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Haad Khlong Nin

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Haad Khlong Nin

Khlong Nin is a little bit of a refreshing breeze on the culinary front in Lanta. A slew of roadside eateries run along the main road, serving mainly Thai food popular with locals. Signs are mostly in Thai, but if you are looking for authentic Thai food, just pick a restaurant and go for it.

A few bars, including Moms Place and Chedi Beach Bar, are dotted around the resort and bungalow operations, mostly with almost identical menus.

The one stand-out bar (which does serve food) is the famous Mong's Bar (T: (089) 425 0179). This is, on the face of it, a hippy hang-out, but at night it really does come alive as the cheap accommodation nearby brings in the crowds. The owner is an extremely laidback fellow, the welcome is warm and the beer is cold and cheap.

Other options include La Monaco which does a fine line in Italian dishes, including wood-fire pizzas. Opposite is Cook Gai, one of the better Thai restaurants on the island. Back on the beach, Horizons has an extensive Thai menu and is a good option for breakfasts, if you can put up with UB40 and Bob Marley on high rotation.

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