Photo: On the way to the national park.

Ko Lanta is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Lanta as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Lanta’s different areas.

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Gorgeous Ao Kantiang is mainly a luxury holiday destination, hosting one of Lanta's most expensive resorts, but you will find a couple of cheap bungalow spots up on a northern hill. Further south, Khlong Jak is a similarly stunning beach without the snobby vibes. South of that stretches the remote Ao Mai Pai.

Khlong Jak

Khlong Jak has only one stylish midrange resort at its centre, two low-key bungalow spots to the south and one more set of bungalows along the road. The beach is spectacular and the atmosphere laid back.

Anda Lanta Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
79 Moo 5, Ao Khlong Jak, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 665 018

Formerly known as Waterfall Bay Resort, this was the first resort to appear on Khlong Jak, and it remains the most luxurious. The Anda is spread over a fairly large area that spans most of the beach's centre. A sizable swimming pool and restaurant are placed right over the sand, and villas are outstretched fairly far to the north fronting a lawn with direct sea views. In additon to the smart... Read our full review of Anda Lanta Resort.

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Last Beach Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Khlong Jak, Ko Lanta
T: (089) 532 8426

Last Beach was first located on Ao Mai Pai, but the original name was kept after the resort moved to Khlong Jak; we guess Second to Last Beach Resort doesn't have the same ring to it. The place seemed to be under new management during our latest visit, though this hasn't affected the ultra-relaxed atmosphere, at least if the shirtless dreadlocked staff member is anything to go by. The two large... Read our full review of Last Beach Resort.

Klong Jark Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
89 Moo 5, Ao Khlong Jak, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 665 016

Locally owned Klong Jark Bungalows is the heart and soul of this beautiful beach. Owner Sue speaks perfect English and offers far more thoughtful and attentive service than you'll find at many of the big, expensive resorts elsewhere on Lanta. A mix of bungalows are available, all with porches, from cramped woven bamboo fan deals to concrete air-con beachfront rooms with patriotic exterior paint... Read our full review of Klong Jark Bungalows.

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Ao Mai Pai

Apart from the national park, Bamboo Bay is the most remote beach with accommodation on Lanta. Though backpackers have more choices on Khlong Jak, a few excellent budget to midrange resorts on Mai Pai offer the chance to leave the world behind.

Baan Phu Lae
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
109 Moo 5, Ao Mai Pai, Ko Lanta
T: (085) 474 0265

For a long time, Baan Phu Lae was the only place to stay on Ao Mai Pai, and it remains a favourite despite the formidable competition that has moved in nearby. The first thing you notice is the idyllic beachfront setting, followed by the helpful young staff who often rock dark shades, and finally the high standard of accommodation. Settle into a yellow concrete bungalow just back from the beach,... Read our full review of Baan Phu Lae.

Bamboo Bay Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Mai Pai, Ko Lanta
T: (087) 921 2892

Nestled into the steep hillside that stretches over the rocky north of Ao Mai Pai, the rooms at Bamboo Bay offer great views in a breezy setting. The restaurant, massage and reception area are placed on a wide wooden deck that stands on stilts over the rocks. Reached by concrete stairs that will give you a workout, rooms come in a few different sizes and styles. All of them are detached bungalows... Read our full review of Bamboo Bay Resort.

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La Laanta Hideaway Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
188 Moo 5, Ao Mai Pai, Ko Lanta
T: (087) 883 9966

Set smack in the middle of the beach, La Laanta Hideaway was the first upscale resort to appear on Mai Pai, though it will probably won't be the last. The owners have done a fine job of creating an intimate boutique resort that blends into the landscape; we hardly noticed it from the other side of the beach. 20 polished concrete villas with thatch roofs are set amid lush foliage near a small but... Read our full review of La Laanta Hideaway Resort.

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Ao Kantiang

Kantiang is Ko Lanta's celebrity beach, with a five-star resort, pristine waters and the odd sloop moored offshore. Backpackers also have a few choices, and the selection of restaurants is far more extensive than at Khlong Jak or Ao Mai Pai.

Pimalai Resort & Spa
Luxury - over 8,000B
99 Moo 5, Ao Kantiang
T: (075) 607 999

Just about every glowing adjective and superlative has been attached to the five-star Pimalai, even if the security guards don't exactly welcome sweaty travel writers when they roll up on their motorbikes. Most people's first view of the resort comes as they round a bend and see the luxury villas nestled into a vast green hillside, with more beachside villas on the other side of the road. Even... Read our full review of Pimalai Resort & Spa.

Ancient Realm Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Kantiang (centre of the village), Ko Lanta
T: (087) 998 1336

One of the friendliest little resorts on Lanta, Ancient Realm has packed a lot of punch into a small piece of land located just across the road from the beach in the heart of the village. The true boutique resort offers only seven rooms, all of them immaculately clean, spacious and lovingly decorated with lots of warm purples, reds and yellows, brightly painted Chinese silk fans, northern Thai... Read our full review of Ancient Realm Resort.

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Phra Nang Lanta
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
139 Moo 5, Ao Kantiang, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 665 025

We like Phra Nang purely because it dares to be different. The tightly packed resort makes up for a lack of overall space with a Moroccan design and loads of tropical greenery surrounding a beach-side swimming pool. Rooms are in an attached building with yellow stucco-looking walls and circular towers, lending the feel of a Mediterranean villa. The 15 rooms are individually designed, with... Read our full review of Phra Nang Lanta .

The Houben
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
Moo 5, Ao Kantiang, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 665 144

Set on a hill overlooking the sea just north of Ao Kantiang, this swish Belgian-owned boutique hotel is an example of a new development done well. Every last detail seems to have been carefully thought out, but in more creative ways than you might expect. Equipped with all expected extras and then some (in-room espresso machine anyone?), each room has a cool minimalist design that incorporates... Read our full review of The Houben .

Cashewnut Tree Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
100 Moo 5, Ao Kantiang, Ko Lanta
T: (089) 591 6480

Under new management as of 2013, this tiny bungalow joint is located in an actual cashew nut orchard about halfway up the hill that forms Kantiang's northern border. The scent of cashew fruit fills the air. A small number of clean, spacious and simple concrete A-frame bungalows are set in two lines under the cashew trees. The accommodation is basic but comfier than you might expect for the price,... Read our full review of Cashewnut Tree Bungalows.

Lanta Topview Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
255 Moo 5, Ao Kantiang, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 665 074

It's always great to find cheap backpacker rooms at an incredible location, as is the case with the aptly named Topview. The islander-owned resort has a small collection of bamboo and concrete bungalows perched high over a steep hill that affords tremendous views of Kantiang Bay and out over the Andaman Sea. The rooms are completely characterless and a bit more worn than those down at Cashewnut... Read our full review of Lanta Topview Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Far Southern Ko Lanta? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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