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Where to stay in Koh Lanta, Thailand – The best hotels and areas

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Are you looking for a relaxing beach holiday, away from all the hustle and bustle? Maybe you’re celebrating your honeymoon and are looking for a romantic getaway in a secluded location? Read on, as we have a treat in store for you!

Located just off the coast of Krabi, Koh Lanta is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, with some of the most pristine, white sand beaches you’ll ever see. It’s an island that’s a lot less crowded than the likes of Krabi and Phuket; a massive bonus in our opinion!

Whether you fancy staying somewhere more remote with very few tourists, or in an area with plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants, we’ve put together a list of the best hotels in Koh Lanta to suit many different types of travellers. In this guide, we cover the main areas you’ll want to consider and plenty of hotels for every budget. We’ve included accommodation options ranging from budget friendly to moderately priced, and of course the most luxurious of hotels on the island.

Read on to find out where to stay in Koh Lanta…

The best areas to stay in Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is split into two islands, Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta Yai is the more rural area of the island, where most of the locals live. It’s less developed than Koh Lanta Noi with, very few hotels. However, it’s home to the best island (in our opinion) in the country: Koh Talabeng. Check out our full review and guide on this once in a lifetime excursion here

Koh Lanta Noi is the island where you’ll want to base yourself. Offering a wide range of hotels for all budget, a selection of both Thai and western restaurants, and stunning beaches, there’s no wonder it’s the go-to spot for tourists.

Each area of Koh Lanta Noi Island has something different to offer. The north is busier, with more bars, hotels and a small nightlife scene. The south is more remote and picturesque, with some excellent luxury hotels. Continue reading to see what each area has to offer.

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Area 1: The North – Long Beach

One of the most popular places to stay in Koh Lanta is the north of the island, in particular Long Beach on the north-west coast. It’s the best place to stay if you want more going on. It has plenty of beach bars and restaurants, and of course, the stunning turquoise beach. The area has a good selection of hotels for every budget, and it’s in a good location if you want to see Koh Lanta’s top attractions.

We recommend dining at one of the many restaurants right along the beach front. The family-run Thai restaurant, ‘Fish’ serves great Thai food with a western twist, and you’ll catch some of the best sunsets you’ve ever seen here! Long Beach suits travellers of all interests and is great for first timers. However, it may not be suitable if you want somewhere quiet and remote.

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Area 2: The centre of Koh Lanta – Phra Ae Beach

Phra Ae Beach is located just south of Long Beach. Similarly, it has lots of nice beaches, a good selection of bars and restaurants, and a local park. Overall, it has the same vibe as the north of the island, but it’s known to be a little more laid back and quieter. The area of Phra Ae Beach is ideal for those who are looking for a more relaxing holiday. You have the many facilities and nightlife scene of Long Beach just down the road if you desire it.

Area 3: The south of Koh Lanta

If you’re searching for a romantic and relaxing getaway, away from the hustle and bustle, consider staying on Koh Lanta’s south-west corner. It has some of Koh Lanta’s best beaches, luxury, honeymoon-style resort, and is close to Koh Lanta National Park. In the south of the island, most hotels are remote and secluded. They boast scenic views, lush jungle terrain and pristine, almost empty beaches. It’s a great area to stay in Koh Lanta for honeymooners or for couples celebrating a special occasion, such as a birthday or engagement. Try some water-sports, go on an adventure to the National Park or relax in the comfort of a luxury hotel villa.

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Area 4: The north of Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta isn’t just all about luxury hotels and experiences. It appeals to every type of traveller. If you’re unsure of where to stay in Koh Lanta and don’t want to spend a lot on accommodation, we recommend staying on the north coast, a short drive from the ferry port. There are many hostels and budget friendly hotel options, ideal for those who are backpacking on a budget. The area has plenty of restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets, all within a short walk of your hotel. The north coast lacks nice beaches. However, you can easily get to other beaches on the island on a short Tuk Tuk or scooter ride.

We’ve listed the main places to stay in Koh Lanta above. There are other areas with hotels, such as Koh Lanta town. However, the lack of facilities, beaches and attractions in this area makes it less appealing. We highly recommend choosing an area and hotel as close to the beach as possible. Koh Lanta is all about those relaxing beach vibes!

The best Koh Lanta Long Beach hotels (North-West)

Layana Resort (Luxury)

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Splash out and stay at one of the island’s best hotels, Layana Resort. Layana Resort is a luxury, 5* hotel that was awarded the Travellers Choice award on TripAdvisor in 2023. It’s an adults-only, boutique-style hotel with just under 60 rooms. Layana Resort has one main restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel also offers a quaint afternoon tea, and a selection of cakes throughout the day – how could you resist? One of the best things about this hotel is its beach-front location and its infinity pool. It overlooks the white sands of Long Beach and has direct access to the beachfront. It’s one of the best places to stay in Koh Lanta for couples that are looking for a romantic getaway.

Lanta Sand Resort & Spa (Moderately priced)

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One of our favourite Koh Lanta Long Beach hotels is the 4*, moderately priced, Lanta Santa Resort & Spa. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and would recommend it to couples, families and even for a group of friends. It has the facilities and quality of a high-end, but without the high price tag. The hotel is located right on Long Beach, with a selection of restaurants on the beach front.

It has a large swimming pool, an outdoor dining area where they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, a small gym, and a kids club play area. You can choose to stay in the main hotel block in a standard double room, or in one of the garden bungalows, which are ideal for families.

SER-EN-DIP-I-TY (Budget Friendly)

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Serendipity is a one of the best places to stay in Koh Lanta for those that want a budget-friendly hotel in a great location. It’s a 3* hotel made up of individual bungalows. They’re incredibly spacious, making them perfect for families, groups of friends, and for those who like plenty of room space. Being a small, family run hotel, there aren’t any cooking or dining facilities here, but you’re only a few minutes’ walk away from the main beach area.

You have easy access to lots of restaurants, cafés, and even a mini mart. The owners of Serendipity are very friendly and will help you book tours, order taxis and anything you may need help with.

The best central Koh Lanta hotels (Phra Ae Beach)

Papillion Bungalows (Budget Friendly)

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Papillion Bungalows is a great budget-friendly hotel option to the south of Long Beach, in the Phra Ae Beach area. As the name suggests, this 3*, family run hotel offers bungalow-style huts, each offering a relaxing outdoor patio area. It’s a basic hotel, perfect for those who are looking for somewhere low cost, clean and in a convenient location. Breakfast is made fresh every morning by the owners, offering a selection of Thai and western dishes. The hotel grounds are a highlight of any stay here. They’re colourful, tropical and tranquil, just like the remote areas of Koh Lanta Island.

Papillion Bungalows also has a small swimming pool, where you can cool off from the hot Thai sun. A key reason to stay here is the beach access. You can walk to Phra Ae Beach in a few minutes and it’s probably where you’ll spend most of your day.

Lanta Castaway Beach Resort (moderate)

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Another great place to stay in Koh Lanta Phra Ae Beach area is the Lanta Castaway Beach Resort. A moderately priced, 3* hotel, located right on the beachfront, it’s a fantastic choice for groups of friends, or even couples that are looking to be right in the centre of all the action. Similar to Papillion Bungalows as mentioned above, Lanta Castaway Beach Resort offers bungalow style huts, all surrounded by tropical plants and trees.

Bedrooms here are spacious and have plenty of storage and space for your belongings. Guests praise the hotel for its breakfast, which cooked fresh to order. The only downside is the lack of swimming pool. However, is that really needed when you have direct access to the amazing Long Beach? One thing we loved about this hotel was the sunset. Every day you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from one of the beach loungers or the comfort of your bungalow patio area.

Rawi Warin Hotel (Luxury)

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Next up on our list of places to stay in Koh Lanta is the luxurious Rawi Warin Hotel. Located right on the beach front, it features a grand entrance that will give you a taste of its luxury appeal as soon as you walk through the door. With 185 rooms, it’s small enough to not get lost, but big enough to have plenty of facilities and amenities to keep you entertained. All rooms have a contemporary, Thai style, with wooden furnishings and statues throughout. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want plenty of private space, you can take advantage of one of the private luxury bungalows with private pools.

The Rawi Warin Hotel also boasts 4 swimming pools, with the highlight being a large infinity pool that overlooks the sea. Burn off some extra calories and take part in many of the hotel activities, including boxing, yoga, and billiards. We recommend this hotel for couples, and for families looking for a luxury beach holiday. There’s even a kids club for your little one!

The best hotels in the south of Koh Lanta

Pimalai Resort & Spa (Luxury)

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If you’re looking to escape your busy lifestyle for a few days, a week, or more, there aren’t any better places to stay in Koh Lanta than the Pimalai Resort & Spa. The reviews on both TripAdvisor and Google speak for themselves and a trip here is always one to remember. Nestled in a lush tropical forest the quiet south coast of the island, the Pimalai Resort & Spa is one of the best places to stay in Thailand. It’s a favourite spot for honeymooners or anyone celebrating a special occasion.

The hotel offers a variety of room options, ranging from a standard room with a sea view, all the way up to your very own cliffside villa with a swim-up pool. If you want to surprise a loved one, have a romantic meal at the Seven Seas restaurant and enjoy breath-taking views of the ocean as you eat. Fun fact: this hotel is often booked out by the Thai royal family for events and conferences.

The Houben Adults Only Hotel (Moderately priced)

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If you want to stay in a fantastic hotel in the south of Koh Lanta but are looking for something more affordable than the Pimali Resort, look no further than The Houben Hotel. This quaint, adults-only, 4* hotel is perched on a clifftop, with some of the best views of the Andaman Sea you’ll find. It’s a small place to stay, with only 15 rooms, which creates a personal, intimate experience. All rooms are clean, modern, and artistic, with a good mix of monochrome furnishings and traditional wooden décor.

The most unique feature of the hotel is the infinity pool, which features a bright red hue and transparent water. Expect plenty of attention to detail at The Houben. It’s ideal for couples that are looking for an interpersonal, remote and relaxing getaway in Koh Lanta.

The best hotels in in the north of Koh Lanta

Coco Cape Lanta Resort (Budget Friendly)

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Coco Cape Lanta Resort is a budget hotel on the north of the island, a short drive from the ferry port. This small, family-run 2* hotel is one of the best places to stay in Koh Lanta for those budget that want a break from staying in hostels. Rooms at Coco Cape are all bungalow style with a traditional Thai feel and plenty of space. The hotel also has a small swimming pool and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It even has a bakery, which is well worth checking out!

As the hotel is in a secluded area of Koh Lanta, shops and other amenities are a little further out. To get around the area, you can rent a scooter or use a Tuk Tuk taxi. If you’re a fan of rock music, head to the bar next door to the hotel for a drink or two!

Our top tips for finding a place to stay in Koh Lanta

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  • Be sure to check reviews online prior to booking. Search by the most recent reviews to make sure you’re happy with your hotel choice.
  • Location is everything in Koh Lanta! Even though it’s small and it’s quite quick to get around, some areas have a lot more going on than others. If you want lots of bars, restaurants and activities, stay in the Long Beach area. The south of the island is great for those that want a secluded vacation with lots of hotel time.
  • If you’re visiting during peak season, book your accommodation as far in advance as possible. Rooms can sell out close to the date of arrival and prices are usually higher for last minute bookings. Shop around online to search for the best and most competitive prices and deals.
  • Except for some good boat trips, there isn’t a lot to do in Koh Lanta. Life here is all about relaxing on the beach or at the pool or kicking back in a beach bar. Consider pay a little more for a beach hotel or somewhere with excellent facilities. You’ll likely spend a lot of time in your hotel.
  • Some hotels include breakfast in the nightly rate. In others, you’ll have to pay extra. Keep this in mind when comparing hotel options.
  • Make the most of the hotel’s amenities. Koh Lanta is a great place to relax and unwind, so take advantage of activities at the hotel. Water sports is a top thing to do on the island!
  • Have a budget in mind before booking a place to stay in Koh Lanta. Restaurants in the north and centre of the island have affordable places to dine. However, if you stay in the south of the island, restaurant options are limited and dining in the hotel will be the preferred option. This can get expensive in luxury hotels and costs will soon add up.

FAQs

Thanks for reading our guide on where to stay in Koh Lanta! We hope we inspired you with some excellent Koh Lanta hotel and area suggestions and you can now plan your own trip. It’s an island well worth visiting is you love beaches and want plenty of relaxation time. If you have any questions about any of the hotels we featured, be sure to post a comment down below.

BY SUSIE

Author bio:

I’m a passionate traveller that loves a sunny beach holiday, but also appreciate the cultural side to a trip and checking out undiscovered destinations. I’m the go-to Toucan Traveller for great holiday stories, cool photos and foodie recommendations.

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