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LONG BEACH (KOH LANTA)

Koh Lanta’s Long Beach also called Pra Ae Beach or Phra Ae Beach but for convenience we call this long beach just Long Beach! Long Beach is perhaps the most popular beach of Koh Lanta and for good reason. On and around the beach are many restaurants and the location of the beach is ideal because it’s not far from the Saladan Pier and the eponymous village of Saladan. And then there is the sunset, which is beautiful from the west coast of Koh Lanta!

Sunset seen from Long Beach on Koh Lanta, Thailand

PLEASE NOTE!
As Long Beach is a popular beach with the visitors of Koh Lanta it can be especially crowded in the months December and January. This is the peak of the high season.

Where on Koh Lanta is Long Beach?

Long Beach is located on the west coast of Koh Lanta, just below Klong Dao beach and about five kilometers from Saladan and its pier. An advantage of this location is that it is parallel to the main road of Koh Lanta which runs from north (Saladan Village) to south (Mu Koh Lanta National Park). From Saladan Village, Long Beach is easiest to reach by taxi or songthaew. You can get there in fifteen minutes and this should not cost more than 100 baht. With a scooter the ride to Long Beach takes also about fifteen minutes.

The beach of Long Beach

Think about this. You together with your (boy/girl) friend, family or friends. After a period of hard work, relaxing on a two-and-a-half kilometer long beach with spectacular views of Koh Lanta’s sunset! And waiting for your chilled cocktail or fruit shake) to take that first sip! Long live that life!

The long beach of Long Beach on Koh Lanta

Yes Long Beach (Phra Ae Beach) is there to enjoy your holiday in Thailand for a long time. The beach doesn’t have powder white but golden brown soft sand and is surrounded by different kinds of trees that give you the necessary shade. Furthermore you will find several resorts, bars and restaurants on the beach where you can buy that well deserved cold drink! Although there are several bars and restaurants on the beach, there are not many sunbeds on the beach. This gives the beach a natural and spacious look.

TIP!
Watching the sun set over the Andaman Sea from the west coast of Koh Lanta at Long Beach is really super beautiful! An ideal moment for a (romantic) beach walk. You will be amazed by the beautiful colors in the sky!

Sunset seen from Long Beach on Koh Lanta, Thailand

The sea of Long Beach

The sea of Long Beach is really ideal swimming! It gets deep pretty fast so you won’t be bothered by rocks laying on the bottom. The water is clean and gives the desired cooling during a day on the beach. In the south there are more rocks in the water which are seen more and more at low tide. Snorkeling in the waters of Long Beach is not recommended, at least you can snorkel but you will encounter few beautiful fish.

What to do in the surroundings of Long Beach?

On and around Long Beach there are plenty of good bars and restaurants, from lovely luxury resorts to budget friendly bamboo bungalows! You also can choose from many nice restaurants and bars. Below you will find a selection of our favourite hotels, bars and restaurants. Have fun at Long Beach!

TIP!
Right in the south of Long Beach is a 7-Eleven. The ideal place to stock up on some snacks before spending a day in Long Beach.

Beste accommodaties in the Long Beach area

There are a number of well-appreciated accommodations in the Long Beach area. We have picked a few for you with good reviews on different sites. These are favorites with other travelers:

FIND A NICE PLACE TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN KOH LANTA

Best restaurants in the Long Beach area

On the street that runs parallel to Long Beach are a number of good restaurants, these are our discoveries:

Also read our aticle about the best restaurants on Koh Lanta

Best bars in the Long Beach area

Go out and have a nice drink? These are the two best bars on Long Beach!

Read more about the best bars in Koh Lanta here

Nice thing to do!

On Koh Lanta there are of course many more beautiful beaches and fun things to do! We have picked some nice locations for you. Like well appreciated restaurants, bars and places of interest that we think you shouldn’t miss! We hope this will make your visit to Koh Lanta even more fun! Through the InfoBox below you can find a lot more information about Koh Lanta.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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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