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You have to admire Phra Ae for not being completely overrun by tourists. Despite being close to the hectic Khlong Dao it has managed to stave off major development and retains a relaxed vibe.

Better known as Long Beach, this is, you guessed it, the longest one on Ko Lanta. At about 5km in length, Long Beach boasts fine sand and lots of good swimming opportunities, with not too many pesky rocks.

The water grows deeper at a gentle rate and so is suitable for children to play in. This is the second beach running down the west coast of Ko Lanta from the north after Khlong Dao.

Like its northern neighbour, things are getting more developed. It’s very popular with families and the resorts and their facilities reflect this.

While a number of resorts have cropped up in the last few years, the beach itself remains a sleepy backwater. Development is ongoing along the main road, with new shophouses and rental space being added at a good pace. The centre of the beach is still largely undeveloped, so there's still plenty of opportunity to grab a strip of sand to yourself. Indeed, in the quieter seasons, you will likely be the only soul on the beach.

Food and entertainment-wise there's no shortage of bars and restaurants, especially at the southern end of the beach. Options are numerous here, both on the beach and back on the main road, where a good cluster of bars and a few restaurants offer a decent choice.

The main north-south road runs a couple of hundred metres back off the main beach and you'll find most of the tourist services you'll need, such as ATMs, internet cafes and small shops, along here. Long Beach is about a 10-minute drive from Ban Saladan.

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Text and/or map last updated on 20th February, 2014.

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