Ancient Realm Resort - Koh Lanta, Thailand


Welcome to Ancient Realm Resort, a small, cozy and extremely affordable resort now in a brand new location just steps from Kantiang Bay.

Those of you who have been following along with Pause The Moment for some time now might remember our review of Ancient Realm Resort during our first trip to Koh Lanta back in 2010. When we arrived to Lanta in 2010, our plans were to stay for two nights. Those two nights turned into two weeks thanks to the beauty and the idyllic setting of the old Ancient Realm.

The good news is that since Ancient Realm Resort has moved from Klong Dao to Kantiang Bay, most things have only improved. The new location is perfect for those who are in search of beautiful beaches, delicious Thai food, tasty fruit shakes, and little to no road noise. If you’re looking for the party here, you’re in the wrong place!


Ancient Realm Resort - Koh Lanta, Thailand

Ancient Realm Resort is small. Don’t let the photos fool you. You could do laps around the property in mere seconds.

The tall structure that you see in the center of the photograph above is the outdoor massage/lounge area. Those who prefer to have their massages outdoors can do so by heading upstairs to the open air massage area.

Downstairs, you’ll find a small couch and seating area equipped with a television that I’m not sure anyone ever uses. It seems that many people enjoy reading in the shade here.

Ancient Realm Resort - Koh Lanta, Thailand

We really enjoyed the work that was put into designing the footpaths that lead you to your rooms. The stone and tile work here will have you leaving with all sorts of new ideas for your own home and garden.


Ancient Realm Resort - Koh Lanta, Thailand

While the rooms at the resort may appear to be situated in separate bungalows, they are not. I believe many of Ancient Realm’s old clients will find this to be slightly disappointing. One of the things we loved most about the old location of Ancient Realm was the privacy and homey feeling of having your own bungalow.

All seven rooms at Ancient Realm are located inside of one decent-sized L shaped building. Sort of like block of motel rooms in a way, just much nicer.

Our room was small, yet spacious enough to be comfortable. There was a comfortable king-size bed on a bamboo frame, mini-refrigerator, small table, television, wardrobe, digital safe and more.


The bathroom was very small and a little on the dark side. Otherwise, I would describe it as sufficient for what we needed it for. The Ancient Realm staff stocked our room with fresh towels and soap daily.


Ancient Realm Resort - Koh Lanta, Thailand

The pool at ancient realm is small, yet refreshing enough to take a dip. You won’t be doing any laps here.

Thankfully, the resort is small, so the chances that you and five others will be hanging around in pool at the same time are pretty slim.

Ancient Realm Resort - Koh Lanta, Thailand


  • Common Area
  • On-site Spa Services (Temple Spa)
  • On-site Restaurant & small Bar
  • Free Breakfast
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • King-size Beds
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Small Television with Satellite Cable
  • In-room safe
  • Wardrobe/storage space


If you’re looking for clean and affordable accommodations in Kantiang Bay, Ancient Realm Resort is for you. The property is approximately three minutes walk from the beach and a variety of excellent restaurants.

Note: Since the move from Klong Dao, ownership has changed hands. The new owners are now David and Glen, two Aussies who are extremely friendly and welcoming. These guys really know the island well and they’re always happy to give suggestions of good places to eat, things to see, and where to see the best sunset.

We really enjoyed our stay at Ancient Realm this time around and we highly recommend you give them a shot the next time you’re in Koh Lanta.