So many options—so here is a cheat sheet
Most places to stay on Ko Lanta stand on or near the “big four” beaches of Khlong Dao, Haad Phra Ae, Khlong Khong and Khlong Nin. The gorgeous far southern beaches and languid Old Town both offer a different take on the island. So where should you stay?
The busy northwest coast from Saladan to Haad Phra Ae includes some terrific off-the-beach options in Peacock Hostel and Chill Out House for budgeteers, and Freedom Estate for flashpackers after a full kitchen. On the sand, flashpacker to midrange Long Beach Chalet impressed us after a major expansion, while Sanctuary remains a hippie-backpacker mainstay. In the midrange bracket, Lanta Castaway and Relax Bay are top picks for families. All but one of the above are found in Haad Phra Ae, which has a great accommodation scene overall.
Rooms tend to be less thrilling up in Khlong Dao, but Costa Lanta has slick villas and we still dig The Asylum for a reggae-themed budget stay. While the main drag through the northwest is not so pretty, it does boast the island's widest selection of food and drink.
Khlong Khong and Khlong Nin present a less cluttered look and lower-key vibe around the central west coast, even if some of the parties on Khlong Khong do get sloppy. Here stands Bee Bee Bungalows, our favourite backpacker spot on Ko Lanta. Down on the finer sand of Khlong Nin, homely Baan Rim Lay is a great option for families and couples, while Sri Lanta is a more romantic midrange choice.
We think the far southwestern beaches of Ao Ba Kantiang, Ao Khlong Jak, Ao Maipai and Ao Tanod are the most beautiful on Ko Lanta. With a narrower main road to go with more hills and jungle, expect a remote feel and a longer ride from the ferry pier. Mellow backpacker haunt Last Beach Resort, idyllic flashpacker resort Baan Phu Lae and a pair of good midrangers, Phra Nang Lanta and La Laanta Hideaway, are all solid choices. This vicinity also hosts five-star Pimalai, known for accommodating Thai royalty, as well as the campground overseen by Mu Ko Lanta National Park down at marvellous Ao Tanod.
Over on Lanta's serene but beach-less east coast, Sweet Life Community Guesthouse does a great job in a corner of the charming Old Town. Also worth a mention are the immersive homestays that double as fish farms in the tranquil Thung Yee Pheng mangrove forest.
While we've not dug into long-stay villas, apartments and that sort of lodging, Ko Lanta has a notably large selection of it ranging from 5,000 to 50,000 baht per month. Those interested are best off coming to Lanta to look around in person, although the listings on Amazing Lanta could also be worth a look.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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