As promised, my favorite spots on Ko Lanta are here!
Noon Sunset Viewpoint Restaurant, Kantiang Bay
Deliciously fresh Thai food, the tastiest cocktails (and good wine, which was particularly difficult to find throughout Thailand), friendly staff, and the most breathtaking sunset view make Noon my favorite restaurant that we frequented on the trip. The view is stunning — the terrace-style restaurant is situated on a cliff overlooking Kantiang Bay — and the Thai food is to die for. My favorites were the fresh veggie spring rolls and the seafood curry served in a coconut (totally had to break my veganism for that one, over and over again).
Same Same But Different Restaurant, Kantiang Bay
Amazing Thai dishes, especially the basil-loaded Pad Kra Pao, but the chic setting of this restaurant is what really seals the deal. The tables are situated in the sand amongst palm trees, hanging lanterns, and bohemian decor. It’s one of those places where it doesn’t really make sense to say “I could live there”, but I could totally live there.
Drunken Sailors Restaurant, Kantiang Bay
Laid back spot to enjoy brunch or dinner while chilling on your choice of chair, hammock, or bean bag. Excellent Thai food, creative smoothies, and by far the best western food we had on the trip. Plus, there’s a small library in the back with the take-a-book-leave-a-book policy. In theory a great resource, but unfortunately all of the books are in Swedish (the Swedes love their Ko Lanta).
Yang Garden Restaurant, Klong Nin Beach
This place seriously gives NYC restaurants a run for their money. Surprisingly nothing on the menu is Thai, but the quality of the food is exquisite. It’s expensive for Ko Lanta standards, but Max and I went all out, we’re talking cocktails, champagne, a bottle of wine, entrees, sides, and dessert, and we spent about fifty dollars. My favorite treats were the roasted cauliflower, sautéed pumpkin with feta, and tomatoes with homemade ricotta and basil foam. Basil. Foam. What. Yes. And you’re literally sitting in a garden. It is so lush. I am so lush. Match made in heaven.
Why Not Bar, Kantiang Bay
Think Dazed and Confused meets The Beach. This place was right next to our bungalow, so needless to say we became acquainted with the bartenders. The drinks are delicious, and if you’re lucky you’ll get more than just a fruity cocktail… Also the chairs are actually pillows, so that’s comfortable.
A Little Handmade Shop, Kantiang Bay
The sweetest store on the entire island. It’s run by three artists, and everything inside the shop is beautifully crafted and handmade on Ko Lanta. The goods include jewelry, clothing, pottery, snacks, paintings, and lots of precious nicknacks. A perfect place for unique souvenirs and gifts, and to support local artists.
Lanta Animal Welfare, Saladan
A must for animal lovers. Lanta Animal Welfare is a non profit charity who’s mission is to relieve the suffering of hurt, abandoned, and abused cats and dogs on the island. Since opening in 2005, the center has sterilized over 15,000 cats and dogs, reducing the number of strays by 90%. The volunteers here were all lovely, and it was really special spending time with animals that need love the most. Visit, donate, adopt, or simply spread the word — you won’t regret it!
Ko Lanta really was a dreamy island, and if you get the chance to visit, please consider my favorites and let me know what you think!
If you missed my first post on Thailand, check it out here for more pics and recommendations.