43 miles from Ao Chalong
The west coast of Koh Lanta provides plenty of anchorages during the northeast monsoon season, but none in the southwest. The best protection and holding is in the northern bay of Hat Khlong Dao, tucked in behind the low rocky promontory of Laem Kaw Kwang (Deer Neck Cape). Anchor in the middle of the bay in 4-6 metres. If entering from the south, beware of the rock awash off Laem Yung headland.
Most beaches offer bungalow accommodation and limited provisions are available. Ashore are many bungalow developments and restaurants. The coast road is set back at least 500 metres from the beach.
One mile south is Ao Phra-Ae Beach, separated by a dangerous rock awash at low tide. There is a mooring available in 6 metres in front of the Layana Resort and Spa. This luxury 50-room boutique resort welcomes yachties.
Five miles further south, mid island, is Hat Khlong Nin where the 200-room orange roofed Rawi-Warin Resort and Spa covers an entire headland and can be seen from many miles offshore. The hotel beach is littered with rock outcrops so anchor just south, go by dinghy to the beach and walk up from there. This is a huge rambling complex with some great restaurants.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.
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