Phra Ae Beach North
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Phra Ae Beach North holds a few more up-market resorts
Phra Ae Beach North is a straight, sandy beach with overhanging coconut palms. It is quite narrow, and thus a bit steeper than most beaches on Koh Lanta, but it also has reasonably deep water with few rocks, making it a good swimming beach.
Most beach hotels on Phra Ae North are in the 3-star range, with beach cottages in gardens surrounding a central swimming pool. Most also have an ocean view restaurant by the sand, with beach lounges and chairs in the shade of the coconuts and other trees. Beach massage is also widely available, and the better resorts have their own spa and massage treatments.
Nakara Long Beach Resort displays modern style, with a wide beachfront and lots of open space. It has comfortable beach cottages in open gardens, and a good size swimming pool right by the beach. This enjoys space on both sides of the resort, and makes a good family hotel.
Lanta Sand Resort has one of the best beachfronts here, with the original trees offering good shade. This shady area has a beach restaurant and lounges for relaxing. They have a good child swimming pool, and children's playground. This offers both garden cottages and a 3 story hotel block.
Layana Resort & Spa is the most luxurious resorts here, offering Thai-style cottages set along two sides of a long central pool. This is an adults-only resort. It has a fast boat for day trips to the nearby islands for snorkelling & diving, something that is highly recommended.
Sayang Beach Bungalows has a good part of the beach, ideal for swimming. It has extensive beach gardens with big trees, an open air restaurant in the shade at the top of beach with lounges and hammocks. This has no swimming pool, their only drawback.
by John Everingham