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Destination Guide to Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta

Kantiang Bay is surrounded by the mountains of Koh Lanta’s national park. It is a secluded beach which was voted as one of the “Top Ten Tropical Beaches in The World” by the Sunday Times of London.

With a handful of resorts and simple family run places, Kantiang Bay is a quiet and relaxing entry point to the National Park at the southern tip of the island, and some of the top dive sites in Thailand.

Kantiang Bay Beach Guide

  • Koh Lanta’s best soft golden sand which stretches for nearly 2 km’s
  • Kantiang Bay was voted one of the “Top Ten Tropical Beaches in The World” by the Sunday Times of London
  • Local Tip: While you’re here, make sure you visit neighbouring Nui Bay, Khlong Jak Beach and Bamboo Bay

Kantiang Bay on the southwest coast of Koh Lanta

Where to eat & drink in Kantiang Bay

  • Pad Thai Rock n’ Roll: The Pad Thai here is famous and a must try! They also serve other excellent fresh Thai dishes and smoothies
  • Drunken Sailors: Relaxing cafe with good coffee where you can chill in a hammock or beanbag. Their menu has vegan options too
  • Why Not Bar: There are so many bars called ‘Why Not’ in Thailand, so why not try out another one? Serving up decent cocktails and food on the beach this place is where to hang out when the sun goes down

Famous ‘Pad Thai Rock n Roll’ restaurant in Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta

Hanging hammocks at ‘Drunken Sailors’ cafe in Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta

Accomodation in Kantiang Bay

  • Cashewnut Tree Bungalows ($): Fan and aircon bungalows amongst the cashewnut and mango trees five minutes walk from the beach. If your watching your spending, you can bargain are cheaper rate in person than what’s listed online
  • Lanta Topview Resort ($$): A hidden gem on the clifftop with incredible views of the bay run by a super friendly family that make you feel at home
  • Phra Nang Lanta ($$$): Literally steps away from the beach, this resort has clean, bright, modern beachfront rooms each with a private balcony that looks out to the Andaman Sea
  • The Houben ($$$$): Where comfort meets style! Run by a Belgian family this boutique hotel has an elegant minimalist design that is the ultimate place to retreat. Every little touch has been considered, right down to the coffee machine in each room
  • Pimalai ($$$$$): With a name that translates to “a little patch of Heaven” and this chic resort really lives up to it’s name with its serene villas, elegant suites and quaint rooms nestled amongst the surrounding mountains and beachfront. Pimalai is the kingpin of resorts for a luxurious and elegant holiday

Phra Nong Lanta Resort on Kantiang Bay Beachfront

What to do in Kantiang Bay

  • Visit the National Park: Take a scooter to the National Park at the southern-most point of the Island. Here you can take a short stroll up to the lighthouse, or if you have the energy and good walking shoes, take a jungle trek that loops around from the end of the sandy beach to up the ticket booth. Keep an eye out for wildlife as we were able to spot a couple of dusky leaf monkeys. The signage said it’s a 2hr walk but we easily did it in under 1hr. The National Park entrance fee is ฿200/pp
  • Viewpoint Restaurants: Stop by one of the viewpoint restaurants for a drink to absorb the breathtaking. From our experience the food at these restaurants is pretty average, but the view is incredible and worth the stop

Beautiful formal signage letting you know

Southern Sea Views

On the nature walk, there’s a nice view of the bay and lighthouse

Dusky leaf monkey

Dusky leaf monkey keeping an eye on things. Sorry for the blur – he didn’t stick around!

By Amy, March 30, 2017 I was born in New Zealand and moved to Melbourne, Australia in my early 20s. There I met my partner Steve. 10 years later, we decided to change our lifestyle and move to Southeast Asia, so here we are!

Amy

I was born in New Zealand and moved to Melbourne, Australia in my early 20s. There I met my partner Steve. 10 years later, we decided to change our lifestyle and move to Southeast Asia, so here we are!

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