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Koh Lanta

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Best Time: November-February Read More

Ideal duration: 3-4 Days

Nearest Airport: Krabi Airport Check Flights

"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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Places to Visit

Koh Lanta Island is not likely to be crowded even during the high season of December to February. However, this quiet island has several hidden places to be explored as the four coasts of the island have varied options of places of visit.

Baan Saladan

Ban Saladan
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It is one of the towns of Koh Lanta which tops the itinerary while you decide to visit this place. Acknowledged as the centre of activity, this town attracts people because of the buildings built on stilts over the sea, great restaurants, hotels, cafes, shopping points, nightlife, and a lot more. Know that Baan Saladan is the arrival and departure point for passenger ferries to and from Phi Phi, Krabi, Koh Lipe, and Phuket.

Klong Dao Beach

Sunset at Klong Dao
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Located on the Northwestern coast of the island and only three kilometres away from Baan Saladan, this beach is an unrivalled winner of best sunset views in Thailand. The soft powdery white sand, calm waters, pristine atmosphere and the unobtrusive, simple resorts define the Klong Dao Beach. Also, the top end of the beach is known for an excellent snorkelling point.

Klong Hin and Klong Nin These two white sand beaches are famous for swimming. Western visitors usually like these beaches for their resorts, bars, and restaurants are of better quality and more inclined to the west of themes. For the same reason, you will also be required to pay more for the services, but they are worth your money. Klong Nin has also grown in recent years with several shops, supermarkets, gift shops, ATMs, chemists, and a local nurse available within the periphery of the beach.

Old Town

Old Town of Koh Lanta
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The Old Town is located on the southeastern part of Koh Lanta Island and is the original capital. The eastern coast of the stunning island has more of a traditional touch and homes Chinese, Muslims, and Sea Gypsies. Know that Old Town is also a major port for fishing and long-tail boats for tourists. Kantiang Bay: This is located on the Southwestern coast of Koh Lanta Island. Here, the roads are more rustic and narrow with dips and dives. But this is known to be the prettiest beach of this island. Along with providing an excellent spot for snorkelling, Kantiang Bay also has high-quality resorts, restaurants, and bars catering to people from across the globe. Koh Lanta Butterfly Farm: The local butterfly farm will get you close to the serene nature amidst colourful butterflies, monkeys, eagles, and squirrels. The owner is kind enough to get you through the farm, teaching about the lifecycle and rearing of butterflies. The entry fee to this place is 200 Baht (approximately INR 437).

Mu Ko Lanta National Park

Mu Koh Lanta National Park
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This National Park is located on the southern tip of Ko Lanta Yai. It consists of a cloistered rainforest and Tanod Beach where you might not find anyone’s breath. The flora, hills, and the old lighthouse of this place offers a valuable visit for people. The entry to this place is for 200 Baht (approximately INR 437). Koh Lanta Caves: This is a perfect destination for those seeking some adventure in this reclused island. Check out for bats and other nocturnal creatures, wander in the naturally formed limestone caves and trek through the jungles. All of this will cost you 300 Baht (approximately INR 655) Khlong Chak Waterfall: The arduous hike to the waterfalls is worth a memory. Though you will come across lizards, scorpions, and other insects crawling up the rocks along with you, the attraction is adventurous for those exploring the habitat. You only need to be careful of the stingy bushes while hiking to this place.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Restaurants and 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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How 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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