Kan Tiang Bay
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Kan Tiang is often called Lanta's most beautiful beach
Nestled into a bay with a classic curve, with a mountain behind, some think Kan Tiang is Lanta's most beautiful beach. This beach still retains most of its original forest, and a more natural look than Koh Lanta's other beaches.
There are just five beach front resorts on Kan Tiang, with another on the rocky headland above. Four are small and clustered in the North, with two elevated on the headland, giving panoramic views from 3-star, seaview cottages. The two resorts below offer a mix of 3-star beach bungalows and boutique hotel rooms.
South of this is a long stretch of undeveloped beach, giving Kan Tiang its natural feel. A Thai businesswoman bought this long stretch of beach land 30 years ago, and today her luxury resort, Pimalai, is the island's most famous.
Pimalai Resort & Spa is pure, 5-star holiday luxury in the most relaxing, romantic getaway. It occupies a huge swathe of forested mountainside, and offers beach villas right on the sand, or elevated luxury suites with magnificent ocean views. Everything is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Its beachfront has deep shade from native trees, a beach restaurant, beach lounges and unparalleled service right on the beach. Pimalai's spa is full service with massage and health treatments.
Looking for the perfect beach for a romantic beach wedding? See our photo of one at Pimalia just before a dramatic thunderstorm. Even those guests left happy, despite being completely drenched.
Kantiang's sand is light golden-gray, and second in fineness only to the squeaky powder on Khlong Dao. The water is quite deep except in the top end bay where it is rocky and dries out at low tide. Water clarity is always excellent through the calm high season, making this one of the best and most beautiful swimming beaches on Lanta.
by John Everingham