After spending a couple of days in Koh Lanta, we decided that we’re in love with it! Although we definitely feel that we didn’t spend enough time exploring the island, in our opinion, it only gives us more reason to go back for a visit.
Between its many uninhabited beaches, scenic motorbike rides, and friendly locals, Koh Lanta is definitely a place you should explore while you’re in Thailand. Since we loved the island so much, we’ve put together a list of the best places to stay in Koh Lanta for both hotels and hostels.
Best Budget Places to Stay in Koh Lanta
Hey Beach Hostel
Room Type: Dorms | Chalet
Near: Near Klong Dao Beach
Price Range: From $11 a night
This fun hostel is one of the best places to stay in Koh Lanta if you’re looking for something affordable which is still close to the beach. Their location is fantastic and the vibe in the hostel is very cool.
The rooms here are basic but clean and comfortable, and they also offer female-only dorms for female travelers. For added privacy and comfort, opt for their chalet which has one queen bed and one single, enough for three people to share.
If you want to meet people, Hey Beach Hostel is very social and perfect for those that are traveling by themselves. The common areas are also a nice place to hang out.
Diamond Sand Palace
Room Type: Beach Bungalows
Near: Klong Dao Beach
Price Range: From $63 a night
Located a minute away from Klong Dao Beach, Diamond Sand Palace features native bungalows which are perfect for those who enjoy the island style vibe.
Although the rooms are basic, the fact that the bungalows are situated right by the beach makes up for it. You’ll also have your own balcony, perfect relaxing during the day or evening time.
Be sure to take the opportunity to dine at the on-site restaurant. It’s right on the beach, and guests have raved about the good food! The staff are accommodating and helpful and will be more than happy to help you book tours around the island.
As far as value for money goes, this place definitely wins!
Hub of Joys Hostel
Room Type: Dorms
Near: 4-minute walk from Long Beach
Price Range: $9 a night
Budget travelers, look no further! This modern-looking hostel has all the amenities that you need at a low price.
The dorm rooms are clean, comfortable and the mattresses are not paper thin. You even get a curtain for some privacy! To add even more value to staying there, they have a simple breakfast included in the room rate which is great.
Hub of Joys Hostel offers a social atmosphere for those looking to connect with fellow travelers, but it’s also quite enough at night that you can get a good night’s sleep. And if you ever need any help, the friendly hostel staff are available to assist. It’ll be a joyful stay indeed!
Editor’s Note: One of our top recommendations for budget-friendly places to stay in Koh Lanta is the newly opened Journey Hostel. Run by friends of ours, you’re in good hands if you stay here!
Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Koh Lanta
Srilanta Resort & Spa
Room Type: Suite | Villa | Beach House
Near: Klongnin Beach
Price Range: From $88 a night
Looking for a relaxing stay in Koh Lanta but don’t have a big budget? Check out Srilanta Resort, a beautiful resort nestled amongst white sand and tropical gardens.
There are 49 villas and one larger beach house perfect for families, so every visitor can find the perfect place to stay. The accommodations here have a rustic style which still providing comfort and every modern amenity you may need.
Walk through the lush gardens before heading down to the beach for a day of fun in the water and sun. The pool here is also a great place to relax and unwind. To really relieve some stress, go for their yoga by the beach or opt for massages at their spa.
All this comfort and beauty, at an affordable price tag. Doesn’t get better than that!
Alama Sea Village Resort
Room Type: Double | Suite | Villa
Near: Ba Kan Tieng Bay
Price Range: From $95 a night
The Alama Sea Village Resort is perfect for those looking for a nice, chilled out place to relax in!
Located near Kan Tieng Beach, it’s the ideal spot for some beach vibes… without the massive crowds. There are a few bars and restaurants there, so you can easily spend the day without losing any sun-time.
As for the resort itself, the grounds are beautiful as are the rooms. The rooms on the upper level come with fantastic views of the sea! If you’re too lazy to take yourself to the beach, choose one of the rooms with pool access for the ultimate indulgence.
This resort may be a bit far from where all the action is but if you just want to relax and soak in the sun, there isn’t a better place to be.
Coco Lanta Resort
Room Type: Bungalow | Family Room
Near: 15km from Koh Lanta Old Town, near Klong Khong Beach
Price Range: From $59 a night
If you don’t mind being off the tourist path, take a look at Coco Lanta Resort. Located right by the beach, this is the place to be for some sun, sea, and relaxation.
The rooms here are simple but well-decorated. They offer family rooms which include bunk beds, making it a great choice for families or groups. One of our favorite features are the hammocks that are available for use outside the rooms.
But the highlight of this resort is the stunning pool which overlooks the ocean. You can easily spend the day lounging in the pool and sunbathing.
For those of you looking for a reasonably-priced place to stay, Coco Lanta is a good choice.
Best Luxury Places to Stay in Koh Lanta
Layana Resort & Spa
Room Type: Garden Rooms | Villa
Near: Phra-Ae Beach
Price Range: From $526 a night
For a truly indulgent experience in Koh Lanta, take a look at Layana Resort and Spa.
This adults-only resort overlooks a pristine white beach and is surrounded by tropical gardens. The rooms here are well-decorated and very luxurious! Every pavilion room has a balcony with amazing views of either the garden or the mountains.
Get pampered at the saltwater pool as staff brings iced towels, water and fruit to you. The on-site restaurant has delicious Thai and international dishes, so you don’t even have to leave the resort if you don’t want to!
This is the dream stay for anyone looking for rest and relaxation in a tranquil location.
Pimalai Resort & Spa
Room Type: Deluxe Double |Twin
Near: Kantiang Bay
Price Range: From $420 a night
Nestled in a lush tropical forest, Pimalai Resort & Spa is the perfect island getaway. The rooms at Pimalai offer a private balcony that overlooks some of Koh Lanta’s best views. Plus, they are well decorated and worth every penny given how plush they are!
The infinity pool is one of the best places to spend the afternoon as you watch the sun go down. With three on-site restaurants serving delicious food both Thai and Western, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Between the luxurious rooms and great service, staying at Pimalai Resort is a great choice for those looking to pamper themselves.
Crown Lanta Resort & Spa
Room Type: Double | Gazebos | Pool Villas
Near: Klong Dao Beach
Price Range: From $159 a night
Last but not least, having personally experienced the hospitality of staying at Crown Lanta, we will go as far as saying that this is really one of THE best places to stay on in Koh Lanta.
The resort has two pools, a fitness center, and ocean villas with stunning views of the ocean. Nestled on a cliffside property, they have a great pool as well as a private beach where you can watch the sun go down. Oh did I mention that they also have a reggae bar situated right by the beach?
The service of the staff and the overall quality of the rooms and facilities make staying at Crown Lanta worth every penny.
Read our full experience staying at Crown Lanta Resort & Spa!
Whether you’re looking to stay somewhere on a budget or going all out and splurging, Koh Lanta has a wide range of accommodations to choose from. Take note that the island is pretty big so choose where you are going to stay depending on what you want to see and do.
Hopefully, this article has helped you find a place to stay while you’re in Koh Lanta!
If you’re looking for things to do in the area, check out some of our guides!
- Top Adventurous Activities in Koh Lanta, Thailand
- Guide to Choosing the Right Thai Islands to Visit
- Tonsai Beach: Everything you Need to Know
- Best Scuba Diving in Thailand