Where to stay in Koh Lanta for first time: 7 Safe areas

Koh Lanta is one of my favorite tourist destinations in Thailand. In today’s article, I will help you to find the safest places to stay in Koh Lanta for first-time visitors.

I will share with you what I believe are the best and safest areas to stay in Koh Lanta for first-timers and tourists, along with a helpful map and areas to avoid. I’ll also share where I stayed in Koh Lanta and recommend some of the best hotels in Koh Lanta for visitors with various budgets.

Koh Lanta is a beautiful island district located in the Andaman Sea, south of the popular Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, and Phuket. It is known for their stunning beaches and a laid-back atmosphere. 

The island boasts beautiful beaches with crystal-clear water and soft white sand. Some popular beaches on the island include Klong Dao, Long Beach (Phra Ae), Kantiang Bay, and Bamboo Beach.

The surrounding waters offer excellent opportunities for diving and snorkeling. There are vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and several dive sites that cater to both beginners and experienced divers.

Mu Ko Lanta National Park covers the southern end of Koh Lanta Yai and includes attractions like the Tham Khao Mai Kaew Cave and the lighthouse at the southern tip.

Koh Lanta serves as a convenient base for exploring nearby islands such as the Phi Phi Islands and Koh Rok.

While the islands are known for their natural beauty, you can also experience local culture and traditions in the fishing villages. There are opportunities to explore the lush jungles and hills.

Is Koh Lanta safe to visit?

Yes, Koh Lanta, like most tourist destinations in Thailand, is generally safe to visit. But, like any travel destination, it is recommended to exercise precautions, be mindful of the currents while enjoying the beach, use insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes, and follow local laws.

Where to stay in Koh Lanta for the first time?

The best and safest areas to stay in Koh Lanta for first-timers and tourists are Long Beach, Klong Khong, Klong Dao, Klong Nin, Kan Tiang, Saladan Village, and Old Town. Always exercise standard safety precautions, such as securing your belongings, regardless of where you stay.

Klong Dao, Long Beach, and Klong Khong are the best location for visitors who want a good balance of amenities, activities, and a lively atmosphere. They are great bases to explore the island with a good range of accommodations, restaurants, and bars.

If you prefer a quieter experience, you can consider staying in Klong Nin, Kantiang Bay, or Old Town. Saladan Village is a good choice if you prioritize convenience and access to services. These areas have limited accommodation options though.

During my trip to Koh Lanta, I stayed for 5 nights at the Lanta New Coconut Bungalow. It was a great beachfront accommodation in the middle of the west coast, a central base for touring the island. It was in a beautiful location on Klong Khong Beach close to 7/11 and restaurants. My bungalow was very comfortable with a patio with a nice front hammock and chairs.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Koh Lanta for first-time travelers. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the safe areas to stay in Koh Lanta first time
Map of the safe areas to stay in Koh Lanta first time

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Koh Lanta, especially for first-time visitors. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Koh Lanta have been carefully selected by me, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

7 Safe areas to stay in Koh Lanta for first-timers and tourists

1. Long Beach (Phra Ae)

Long Beach (Phra Ae) is a popular beach area in Koh Lanta, located just 10 mins drive from Saladan village and the island’s main ferry port. It is located between Klong Dao Beach and Klong Khong Beach.

Long Beach is famous for its picturesque scenery. The long stretch of soft white sand is backed by lush green hills, creating a beautiful tropical setting.

The waters at Long Beach are generally calm, making it a great place for swimming. Long Beach is known for its stunning sunset views. Watching the sun dip below the horizon while sitting on the beach is a popular activity among visitors.

The beach is lined with various restaurants and bars, offering a diverse range of cuisine, from local Thai dishes to international fare. You can enjoy seaside dining and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Many beachfront resorts and massage huts offer traditional Thai massages, allowing you to unwind and relax by the sea.

Best places to stay in Koh Lanta in Long Beach (Phra Ae):

  • Luxury ($$$): Layana Resort & Spa – Adult Only, one of the only few 5-star accommodations on Koh Lanta, located on the sandy beach within Mu Koh Lanta National Park. It has an outdoor infinity pool, free airport shuttle services, free parking, and a private beach area.
  • Mid-range ($$): Lanta Sand Resort & Spa, 4-star beachfront hotel located along Long Beach, featuring 3 outdoor swimming pools, tour desk, and a beach bar 
  • Budget ($): Long Beach Chalet, popular 3-star hotels that feature Thai-style bungalows and chalets. The hotel provides free shuttle service to Saladan Pier, which is a bonus for guests who don’t drive. You can enjoy a relaxing massage on the beach at Treescape.

2. Klong Khong Beach

Klong Khong Beach, also known as  Freedom Bay or Hippie Bay, is a popular area located in the middle on the western side of Koh Lanta, between Long Beach and Klong Nin Beach.

There are various restaurants, cafes, accommodations along the beach, ranging from budget guesthouses to mid-range resorts.  

Klong Khong is known for its laid-back and bohemian atmosphere. There are beach bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the sunset and evening vibes.

The beach is known for its long stretch of coastline with soft white sand and shallow waters. You will see many rocks at low tide and it is not ideal for swimming. 

Renting a scooter is a common mode of transportation on Koh Lanta, allowing you to explore the island at their own pace. Taxis and tuk-tuks are also available for getting around.

While it has some nightlife, Klong Khong is generally quieter compared to the more popular beaches like Long Beach or Klong Dao, making it a good choice for those looking for a more tranquil setting.

Best places to stay in Koh Lanta in Klong Khong:

  • Budget ($): Lanta Fa Rung Beach Resort, great 3-star hotel located on the sandy Klong Klong Beach. It features cozy bungalows, motorcycle rentals, and a massage service. It has a good location in the middle of the coast, a great base to explore both north and south of Koh Lanta.
  • Mid-range ($$): Pinky Bungalow Resort, great 4-star accommodation located within walking distance from  Klong Khong Beach and a short drive from Klong Khong Pier. From here, you can take ferries to Phi Phi Island and Ao Nang Beach. close to many nice restaurants.
  • Mid-range ($$): El Pillax Lanta Resort, 4-star beachfront hotel with a private beach, situated just a few steps from Klong Khong Beach. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, comfortable family rooms, and Exceptional Breakfast.

3. Klong Dao Beach

Klong Dao Beach is the first main beach you will encounter when traveling south from the Saladan village where ferries depart and arrive. Klong Dao is the most developed beach in Koh Lanta with a wide range of accommodations for all budgets.

Klong Dao Beach offers a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. The beach is wide and has a gentle slope into the water, making it suitable for swimming and water activities.

There are a collection of restaurants, bars, and accommodations along the beach and on the main street. You will have everything you need for your stay here including travel agents, super markets, 7 Eleven.

Best places to stay in Koh Lanta in Klong Dao:

  • Mid-range ($$): Twin Lotus Resort and Spa, 4-star adult-only hotel located at Klong Dao beach, 5 mins from the island’s main pier. It has great base couples, honeymooners, digital working nomads and long term stays. well located about 5 mins taxi ride from the pier. You can enjoy breakfast with plenty of choices for Asian, international and European dishes.
  • Budget ($): Klongdao Sunset Villa, 3-star  sustainable vacation home located close to Klong Dao Beach. Location is great, close to the  restaurants, bars, and minimarket.
  • Luxury ($$$): Avani Plus Koh Lanta Krabi Resort, 5-star beautiful beachfront resort with a private beach area, located close to Koh Kwang Beach and Klong Dao Beach. The location up on the hill, offering amazing sunset views. The reception will help you book anything, you can rent a scooter at the hotel and use a taxi to get around. 

4. Klong Nin Beach

Klong Nin Beach is a beautiful and relatively quiet beach located on the west coast of Ko Lanta, just south of Klong Khong Beach. 

Klong Nin Beach is characterized by its long stretch of white sand and swaying palm trees. It’s a popular destination for travelers seeking a more relaxed and less crowded environment compared to some of the busier beaches in Thailand. 

The beach offers a mix of accommodations, from budget-friendly options to more upscale resorts, as well as beachfront restaurants serving fresh seafood and Thai cuisine.

Best places to stay in Koh Lanta in Klong Nin:

  • Luxury ($$$): Rawi Warin Resort And Spa, great 5-star hotel, located close to Klong Nin Beach, offering views of Klong Tob Bay. It is around 2-hour car and ferry transfer from Krabi Airport. The hotel offers a paid airport shuttle, free parking, very good breakfast, and an outdoor pool.
  • Budget ($): Lanta Coral Beach Resort, 3-star accommodation, situated next to Klong Nin Beach, 30 mins drive from Saladan Pier. It has family and laundry services.
  • Budget ($): Lanta Miami Resort, 3-star seafront hotel located on Klong Nin Beach, featuring Thai-style bungalows, a beach bar, a children’s playground, and traditional Thai massage services. It also has motorbike rental services and water sports facilities.

5. Kan Tiang Beach

Kan Tiang Beach, also known as Kantiang Bay, is a beautiful and secluded beach located on the southern part of Ko Lanta. It is south of Klong Nin Beach, and is a 45-minute drive from Saladan Village.

Kan Tiang Beach is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a serene and tranquil destination for visitors seeking a peaceful retreat.

Best places to stay in Koh Lanta in Kan Tiang:

  • Luxury ($$$): Pimalai Resort & Spa, 5-star beachfront resort in a  quiet and peaceful location, featuring exclusive accommodations and free round-trip transfer between Krabi Airport and resort. It also has Excellent Breakfast and free parking for those who drive.
  • Budget ($): Alama Sea Village Resort, 3-star hotel located close to Ba Kan Tiang Bay and Klong Jark Bay. It has 24-hour front desk, car rentals and laundry services.
  • Hostel ($): Aha Lanta Cozy Hostel, formerly At Lanta Hostel, good value for money hostel located at Kantiang Bay. It is close to restaurants, scooter rentals, 7-11, beaches, and a short drive to the national park. It is best to have a motorbike when staying here.

6. Saladan Village

Saladan Village is the main business and transportation hub of Koh Lanta, located on the northern tip of the island. Saladan is where ferries arrive from the mainland, making it a crucial transportation point for visitors coming to Koh Lanta.

The village has a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars catering to tourists. You can find local souvenirs, clothing, and other items. Seafood is a popular choice in the many restaurants along the waterfront.

Saladan Village offers glimpses of local life, and you can experience the unique blend of Thai and Chinese cultures. There are Buddhist temples and traditional markets to explore.

Many travel agencies and tour operators are based in Saladan Village. This makes it convenient for arranging day trips, excursions, and transportation to other destinations. There aren’t many quality choices of accommodations in this area though.

Best places to stay in Koh Lanta in Saladan Village:

  • Budget ($): BOHO Hostel, great backpacker hostel located right next to Saladan Pier, easy access to dive shops, motorbike rental, restaurants, tourist agencies, souvenir shops, and supermarkets.
  • Budget ($): Na Vela Village, 3-star accommodation, 10-15 mins walk from Diving centers, Saladan Town and  Klong Dao Beach. 
  • Budget ($): La Chambre Boutique @ Ko Lanta, 2-star apartment  close to Klong Dao Beach, Kaw Kwang Beach, Saladan School, and Police Station. It has a shared kitchen, luggage storage, and free private parking.

7. Lanta Old Town

Lanta Old Town is a charming and historic village located on the east coast of Koh Lanta. Visitors often explore Old Town as part of a day trip or as a contrast to the more popular beaches on the west coast. It’s also a great place to pick up unique souvenirs and experience the local way of life. 

The town has a rich history and was once a major port in the region. You can still see the influence of Chinese and Malay cultures in the architecture and local customs.

One of the highlights of the town is its well-preserved traditional wooden houses that line the waterfront. These houses are on stilts and reflect the area’s history as a trading post.

The town has a relaxed and authentic atmosphere. You’ll find small shops, art galleries, and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. Seafood is a particular specialty in this fishing community.

Compared to the more bustling west coast of Koh Lanta, the Old Town is less touristy, making it a perfect spot for those seeking a more tranquil and culturally immersive experience.

Best places to stay in Koh Lanta Old Town:


In conclusion, Long Beach, Klong Khong, Klong Dao, Klong Nin, Kan Tiang, Saladan, and Old Town are the best places to stay in Koh Lanta for first-timers and tourists. These are generally safe areas to book hotels, but it is recommended to use common sense wherever you go.

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There you have it, my recommendations for the most popular and safest neighborhoods that you can stay during your first trip to Koh Lanta. I hope you enjoyed my article and find it both informative and helpful.

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Your feedback is invaluable and helps me continue to create more quality content.

About Author: Ocean Cameron

I'm Ocean, founder and main editor of travelhotelexpert.com. I’m a passionate traveler who specializes in uncovering the best hotels and locations in every city, especially for first-timers, all without the need for a car.

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