At the beautiful Klong Nin Beach
The last days on Koh Lanta we wanted to spend on the other side of the island at Klong Nin Beach. Here you can find beaches, hustle and bustle and nightlife. It was hard for us to leave the old town of Koh Lanta, because we had taken some nice people into our hearts.
Our host from the Sriraya Guesthouse was kind to drive us to our new accommodation, the Lanta Nature Beach Resort. It was almost double the price of our last room, but still the cheapest at Klong Nin Beach. For 15 Euro per night we got a simple hut with an own bathroom. It was only a few meters to the beach and there was a small pool as well.
Our first evening at Klong Nin Beach
The beach is about one kilometre long and borders on the Klong Khong Beach. Almost every section belongs to a hotel and therefore the beaches are so clean, because they want a garbage-free beach. This side of the island is more touristy, however, we felt it as not overcrowded. In the sand there were additional chairs and tables or comfortable sitting bags. We enjoyed the atmosphere very much. Especially in the evening it was nice to walk there and watch the great sunset afterwards. We also noticed that many families, especially from Sweden and France, spend their holidays here. Koh Lanta is absolutely family friendly. There is enough space to build sand castles here. We finished our first evening in our own restaurant on the beach.
With the feet in the sand, burning torches and the sound of the sea this was a perfect finish. The next day was finally a beach day.
What’s pricking here?
We were happy to jump into the water again. After breakfast we were ready to go. But after a short time I noticed something unusual in the water. Somehow I felt a prick on the skin. At first I thought I was imagining it and ignored it. It pricked in several places and it became too much for me. I decided to leave the water again. On the skin I saw nothing and also in the water no evildoer was to be seen. The feeling is comparable with small, fine needlesticks. In the beginning we couldn’t explain it to ourselves, but we realized that it had rained heavily the day before. Meanwhile we know that it is a hurting plankton. Not visible to the eye, the more sensitive the skin is, the more it can be felt.
Especially if it had stormed before and the water was whirled up, the pricking was more extreme. There is a suspicion that if there are shrimp farms in the area, it will increase the number of plankton. Nevertheless, we cannot advise against bathing, because in our experience this may have gone the next day. It is also a trick to put on a T-shirt. For me it was over that day. I enjoyed the sun on the beach and had a sunbath because in the evening it should storm again.
Candlelight dinner in Koh Lanta
After our beach day we were very hungry. Already in the hut we noticed that the heavy rain sometimes caused the electricity to fail. Didn’t bother us either, but I saw my dinner in danger. Our fruit have fallen into the hands of the ants. This is the disadvantage of huts without storage facilities. Equipped with our headlamp we went to the beach restaurant of our hotel. There we found out that the whole island is without power. Fortunately the Thais are prepared for such a situation. Probably this happens more often. Only the two of us from Germany are not used to that anymore.
More flares were set up on the beach and the staff was equipped with flashlights. The candles were enough to read the map. We were made aware that there is only fried rice or noodles. Most street kitchens are still cooking with gas and are not dependent on electricity. I found it nice to see that it can work well without electricity. The only light came from the moon and the fishing boats, which were to be seen in a row outside on the sea. So we came to our first Candle Light Dinner in the open air. How romantic.
Nightlife in Koh Lanta
The night was still young and we decided to take the Tuk Tuk to the Freedom Bar. Partly the streets are really bad on Koh Lanta and therefore we did not want to drive our own scooters in the dark. This time we left that to the locals, because they know their roads inside out. In addition we love to drive with Tuk Tuk. Luckily for us there was a fire show at Khlong Khong beach. They are popular on Thai islands and this was our premiere. We were thrilled by the talented fire artists and enjoyed the show for a while.
The Freedom Bar is especially popular by backpackers and we liked it very much. We played billiards with other guests and interesting conversations took place. Next time we will come back. On their page you can find more information about upcoming events and parties.
Not only Koh Lanta is a beautiful relaxed island, but also the less known island Koh Yao Noi. Those who love Koh Lanta this island will be also a nice island. We are enthusiastic about Koh Yao Noi. You can read more about Koh Yao Noi here.
This was our last evening on Koh Lanta, because we went back to Phuket. A very special celebration is waiting for us with a Thai family. This will be an adventure! Be curious like us. See you soon!