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Ko Lanta

"The Postcard Beach of Thailand"

Koh Lanta Tourism

Koh Lanta Island is renowned for being the lesser-known paradise in the Andaman Sea between the Phi Phi Islands and the western coast of Thailand. It is a cluster of 52 islands, and most of them are uninhabited as well as away from the clutches of commercialization. This allows visitors to have an authentic island experience and a relaxing vacation amidst jungles, coral reefs, balmy weather, and secluded beaches. Not only this, but at Koh Lanta you can also enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, getting inked, a soothing Thai massage, or just a longtail boat tour.

The scenic Koh Lanta island is located approximately 70 km away from Krabi and hence makes the perfect escape from the more popular places like Phuket and Phi Phi Islands. This unpretentious island hosts its visitors in palace-like resorts, provides umpteen shopping options, a vibrant nightlife, and an exotic dining option. Besides this, the most unique feature of Koh Lanta are the friendly locals and the unspoiled nature adding to the relaxing retreat for people coming to this place.

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Koh Lanta Nightlife

The nightlife at this island varies according to the coast you are at. The different shores of this island enjoy the nightlife differently; some may be quite while some may get you the feel of entertaining nightlife. Here’s what you can do for the night at Koh Lanta.

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1. Baan Saladan
The choice of bars is limited in this town, and visitors choose to go to the beach or to their hotels to end their evenings. However, Bar Racuda and Mary Ann’s are two bar options available here.

2. East Coast
Only one bar option, ‘Mango House’ is available on the east coast as nightlife in this part of the island has not developed much.

3. Northwest Coast
The most lit and popular bars are on this coast but most of them one day as a “Party Night.” Cheeky Monkey, Funky Monkey, Irish Embassy, Klapa Klum Beach Bar, Korner Bar, Ozone, Shooters, The Pub, and Ting Tong are the bar options on this coast. Southwest Coast: Even this coast is quieter than the others, but the prices of the bar are more than those in the North. Aqua Bar, Blue Moon Bar, Noon Bar, On The Rocks, Why Not Bar are some of the bars here.

Accomodation

Koh Lanta has some of the supreme quality resorts where visitors can find accommodation for themselves. From simple beach hut to premium suites, you can find multiple options for accommodation. You can stay at Saladan Beach if you are looking to spend a good time shopping, or in Khlong Dao if you are looking for more of a family environment. Phra Ae Beach is perfect for backpackers, and Klong Khong Beach for those wanting to find nightlife. You also have Klong Nin Beach for the food lovers, Kantiang Bay for the couples, and Lanta Old Town for Daytrippers.

Festivals of Koh Lanta

1. Laanta Lanta Festival
This is the most prominent festival of the Koh Lanta island. You will witness the traditional culture, ceremonial demonstrations, local performances, folk games, several competitions, and hog quite a few lip-smacking dishes. It is usually held in March.

2. Loi Ruea Chao-Le-Festival
This festival takes place on the full moon of the sixth and eleventh month of the lunar calendar. One can see the Sea Gypsies of the island perform religious rites by gathering on the beach of Baan Saladan. The festival is said to bring prosperity and happiness for the people.

3. Loy Krathong
It is a low key festival on the island. The festival is celebrated for the water gods by floating the krathongs in the water as a sign of floating away bad luck.

Tips to Visit Koh Lanta

1. Carry an international drivers’ license so that you can ride a bike or scooter without any hassle.
2. Remember to bargain while shopping and hiring a tuk-tuk. It is the best way to get your favourite item at a lower price.
3. Do not throw trash on the beaches as it is one of the best natural spots of Thailand.
4. If you are travelling with your children, make sure you check the resort rules before finalizing it as some resorts do not allow children.
5. Since there are no conventional campsites on the island, you might want to pitch tents on convenient locations. Hence, it is advisable to give a small token as a gratitude to the local residents. This may help them to earn a small amount for a living.

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How to Reach Koh Lanta

How to Reach Overview

Koh Lanta is a district in the Krabi Province off the west coast of Thailand and is located in the Andaman Sea. One can reach the island via three means. After landing the Krabi International Airport, you can opt for:

Krabi to Koh Lanta Transfer Express: For Adults, it will cost 1,979 Baht (INR 4314), and for Children, it is 983 Baht (INR 2,152).
Ferry: A ferry ride from the southern coast of Thailand will cost you 7,770 Baht (INR 17,000). However, ferry services are available only from November to April.
Taxi or Minivan: This will cost around 2,500 to 3,000 Baht (INR 5400 to 6500)

Local transport in Koh Lanta

There are no specific local transportation options available on Koh Lanta Island. Hence, one has two options to get around on the island:

Scooter or bike: You can rent a scooter or a bike to explore the island yourself. The roads are quite well-maintained for the rides. It can cost up to 300 Baht per day during high season and 200 Baht at other times.

Tuk Tuk: Tuk Tuks are readily available on the island to ease your trip. You can either hire a tuk-tuk for an entire day or hire every time you are to head for a location.

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Koh Lanta National Park - Consists of Several Islands
Beautiful Khlong Chak Waterfall, Koh Lanta
Chinese Temple, Chinatown, Koh Lanta

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FAQs on Koh Lanta

What is the best time to visit Koh lanta?

The best time to visit Koh Lanta is from January to April. There are two main seasons in Koh Lanta. The dry season starts from January and ends in April. The temperature ranges between 25 to 32 degrees Celcius all round the year. The wet season from May to December is not an apt time to visit the island as everything will be closed due to heavy rainfall.
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What is the local food in Koh lanta?

Despite being a small island, Koh Lanta can serve you with a delightful range of cuisine to choose from. Each coast has abundant options of dining places which will leave you puzzled. Here are some of the options:

Baan Saladan: Baan Cafe, Black Pearl, Cafe Mocha, Lanta Pizzeria, Lanta Seafood, Papa’s Restaurant.

East Coast: Beautiful Restaurant, Fresh Restaurant, Khao Yai Restaurant, Sawasdee Restaurant.

Northwest Coast: Koala Bar, Lanta Tavern, Lap Royet, Ling Uan, Mr Green, Nang Sabai, Red Snapper, Time for Lime.

Southwest Coast: Auntie’s Mae Bakery, Drunken Sailors, Klong Nin Cafe, Luang Uan, Noon Cafe and Restaurant, Roi Thai, Same Same but Different
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What is the best way to reach Koh lanta?

Koh Lanta is a district in the Krabi Province off the west coast of Thailand and is located in the Andaman Sea. One can reach the island via three means. After landing the Krabi International Airport, you can opt for:

Krabi to Koh Lanta Transfer Express: For Adults, it will cost 1,979 Baht (INR 4314), and for Children, it is 983 Baht (INR 2,152).
Ferry: A ferry ride from the southern coast of Thailand will cost you 7,770 Baht (INR 17,000). However, ferry services are available only from November to April.
Taxi or Minivan: This will cost around 2,500 to 3,000 Baht (INR 5400 to 6500)
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What are the places near Koh lanta?

The top places near to Koh lanta are Phi phi islands which is 35 km from Koh lanta, Phuket which is located 88 km from Koh lanta, Krabi which is located 51 km from Koh lanta, Surat thani which is located 166 km from Koh lanta, Khao lak which is located 147 km from Koh lanta

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