Klong Hin Beach, just a few hundred meters north of Kantiang Bay, is perfect for a rugged deserted beach walk – a beachcombers paradise!
Head out of Kantiang Bay on foot or by motorbike; Klong Hin is the next beach to the north. The beach is a sandy and rocky strip running along side the road. Tall jagged rocks flank both sides of this long narrow beach. At low tide, the rocks continue into the sea as a sort of plateau. The rocks, or limestone karsts, are dark with dramatic formations, giving this beach its rugged feel. This is especially the case if the wind picks up and the waves start to crash against the rocks. Since there are no resorts around, you’re likely to find this beach completely deserted. If anything, there may be a few fishermen, or at low tide you may see a few locals combing the rocks for conchs.
The beach is especially beautiful at low tide. You can venture onto the rocky plateau where you will see little crabs scampering in and out of the countless tide pools. The lovely reflections in these little pools also add to the picturesque feel of the beach. Be sure to watch your step! It can be slippery with algae and the rocks have many sharp edges.
A Beachcombers Paradise
Kong Hin Beach is a perfect place for beachcombing. Walk along the sandy beach or out onto the rocks and you’ll be sure to come across plenty of beach glass and drift wood and perhaps some other random items that may be of interest. Sadly, this beach does have some rubbish accumulation. This is mostly in the low-season (May-Oct) when the westerly winds blow rubbish from the surrounding islands. If you’re in the mood to help out – you can always bring along a small plastic bag and collect bottles or other plastic items. Remember, it might be trash to you but others may be able to use it. Thais are fantastically creative at transforming discarded items into something useful – like a cute colourful lantern.
Overall, Klong Hin Beach offers something a little different to your typical tropical island beach – its definitely worth a visit. Best times to go are low tide so you can see the dramatic rocks and tide pools. When the tide is really high, the beach is virtually non-existent as the water can come all the way up to the road. If you can, its also really nice to visit the beach around sunset. The tide pools twinkly with the sun’s reflection and you can watch the sun set behind the nearby islands of Ko Haa.
What Is A Karst?
Karsts are rock formations or topography that are created when certain type of rocks, like limestone, start to dissolve. The Andaman Coast is covered in limestone so that’s why you see such dramatic rock formations around Ko Lanta and the other islands in this part of Thailand.