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The beaches of Ko Lanta

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Ko Lanta’s beaches include miles-long sandy expanses and smaller bays of jaw-dropping beauty, including a few with little or no development. Read on for the full rundown on 17 of these soft khaki stretches.

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Ao Koh Kwang A side road from the centre of Saladan takes you onto Ao Koh Kwang, Lanta’s only north-facing beach. High tide hides most of the beach, but at low tide you’ll find wide stretches of silt that make for opportunities to meet the crabs. The beach extends to the east all the way to the stilted houses of Baan Saladan and hosts a few places to stay, though none are too memorable.

Ao Koh Kwang: Moody and muddy with plenty of crabs. Photo taken in or around The beaches of Ko Lanta, Ko Lanta, Thailand by David Luekens.

Ao Koh Kwang: Moody and muddy with plenty of crabs. Photo: David Luekens

Haad Khlong Dao Nearly three-km-long Khlong Dao beach was the first to develop on Lanta and it still has stacks of mid- to large-sized concrete resorts that fill up with package tourists and families in peak season. At high tide the crescent-shaped beach narrows to almost nothing, especially to the north where erosion has advanced up to the casuarina trees. But low tide reveals a carpet of sand as wide as at least three football fields placed side by side, attracting walkers, joggers, and players of soccer, volleyball and badminton, to name a few.

Look to the southern corner of Haad Khlong Dao for some of the coolest bars and eateries, including The Asylum and Time For Lime. Both of these also offer budget rooms and the latter runs Lanta’s most popular cooking school. Costa Lanta and Twin Bay are two good resorts on the beach’s sleepier northern end, up near Ao Koh Kwang and Saladan. Eateries, shops and budget lodgings stack the main drag straight through Khlong Dao. Don’t expect it to be pretty away from ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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