Popular areas to stay in Koh Lanta include Saladan Village, Klong Dao Beach, Long Beach, Klong Khong Beach, Klong Nin, and Kantiang Bay.
The relatively quiet island of Koh Lanta in Thailand is a wonderful place to visit for a few days or even a few months. This guide on where to stay in Koh Lanta shows which side of the island is better to stay, along with where you can find the best Koh Lanta hotels.
Koh Lanta in Thailand
I last visited Koh Lanta as part of a five month trip around Asia. I found it to be a pleasant island, and can see why so many digital nomads find Koh Lanta a good place to be based.
It's a lot lower key than the more famous ‘party islands' of Thailand, but at the same time has plenty to do. With great beaches, food, and of course affordable accommodation, what isn't there to love?!
Before we kick off, you'll probably see different spellings for beaches resorts and places in Koh Lanta. For example, Klong Dao Beach might be written Khlong Dao Beach. This will happen a lot when you travel in Thailand. You'll get used to it!
The best area to stay in Koh Lanta
The accommodation in Koh Lanta is almost exclusively based on the west side of the island. This is also where all the best beaches are, as the east side of the coast is mainly covered with mangrove.
Old Town Lanta on the east coast is perhaps the exception to the rule, with its dozen or so guesthouses and hotels. Whilst some people say that the east coast is a nice and quiet location, it does mean traveling upward of 20 minutes to get to a decent beach.
My recommendation, is to choose from the hotels in Koh Lanta along the west coast.
West Coast Koh Lanta
Along the west coast of Koh Lanta, there are several areas to choose from. These are:
- Khlong Dao
- Long Beach
- Khlong Khong
- Khlong Nin
- Kantiang Bay
Most travelers staying for more than a few nights will most likely end up hiring a moped to get around, so in a sense, it doesn't matter too much where you stay.
Khlong Dao and Long Beach are the more popular areas though, with a lot of the budget accommodation to be found in these areas.
Choosing the best places to stay in Koh Lanta
This is of course going to come down to what type of accommodation you are after, and how long you want to stay.
For example, if you wanted the cheapest bed on the island, it would be hard to beat the Peacock Hostel in Saladan at around $6 per night. Top end accommodation at the Layana Resort & Spa just 5km away goes at $170 per night.
Like me, you're probably happy to meet somewhere in the middle! Well, maybe just below the middle in any case!
Best Hotels in Koh Lanta
To give you a helping hand, I've listed places to stay in Koh Lanta in the 6 main beaches on the west coast. I've divided accommodation into three ranges – budget, medium, and luxury.
For up to date prices and availability, you might want to skip down to the hotel map toward the end of the article. It will also give you a better feel for where things are.
Hotels in Saladan, Koh Lanta
Budget Accommodation: Peacock Hostel, Chang Hostel, Hey Beach Hostel
Medium Price Range: Hotel Zealonta
Hotels in Khlong Dao, Koh Lanta
Budget Accommodation: Ananda Lanta Resort
Medium Price Range: Lanta Smile Beach
Hotels in Long Beach, Koh Lanta
Budget Accommodation: Medium Price Range: Ser-en-dip-i-ty
Upper Medium Price: Sayang Beach Resort Koh Lanta
Luxury Price Range: Layana Resort and Spa
Hotels in Khlong Khong, Koh Lanta
This is the area we stayed when in Koh Lanta. I've included our hotel ‘Sleep In Lanta Resort' in the medium section, and I have to say we were really happy with it.
Budget Accommodation: Sonya Guesthouse
Medium Price Range: Sleep In Lanta Resort
Luxury Hotels: Lanta Casa Blanca
Hotels in Khlong Nin, Koh Lanta
Medium Price Range: SriLanta Resort
Hotels in Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta
Budget Accommodation: Khlong Jark BungalowUpper Medium Price Range: Kantiang View Resort
Luxury Hotels: Pimalai Resort and Spa
Map of Koh Lanta Accommodation
There are plenty of other hotels and hostels in Koh Lanta to choose from. It was impossible to list them all here! However, if you use the Koh Lanta Map below, you will be able to discover more and check out their latest prices.
Visiting Koh Lanta FAQ
People looking for the Koh Lanta best hotels often have similar questions when planning their trip and itinerary:
Which is the best beach in Koh Lanta?
The most well-known beach on the island of Koh Lanta is Phra Ae Beach (also known as Long Beach). The large, white sandy beach at Kantiang Beach , with stunning views of the ocean, is frequently considered to be Thailand's finest beach and one of the best in the world.
Is Koh Lanta touristy?
Koh Lanta is still relatively unknown, and yet it has several hidden gems and empty beaches to discover. You may locate excellent deals on hotel rooms, private villas, and the finest resorts in Koh Lanta.
When is peak season in Koh Lanta?
The best weather usually takes place from October through April, with the months of December, January, and February being peak months. Temperatures are pleasantly cool in November and December, when they average around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees), but they then rise to scorching 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees) or more in late April.
Is Ko Lanta expensive?
Koh Lanta is typically less expensive than the other nearby islands of Thailand, and it's just one of the reasons why it's ideal for budget travelers and digital nomads.
Is Koh Lanta quiet?
Christmas and New Year are the busiest times to visit Koh Lanta, but even though there are more people around, Koh Lanta never gets too crowded.
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