One Of the Best Widest Beaches Of Long Beach, Koh Lanta in Thailand
Long Beach on the island of Koh Lantais exactly that — long. It’s also arguably one of the best, widest beaches in Thailand. Restaurants right on the beach and views of Koh Phi Phi’s unique shape on the horizon lend an even more “exotic” feel.
Unlike many of the other beaches on Koh Lanta, Long Beach is nearly void of sharp rocks and swimming hazards such as sea urchins. A sloping, soft-sand bottom provides dreamy swimming, both day and night.
Although Long Beach once mainly pulled in backpackers for beach bungalows and cheap eats, the scene is considerably more family oriented these days. Regardless, good deals on accommodation can be enjoyed, particularly on the northern side of Long Beach.
In the evenings, Long Beach offers just the right amount of social interaction. The parties (some on the beach, some at venues along the road) are easily avoidable — or easily enjoyable — depending upon your whim.
Koh Lanta is very much different than its nearby neighbor Phuket. The lack of an airport and need to take a short ferry have provided welcome resistance to development on the island. For now, you won’t find golf courses (aside from the miniature variety) or chain cafes/restaurants anywhere on Koh Lanta.
Tip: Storms force Long Beach to practically shut down completely each year in May or June. Although a small handful of businesses remain open, many more are shuttered until the season reopens in November. The beach won’t be clean and even takes on an apocalyptic feel with broken furniture and destroyed thatch roofs during peak of the off season.