Destination Guide

Destination Guide to Phra Ae (Long Beach), Koh Lanta

Phra Ae, which is also commonly known by it’s English name, Long Beach, is a great area for families and backpackers. As the name suggests, the beach here is long, 3km’s long, so it doesn’t feel crowded.

Local Tip: 

  • If you want to be amongst the backpacker hub, the area around the Aleena Minimart is the place to be

Aleena Minimart, the backpacker hub in Phra Ae (Long Beach), Koh Lanta

Phra Ae Beach Guide

  • As mentioned above, the beach here is long! While a little rocky in places, the sand is nice and soft to walk on
  • It’s flat and suitable for a morning or evening jog along the beach
  • Great place to watch the sunset and enjoy a fire show in the evening
  • Local Tip: While you’re here make sure you visit Relax Beach, at the very south of Pra Ae. Turn down the road just before the local school and you will find a this lovely swimming location with soft sand and clear water. With a handful of bars, restaurants & accommodation. It’s also a perfect location to kick back and watch the sunset

The start of the day on Phra Ae (Long Beach), Koh Lanta

Where to eat & drink in Phra Ae

  • Thursday Market: Get some fresh food at the local market on Thursdays, opposite the Ban Phra Ae School
  • Unnamed Isan Restaurants: If you’re on a budget and after a true Thai meal there are several unnamed Isan (aka Issan, Isaan, and even Esan) restaurants along the main road that will keep both your tummy and wallet happy. Look out for the smoking BBQ’s out the front
  • Aleena Minimart: The ultimate destination for cheap & tasty eats in the area. I recommend starting your day with one of their smoothy concoctions and their homemade english muffin. And if you have a sweet tooth, like me, treat yourself with one of their freshly baked cookies, cakes or slices (around ฿30-40 per treat)
  • Faim de Loup: This French bakery serves up fresh bread and baked goods. If you’re having avocado withdrawals on your travels, you can get your fix here
  • Mr Green: Very popular with locals and expats. Tasty basic Thai dishes from ฿40
  • Pangea Beach Bar: Great laid-back beach bar to watch the sunset with parties on Tuesdays and Sundays

Old woman manging her vegetable market stall

Accomodation in Phra Ae

  • Chill Out House ($): Treehouse community close to the beach with budget shared and private accomodation options
  • Paulee’s House ($): Just 5-minutes from the beach, this comfortable and clean hostel has the friendliest owners that make you feel at home.
  • KoHub ($$ Short Term): Perfect for digital nomads with co-working facilities and accomodation from ฿21,000/month including two meals per day
  • Lanta Pearl Beach Resort ($$$): Charming resort in the heart of Long Beach with bungalows suitable for couples and families
  • Layana Resort ($$$$$): For a luxury lodging in Koh Lanta, look no further than the Layana Resort

What to do in Phra Ae

  • Lanta Animal Welfare: Come take a free guided tour to see the work that volunteers do to look after the abused and neglected stray animals from the island. LAW are open daily between 9-5. After your tour you can cuddle some cats and take a dog for a walk (walks are between 9:30-11:00 AM & 3:00-5:00 PM)
  • Cooking Class: Lanta Thai Cookery School have lunch (฿1,500/pp) and dinner (฿1,700/pp) cooking classes available. As a group you select four dishes to cook from a list of Thai dishes. If you’re on a budget, like us, rather than paying a full fee per person, you can pair up and take turns cooking and the share food you cook for an additional ฿500 (e.g. ฿2,200 per couple for the dinner class). We were so glad we went for the partner package because we were so full by the end of it!
  • Work: Join other digital nomads at Thailand’s most popular tropical co-working space, Kohub. They have super fast internet and a range of spaces and equipment to suit your working needs. There’s also bunch of social events on so you can feel at home in this co-working community. As mentioned above, they have accomodation too (which is actually in a seperate location to their co-working space near the Irish Embassy)
  • Trivia: On Monday nights, head down to the Irish Embassy for pub trivia and traditional pub grub
Koh Lanta Cat

A rescued cat relaxing on the Lanta Animal Welfare reception desk


Rolling spring rolls at the Lanta Thai Cookery School


The Irish Embassy pub in Koh Lanta

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!


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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