Kantiang Bay, also known as Bakantiang Beach, is a popular beach in the south of Koh Lanta in Thailand.
Kantiang Bay is near a small village and the location of Koh Lanta’s only 5 star resort, .
About Kantiang Bay
Kantiang Bay is 1 km long wide white sand beach which is curved and backed by forest. Kantiang Bay has a moderate amount of development on the beach front. It’s not as busy as Klong Dao Beach in the north of Koh Lanta, but busier than Bamboo Beach and Ao Nui Beach further to the south of the island. As a general rule the further south you travel from the main port town of Saladan the quieter it becomes on Koh Lanta and Kantiang Bay is fairly far south.
Swimming at Kantiang Bay
Kantiang Bay is a good beach for swimming. There are only a few rocks in the water near the shoreline which are easily avoided and in the tourist season the waves tend to small. The beach itself has very few sun loungers and umbrellas so if you want to lie on the beach on Kantiang Bay you need to bring your own beach mat or towel.
Restaurants and Bars on Kantiang Bay
One of the reasons for Kantiang Bay’s popularity is the range of places to eat and drink on or near to the beach. Besides the standard resort restaurants there are a number of more interesting independent businesses in the area. On the beach itself Aqua Bar and Why Not Bar are lively in the evening. Why Not Bar at the north end of Kantiang Bay has live music and fire shows most nights during high season. There are also some cheaper places to eat on the beach such as Same Same But Different Restaurant towards the south end of the beach and several places in the village a short walk along the road to the north end of Kantiang Bay, such as Po-Pla and Baan Seafood.
There are quite to a few places to eat and drink in the area which is good if you stay there as it means you don’t necessarily have to eat in your resort every night which may become a bit boring after a few days.
Pimalai Resort & Spa
The central part of Kantiang Bay and the hill behind is dominated by the fairly new Pimalai Resort & Spa, which represents a leap in the standard of accommodation of Koh Lanta, which has previously always been known as a ‘cheap and cheerful’ destination. Rooms at Pimalai Resort & Spa cost between 12,900 THB a night for the standard single room and 115,710 a night for a 3 bedroom villa, although you can get much lower rates than these if you book the Pimalai Resort & Spa online.
Kantiang Boutique Homestay
The Pimalai Resort & Spa is, however, only 1 of 7 resorts in the area. At completely the other end of the scale you could choose to stay at the friendly Kantiang Boutique Homestay whose room rates start at 250 THB per night, which basically means you could stay there for around two months for the same price as it would cost you for a night at the Pimalai Resort & Spa.
Location of Kantiang Bay
Kantiang Bay is located 19.6 km from Saladan Pier located in the main town of Ban Saladan.