Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Central Haad Phra Ae
The centre of the beach is more sparsely developed than the north or south, with only a small number of midrange to luxury resorts along the beach and out by the main road. A large beachfront park and Lanta's most exclusive resort help to keep the atmosphere quiet. Expect a solid walk to the main-road restaurants if staying here.
Stylish stilted chalets472 Moo 3, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (086) 267 4744; F: (075) 684 805
With their fun, functional design, we nominate the stilt bungalows at Long Beach Chalet just off Long Beach as among the coolest on Ko Lanta. Throw in a swimming pool and free WiFi, and it’s also a ... Read the full review of Long Beach Chalet.
Top spot for high rollers272 Moo 3, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 607 100; F: (075) 607 199
Owned by the MBK group of Bangkok shopping mall fame, Layana is arguably the best of an elite club of five-store resorts on Ko Lanta. The grounds are small enough that you won't get lost, and the ... Read the full review of Layana Resort & Spa.over 8,000B 1 vote Luxury
Cosy resort with good service195 Moo 3, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 429;
This small resort has 11 bungalows spaced well apart amid plenty of foliage, well away from the main road. It's a shaded two-minute walk to a very quiet stretch of Long Beach and the excellent Lym's ... Read the full review of Papillon Bungalows.
Northern Haad Phra Ae
While a couple of flashpacker to midrange spots are thrown in, the northern stretch of beach is best known for its tightly packed backpacker village. You'll find over a dozen cheap bungalow joints that are stacked one on top of the next. The atmosphere livens up at night, meaning that going to bed before 2:00 in the morning can be difficult.
Plenty of comfort and style72 Moo 3, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 156; F: (075) 684 568
As the northernmost resort on Long Beach, Sayang enjoys a somewhat isolated location that's far enough from the beach bars to stay quiet at night but close enough to join the party when the mood ... Read the full review of Sayang Beach Bungalows.
Professionally run budget resortHaad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (081) 249 0172;
Blue Sky is one among many small budget bungalow joints in this area, but it stands out thanks to the owner who actually stands up and greets potential guests, as opposed to the usual grumpy and/or ... Read the full review of Blue Sky Bungalows.
Stylish contemporary Thai resort279 Moo 3, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 633-4; F: (075) 684 636
This high-standard beach resort pulls off a stylish take on contemporary Thai architecture that isn't often done well. A two-tier waterfall greets you at reception, and water features prominently ... Read the full review of Lanta Sand Resort & Spa.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Extra comfort away from the beach305/18 Moo 3, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 584 619;
One of several small guesthouses that occupy the newish concrete townhouses along the main road, Dreamy Casa is a fine choice for those who care more about a quiet and comfortable night's sleep than ... Read the full review of Dreamy Casa.
Slick dorms on the main dragMoo 3, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 500;
By far Lanta's most luxurious hostel, Non La Mer has made the most of its featureless townhouse on the main drag. With lots of polished concrete and hardwood, downtempo beats playing over the ... Read the full review of Non La Mer Hostel.
Hippie hideaway237 Moo 3, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (082) 538 1931;
The words lazy and crazy were combined to create the most fitting name possible for this hippie hangout in a corner of Haad Phra Ae's northern backpacker enclave. Billed as a farm and jungle ... Read the full review of Lanta Clayzy House.
Classic bungalows near the beachHaad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (089) 033 4945;
Set just back from the beach in the middle of northern Long Beach's backpacker village, O-Zone is quite a bit friendlier than most. The stilted woven bamboo bungalows are set in two rows that face ... Read the full review of O-Zone Beach Hut.
Not too friendly but great valueHaad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
The man who we presume to be The Funky Fish's owner reminded us of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh -- on his worst day. He was grumpy, lazy and seemed annoyed that we were asking to see a room. But when ... Read the full review of The Funky Fish.
Southern Haad Phra Ae
Long Beach's southern area boasts a very good selection of budget to midrange places to stay, with at least a dozen small resorts packed in tight between the beach and the main road. Also home to several plush private villas and apartments, the area has plenty of great eating and drinking options.
Hillside retreat157 Moo 2, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (085) 476 1154;
The Freedom Estate offers six swish serviced apartments perched over a lush hillside with abundant tropical palms and flower bushes. More functional than stylish, each room is airy, clean and ... Read the full review of Freedom Estate.
Welcoming flashpacker spot343 Moo 2, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 658;
All you can see from the entrance of this British-run resort is the cosy open-air reception area and sports bar where the latest Premier League matches are usually on. A raised concrete footpath then ... Read the full review of Mook Lanta Resort.
Worth seeking out174 Moo 2, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (089) 692 610;
With minimal online presence and a somewhat hard-to-find location between the beach, the main road and a large private housing development, we stumbled onto the Andaman Sunflower after checking out ... Read the full review of Andaman Sunflower Resort.
Legit299 Moo 2, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 851; F: (075) 684 790
The fact that Castaway is a very well-run small resort becomes obvious from the moment you first step under the frangipani trees in the impeccably groomed grounds. It's a small and charming spot with ... Read the full review of Lanta Castaway Beach Resort.
A hotch potch of roomsHaad Phra Ae (road entrance behind 7-eleven), Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 289;
Run by a sincere woman who has a dedicated following of guests who return every year, this small resort has an array of different rooms to suit most tastes. The namesake Thai houses come with dark ... Read the full review of Thai House Beach Resort.
Stylish but a bit surly186 Moo 2, Haad Phra Ae
T: (081) 891 3055;
Sanctuary is a bit of an odd place, with surprisingly stylish bamboo bungalows set amid flower bushes just back from the beach, but also a staff that doesn't seem to have a handle on how to ... Read the full review of Sanctuary.Under 600B 7 votes Backpacker
A Long Beach original183 Moo 2, Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 186; F: (075) 684 187
While most of the resorts in northern Haad Phra Ae are squished into small plots of land stacked one on top of the next, Good Days' long-running status is evidenced by its wide stretch of beachfront ... Read the full review of Good Days Lanta Beach Resort.
Haad Baan Phruklom
Just south of Long Beach proper, the often-overlooked Baan Phruklom beach is a great choice for those seeking a cheap bungalow to go with a relaxed atmosphere that feels like a toned-down Haad Khlong Khong. The beach has a few simple restaurants and bars, and southern Long Beach's much greater selection is about 15 minutes away on foot.
Old-style LantaHaad Baan Phruklom, Ko Lanta
T: (082) 278 6744;
This locally-owned bungalow joint at the southern end of the beach has one of the best and most true-to-fact slogans that we've seen anywhere in Thailand: The islanders style simple tranquil seaside. ... Read the full review of Andaman Bay Bungalow.
Beach bums unite!Haad Baan Phruklom, Ko Lanta
T: (084) 307 0231;
We were warmly welcomed to Sea Culture by a shirtless, long-haired dude who was hanging out at the bar with a guitar. When we asked about rooms, he shouted to a couple of other long-haired, shirtless ... Read the full review of Sea Culture Bungalows.
Soothing tropical retreat111 Moo 2, Haad Baan Phruklom, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 194; F: (075) 684 196
With attractive dark crimson and ochre bamboo villas nestled into a forested hillside overlooking the beach's quiet northern corner, Relax Bay blends into the natural environment. Spanning the area ... Read the full review of Relax Bay Resort.
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