I am trying to find accommodation on Koh Lanta in January. We (me and partner) are interested in staying on Long Beach.
We would be happy with a simple (clean) bungalow on or near the beach. (Swimming pool would be a bonus)
Is it advisable to book somewhere in advance or would we be ok just turning up at the pier and trying to find somewhere?? Bit worried as it is high season.
If you have any suggestions on where to stay for around 1000 - 1500 THB per night that would be brilliant.
My fiancée and I will be staying at the Relax Bay Resort on Lanta in early January. It's about 1/3 down the West coast of the island a little South of Long Beach. We would in fact have preferred to be even further South like LeonardCohen suggested, but we had a hard time finding vacancies for the first week of January within our budget. So I would definitely suggest recommend booking your stay in advance since January is still considered high season.
This is the link to the resort:
A really good resource for Thai islands and beaches:
Hope this helps!
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I'm on Koh Lanta right now, I don't find Long Beach overdeveloped compared to other touristic islands in Thailand - besides it has a nice beach for swimming - no rocks.
The other places more south are very quiet - dead at night, so you need a scooter if you want to go out... I rented a room in a private house 3500 baht - 3-4 k south of Long Beach and a scooter for 3000 a month until Jan. 11th. - will extend, maybe elsewhere for a few weeks.
When I was here last Jan. you were still able to find rooms by just showing up - starting at 350 baht.
A scooter is must there. Boring island if u dont have one. The muay thai gym there is good. Interesting that its still quiet in dec. If u go june its really dead. Lucky to see more than 20 tourists on the whole island then.