Photo: Underemployed boards on Khlong Dao.

Ko Lanta is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Lanta as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Lanta’s different areas.

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Accommodation

Lanta's busiest beach features mainly large high-end resorts to the north; mid-size midrange resorts in the centre; and a few budget options to the south.


Northern Haad Khlong Dao

Khlong Dao's exceptionally wide and quiet northern section is home to some of Lanta's best high-end resorts, though backpackers will need to head further south or up into nearby Saladan.


Cha-Da Beach Resort & Spa
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
279 Moo 1, Haad Khlong Dao
T: (075) 668 124-7

Not to be confused with Cha-Ba Bungalows, the gargantuan Cha-Da resort has one of the biggest swimming pools on Lanta, if not in all of Thailand. The pools -- there are actually two or maybe even three (we lost track) -- include a huge main section near the beach with a swim-up bar, then a wide L-shaped section that hugs the main hotel building and several of the villas. All rooms are at least 50... Read our full review of Cha-Da Beach Resort & Spa.

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D.R. Lanta Bay Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
206 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 383

D.R. doesn't burst with style or creativity, but the family in charge have built a strong reputation for simple, functional, reasonably priced accommodation with a sincere attitude. Set a short walk back from the beach in an attached orange concrete building that fronts the smaller of two swimming pools, the cheapest rooms represent great value. These are spacious and spotless, with air-con, TVs,... Read our full review of D.R. Lanta Bay Resort.

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Twin Lotus Koh Lanta
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
199 Moo 1, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 607 000

Occupying a huge area on what feels like a private beach, Twin Lotus is one of Lanta's best choices for honeymooners. The faultless design incorporates an attractive two-storey building with a sloped wood panel roof that almost resembles a billionaire's yacht. This is where you'll find the cheapest (though by no means inexpensive) rooms, which achieve a sort of rustic-chic design that relies on... Read our full review of Twin Lotus Koh Lanta.

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Cha-Ba Bungalows and Art Gallery
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
20 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 118

Not to be confused with the lavish Cha-Da Resort, Cha-Ba rises from the centre of Khlong Dao in a blaze of colour and quirkiness that includes two brontosaurus statues and a giant concrete whale's tale. Things are no less funky in the tightly packed section of concrete bungalows set just back from the beach. Each is painted bright orange, purple or green, with interesting wall murals to go with... Read our full review of Cha-Ba Bungalows and Art Gallery.

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Central Haad Khlong Dao

Khlong Dao's vast central area is home to mostly mid-size, midrange resorts with little to distinguish one from the next, though a closer inspection revealed that a few are better than others in terms of value and service. Though this isn't a backpacker area, a couple of cheaper spots have inexpensive bungalows for rent. Out near the main road, a handful of comfortable serviced apartment style guesthouses offer good long-term value just off the beach.


Lanta Villa Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
14 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 129

One of the first resorts to appear on Ko Lanta, Villa continues to enjoy a solid reputation for comfortable rooms, great beachfront location and friendly service. The staff gave us a warm welcome and quickly offered to show us around. Rooms are mostly set in detached concrete villas, either white with an almost A-frame design around the large and well-placed swimming pool, or purple and set just... Read our full review of Lanta Villa Resort.

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Hans Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
95 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 152

Named after its Swedish owner, Hans is best known as a restaurant that sells a good mix of Thai and European fare, but a handful of simple wood and bamboo bungalows are also found in a sandy area just back from the beach. The rooms are basic and a bit dusty, with soft mattresses on raised platforms, mosquito nets, a few windows, cold-water bathroom and good-size front porches. Especially... Read our full review of Hans Bungalows.

Lanta Dream House
Backpacker - Under 600B
189/1 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao
T: (089) 799 0762

Easy to miss down a narrow lane that shoots south off the main road, the Dream House was our favourite of the area's modern guesthouses that rent rooms by the night or the month. It occupies a medium-size concrete building that puts you within a five-minute walk of the beach and 10 minutes to Saladan. Though lacking much decor, the air-con room we checked us was spotless, spacious and... Read our full review of Lanta Dream House.

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Lanta Island Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
10 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 124-5

This large, European-managed midrange resort has stacks of mostly detached white cement bungalows set amid winding paths draped in tropical foliage and lanterns. Like most of Khlong Dao's midrange spots, Island's rooms lack character but are well-kept, spacious and comfortable. All come with good-size balconies to go with air-con, fridges and hot water bathrooms, while all but the cheapest have... Read our full review of Lanta Island Resort.

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Southern Haad Khlong Dao

Backpackers wanting to stay on Khlong Dao are best served to the south, which is also home to several chilled-out beach restaurants.


The Asylum
Backpacker - Under 600B
Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (098) 804 8774

Offering a change of pace from Haad Khlong Dao's mostly big and bland midrange resorts, the Asylum is an intimate budget spot run by the very friendly and laidback Michael and May, who hail from Northwest USA and Thailand respectively. They ran a coffee shop with the same name down in Long Beach for years before moving to Khlong Dao for the 2013/'14 season. The place has a communal vibe and... Read our full review of The Asylum.

Time For Lime Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 590

Best known for its excellent cooking school that donates profits to the associated Lanta Animal Welfare centre, Time for Lime also has a handful of bungalows in a leafy area behind the kitchen and an easy hop from the beach. The detached bungalows are spacious, with high ceilings and lofts containing extra single beds. Fans are mounted on the ceiling above the soft double beds, and several... Read our full review of Time For Lime Bungalows.

Lanta Bee Garden Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
199 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 227

Bee Garden is a small, no-frills family-run resort with clean and comfortable rooms, most of which face a sandy path between the beach and main road. The priciest villas are smart and spacious, with direct sea views and modern appliances, but the majority of rooms are set in orange motel-style concrete buildings that face one another just back from the beach. Though lacking character, the air-con... Read our full review of Lanta Bee Garden Bungalows.

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Lanta Garden Home
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
18 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (089) 645 6969

One of Lanta's original backpacker spots, the Garden Home is something of a one-stop spot on a beautiful portion of the beach. In addition to the fan and air-con rooms that are now priced in the flashpacker range, it offers a convenience store, souvenir shop, travel and tour desk, motorbike rental and restaurant. Fan rooms in a two-storey building are spacious, clean and come with hot water,... Read our full review of Lanta Garden Home.

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Lanta Mermaid Boutique House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
333 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 364

The Mermaid House is worth a look if you're set on a perfectly clean and exceptionally comfortable room that will be a lot cheaper than less inviting rooms on the beach. Professional in all aspects, the modern four-storey building is situated along the main drag within easy walking distance of southern Khlong Dao beach. The rooms are spacious and immaculate, with polished dark wood floors, soft... Read our full review of Lanta Mermaid Boutique House.

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Maya Koh Lanta Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
164 Moo 3, Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 267-8

Most of Haad Khlong Dao was gobbled up by large midrange resorts several years ago, but this small and stylish resort found a fine stretch of beach to build its contemporary Thai-style resort in more recent years. Set in an attractive two-storey building with a minimalist design, rooms are very spacious and stylish, with wall-size sea-facing windows, glossy tile floors, sophisticated grey... Read our full review of Maya Koh Lanta Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Haad Khlong Dao? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


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