The Ko Lanta District is one of Thailand’s best natural wonders. The Mu Koh Lanta National Park is evidence of this, of course, but the region’s beauty isn’t restricted to the park.
Beaches and coral reefs ring the island, which is home to unique, sea-faring populations, fishing villages, and plenty of nightlife venues. It is, in short, a backpacker’s dream destination.
Local businesses embrace travelers, and there are more than a few awesome hostels just a stone’s throw from virtually any of the island’s beaches. If you would like to experience amazing NYE 2020 in Thailand, you should check it out!
Long Beach, at the north of the island, is the primary tourist region. It’s the best place for travelers who want not only beach time but also access to lots of restaurants, bars, and shopping. There are smaller beaches, though, that offer a quieter ambiance and a slower pace like Lanta Secret Beach and Relax Bay. The names really are a hint.
Due to its tropical location, Koh Lanta has a clear peak and off-seasons. During peak season, guests can reach the island via boats and passenger ferries from Krabi. Renting space in a minivan taxi is probably the best way to travel during the offseason when the bigger passenger ferries aren’t in operation. Backpackers, especially those traveling during the stormy offseason, should plan for potential delays reaching or leaving the island.
Hostels are always happy to keep guests a little longer during slow times, though, so accommodation shouldn’t be a problem.
Koh Lanta, like most parts of Thailand, can get hot, especially during the summer months. Although the sea breeze helps a lot, hostels that offer AC are in high demand. However, not all hostels with AC run it during the day or in the hostel’s common spaces. Travelers sensitive to heat should ask in advance about a hostel’s AC policies.
Owned and operated by three friends in love with hostel culture, this is a friendly place to meet new friends and catch a few hours’ sleep in privacy and comfort.
Less than five minutes from Long Beach, the hostel caters to active backpackers who want to be in the heart of the action. In addition to the sand and surf, visitors can find lots of nightlife and dining options within walking distance.
Each bed provides a mini home for the night, equipped with a curtain, reading light, power outlets, and a locker with a personal padlock. Everything about this hostel is designed for comfort, relaxation, and ease of access to fellow travelers. T
he common room is the heart of the hostel, and although the beds offer a chance for privacy, most guests spend the majority of their time socializing here. The bar also attracts a crowd every night, and it’s a great place to cut loose and share drinks with new friends.
“Right across the street from Long Beach! One of the best hostels in Thailand.”
“Perfect common areas for chilling and socializing.”
Ever wanted to sleep in a treehouse on the beach with its own bar? Built primarily from Long Beach’s driftwood, this one of a kind hostel revolves around relaxation and hospitality. There is nothing else quite like it.
The name is their motto. In addition to a wonderfully unique atmosphere, the hostel offers ‘family dinners’ in the evenings. Cuisine ranges from local comfort foods to Western favorites specifically offer to make weary travelers feel at home.
Despite the cozy setting, Chill Out House still offers plenty of energy. Their bar provides a vibrant scene for parties, dancing, and other nightlife highlights.
Since it’s just a stone’s throw from the beach, this is an ideal hostel for beach bums who want easy access to the waves. Guests can walk down to the beach at any time of day, and the hosts are always happy to point out lively party scenes after a long day of soaking up the sun.
“A great place to unwind.”
“It’s a hostel with character and very friendly hosts.”
Set on the main road, this hostel is about two minutes’ walk away from the beach. It’s easy to reach, and the free parking makes it a great spot for anyone traveling the country by car or motorbike.
Lemonade Boutique caters to all privacy preferences. There are dorm-style accommodations for backpackers who want to meet new people and private rooms for travelers who just want to sleep in peace for the night.
All rooms are surprisingly affordable, and Lemonade Boutique’s private rooms are cheaper than some other hostels’ dorm beds. Guests can relax with confidence in this hostel’s key card security system and CCTV monitoring.
A good night’s sleep isn’t the only thing guests will find here. In addition to a bar and restaurant with food and drinks to keep travelers going, there is a tattoo parlor on the ground floor. There’s something for everyone here, whether they want a permanent souvenir or a cup of tea in the privacy of their room after a long morning on the beach.
This modern hostel features amazingly private cabin beds and showcases some of Koh Lanta’s most amazing landscape. Set in the jungle, just five minutes away from the beach, At Lanta sits at the feet of the mountains.
The hostel garden overflows with natural flora, and the cleverly-designed common areas really show off the natural splendor around the hostel.
The relaxed atmosphere is made possible by the amazing staff and the hostel’s location. Although it’s still close enough to the beach and nightlife for travelers to enjoy everything Koh Lanta has to offer, At Lanta is far enough to the south to avoid a lot of busy traffic and noise. It’s also just 6 km from the Koh Lanta National Park.
Just because it’s surrounded by nature doesn’t mean this hostel is rough, though. Clean and equipped with everything the modern backpacker needs – including two USB sockets in each bunk – this hostel keeps its guests comfortable. Air conditioning keeps out the heat, and travelers get a chance to truly relax in a wonderland of green.
“Nice breakfast, good rooms, and friendly staff.”
“Affordable accommodations and affordable drinks!”
Guests at Hey Beach Hostel step right out the door and onto the sand. Set on Klong Dao Beach, this hostel revolves around the natural wonders of the island’s aquatic side.
The beach is a little remote, which cuts down on the crowds and offers guests and unspoiled connection with nature. It’s a great place for not only splashing and sunbathing but also snorkeling!
Although the hostel provides everything guests really need to enjoy their stay, it’s just a short ride from the busiest nightlife and shopping districts, so everyone gets what they want.
The self-catering facilities cut down on costs for travelers on a tight budget, and the bar makes it easy to chill with a drink without getting geared up for a night on the town. The common area and terrace provide perfect social venues, and it’s easy to build new connections here.
“Clean and tidy with a wonderful atmosphere!”
“Quiet beach, but still close to the action in town.”
This resort-style hostel helps backpackers enjoy the island in style. Guests here enjoy a two-minute walk to the beach and one of the loveliest gardens on the island.
The hostel makes great use of its outdoor space, and it’s a great area to chill and enjoy an evening after a day of adventures. In addition to the greenery, there are hammocks and a firepit available to help backpackers unwind Lanta-style.
The bar keeps things lively until 11 pm when it closes down in favor of sleeping guests. That doesn’t mean the party has to stop, though! Hosts are happy to point out local hotspots to guests who aren’t ready to curl up and dream the night away.
Beach parties are a big deal on the island, after all! Blanco also offers free pick up once a day from the pier, a major attraction all visitors to the island should see at least once.
The island itself features multiple beaches open to the public, and a modest fee gives guests access to the Koh Lanta National Park, which has even more! The park also includes a beautiful lighthouse and several great trails which are covered by the same fee that gives access to the beach at the southern tip of the island.
Koh Lanta Old Town is a glimpse into a unique side of Thai culture. Many buildings extend over the water, and restaurants use plenty of fresh ingredients. It’s a small collection of stilted teak structures, and it won’t take more than an hour or two to explore, but it makes a perfect stop for lunch or dinner during a day on the mountainous east side of the island.
Little limestone islands dot the area, and backpacker should really take advantage of an island-hopping tour during their stay. These boat tours go out to the best snorkeling and scuba diving locations, filled with fish, corral, and limestone bluffs dropping into the sea. Koh Rock is a major regional attraction, and it’s well worth the visit, but an experienced guide can also show visitors secret, white sand beaches on tiny islands throughout the area.
Koh Lanta is calling. The water is lovely and the beach parties are the stuff of legend. Some of the most unique hostels in the world are waiting, too. It’s a vacation destination unlike any other.