Imagine powdery white sands and a turquoise sea that looks photoshopped (but it isn’t!). It’s Kantiang Bay, a gem in Koh Lanta, Thailand.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Kantiang Bay a few times, and it’s got that magical blend of relaxation and adventure that’ll make you wonder why you haven’t packed your bags already.
In this guide, I share everything you need to know to plan your ultimate Kantiang Bay getaway.
How to get to Kantiang Bay
From Krabi Airport to Kantiang Bay
If you’re landing at Krabi Airport, you can take a minivan from Krabi Airport to your hotel in Kantiang Bay directly.
It costs about $10 and takes about 3 hours, depending on the traffic and the number of stops the minivan has to make.
If you enjoy your space, you can always opt for a private taxi. It’s a bit more expensive, around $65, but you’ll have the luxury of traveling at your own pace.
Ao Nang/ Krabi to Kantiang Bay
If you’re adventurous, renting a car is an excellent option. This way, you can explore other parts of Koh Lanta before settling down in Kantiang Bay.
Just make sure you’re comfortable driving in Thailand, as the traffic rules and road conditions can be different from what you’re used to.
Phuket to Kantiang Bay
You can catch a ferry from Phuket to Koh Lanta, which costs around $30 per person. The journey usually takes 1.5-2 hours.
You can also take a bus to Koh Lanta from Phuket, which costs only $15 and takes 6 hours.
Once you arrive at Koh Lanta, you can hire a taxi or a tuk-tuk to get to Kantiang Bay. The rates vary, but you can make the trip for around 500 THB.
Pro Tip: Some ferries offer a combined ticket with a minivan ride to Kantiang Bay. Look for these options when booking your ticket for a more hassle-free experience!
Getting around Koh Lanta
Already on Koh Lanta and wondering how to get to Kantiang Bay?
Local transport is your answer! Tuk-tuks are available throughout the island, and they’re a budget way to get around.
If you’re up for a bit of a thrill, rent a scooter for around 200-300 THB a day. But only do this if you’re an experienced rider and always wear a helmet.
Where to stay in Kantiang Bay
If you’re going for a luxe experience in Kantiang Bay, Pimalai Resort is your go-to. Stunning sea views and top-notch service—you’ll feel like royalty.
If you’re looking for that sweet spot between comfort and budget, Alama Sea Village Resort and Puteri Lanta Family Villas are your calls. Both offer great value, and are perfectly situated so you can maximize your beach time and still be back for happy hour.
And for backpackers, head straight to Aha Lanta Cozy Hostel. It’s basic but cozy, and super close to the beach.
Best things to do in Kantiang Bay
There’s nothing like lazing on a beach with a good book or just watching the waves crash into the shore.
The sand at Bakantiang Beach is powdery and soft, and the ambiance is incredibly relaxing.
If you’re up for it, there are also beachside Thai massages available for around 300 THB. After all, you’re on vacation; why not get that extra pampering?
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
If you love the underwater world, then you’ve hit the jackpot! Kantiang Bay offers many options for diving and snorkeling.
Picture yourself gliding alongside vibrant fish, witnessing stunning corals, and perhaps, if you’re lucky, spotting a turtle or two.
I recommend joining a diving course or hiring equipment from any of the local dive shops. You can also rent surfboards too!
Tips: Don’t miss the nearby dive sites like Koh Haa and Koh Rok for an extra dose of underwater magic.
Koh Lanta has several tiny islands sprinkled around, each with its unique vibe and charm.
There are many local tour operators offering island-hopping adventures. You’ll be able to snorkel, swim, and sunbathe to your heart’s content.
I did a day trip that took me around some of the surrounding islands, and it was worth every penny.
Kayaking is another interesting activity in Kantiang Bay. The bay’s calm waters make kayaking an enjoyable experience, even for beginners.
I rented a kayak from a local shop, and it was one of the most peaceful afternoons I’ve spent.
Thai Cooking Classes
I took a Thai cooking class during my stay, and it was a total game-changer.
You get to learn the secrets behind those tantalizing flavors in Thai cuisine and eat your creations afterward. It’s a win-win in my book!
Now, if you skip everything else, don’t, I repeat, DON’T skip watching the sunset at Kantiang Bay.
I found a cozy spot on the beach, laid down my towel, and witnessed the sky burst into shades of pink, orange, and gold.
It was a moment of pure bliss that no photo can truly capture, but you’ll want to try it.
No trip to Kantiang Bay is complete without dining on the beach. Picture a table set up just for you, right on the sand.
The gentle waves provide the background music, and the food—oh, the food—is simply divine. I opted for a traditional Thai seafood platter, and I still think about it.
When to visit Kantiang Bay
The best time to visit Kantiang Bay for that classic sun-soaked beach vacation is between November and April. The skies are usually clear, the sea is calm, and you can kick back and soak up the rays.
I was there last December, and the weather was lovely—clear blue skies every day and temperatures that made lounging by the beach a heavenly experience.
If you enjoy some peace and quiet, you might find the monsoon season from May to October appealing. The rain turns the landscape into a lush green paradise.
Just keep in mind that sea conditions can be a bit rough during this time, and not all activities may be available.
How long to stay at Kantiang Bay
How long should you stay in Kantiang Bay? Well, that’s a tough one because it depends on what kind of vacation you’re looking for.
If you’re planning a quick getaway to recharge, a 3 to 4-day trip might be enough to hit the major highlights. I did a short trip once, and it was perfect for unplugging and just enjoying the beach vibes.
But if you’re all about soaking in the local culture, and activities, and perhaps exploring surrounding islands, then a week or longer would give you a more leisurely-paced vacation.
I took a 2-week trip once and felt it was just the right amount of time to truly unwind and explore.
How much to budget for Kantiang Bay
For a moderately comfortable trip, budget at least 5,000 THB per day, excluding accommodation.
If you’re going more upscale, you’ll want to bump that number up.
- Accommodation: 800 to 12,000 THB per night (depending on your preference)
- Food: 200 to 500 THB per meal
- Activities: 1,000 to 3,000 THB per activity (scuba diving, island hopping, sunset cruises, etc.)
- Transport: Taxi or rental car costs will vary, but set aside at least 3,000 THB for in-island transportation if you plan to explore.
- Miscellaneous: Extra for souvenirs, massages, and other treats – let’s say about 1,000 to 2,000 THB
Kantiang Bay Itinerary
- Day 1: Arrival, settle in at your hotel, and then maybe a sunset beach walk.
- Day 2: Scuba diving or snorkeling.
- Day 3: Island hopping tour.
- Day 4: Free day. Relax at the beach, get that massage, or take a Thai cooking class.
- Day 5: Consider taking a day trip to nearby attractions or just savoring your last moments at Kantiang Bay.
What to pack for Kantiang Bay
Here is your handy beach packing list for Kantiang Bay:
- Quick-dry towels
- Aid lit
- Mosquito repellent
- Portable charger
- Reusable water bottle
- A good book or Kindle
- Waterproof bag
What to wear
Kantiang Bay is all about the sun, sea, and sand!
With that in mind, your wardrobe should be practical yet fashionable, designed for beach bumming and cocktail sipping at the sunset.
So here’s a rundown of must-have wearables for your tropical vacation in Kantiang Bay:
- Swimwear: You’ll be in and out of the water, so often you’ll lose count!
- Cover-Ups/Sarongs: These are perfect for when you’re leaving the beach and heading to the bar. They’re stylish and airy, and add that touch of modesty.
- Flip-flops/Sandals: Great for everything!
- Sunglasses and Hat: A stylish pair of UV-protected sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are absolute musts.
- Shorts and Tank Tops: They’re great for daytime explorations or scooter rides around Koh Lanta.
- Evening Wear: A nice summer dress for the ladies and a casual shirt and khakis for the gents are sufficient.
- A Light Jacket: Yes, you’re in the tropics, but evenings can get surprisingly breezy, especially if you’re riding a scooter.
Best Dining Options & Bars
From cheap eats at roadside stalls to gourmet meals at high-end restaurants, Kantiang Bay has something for every palate and budget.
- Why Not Bar: Perfect for late-night snacks and drinks. They have live music and fire dance frequently.
- Top View Restaurant: They offer some fantastic seafood options.
Attractions near Kantiang Bay
Koh Lanta is a small island, so you can explore it easily by scooter or rental car/ taxi.
Consider visiting Lanta Old Town, a quaint area offering a glimpse into local life and culture.
Don’t miss Bamboo Bay, another beautiful bay just a 10-minute drive away.
Another great day trip is to Mu Ko Lanta National Park, where you can enjoy hiking trails, viewpoints, and more beach time.
While Kantiang Bay is generally safe, it’s always good to exercise caution.
- Don’t leave your valuables unattended on the beach.
- If you’re going to indulge in water activities, always double-check your equipment and follow safety guidelines.
- Health services on the island are limited, so for anything serious, you’ll need to travel back to the mainland.
How crowded is Kantiang Bay?
Kantiang Bay is one of those best-kept secrets in Koh Lanta. You won’t find the same crowds here as in Phuket or some parts of Krabi. It’s like you’ve stumbled onto your own slice of paradise!
Is it safe to swim in Kantiang Bay?
Generally speaking, yes. But, like anywhere, be mindful of the tides and currents. Always better to swim where you see others and heed any warning flags or signs.
Are there ATMs in Kantiang Bay?
Yes, there are a couple of ATMs. But I’d advise carrying some cash, just in case they’re out of order.
Is Wi-Fi widely available?
Most cafes and hotels offer free Wi-Fi, but don’t expect lightning speeds. It’s always good to have a local SIM card just in case.
Can I visit Kantiang Bay on a budget?
Absolutely, you can! With budget stays, cheap eats, and free beaches, you can make it as affordable as you want.
Whether you’re dreaming about breathtaking underwater scenes, or simply lounging on a slice of paradise, Kantiang Bay has it all. Hope you’ll have a fun trip to this slide of paradise!