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Ao Nui Beach sign on the beach of Koh Lanta in Thailand
Ao Nui Beach sign on the beach of Koh Lanta in Thailand


Some visitors to Koh Lanta find Ao Nui Beach the most beautiful beach on the island, whether you will find it depends partly on the season and the weather. In the dry season the white sand shines towards you and the sea is usually clear blue with a small wave here and there. In low season the sea is less clear, the waves are higher and with a little bit of bad luck it washes up more debris… And gone is your tropical paradise! Of course there will also be plenty of beautiful days in the low season (May to November). But we don’t want to disappoint you and remain realistic. 

Ao Nui the most beautiful beach of Koh Lanta, Thailand
Ao Nui Bar on the beach

Swimming in the sea of Ao Nui Beach

Assuming a beautiful day, Ao Nui Beach could indeed be one of the most beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta! You can spend a few hours or even a whole day swimming and/or sunbathing. Although there are quite a few rocks you can swim in the middle of the bay. Because the water is clear you can see the rocks well and you can walk in between. The beautiful small bay has in the background nothing but trees and green hills, a natural paradise!

Nui Bay Secret Bar, shaded edge
Ao Nui Secret beach bar, Koh Lanta

The Secret Beach Bar

Because there is little shelter from trees on the beach, places have been created with a shelter under which you can lie down/sit down for a bit of shade. These huts / shelters belong to the Secret Beach Bar in the middle of the bay. You reach this bar by taking the stairs down from the road.

This cool bar is made of materials that are washed ashore on the beach, nice to see what creativity can do! At the bar they sell drinks, snacks, shakes, sandwiches and various famous Thai dishes. You can also take a massage overlooking the sea…

Want to read more about the best bars on this island? Take a look at the article about the nicest bars on Koh Lanta.

Relax Bay Ao Nui Bar beautiful view
Ao Nui Beach , lounging overlooking the bay

Even more nice places!

Also on the other side of the bay, against the hills is a nice bar, the Relax Bay Ao Nui Bar. From this bar you have fantastic views over the beach of Ao Nui Bay. The atmosphere is exactly as the name suggests… relaxed! In the background you can hear deep house music and birds. There are several nice places on different levels to sit or hang out in a hammock. Koh Lanta at its best!

A bit higher up against the rock it’s the Relax Lanta Bar & Restaurant, both places belong to the same friendly owner. Also from here you have a nice view. Next to the Relax Lanta Bar & Restaurant is also the main entrance where you can park your scooter and take the stairs to the restaurant and the beach.

Do you want to know which restaurants we like best on Koh Lanta? Take a look at the article about the best restaurants on Koh Lanta.

View from Relax Lanta Bar & Restaurant at Ao Nui Beach on Koh Lanta
Ao Nui Bay, chilling in a hammock overlooking the sea

Overnight in the area of Ao Nui Beach

Directly on the beach of Ao Nui beach are no hotels, if you want to sleep near this beach you can choose to sleep at one of the adjacent beaches, these are Kantiang Bay and Khlong Chak Beach. from these beaches it is a 5 to 10 minute drive by scooter or songthaew to this little paradise! Nearby accommodations near Ao Nui Beach are the Anda Lanta Resort and Klong Jark Bungalow.

Ao Nui Beach, hotel nearby
Ao NUi Beach Hotel with pool at the beach Koh Lanta
Nui Beach Massage at the beach Koh Lanta

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Bungalows Ao Nui Bay
Eten aan het strand Koh Lanta Ao Nui Bay


Fun activities on Koh Lanta

Besides the beautiful Ao Nui Beach there are also other fun activities and places to discover on Koh Lanta! We have picked out some nice places and restaurants on Koh Lanta for you. Look for more tips and information in the InfoBox below!

Sleeping on Koh Lanta

On Koh Lanta you can make sleeping as cheap or expensive as you want. The range of accommodations is very diverse. From delicious luxury to back to basic in a nice small bungalow, the choice is yours! In general, the price-quality ratio on Koh Lanta is better than on the surrounding islands.

This is our selection of the best places to sleep on Koh Lanta:

Also read our reviews of:

Good dining at Koh Lanta

  • Yang Garden TIP
    This is without a doubt our favourite restaurant on the island! Everything’s right here! Of course the food is great but also the location and staff get a big 10/10 from us! Do it!
  • Drunken Sailors
    Near one of the most beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta (Kantiang) lies this gem! You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner here. Already eaten? The cocktails are also great here, just ask those swaying sailors who walk out the door…
  • The Reggae Bar TIP
    All the way to the north of Koh Lanta and not far from the village of Saladan you can enjoy great dishes and powerful cocktails in your own private (tree) hut on a rocky beach! This special location belongs to the beautiful Avani+ Koh Lanta Resort.
  • Rareview Coffee & Restaurant TIP
    Not only the dishes and drinks are here to savour, also the view is very appetizing! The team at this restaurant in Koh Lanta’s Old Town is super friendly and will do everything to make sure you have a great time!
  • Global Local – Home of the serious burger
    They take the hamburger seriously here, very seriously! Taste it yourself!
  • Pad Thai Rock n Roll
    Dance for joy as you taste the toad thai or other dishes here! Located just before Kantiang Bay in the south of Koh Lanta.
  • Di Farina Pizza
    The best pizza of Koh Lanta can be found in Old Town, unfortunately closed in low season but if you are here in the months November to May then you know where to go!

If you want to know more about the above restaurants read our article about the best restaurants on Koh Lanta.

Going out on Koh Lanta

There are a number of not-to-be-missed bars on Koh Lanta where you can socialize and have a drink. Do you only want the best of the best? Then read our article about the nicest bars on Koh Lanta.

  • Majestic Bar Koh Lanta
    There are a number of not-to-be-missed bars on Koh Lanta where you can socialize and have a drink. Do you only want the best of the best? Then read our article about the nicest bars on Koh Lanta.
  • Why Not Bar
    A popular bar at perhaps the most beautiful beach in Koh Lanta. In the bay of Kantiang you come to relax and enjoy the fire shows that are held here!
  • The Reggae Bar
    Not far from Saladan Village and situated on the grounds of a beautiful luxury resort you can drink special cocktails in an equally special setting…
  • Rasta Baby Bar
    On Klong Nin Beach there is relaxed reggae and jungle playing all evening. The friendly family at this bar will make sure you have a great night, yah man!
  • Big Bang Bar
    Attention beer lovers! On the beach of Klong Nin you can enjoy countless different craft beers.Let yourself be seduced by names like Coconut Cream and imagine yourself on a tropical island while taking your first sip…wait, you’re already on a tropical island! Cheers!
  • Freedom Bar
    A beautiful beach, good music, nice people and nice drinks. Feel happy and free because here on Klong Khong Beach it is wonderful to stay!
  • Funky Monkey
    Singing talent wanted! At the Funky Monkey near Long Beach you can grab prizes if you make the most of your singing talent. Who knows, you might get a record deal and become a famous pop star in Thailand, but of course you can also go for the free drinks!
  • Pangea Beach Bar
    If the Funky Monkey (tip above) is a place for nightingales, then this bar is the ultimate place for night owls! From Techno to Deep House you’ll find it at Long Beach.
  • Cheeky Monkey Bar
    If the Funky Monkey (tip above) is a place for nightingales, then this bar is the ultimate place for night owls! From Techno to Deep House you’ll find it at Long Beach.

Koh Lanta is a lovely island to explore by scooter or car. You bypass the high taxi prices and you can visit nice places at your leisure. We have a very good experience with Lanta Sky. You can rent a scooter or car from them that they bring and pick up again when it suits you best. If you want to rent a car you have to leave your passport, that is Koh Lanta everywhere. Renting a scooter without your passport is often possible when you pay a few thousand baht deposit. Are you going to Mu Koh Lanta National Park? Then ask for a powerful scooter, especially if you want to go with two people on a scooter. The roads to the National Park go up a lot and that calls for some extra power.

What else is there to discover on Koh Lanta

  • Dorpje Saladan & Pier 
    Vrijwel iedereen komt aan op de pier in het dorpje Saladan. Het kleine dorpje heeft alles wat een reiziger nodig heeft.
  • Klong Dao Beach
    Klong Dao Beach is een fijn lang en breed strand vlakbij het dorp Saladan waar prachtige resorts zoals Twin Lotus aanliggen.
  • Long Beach
    Long Beach is het populairste strand van Koh Lanta, je hebt volop keuze uit leuke barretjes en goede restaurants.
  • Klong Khong Beach
    Klong Khong Beach, ook wel Relax Bay heeft een hippie vibe, je vindt er leuke barretjes en budget accommodates aan het strand.
  • Kantiang Bay
    Volgens vele bezoekers van Koh Lanta is Kantiang Bay het mooiste strand van het eiland.
  • Bamboo Bay
    Klein paradijselijk strandje met niet veel meer dan een wit strand en een blauwe zee.
  • Mu Koh Lanta National Park
    Het Mu Koh Lanta National Park is een prachtig gebied helemaal in het zuiden van Koh Lanta. Alleen de rit op de scooter er naar toe is al de moeite waard!
  • Old Town
    Old Town heeft mooie authentieke huizen, souvenirshops en leuke restaurants met de beroemde Instagram schommels aan zee.
  • Time for Lime
    De beste en leukste kookcursus vind je bij Time for Lime! En het mooie is dat een groot gedeelte van de opbrengsten aan Lanta Animal Welfare worden geschonken!
  • Lanta Animal Welfare
    Straathonden en katten krijgen dankzij Lanta Animal Welfare een betere toekomst! Een must visit als je op Koh Lanta bent.


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Cooking course Koh Lanta, cook with red peppers at Time For Lime
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