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Located roughly at the centre of Ko Lanta's long west coast, Khlong Nin is the first beach reached via a narrow side road that continues all the way on down to the national park in the far south. The impressive strip of coral sand is nearly as wide and long as Khlong Dao and Phra Ae, and the relaxing scene offers something for everyone.
The beach itself has relatively thin crowds that relax around a handful of low-key beach bars advertising handmade cocktails rather than "happy shakes". Though a handful of rocks are scattered here and there, Khlong Nin is a fine place for swimming, even at low tide, and the water strikes a dazzling azure blue when the sun is out.
Central in terms of location, Khlong Nin is also something of a meeting ground for the various scenes and accommodation types found throughout Ko Lanta. More sophisticated and stylish than Khlong Khong, nowhere near as remote as the far southern beaches, and without the package holiday feel of Khlong Dao, Khlong Nin is a safe "in-between" choice if you're having trouble deciding which beach is for you.
While the majority of accommodation falls into the flashpacker to midrange categories, you'll also find a few cheap huts, though they generally don't come with the backpacker party scene of Khlong Khong and parts of Haad Phra Ae. A good mix of food and most conveniences are at your fingertips, and the central location makes Khlong Nin a perfect base for exploring the island.
Khlong Nin's namesake canal empties near a stack of boulders that form a barrier with the smaller and less popular Khlong Tob beach to the north. Here you'll find more rocks to go with a couple of small midrange resorts and one large-scale luxury spot with villas built over the hillside.
A bit further south lies Haad Khlong Hin, a yet rockier beach (hin means 'rock' in Thai) with a very good family-run bungalow joint and an even quieter atmosphere. While Khlong Tob is an easy walk from Khlong Nin, you'll probably want a scooter or bicycle if staying in Khlong Hin.
By David Luekens.