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.Go back to Ko Lanta main page »
Spanning almost three kilometres between Long Beach and Khlong Nin, Khlong Khong beach attracts a mix of hippies, yoga-enthusiasts and regular budget travellers looking for a cheap place to stay. With grainy sand and loads of rocks, the narrow beach itself doesn't stack up to its neighbours and is terrible for swimming at low tide. But you don't come for the beach; you come for the scene, man!
Khlong Khong has at least a dozen funky beach bars that are known for extended happy hours and late-night parties. Nearly all of them has a billiards table, most specialise in cheap beer and buckets rather than trendy cocktails, many host live reggae and dance DJs to go with fire-spinning shows after dark, and a few are none too subtle in advertising things like "spliffs" and "happy shakes".
We found several bungalow staffers napping at noon, and one blew conspicuously herbacious smoke into our faces as he showed us a room. Murals of pot leafs abound. With that said, the scene is nowhere near as debaucherous as Haad Rin on Ko Pha Ngan; anyone looking to simply kick back and meet other travellers will be well served here.
Thanks to its plentiful rocks and overall lack of sparkle, Haad Khlong Khong is the least developed of Lanta's "big four" beaches. The far south and far north are lined with coconut trees rather than resorts, with most of the bungalow joints plunked one after the next in the beach's central area. You'll find plenty of bare-bones huts and comfortable air-con rooms, but nothing too luxurious.
By David Luekens.