers and beach bums who are looking for untouched landscapes that lack the crowds.
Keep reading if you want to know where the best beaches in Koh Lanta are found and make sure to check out the map below for their exact locations!
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Koh Lanta Beach Hopping Guide
What I love the most about the beaches of Koh Lanta is that no matter the time of the year, you’re sure to have the beach all to yourself. As you move towards the south of the island, the beaches get even more scenic and deserted.
While some of the beaches are not that great for snorkeling, they are perfect for lazing around and the gentle waves make them suitable for families with kids.
The best way to get around Koh Lanta is by motorbike, which you can rent for about 180-200 baht (US$ 5.50-6.15) per day. It’s the cheapest option and allows for more flexibility since public transportation can be quite limited, if not expensive.
So, here’s my ultimate guide of the best and most beautiful beaches in Koh Lanta!
By far one of the most beautiful beaches in Koh Lanta, Nui Bay is a small scenic beach situated towards the south of Koh Lanta. As you walk down the stairs, you’ll notice that there aren’t many facilities on the beach except for a small beach bar. Nui Bay is one of the best beaches to relax and escape the crowds.
Ba Kantiang Beach
Ba Kantiang is a pristine white sand beach also situated on the southern coast of Koh Lanta. The bay isn’t too rocky and the powdery sand makes it one of the best swimming beaches in Koh Lanta.
There are only a few bungalows and restaurants along the beach, so you can expect it to be quiet.
The beach stretches all the way to Kantiang Bay where the famous Why Not Bar is situated. It’s one of the best places to go if you want to listen to live music and watch awesome fire shows!
Mu Koh Lanta National Park
The lighthouse on Mu Koh Lanta National Park is perhaps the most iconic landmark in Koh Lanta. You need to be prepared though as the road leading there can be challenging due to the narrow and steep hills. It’ll definitely feel like you’re on a roller coaster ride!
Since the National Park requires an entrance fee of 200 baht (US$ 6.15) and an extra 20 baht (US$ 0.60) for motorbike parking, you won’t encounter many tourists. The main attraction is the lighthouse which, although has seen better days, looks quite impressive on top of the rugged cliffs.
You can either hike the 1.7 km nature trail or simply relax on the sandy portion of the beach.
Unfortunately, the beach is not swimmable due to the sharp corals but you can still enjoy the National Park for its seclusion and stunning views!
Tip: Make sure to keep an eye on your belongings as there are cheeky monkeys hanging around!
About five minutes from the National Park is Bamboo Beach which is a small stretch of white sand beach. The beach isn’t too rocky and the water is almost flat, making it perfect for a swim.
You can actually get a panoramic view of the beach from Baan Phu Lae restaurant. But keep in mind that the restaurant is very small and can get crowded.
Tip: You need to taste the fried rice with green curry! It’s super cheap and one of the best dishes I had on Koh Lanta!
Khlong Hin Beach
Khlong Hin Beach is one of the most peaceful and relaxing beaches in Koh Lanta! Although Khlong Hin is not a swimming beach, it’s still one of my favorites!
The beach is completely deserted and you’ll only find a few boats moored to the shore. There are also a few swings and benches where you can relax and enjoy the view.
If you want to buy drinks and snacks, there is a small beach hut about 100 meters away.
Not to be confused with Nui Bay, Nui Beach is a small secluded beach located down a small dirt path just before Patoj Bar & Restaurant. After a very short trek, you’ll come across one of the most secluded beaches in Koh Lanta!
The beach is a bit rocky but the free makeshifts huts and lounge chairs will convince you to stay longer. There is also a small beach bar where you can borrow books for free and get a fresh coconut for only 50 baht (US$ 1.55).
Klong Nin Beach
Klong Nin Beach is much larger and more developed compared to the beaches in the south of Koh Lanta. There are lots of hotels and bars to choose from and due to its large size, Klong Nin Beach never feels crowded.
Although Koh Talabeng is not technically located on Koh Lanta, it’s still quite close enough to be featured on this list of the best Koh Lanta beaches. It’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in the Krabi Province thanks to its turquoise water, soft powdery sand and tall limestone cliffs!
I visited Koh Talabeng through a kayaking tour with Talabeng Sea Kayaking. The tour also included a visit to Koh Phee, also known as Ghost Island, and other smaller islands full of hidden caves.
The tour costs 1,300 baht (US$ 39.95) for adults and 650 baht (US$ 20) for children, including lunch and transfers to and from your hotel on Koh Lanta.
Tip: If you’re staying at CAT Bungalow, you can book the tour directly with the hosts to get a small discount!
Klong Dao Beach
Klong Dao Beach is a 3-km long white sand beach situated in the North of Koh Lanta. Best enjoyed in the morning or during sunset, Klong Dao beach comes with a wide selection of accommodations, restaurants and bars.
The Oasis Yoga Bungalow located on the road leading to Klong Dao Beach is the perfect place to stay if you want to practice yoga while being close to the beach.
Klong Khong Beach
Home to countless beach bars hosting spectacular fire shows, Klong Khong Beach is perfect for travelers who seek chill and laid-back vibes without the hordes of tourists. It’s great for swimming and one of the best spots to watch the sunset.
Klong Khong is among the most developed beaches in Koh Lanta with lots of restaurants and bars lining the shore, budget hotels, supermarkets, ATMs and tour agencies.
Where to stay in Koh Lanta?
Perched on top of the hills just a few meters from Klong Khong beach, CAT Bungalow is the perfect starting point to explore the beaches.
The hotel is very budget-friendly with clean and spacious rooms that come with a king-size bed, private bathroom, mini-fridge, Wi-Fi and free breakfast.
There you go, your guide to 10 of the most beautiful beaches in Koh Lanta! If you need help navigating to these beaches, just click on this map to find their exact locations! Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive. There are far more beaches on the island and if you’re an adventurous traveler and don’t mind getting lost, you’ll discover other secret beaches that very few people know about!