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Nestled between Phra Ae and Khlong Nin beaches towards the centre of Ko Lanta's west coast, Khlong Khong beach stretches for 3km and is home to a wide range of budget and traveller orientated bungalow operations. It has the largest number of budget bungalows packed into one area and comes with the usual mix of bars and massage pavilions.

The beach is popular among travellers thanks to its reasonable rates, but the beach itself isn't as top-notch as some of the others on the island. The sand is coarser and swimming becomes difficult at low tide when the beach gets rocky in places, while at high tide the steep beach narrows right down. A rocky reef running along the length of the beach further complicates matters, especially at low tide.

On the upside, snorkelling is reasonable at high tide and there's no shortage of funky bars and cafes to relax in while you wait for the just-right water level.

You'll find an extensive range of resorts on Khlong Khong, starting from budget through to midrange, but there’s little to satisfy the high-end customer. Many resorts are beachfront and this is definitely the place to head if you are after a health-orientated resort, with many places offering yoga and spas, while most (true for all of Lanta as well) offer a massage place on the beach.

The beach is called Khlong Khong after a khlong (canal) which runs behind the bungalows and empties out to sea. This was probably quite a long time ago, before any bungalows were built, and today the khlong can get smelly and mosquitoes can be a real problem.

Towards the southern end is an area where the local fishermen tie up their boats to the shore. This doesn't help the swimming potential of the beach, but makes for some very picturesque sunset shots.

At the northern tip, nestled between Long Beach and Khlong Khong, is the rather nondescript Baan Phruklom, covered in coconut palms. This area, which also has some beachfront is home to another gaggle of resorts.

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Text and/or map last updated on 30th October, 2013.

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