In this guide, you’ll find a list of things to do in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We’ll tell you how much you can spend and you’ll find some useful suggestions on the best beaches, resorts and hotels, basically all you need to know where to stay in Koh Lanta and how to spend an amazing holiday. This is our Koh Lanta guide.
The Ultimate Guide to the top beaches, best hotels, resorts, bungalows and things to do in Koh Lanta, Thailand
LATEST UPDATE: February 2017
While in Thailand, we were looking for a charming island and we found it. We were dreaming about a spot nested between a rainforest and a sea and we got it. We wished to avoid the “get-a-bucket-of vodka-and-dance-all-night” zones and we succeeded.
Thailand has a big array of islands to offer with some of the best beaches in South-East Asia and a bit of research needs to be done before you choose a place that will meet your expectations and your budget.
Many blog posts and positive reviews were leading us to Koh Lanta in Thailand, and after we were unbelievably lucky to find a lovely accommodation in Klong Nin Beach thanks to a friend’s suggestion, we can say now that we have found our digital nomad beach paradise. So let’s start with our Koh Lanta tips.
There are plenty of things to do in Koh Lanta. First of all there are eleven beaches and the farther south you go, the more serene they are. We arrived to Klong Nin beach in the middle of March, which was the end of the high season, but there was already a quieter, more laid-back atmosphere.
What is the budget?
We stayed in Klong Nin, for us the best beach in Koh Lanta, for 10 days and spent in total 17,401 THB/$ 539 which included:
Lodging: 3000 THB/$ 93
This was really a bargain! We stayed in a newly opened guesthouse, Caipi where the work is actually still in progress. Apart from the super fast internet connection and welcoming hosts, Maurizio and Ja, we also tasted some delicious home-made Italian meals in their bar/restaurant.
You can find some really nice, clean and budget friendly rooms, bungalows and hotels in Koh Lanta, with range from $6 for a dorm bed to a splurging luxury sea front room with air-conditioning for $100-200. For more details, please check the sections below to find the best hotels in Koh Lanta.
We’ve done a big research for you to make your booking easier. When we travel in Asia we do our bookings through Agoda. We use this website all the time and it’s really great for booking hotels. We have find some amazing deals up to 80% discount. Hope you find our list of the best budget, mid-range and luxury hotels on Koh Lanta useful.
- tuk-tuk from Ban Saladan to Klong Nin: 200 THB/$ 6. We managed to bargain from a usual price of 150 THB/$ 4.6 per person to 100TBH/$ 3
- ferry from Krabi to Koh Lanta: 700 THB/$ 21
- ferry from Koh Lanta to Krabi: 800 THB/$ 24, with a discount of 100 THB/$ 3
Renting a scooter & gasoline for 2 days: 700 THB/$ 21
Food: 8048 THB/$ 250
Yes, we splurged a bit this time, but would you resist dining on a beach with a stunning sunset on your birthday? We couldn’t. And we enjoyed it there so much that we did it again two more times.
Snorkelling: 2900 THB/$ 89. With a small discount of 100 THB/$ 3
Miscellaneous: 1053 THB/$ 32
Whether you go to Koh Lanta to relax on the beach or to spend an active time on the island, you will be not be disappointed either way. We found Klong Nin a fabulous place to combine our work, regeneration and unexpectedly, to tackle our old fears (check out #3 and #9 below).
So, now that you have decided to visit and enjoy Koh Lanta beaches, what to do in this paradise? Let’s start with our Koh Lanta guide.
Have a walk on Klong Nin beach
We already mentioned that this beach was for us the best place to stay in Koh Lanta. Whether you decide to do it early in the morning, in the late afternoon or to catch a beautiful sunset, Klong Nin beach in Koh Lanta is a fantastic place for a stroll. It is 1.5 km long, with a few rocks at both ends and soft sand throughout the whole area. No perpetual boat engine noise, no night or early morning karaoke. Just you, sea waves, birds and the sound of laughter of random kids playing on the shore. This is simply one of the best Koh Lanta activities you can do in the island.