Long Beach (Haad Phra Ae) is the biggest and most popular of Koh Lanta’s beaches. It’s a 10 minute drive from Saladan village and the ferry port and so easily accessible. Golden soft sand stretches for 5 kilometres and is fringed with tall pine trees. The beach gently slopes towards the sea where the water goes deep very quickly creating the perfect place to swim on a hot day.
Because Long Beach’s resorts, guesthouses, bars and restaurants are all scattered along the length of the beach and set back amongst the trees, the beach itself remains wide open and there are very few sunbeds or restaurant tables taking up space directly on the beach. This gives a beautiful sense of space along the beach.
Long Beach’s bars also provide the perfect location for watching Koh Lanta’s amazing sunsets, which change the sky all kinds of colours over the ocean before the sun finally sinks below the horizon. Because Long Beach has such a wide, uninterrupted view of the horizon, it makes for spectacular viewing.
Long Beach is the second main beach in the north of Koh Lanta. It’s the second-nearest beach to Saladan Village, which is where all visitors to Koh Lanta arrive, so long beach hotels have a transfer time of about 15-20 minutes from Saladan to anywhere along Long Beach. As Long Beach is so near to Saladan and the point of arrival and exit from the island, it’s also one of Koh Lanta’s most popular beaches.
As well as the restaurants and resorts on Long Beach itself, there are also many places to eat and stay behind Long beach on the main road, giving you even more options within walking distance. It’s a 10 to 15 minute tuk-tuk ride from Long Beach to Saladan village, where there are several great restaurants built over the water, as well as massage shops, a modest supermarket, some holiday shopping outlets and stalls, opticians and various Thai banks.
Long Beach (Haad Phra Ae)
Location: Sala Dan, Koh Lanta District, Krabi 81150 Thailand