Ko Lanta

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We have 27 places to stay in and around Ko Lanta.

Introduction

Ko Lanta has tonnes of places to stay and what follows is our carefully considered selection of places which we think are well worth considering.

Which are some of the best places to stay on Ko Lanta?
Which are some of the best places to stay on Ko Lanta?

So many options—so here is a cheat sheet

Saladan

Ko Lanta’s main pier town hosts one good hostel along with several cheap guesthouses and serviced apartments for dive instructors and long stayers. You’ll find great seafood and some sand to lounge on at north-facing Ao Koh Kwang, whose north-facing sand meets the far end of the village. Head inland, however, and it gets tacky quick.

Peacock Hostel
Peacock Hostel

Stilted dorms, artistic style

From 200 baht Walk-in

Khlong Dao

Mostly midrange resorts back this three-km beach, which, though lacking jetskiis and banana boats, is as close as Lanta comes to looking like the busiest beaches of Samui and Phuket. Though most of the resorts fail to impress, the gentle drop off is good for small children and we do like the lower-key northern and southern corners of the beach. Off the sand you’ll find heaps of cheap guesthouses, apartments and restaurants.

Costa Lanta
Costa Lanta

Style on a quiet stretch of HKD

From 2,500 baht Walk-in

Lanta Bee Garden
Lanta Bee Garden

Straightforward but comfy

From 450 baht Walk-in

The Asylum
The Asylum

Take it easy time

From 500 baht Walk-in

Twin Bay Resort
Twin Bay Resort

Solid family midranger

From 990 baht Walk-in

Haad Phra Ae (Long Beach)

Lanta’s longest beach offers the widest range of accommodation. Dirt-cheap bungalows and dorms join a hippie-party vibe in the northern traveller village, while older backpackers, flashpackers and families have good choices to the south. The central portion of Haad Phra Ae leans more towards the upper end of the price spectrum thanks to some larger resorts, and out on the main drag you’ll find a bunch of budget guesthouses and hostels.

Freedom Estate
Freedom Estate

A sea-view breakfast table

From 1,100 baht Walk-in

Long Beach Chalet
Long Beach Chalet

Stylish and plush cabanas

From 1,200 baht Walk-in

Chill Out House
Chill Out House

Funky treehouse hostel

From 0 baht Walk-in

Relax Bay Resort
Relax Bay Resort

Stylish with a great beachfront

From 1,150 baht Walk-in

Sanctuary
Sanctuary

Old-school backpacker joint

From 500 baht Walk-in

Khlong Khong

Lanta’s main party beach, Khlong Khong has a solid spread of backpacker to flashpacker spots on the sand to go with another flurry of long-stay places out on the newly widened main drag. The rough tan-sand beach is nothing special, but young travellers (and the young at heart) appreciate the beach bars that host loud parties and advertise “Bob Marley cigarettes”.

Bee Bee Bungalow
Bee Bee Bungalow

Top-ranking bungalow spot

From 400 baht Walk-in

Coco Lanta Resort
Coco Lanta Resort

Youthful flashpacker resort

From 1,200 baht Walk-in

Khlong Nin

Khlong Nin and its neighbouring beaches, Khlong Tob and Khlong Hin, combine to form one of our favourite parts of Ko Lanta. They’re all beautiful beaches with strategic locations at the centre of the west coast, within easy striking distance of both the northern and southern beaches. Don’t miss the Muslim-Thai food out by the mosque in Baan Khlong Tob.

Baan Rim Lay
Baan Rim Lay

Homely beachside hideaway

From 1,000 baht Walk-in

Lanta Horizon
Lanta Horizon

Decent rooms, great scene

From 500 baht Walk-in

Sri Lanta
Sri Lanta

Large, romantic midranger

From 1,350 baht Walk-in

Lanta Coral Beach Resort
Lanta Coral Beach Resort

Keep it in mind for the quiet life

From 300 baht Walk-in

Far southern Ko Lanta

This section includes a trio of far southern beaches: upscale Ao Ba Kantiang, backpacker-friendly Haad Khlong Jak and remote Ao Maipai. All three are tremendously beautiful and set in more natural surrounds than the more heavily developed beaches further north. Though many travellers only come down here on a day trip, quality lodgings are available on all three bays.

Baan Phu Lae
Baan Phu Lae

Top spot on Coconut Bay

From 700 baht Walk-in

Phra Nang Lanta
Phra Nang Lanta

Huge rooms on an upscale bay

From 2,500 baht Walk-in

Klong Jark Bungalows
Klong Jark Bungalows

Old huts on a marvellous beach

From 400 baht Walk-in

Last Beach Resort
Last Beach Resort

One chilled-out “resort”

From 0 baht Walk-in

Old Town

Several heritage houses have been repurposed to accommodate travellers in the Old Town, most of them sporting terraces set out over the picturesque bay. The atmosphere is sedate and there’s plenty to eat and drink, even if you’ll have to head across the island to find a decent beach.