Kantiang Bay – The Dream Beach on Koh Lanta

The Kantiang Bay on Koh Lanta is certainly one of the most beautiful holiday destinations at the island, and the dream beach of the same name Ba Kantiang Beach has even been voted several times as one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. Here one bathes in an incredibly paradisiacal scenery and enjoys beach views, like from a postcard. The sea is wonderfully warm, clear and shines in the most beautiful blue tones. Nevertheless, this natural jewel is not overcrowded, and the atmosphere is still really relaxed. A real insider tip for a beach holiday on Koh Lanta. But what can you expect while staying at Kantiang Bay, where are the best hotels, and what to do in the area around?

This blog post is a travel guide for Kantiang Bay in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We show some nice images of the dream beach, and give you info for the best accommodations, where to eat and the best things to do.


Kantiang Bay at Koh Lanta

The beautiful Kantiang Bay with the dream beach Kantiang Beach is located in the southern part of the island Koh Lanta in Thailand. This gem is far away from mass tourism, and so its visitors enjoy a wonderfully quiet beach experience. It’s the perfect place just to sit back, read a good book and relax. If you like, treat yourself with a Thai massage directly under the tall palm trees on the beach or take part in one of the yoga classes which are offered at the Orchid Nursery.

Compared to the famous Long Beach, the in the south situated Kantiang Bay is much quieter and more secluded. Nevertheless, the beach is not completely lonely and remote, and you will find everything that a tourist’s heart desires. In the small-town center there are, among other things, an ATM, small shops, and a supermarket (7-Eleven), massage parlors, a diving school, several bars and restaurants.

The Bay is crescent-shaped, and at a length of almost 2 kilometers, everyone is guaranteed to find a secluded spot under the Thai sun. The beach is especially popular for couples, but also for everyone who seeks peace and relaxation on one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand.

Even families with children love this beach, because the Kantiang Beach is gently sloping. Especially at high tide this spot is perfect for swimming. If you would like to do some snorkeling, you will find good places to explore the underwater world in the southern part of Kantiang Bay. Really great snorkeling areas, however, are around the islands of Koh Lanta to discover. Best you join a snorkeling tour, for that we recommend a trip to Koh Rok or the popular 4-Island Tour.

Another special feature of Kantiang Beach are the pretty restaurants on southern beach area, which are located on a small hill and offer a brilliant view of the dream beach. Driving right on the main road you won`t miss it.  For delicious food and the best views of the beach we can recommend the Cliff Sunset Restaurant. They serve fantastic Pad Thai and the cool beers taste amazing with these ingenious views.

Nui Bay – The neighboring bay

Beautiful is also the beach Nui Bay, just around the corner of Kantiang Bay. This secluded beach is like Kantiang Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Lanta. Here you will find only one small hippie bar, which gives the beach a lot of original charm. At Nui Bay you won`t find no accommodations or hotels, so Kantiang Bay is an ideal starting point for visiting this hidden bay.

Things to do in Koh Lanta

Staying at Kantiang Bay, you will not only enjoy the wonderful beach, you can also visit a lot of amazing places in the area. Among the highlights near Ba Kantiang Beach is the Mu Ko Koh Lanta National Park in the very south of the island. But also the tranquil Koh Lanta Old Town and the many other beautiful beaches on the island are worth a visit.

For exploring Koh Lanta its best to rent a scooter right in town and discover the best beaches and sights on your own. Scooter rentals are available at most resorts, hotels and in the center of Kantiang.

You also have the opportunity to make trips to the wonderful island world around Koh Lanta. Especially recommended are boat trips to Koh Rok for snorkeling, but also the 4-island tour, where four beautiful islands are visited.

More information and tips for this wonderful holiday island can be found in our Koh Lanta Travel Guide!

Nightlife at Kantiang Bay

If you would like to have a drink in the evening, there are a few ways to kick off a nice day at Kantiang Bay. Directly on the beach and in the village, you will find some cool bars for a lovely evening. Legendary is definitely the Why Not Bar right on Kantiang Beach. There is every night from 22:00 live music and they do have one of the best fire shows on the island.

How to get to Kantiang Bay

Koh Lanta is easily accessible from Krabi, Trang, Koh Lipe, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Jum, Phuket, and many other places at the Andaman Sea. Connections for getting to Koh Lanta and ticket booking options can be found online on 12.goasia.

Kantiang Bay is about 45 minutes’ drive from Saladan’s main port. From the port you either take an island taxi to Kantiang, or you can arrange a transfer from the booked hotel. Many hotels do offer a free pick up service from the pier.

The nearest airport from Koh Lanta is Krabi. Great flight deals for Bangkok to Krabi can be found at Skyscanner.


Accommodations at Kantiang Bay

Kantiang Bay offers a really good selection of accommodation. Most of these resorts or bungalows are located either directly on the sea, or just above the beach with a wonderful sea view. Here we have put together our top recommendations for where to stay for a perfect holiday:

  • Backpacker Hostel: The Aha Lanta Cozy Hostel is a fantastic hostel for backpackers. Not far from the beach, it also convinces with clean dormitories and a great atmosphere!
  • Resort with amazing view: The Kantiang View Resort is a wonderful hotel just above Kantiang Bay. Here you can enjoy beautiful rooms, a great pool and the breathtaking view of the sea.
  • Luxury Hotel: For a very special stay (eg honeymoon) the Pimalai Resort & Spa is a must at Koh Lanta. The only 5-star hotel on the island is a real dream hotel and offers pure luxury.

Conclusion: The Kantiang Bay is a true paradise on Koh Lanta. The beach is not crowded, but still you will find everything you need for an unforgettable holiday. If you like it a little quieter, but not necessarily quite lonely, this is just right place for you. In addition, the scenery is unbeatable.

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