Koh Lanta is a low-key, colourful island famous for its array of deliciously unspoilt beaches. Koh Lanta beaches; 30km of sweeping golden coastline, turquoise water, secluded bays - you’re sure to find a spot on the sand to suit you.

The northern stretch of the island is more developed but the further south you head the more remote and peaceful it becomes. We've had some blissful days on wide and deserted beaches, with blonde sand gently sloping into the calmest blue water. Here’s our favorite kid-friendly spots around the island:

Klong Dao Beach:

Klong Dao Beach is the closest one to Ban Saladan village - the drop off point for all tourists arriving onto the island. Due to its convenient location Klong Dao is the most developed stretch on the island with bars and resorts scattered along shoreline. The low rises and lack of chain hotels thankfully keeps the mellow, laid back, tropical vibe intact.

The 3km long, wide stretch of golden sand feels spacious and uncrowded and is the perfect spot for sandcastles, games and letting off steam. The long crescent shape of the bay also makes the sea incredibly calm; gently lapping waves and gradual slopes make it a favourite choice for families.

Long Beach (Phra-Ae)

Head south for 10 minutes and you will find Long Beach, also known as Phra-Ae. This is the biggest and most popular of Koh Lanta’s beaches. The longest beach on the island, the golden sands stretch for over 5km. Fringed with tall pine trees it is the perfect place for a long, leisurely beach stroll and even on a busy day it seems deserted.

The beach gently slopes towards the sea but watch out with little ones as the water can go deep really quickly. There are some rock pools for clambering over and peering into and plenty of clear, safe spots for swimming.

Long Beach’s bars also provide the perfect location for watching Koh Lanta’s incredible sunsets. Funky Fish and Mr Wee’s are spectacular spots to enjoy a frosty beer watch the incredible colours as the sun goes down.

Kan Tiang

Kantiang Bay lies towards the southern tip of Ko Lanta and is the last little hub of shops, bars and cafes before the lush green National park.

Regularly voted as one of the best beaches in Thailand and indeed Asia, it's a beautiful bay of white sand and crystal clear waters. Look behind you and you’ll see a stunning backdrop of a tropical rainforest nestled into the steep hillside. Gentle waves and calm seas in this protected bay makes it a great spot for a family swim.

The beaches in the deep south of Koh Lanta are quieter more secluded - even on a busy day you may find yourself sharing the beach with a handful of people. Perfect for peace and quiet and getting away from the masses.

Ao Klong Jark:

Location, location location! This is our favourite little hideaway and has the rustic, untouched feel of Thailand ten years ago.

Also known as Waterfall Bay this is a quiet little bay of fine, white sand and shallow, turquoise water backed by mountains.

Enjoy complete seclusion and a blissful castaway feel. Bag one of the shady gazebos strung with hammocks and get comfy snoozing in the shade whilst the kids play. The beach bar is a perfect spot for a long, lazy lunch with driftwood floor, bamboo chairs and tables dotted along the sand.

It’s an absolutely idyllic time-warp and the perfect spot for a day away from it all in stunning surroundings.

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