View of Koh Lanta from the southern end

View of Koh Lanta from the southern end

View of Koh Lanta from the southern end


View from the southernmost bay of Ko Lanta island.

Taken on: 13th October, 2004. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

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The UK’s Sunday Times voted Ao Kantiang the best beach in Thailand, which is quite a claim, but it quite possibly deserves the accolade. The sand is super-fine, the views are postcard-perfect and it’s usually deserted.

The island's poshest five-star resort is here, complete with million-dollar yachts moored offshore. A few much smaller resorts do business along the northern end of the beach, where there are also some good cafes and restaurants.

Only a few years ago this beach was almost off-limits due to the state of the roads. Now, thanks to more upmarket resorts, it has opened up. Whether you stay here or not, coming here for a few hours is a must, partly to see how the other half live and partly to enjoy the superb beach.

Back up on the main road sits a small community where you’ll find a reasonable number of cafes and restaurants, as well as a 7-eleven. Read our complete Ao Kantiang travel guide

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