Koh Lanta, there are days when one can see forever on the long
stretches of beach. Unlike more popular islands scattered with
the hustle of people and activities, the visual wonder of these
beaches on Koh Lanta exude soothing calm and an immediate sense
of relaxation. All the thirteen stretches of beach on Koh Lanta
are endowed with different varieties of sand, water and visual
wonder. Here, nudity is prohibited as Thailand is a Buddhist country
and the local residents are mainly Muslims.
The beaches are
all made for walking although some of them may require a few detours
to complete a stretch. From the north end of the island, paradise
starts at Kor Kwang Beach. Tanod marks the final beach at the
southern strip in the Mu Ko Lanta National Park. They are also
conveniently divided into three parts: northern beaches, southern
beaches and far south beaches.
Kor (or Kaw) Kwang Beach
to this beach requires getting off the main road and on to a dirt
road but don’t despair because the reward is soft white
sand and warm water; with only a smattering of small resorts.
This beach’s natural beauty is intact since larger hotel
developments have given their attention to build on the more popular
shores of Klong Dao and Pra Ae. It makes Kaw Kwang all the more
alluring, since few people bother to wander around its shores
as much. Guests from nearby hotels on Klong Dao may walk around
here occasionally but tend not to wander far, so Kor Kwang is
another spot to keep on the quiet beach list. It is also one of
the best beaches in Koh Lanta to watch the sunset.
Considered one of the
most popular beaches in Koh Lanta, Klong Dao Beach was a virgin
paradise ten years ago. While it’s the main beach on everyone’s
mind, there’s always a spot on the beach where you can bask
in some solitude. Klong Dao Beach is child-friendly beach; thanks
to its shallow water, low tides and spotless sand and is perfect
for swimming. When the water is at a lower level, the stretch
of beach widens and becomes great for beach side sports such as
volleyball—it also forms a great natural morning running
track. The 3 km beach is currently one of the most developed beaches
on the island now—the number of high-end resorts has increased
in recent years, joining the family owned bungalows and other
middle-range and budget hotels. During the peak season, the vibe
changes and brings on more restaurants, bars and beach activities.
Ae Beach (Long Beach)
Next to Klong
Dao is Pra Ae, considered by many tourists to be their favorite.
It’s commonly known by foreigners as ‘Long Beach’
as Pra Ae is at least 5 kms long. The breezy and silky feel of
the beach has medium grain sand. The shallow water makes Pra Ae
great for swimming. Many resorts have settled down on Pra Ae Beach
for quite some time, while vacant lands are still visible as tropical
forests spread down to the beach. A few high-end resorts have
moved in and it appears many more are set to come. But Pra Ae
Beach has something for everyone—middle-range resorts and
budget bungalows are in abundance. During the high season, Pra
Ae is backed by more food and drink establishments along the beach.
It has become ‘the’ beach to be at and it can get
crowded sometimes, but the coastline is one of the most attractive
in Koh Lanta.
low-key than the two previous beaches, rocks lurk in the middle
of the beach in some areas, but some parts of Klong Khong are
sandy as well. Nevertheless, the landscape is no less beautiful.
Coconut trees and tropical greenery stretch along the shoreline,
offering tiny charming corners for picnics and sunbathing. It’s
true swimming is not possible everywhere but there are enough
points for swimmers to easily dip into the warm and clear water
or even snorkel for small discoveries of marine life. The progress
into an upmarket leisure life is still slow around the beach,
that’s why people seeking tranquility choose this beach
to lay back in the small resorts and bungalows, which are cheaper
in price than the two previous beaches. Here, the hip factor isn’t
high and the crowd likes it that way.
This smaller beach
next to Klong Khong has the features of a golden sandy beach.
Some parts are rocky, but it is set to become more exclusive as
a luxurious resort has just moved in. The beach is also lined
by other budget and middle-range hotels and resorts, but they
are few in number. Klong Toab Beach is quite wide with good shade
and it’s good for swimming in some areas. Klong Toab is
the last beach on the main road before you have to decide to turn
right or to keep going on the west coast in the direction of Mu
Ko Lanta National Park or you can continue on the road in the
direction of the east coast.