As you head further south, past Kantiang Bay, you start to enter the more sparsely populated, deep south of the island. There are just three beaches further south before you reach the final point, and the end of the island – the protected National Marine Park area.
The last three beaches are Nui Bay, Waterfall Bay / Klong Jark Bay and Bamboo Bay (Ao Mai Pai). All three beaches are secluded and quiet, offering a true castaway feel. Scattered along the shoreline, you can find a handful of resorts that range from simple, family-run bungalows to mid-range luxury resorts.
As you exit Kantiang Bay heading south, the paved road stops and a dirt track winds its way along the mountainside, giving the feeling you’re stepping back in time. This is where you can find the kind of resorts that people reminisce about – a Thailand from times gone by. Cheap bamboo huts directly on deserted beaches, fresh seafood caught by local fishermen and a 4-mile hike to the nearest shop. Mobile-phone reception is, at best, patchy and a working internet connection is miss more than hit.
The dirt road can be pretty hard to negotiate, especially after dark and if it’s been raining, it can become impassable without a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The resorts are not without their quirks. A much commented on theme is the prevalence of mixed-gender staff in, pretty much, all the resorts in this area. They are a charming, fun and delightfully shy bunch and tend to be just as big a hit with the kids as with the parents. Many families and holidaymakers return time and time again to these resorts and explain that it’s the friendly, genuine good nature of the people that draw them back.
Overview of Accommodation located Further South:
La Laanta Hideaway Resort is located on Bamboo Beach (Ao Mai Pai) and is the very last resort on Ko Lanta, just before the National Park. It offers unrivalled privacy on the most quiet and private beach on the island. The 20 tastefully decorated villas are equipped with modern amenities and most have a beach view. The resort has an infinity pool, beach-side pool and a great bar and restaurant.
Anda Lanta Resort is located in Waterfall Ball in Klong Jark – the next bay south from Kantiang Bay. It’s the only resort on this beach, giving it a very private atmosphere. The rooms are made from local materials and surrounded by tropical rainforest gardens. They have a good range of different accommodations with 7 Beachfront Villas, 12 Deluxe Seaview Rooms, 12 Garden Cottages, 8 Deluxe Rooms and 8 Superior Rooms.
Bamboo Bay Resort lies in a hillside setting overlooking Ao Mai Pai (Bamboo Bay) in the deep south of the island. The 21 fan bungalows with hot-water showers each face the beach with their own private terrace. Each bungalow is a little different to conform to the hillside and they are randomly situated where nature allows. They are joined by a network of pathways and steps through the plants and trees they have worked hard to preserve. The bungalows vary in size to sleep 2 to 6 people. Sea View Bungalows are fitted with double or twin beds and can take one extra bed, while Family Bungalows have two rooms, one with double bed, the other with twin beds and one bathroom. They can take one extra bed in each bedroom.
Baan Phu Lae Resort is a small and friendly beach resort offering traditional-style, beach-front bungalows, with breathtaking sea views out over Bamboo Bay beach. You can choose a double or twin room with fan or air-conditioning. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with toilet and shower. They have a great little open-air restaurant.
Klong Jark Huts provide 30 low-budget, bungalow/beach huts on Klong Jark beach. Each hut has been constructed using local materials and they certainly have a rustic feel to them! Each fan hut has as a simple en-suite bathroom with cold-water shower.