Koh Lanta is one of Thailand’s beautiful island destinations, just off the coast of Krabi. Technically, there are 52 islands that makeup Koh Lanta, with the main destination island for visitors being Koh Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta was once best known amongst the backpacking community, but now it has several exclusive resorts attracting all kinds of tourists. The island is only 27km long, but surprisingly there are a few diverse areas to choose from when visiting Koh Lanta. We’ve compiled a list of all the areas to help you decide where to stay in Koh Lanta, whether you are a backpacker, family traveller or someone who loves a bit of luxury there is are Koh Lanta hotels for everyone.
Getting to Koh Lanta is fairly easy. The nearest airport to Koh Lanta is Krabi International Airport, from Krabi you can take a ferry or shared minibus (350 baht) to Koh Lanta. Both take around 2-3 hours or you can invest in a private taxi (approx 2500 baht). If you are travelling from Phuket then you can take a 2-hour ferry from Phuket to Koh Lanta (1500 baht) that stops at Phi Phi Island on the way.
We will cover off all types of Koh Lanta accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Koh Lanta hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Koh Lanta, the best Koh Lanta hotels, best places in Koh Lanta to visit, the best places to stay in Koh Lanta, hotels near Koh Lanta attractions, Koh Lanta neighborhood guide and many more.
Saladan Village – Where to Stay in Koh Lanta for shopping
Located at the northern end of the island is Saladan Village (also known as Baan Saladan) which it is the largest village on Koh Lanta. This is where most visitors arrive, via ferry from Krabi, Phuket and other islands. Regardless of where you stay on Koh Lanta, this is likely where you’ll do your shopping as there are plenty of markets and souvenir shops here. Saladan has a lively night market on Wednesday evenings, which is a great place to try out various Thai street foods on a stick!
Where to Stay in Saladan Village
Khlong Dao – Where to Stay in Koh Lanta for Families
Located just 1km from the pier in Saladan is Klong Dao Beach which is the closest beach area to Saladan, for those wanting additional dining and shopping options outside of the resort area.
Khlong Dao beach is also Koh Lanta’s most popular beach for families, as it has the most resorts and hotels. Here you’ll find white sandy beaches, warm water and gentle waves.
Where to Stay in Khlong Dao
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Khlong Dao:
Layana Resort and Spa
Phra Ae Beach – Where to stay in Koh Lanta Backpackers
South of Klong Dao is Phra Ae Beach, also known as Long Beach. It’s part of Koh Lanta’s busy northwest coast but has a more relaxed atmosphere and tamer party scene than Klong Dao. The beautiful white sand beach stretches over 3km and has a wide range of options for hotels and resorts, from budget bungalows to 4-star resorts.
Where to Stay in Phra Ae Beach:
Klong Khong Beach –Where to Stay in Koh Lanta nightlife
About 2km past Phra Ae Beach, you’ll find Klong Khong Beach. This is one of Koh Lanta’s rockiest beaches, with only a small swimming area. Budget travellers will enjoy this low-key, lesser-known beach area with some of Koh Lanta’s best rental villas. Along with a nice mix of bars and restaurants, Klong Khong beach has a wide variety of overnight accommodations, as it has the third highest density concentration of resorts and beachfront bungalows. This is also a great place to catch one of Thailand’s famous fire shows!
Where to Stay in Klong Khong Beach
Klong Nin Beach – Where to Stay in Koh Lanta for foodies
A few kilometres south of Klong Khong is Klong Nin Beach and the sub-area Klong Tob. Klong Nin has a lot of options for travellers seeking a laid-back vibe. Most of the bungalows, villas and resorts are located right on the beach, and prices are mostly in the low to medium range. There are also a lot of easily accessible beach bars and restaurants to hang out at.
Where to Stay in Klong Nin Beach:
Kantiang Bay – Where to Stay in Koh Lanta for couples
Towards the south end of the island on Koh Lanta’s west coast, a 45-minute drive from Saladan village is Kantiang Bay, a picture-perfect white sand beach surrounded by turquoise water backed by tropical forest. Kantiang is regularly cited as one of the best beaches in Thailand or even all of Asia! You will find budget bungalows to five-star resorts here at Kantiang Bay.
Where to Stay in Kantiang Bay
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Kantiang Bay:
Pimalai Resort and Spa
Lanta Old Town – Where to Stay in Koh Lanta for day trippers
Lanta Old Town is a well-preserved village on the east side of the island. It is the original town centre and has much history. Most houses are built on stilts over the ocean and while there are fewer choices in where to stay, there are plenty of places to eat in Lanta Old Town. During the first full moon in March, Lanta Old Town hosts the Laanta-Lanta festival, featuring local food cooked by some of the island’s best chefs and live music performances.
If you’re planning to do some day trips from Koh Lanta to explore the eastern islands like Koh Nui, Koh Por, Koh Talabeng, Koh Kam or Koh Bubu, Old Town is the best place to be based as you can take an organised tour or a private longtail boat from the pier.
Where to Stay in Lanta Old Town
Cheapest Hostels in Lanta Old Town:
Hidden Cliff Hostel
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Lanta Old Town:
The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only )