Kantiang Bay: The Dream Beach on Koh Lanta

The Kantiang Bay on Koh Lanta is certainly one of the most beautiful holiday destinations on the island, and the dream beach of the same name Ba Kantiang Beach is, on top, one of the most amazing beaches in Koh Lanta. Several times this bay was even voted 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?

In this guide, you will find all the information and tips about Kantiang Bay on Koh Lanta. In addition, we show you great pictures, the best restaurants, fantastic excursions and tell you more about the fabulous accommodations.

Good to know!

One of the best places for where to stay in Koh Lanta is located directly on Kantiang Beach. The gorgeous Pimalai Resort & Spa is the only 5-star hotel on the island and a terrific choice for a very special vacation.

Kantiang Bay is a good base from which to experience all the best things to do on Koh Lanta. Many rent a scooter in the village and visit the dream island on their own.

The best travel time is from November to the end of April. At this time you can count on fantastic weather, lots of sun and only little rain.

If you like snorkeling tours, mangrove tours, island tours or want to visit the elephants, then you will find a great offer of excursions on GetYourGuide.


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.

Restaurants & 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.

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. For exploring Koh Lanta it’s best to rent a scooter right in town and discover the best beaches and sights on your own.

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, as well as the capital Ban Saladan and the many other beautiful beaches on the island, are worth a visit.

Especially amazing are boat tours to Koh Rok where you can do snorkeling, but also the 4-Island-Tour, where you visit 4 beautiful islands is recommended. Great excursions can also be found online on GetYourGuide!

How to get to Kantiang Bay

The nearest airport from Koh Lanta is in Krabi. Koh Lanta is also easily accessible from Trang, Koh Lipe, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Jum, Phuket, and many other places in the Andaman Sea by minibus, ferry or speedboat.

Once you arrive at the main town of Ban Saladan, you can either take an island taxi to Kantiang or arrange a transfer from your booked hotel. Many hotels offer a free pickup.

Tip: The easiest way to find tickets for the transfer to Koh Lanta is online at 12go.asia.

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Where to stay 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…It’s worth a look!

  • 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.
  • 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.

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