Hotels and beaches of Koh Lanta
The beaches of Koh Lanta is exactly what tourists come here from all over the world, fortunately while in small quantities. That is why even in the peak season there are not so many beachgoers, and you can always find a secluded place, where in addition you will not have a soul. Here you see the abundance of water sports and scurrying along the shore jetski and banana: all this is prohibited by local law, so the maximum Lanta beaches remain untouched and are worthy of the title "bounty". Another feature of the local beaches – no ugly high-rise buildings along the coastline, which is also forbidden: it is forbidden to build houses higher than the surrounding palm trees, which is a maximum of three floors.
Almost all hotels and bungalows at Lanta are on the West coast of the island. The only exceptions are a few hotels on the East Bank in the old town (Old Town). The most developed infrastructure and crowded beaches are on the North West coast (the side closer to the pier Saladan and the mainland), but the further South you go, the quieter and more deserted.
On the East coast there are almost no beaches, there are mainly rocky shores and mangroves with nasty clay bottom.
Here is a brief overview of all the main beaches/areas of the island in sequence from North to South, so you can choose the suitable:
The village of Saladan and the beach Kacang (Ban Saladan and Kawkwang beach)
Ban Saladan is the island's capital and the most developed place. Here are all of the administrative and government offices, hospitals, schools, markets, shops, inexpensive restaurants with seafood etc. On the same street next to each other there are several diving centres. Here, the main transport hub (Saladan pier and a pier with small Lanta island), and everyone who comes to the island, first of all get into the village.
But as for beaches, it is not necessary to consider the area as a good place to stay. Though the beach Kacang and is called a beach, actually this is rather arbitrary: shallow depth, not the pure water, and the neighborhood with the noisy and dirty village. But very close, in walking distance, beach is Klong.
Klong (Klong Dao Beach)
A three-kilometre long sandy Klong Dao beach is located two kilometers from Saladan. The most developed tourist area and the most crowded beach. Many hotels, restaurants and cafes.
Bay beach on both sides is protected by headlands, making is great for families with children, as swimming safe. Hotels and bungalows are located directly along the beach, the middle and high price category with their territory, including five-star. Budget accommodation can be found along the main road to Klong Dao Road, which is also located along the main district infrastructure: shops, pharmacies, ATMs, cafes.
Long beach (Long beach, Phra Ae)
The longest beach on the island, nearly five miles, which even in the height of the season it doesn't seem crowded.
Long beach is slightly less developed than Klong, but it is not wilderness. Along the main road there is basic infrastructure and affordable guesthouses, from which to reach the sea in a few minutes on foot. Prices lower than on the Klong, and in General the proposals of the budget accommodation here is much more.
In General, about long beach, we can say that this is the Golden middle with average prices and a moderately developed infrastructure that will suit tourists of all ages and incomes.
Klong Kong (Klong Khong beach)
Klong Kong length of almost three kilometers - one of the cheapest and youth areas, we can say the backpacker. Even along the main road there is almost no infrastructure, except a few shops and a cafe, located far from each other. It is often chosen for leisure budget travellers because here you can find some really cheap accomodation – from $ 5 for a bed in shared Bungalow.
Simultaneously Klong Kong is the best place for a night stay. Here are the most stylish bars and restaurants, and they are real noisy party. But that's okay, because of the size of the beach they do not hinder those who came here for a relaxing holiday.
The beach here is very good, but in the Northern part a lot of rocks separating the beach on a cozy Cove.
Klong NIN (Klong Nin Beach, Klong Hin also)
Klong NIN beach has a length of slightly less than three kilometers. Very clean, beautiful, and very quiet among all the developed beaches of the island.
Along the beach just a few dozen metres from the sandy strip of an asphalt road, and along it are hotels and guesthouses, some across the road from the beach. But, fortunately, the road is not loaded, especially in the southern part of the district. Budget accommodation here is not very much.
Cafes, restaurants, bars there, some right on the beach, but everything at a minimum. No loud parties here.
Kantiang (Ba Kantiang Bay)
Kantiang is perhaps the most beautiful beach on the island: cozy kilometer Bay is surrounded by green forests and hills, and in the distance there are mountains.
Hotels here are mostly expensive four and five star. But they are worth considering which types of them offer beach and the surrounding area, because they are on the hillsides. Nightlife and entertainment are virtually none, except for a single beach bar open till late.
In General, it's just a heavenly place, but only for those who prefer peace, tranquility and privacy, and is willing to pay for it.
Bay Nui (Nui Bay)
Very private and beautiful Cove with a long beach just 150 metres away where there is no infrastructure and hotels, and get this only on foot. The road to the beach a path leads down the hill about 100 metres. But when overcome, is almost certainly the whole beach will be at your complete disposal
Waterfall Bay (Waterfall Bay, also Ao Klong Jark)
Bay Waterfall Bay is a cozy beach stretching for about a mile. Here is the village of Klong Jark of a few houses, whose inhabitants are busy working on the plantation, but beyond that there is even one large hotel and two small bungalows, a couple of restaurants. From here guests can stroll to the beach at Nui Bay.
The nearby elephant camp, which can take elephant rides through the jungle to the only waterfall on the island.
Bamboo Bay (Bamboo Bay resort, Ao Mai Pai also)
It is the southernmost beach of Lanta, the length is a little over a mile. It is in a secure a cosy Bay, and there are a couple of hotels of an average price category. This is probably the most secluded beach hotels on Lanta, but apart from them there is nothing.
Old town (Old Town)
The old town is the only tourist destination on the Eastern shore. But no beaches here you will not find this district a very different kind of vacation. If you want to plunge into the authenticity of traditional Thai town to get acquainted with local people and traditions, you can stay here. The old town has several inexpensive guesthouses (probably the cheapest at all spicy), you can rent a house or a room from local residents for a long time.
Still old town is a starting point for sea excursions to the Eastern Islands.
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