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Bamboo Beach (Maiphai Beach) white beach on Koh Lanta
Bamboo Beach (Maiphai Bay) overview photo of white beach and blue sea


Bamboo Beach is located at almost the southernmost tip of Koh Lanta. It is the last beach you will encounter on your way to Mu Koh Lanta National Park and is therefore next to Maiphai Bay also called Last Beach. But it’s not really the last beach, because Mu Koh National Park also has a beach. But here you first have to pay park fee. Bamboo Beach is far away from the hustle and bustle and is therefore a nice beach if you are looking for peace and relaxation.

The bay is very beautiful with white sand and has nothing but green in the background, a beautiful picture! The sea is wonderfully clear but water shoes are handy because there are rocks as well. Bamboo Beach is one of the few beaches where you can snorkel in the dry season. The most chance to see fish is on the sides of the bay. The beach is quiet but because Bamboo Beach is on the route to the Mu Koh National Park some people make a stop here. But it is never really crowded on this beautiful beach! In the evening all the people are gone again and chances are that you are on the beach with only a handful of others.

Bamboo Beach Koh Lanta, clear sea and white beach
Bamboo Beach Koh Lanta, clear sea and white beach

Restaurants Bamboo Beach

On Bamboo Beach are 2 restaurants and both are located directly on the beach with sea views. The evenings here consist of watching the sun disappear into the sea while enjoying a nice meal and a cool drink with the sounds of nature in the background.

Right on the side of Bamboo Beach is Baan Phu Lae. This restaurant belongs to the hotel of the same name. Thai and western dishes are served and there is a nice bar on a platform on the beach. In the middle of the bay is the Ahoy Bar, this belongs to the La Laanta Hideaway Resort and has very cozy places on the beach for dining. Sometimes the restaurants put on a fire dance show.

Bamboo Beach Restaurant overlooking clear sea and white beach
Maiphai Bay Restaurant made of wood by the sea

On the main road about 5 minutes walk is the Bamboo Bay Valley Restaurant. This simple but cool restaurant is built high against the hill. This gives you a beautiful view over Bamboo Bay!

Bamboo Bay Valley, restaurant overlooking the bay wood by the sea
Maiphai Bay, colorful signpost to the beach and restaurant


Sleeping at Bamboo Beach

If you want to sleep directly at Bamboo Beach you can choose between Baan Phu Lae and the La Laanta Hideaway Resort. Baan Phu Lae has basic cabins with a small porch to sit on overlooking the sea. The La Laanta Hideaway Resort is a 3 star resort and has slightly more comfort with a swimming pool and sunbeds on the beach. This is really a place to hide from the rest of the world!

Click here for all hotels on Koh Lanta or check out our selection of the best hotels on Koh Lanta divided into budget, middle class or luxury resorts.

Hotel and restaurant on Bamboo Beach, Koh lanta
Nice cottages at Bamboo beach

Once in a while some monkeys come along on the beach and sometimes even a few cows. Apart from that there is not much happening on Bamboo Beach, but that is probably exactly the reason you are going here! If you want to see more of the island, it is advisable to rent a scooter or car. Keep in mind that the roads in this part of the island are sometimes steep and winding. You can rent a scooter at the Baan Phu Lae Hotel.  If you would like you can walk to nearby Khlong Chak Beach, the distance is about 1 km and you are 20 minutes away.

Fun activities on Koh Lanta

Besides visiting Bamboo Beach there are many more fun activities and places to discover on Koh Lanta! Don’t miss them! 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.

Wat is er nog meer te ontdekken op 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.
  • Ao Nui Beach
    Heerlijk klein strandje met een paar leuke strandbarretjes voor een verkoelend drankje.
  • 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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