About Koh (Ko) Lanta

Koh Lantas’ official guide book, endorsed by the TAT, Lanta Tourism Office and local government is the KOHH LANTA POCKET GUIDE.

Koh Lanta consists of several islands, the two largest of which are Koh Lanta Noi (เกาะลันตาน้อย, “Small Lanta Island”) and Koh Lanta Yai (เกาะลันตาใหญ่, “Big Lanta Island”). However, Koh Lanta Yai is where all the tourist action is, so This article will refer to it simply as “Koh Lanta”.

Koh Lanta is a large island with 6 km wide and over 30 kms long, 9 beaches lie from north to south along the sunset coast. The island boasts stunning scenery, fantastic white sandy beaches, coastlines dotted with more than 70 small islands and plenty of forest, coral reefs and under water life. The geography of the island is typically mangroves; coral rimmed beaches; and rugged tree covered hills.

Koh Lanta is popular with tourists seeking a holiday away from the parties. It’s popular with a significantly older crowd than nearby Koh Phi Phi: more walking on the beach and watching the sunset than drinking and dancing. However, there are plenty of bars and the longer term stayers are friendly and know how to party! It is also popular with families with young children, and of course, with divers. Koh Lanta can provide a party if you know where to look.

Koh Lanta is a little less well-known than Koh Phi Phi, which has become more commercialised and corporate. The several beaches on the west coast of Koh Lanta Yai are each strung with a line of resorts and bungalows, although the farther down the island you venture, the less This is true. And even when the island is at it fullest, there will be a quiet place for you to relax – the beaches are never full. Don’t expect to find “hidden places”, lonely beaches or a paradise-like place. Wherever you go there will be resorts, restaurants or at least a lot of garbage. Koh Lanta is especially popular with Swedish tourists: although the “tourist language” is English as it is in most places in Thailand, and you will find menus and so on are translated into English, expect the poolside language to be Swedish much of the time. However, there are still many English and Irish bars and restaurants to visit. Food is often highly overprice with a simple dish for 80-100 baht, but in general 100+ baht. Sadly it seems like tourist are even paying it. There are a couple of cheaper and by far more tasty places; look out where locals are eating to get authentic Thai food!

Koh Lanta was hit by the tsunami in December 2004, which killed 20 people, but virtually all businesses are now operating normally again.

Orientation

The main island is 6 km wide and over 30 km long, located approximately 70 km from Krabi Town. The island has 9 attractive white sandy beaches, splendid scenery; the coastlines have more than 70 small islands and plenty with forest, coral reefs and underwater life. The geography of the island is typically mangroves; coral rimmed beaches; and rugged tree-covered hills.

A paved road runs along the beaches from the northern part of the island almost all the way to the southern tip. The last 8 kilometres leading to the headquarters of the Mu Koh Lanta National Park in the south are quite hilly. The landscape is dominated by a series of mountains covered with virgin rainforest.

 

Climate

Weather in the region is tropical and there are two basic monsoons:

During the months of November – April the island experiences the dry monsoon, northeasterly prevailing winds come overland and bring dry air. Temperatures rise during March/April and it gets quite arid and dusty on the island after many months of no rain.

May – October is the wet monsoon season, where south-westerly winds bring wetter weather from the Indian ocean. Around April the season changes and the increase in rain helps revitalise the island to its tropical lushness, everyThing regrows and the cool wet spells brings relief from the heat of the dry season.

Temperatures during the year average 25ºC to 32ºC (77ºF to 89.6ºF) and the yearly rainfall averages 2569 mm. Unlike in say Europe, the rain in This region comes down heavily and quickly over short periods. The sea stays at a warm 29°C all year round.

Culture

Krabi and Koh Lanta are a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims, and even sea gypsies. The majority of the population in rural areas are Muslim. The area, however, does not suffer from any religious tension and the folk live in peace and harmony. Most of the folk speak with a Thick Southern dialect which is difficult for even other Thais to understand.

With This kind of mixture, Krabi is always celebrating someThing be it part of Thai Buddhist, Thai-Chinese, or Thai-Islamic tradition.

The unique lifestyle of the Chao-Le (sea-gypsy) in Koh Lanta particularly is well-worth a look, a life-style that has been almost completely unaffected by the booming tourism on the island.

Get in

By Plane

The nearest airports are KrabiTrang and Phuket. Krabi and Trang have direct road and boat connections to Koh Lanta, and are the best options if you’re only visiting Koh Lanta. Flying into Phuket is a better option if you’re intending to spend time in Phuket and nearby islands, or, since Phuket has many more international flights, if you don’t want to have to organize a domestic flight to Krabi or Trang from Bangkohk. As an alternative to Bangkohk, there are daily flights to Krabi directly to and from Singapore, as well as Kuala Lumpur.

  • Nok Air offers three-daily flight+ferry services from Bangkohk to Koh Lanta v.v. by flying with Nok Air from Trang and transferred on a ferry to Koh Phi Phi. This can be booked directly from their website.
  • Air Asia offers three-daily flight+ferry services from Bangkohk to Koh Lanta v.v. by flying with Air Asia from Krabi. This can be booked directly from their website.
  • VietJet Air also has low cost flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkohk to Krabi Airport.

Airport Transfer

Air Asia runs a free transfer van from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang Pier where you can catch the 10:30am Ferry (470 baht). However the Ferry only runs November to April, and might not be running if the weather is bad.

Express Transfer

The quickest service from Krabi Airport and Phuket Airport to Koh Lanta is by using the express transfer which is a combination of minivan and speedboat travel. If you arrive early you will not have to wait for the ferry and if you arrive late at these airports, you can still arrive on Koh Lanta the same day.

From Krabi airport a 45 minute air conditioned minivan to the first car ferry port. You then go on board the speedboat which then takes you on a stunning boat ride across the water along the coastline of Koh Lanta. The journey takes around 15 minutes depending on weather and conditions. You will arrive directly in Saladan (alternately written as Sala Dan) on Koh Lanta, where you are then transferred to your hotel by car. That means the total journey time should be 1.5 to 2 hours. This eliminates the waiting time at the car ferry and also if you are going from Koh Lanta to one of these airports allows you more time to enjoy your visit.

By car

Koh Lanta does not have roads connecting it directly to the mainland, but is served by car ferries. Take Rt 4206 off Hwy 4 about 20 km southeast of Krabi airport. Drive to the end of the road, where there are car ferries from Baan Hua Hin to Koh Lanta Noi (operating 07:00-22:00). From the pier here, turn right and follow the road to the new bridge between Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. According to older maps and guides there used to be a second car ferry connecting both the islands, but now all cars and motorbikes use the four-lane bridge. Despite an interesting view from the bridge, it is not allowed to stop there – if you want to make a photo, stop at the parking lot just after crossing the bridge to Koh Lanta Yai.

There are plenty of car taxi and minivan taxi services from Krabi and the nearby airport, as well as Songthaews that costs as little as 50 baht (2016). If you prefer the straightforward but more expensive option then booking a seat on a ten person minivan is the way to go. The cheapest way to book a minivan is directly from the bus terminal in Krabi and should cost you no more than 250 baht. Buses from other locations will be more expensive but even from the airport they should not cost more tban 350 baht in the airport they want to charge you 400 baht now. Be aware that in Krabi, as in many places in Thailand, the touring companies are run by a semi-mafia looking to squeeze the most out of tourists. Never take the first offer you get: shop around first and then decide which operator offers the best value, you’ll probably get crammed in the same van as the rest anyway.

If you don’t feel like being squeezed for your money like a farang but would prefer to take the cheapest way to Kohh Lanta then you should try taking a blue Songthaew (looks like a roofed pick up with benches in the back). These leave from the 7-eleven at Phetkasem Road close to the freeway. Taking a red or white Songthaew to the northern bus terminal (20-40 baht) puts you in walking distance. Please note that all minivan and Songthaew drivers will deny the existence of a blue Songthaew going to Kohh Lanta as they want foreigners to take the more expensive options. Simply keep repeating yourself until you find someone that wants to give you directions should you get lost. The blue Songthaew also stops at the airport, just be patient.

In high season there is the option of taking a high speed feery service from Krabi Pier to Kohh Lanta. The ferry leaves twice a day at 10:30 and 13:30 and takes around 2 hours.

By Boat

From Koh Lanta to other islands

Private companies on Koh Lanta operate boat services to many destinations. Tickets can be booked in advance online here.

  • Koh Lanta – Koh Phi Phi: 08:00 and 13:00, 350 baht.
  • Koh Lanta – Krabi: 08:00 and 13:00, 300 baht (apparently, in high season, at least 400 baht)
  • Koh Lanta – Koh Phi Phi – Phuket: 13:00 and 14:30, 700 baht
  • Koh Lanta – Koh Phi Phi – Krabi: 09:00 and 13:30, 700 baht

Ferry services run from KrabiAo Nang and from Phuket via Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta Yai’s Saladan pier. During high season, there are sometimes direct ferries as well. Ferry services are subject to weather and to demand. Many ferries have limited room for luggage. Often the ferries dock alongside each other, meaning that to get on and off passengers must clamber onto and across other boats with their luggage. However many times boat staff will be there to help you board your bags.

Services from Ao Nang are run by Ao Nang Travel and Tour (+66 75 637 730) and depart at 10:30 (470baht).

Ferries depart from Koh Phi Phi at 11:30 and 14:00, and take 1 hour. If travelling from Phuket in a single day, you will need to leave Phuket on the 08:00 ferry to transfer to the 11:30 ferry. Tickets to Koh Lanta are 200 baht from Koh Phi Phi and 450 baht from Phuket.

Once you arrive, if you have a booking at a hotel/resort, there should be a person at the ferry exit with a sign giving the name of the hotel you have booked.

By Passenger Van

All the travel agents in Krabi can arrange passenger vans to Koh Lanta. There is no regular, scheduled van service from Krabi Airport, although vans and taxis can be chartered to Koh Lanta for about 2,000 baht per vehicle (2,500 baht if you are going to the south end of Koh Lanta). Taxis (usually vans) are also available at the airport at the same rate. It will pick-up, drop-off at the airport. You should factor in 3 to 4 hours to get from Koh Lanta to the airport, since the mini van will pick-up and drop off other people along the way.

There is a mini van service that runs between Krabi and Koh Lanta. It cost 400 baht (Oct 2014) and leave from Soi 6 (street going down from temple). Expect to pay 400 baht if booking by hotel, “booking office” or “travel agent”. Be aware that if you are coming from other city in Thailand by minivan they will drop you at their station and expect to pay 400 baht. It is wiser to book your travel just until Krabi and say you want drop off at Soi 6, where you can buy ticket by yourself.

If you want to return to Krabi by van rather than by ferry, ask at your hotel/resort and they will book you on the minibus which will take you there (as a group with others from other hotels), for a reasonable price.

It is worth travelling to Lanta one way by boat and the other by road just to see the contrast. The price is not much different.

By Train

The nearest train station to Koh Lanta is in Trang province just south of Krabi. From there, there are trains to and from Bangkohk.

Distances from Bangkohk

The distance from Bangkohk to Krabi is approx 950 km or about 12 hrs by car.

  • Route 1: Phetburi → Prachuabkirikhan → Chumphon → Phang Nga → Krabi = 946 km.
  • Route 2: Phetburi → Prachuabkirikhan → Chumphon (Hwy 41) to Chaiya (Surat Thani) → Krabi (Viangsra) → Hwy 4035 → Krabi (Ao Luk) and along Hwy 4 again = 814 km.

Getting Around

The main roads on the island are well-paved. The road just north of Mu Koh National Park is nowadays also paved. That road ends at the park and so it isn’t possible to drive from that point up the eastern side of the island.

It’s worth knowing the names of the resorts near yours: both the pickup trucks and motorcycle taxis will often want to pick you up or drop you at a nearby resort with a better road.

Resorts and some of the major tourist services (like the dive shops) own large pickup trucks and transport tourists around in the tray. Very occasionally, they own minibuses instead. If you come in by ferry your resort will almost certainly meet you at pier with their truck; if you’re travelling with very small children who you don’t want to cling to while you bump along sitting on the side of the truck you might want to warn them in advance that you’ll want to ride in the cab: it’s generally assumed to be the private domain of the driver.

You will find the locals almost exclusively ride motorbikes; you can hire these in several places for as little as 150 baht a day (many of the guest houses ask 250 baht per day in high season), security deposit is 2,000 baht or your passport (This is not advised as you must keep your passport on you at all times while in Thailand). Gasoline is available from stores at the road for 40 baht per liter. You can also hire motorcycle taxis with sidecars. These will happily take you also on the unpaved roads but the ride can be as slow as walking. A typical fare for a ride from Saladan to Klong Dao Beach is 150 baht per person. Further rides can be much higher, and nighttime rates are also higher. Agree on a price before getting in.

Jeeps can be hired for 1,200 baht per day. Be sure to check insurance, contract terms and the condition of the vehicle. The “roads” of Koh Lanta combined with the driver operation characteristics of some renters are a serious challenge for any car. The frequently available Suzuki Sporty seems primitive and therefore sturdy, and a replacement should cost around 150,000 baht.

  • Ban Saladan Ban Saladan, approximately 3 km from Klong Dao Beach, is the tourist centre of Koh Lanta. Facilities include inexpensive and easy to find transport, diving trips, banking, and shopping. Surprisingly, the tour brokers in town offer the cheapest prices on tours (even better than the actual tour operators, in some cases).
  • Khao Mai Kaew Caves Getting away from the beach for the day, tourists can visit the stunning Khao Mai Kaew Caves which are located in the centre of the island, offering a wonder of rocks and caverns and housing spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, some of the caves are just huge and one of them contains a pool. For getting around inside the caves you will need a guide (seems to be obligatory in 2017), around 200 baht per person. The corridors and ladders in the cave can be very slippery – take some good shoes, watch your steps and do not succumb to pressure of the guide who tries to rush (to serve as many groups of tourist per day as it gets). These caves are really dangerous and as such are not recommended for small children. As of December 2021 the cave is closed because of broken ladder.
  • Koh Lanta Noi. Lanta Noi has no tourist facilities as such but is well worth a visit, especially for the view from a view point located at the jetty by the end of the road in the south-eastern part of the island (you can see at least 12 different islands from This point, including the most impressive and rocky Kohh Talabeng). The two islands (Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai) are now connected by the new bridge, so that you can reach the south-east cape of Koh Lanta Noi in about 20 minutes (18 km) of drive from Ban Saladan. There are a few local restaurants along the way so you can stop for some fried rice, pick up a map before you go from one of the tourist offices on Lanta Noi, and drive carefully! 
  • Lanta Old Town is a small village on Koh Lanta’s East side. It’s one of the region’s most culturally diverse with Chinese merchants, original Thai fishing families and an ancient Sea Gypsy community. Many years ago, Koh Lanta’s Old Town acted as the port and commercial centre for the island and provided a safe harbour for Arabic and Chinese trading vessels sailing between the larger ports of Phuket, Penang, and Singapore. Today, Old Town is the district capital; it has a post office, Buddhist temple, Chinese temple, and the island’s hospital as well as a long pier. It’s a charming place to visit and boasts many good restaurants and interesting shopping like handmade hammocks and an original batik and art gallery. It’s also a great jumping off point to other islands like Koh Bubu, Koh Talenbeng and Koh Por.

  • Orchid Nursery Farm This farm is recommended to all those who especially like flowers. The Orchid Nursery Farm is located at Long Beach (Pra Ae Beach) and the entry fee is 50 baht per person. It’s easily accessible by bike or motorbike.
  • Sea-Gypsy Village Known to the Thais as Chao Le, sea gypsies have occupied the area for hundreds of years settling along the coast in stilt-built houses erected between the water level of high and low tide. They are unique in that they mix very little with the general population, speak their language and have their very own supernatural and traditional beliefs and rituals. And example of the latter is the Loy Ruea (floating boat) ceremony where the village men build a symbolic boat and place wooden statues of themselves in it along with nail pairings, hair and popped rice. By performing This ritual, they ask for forgiveness from the sea gods and for any wrongs that may have done to the sea. It is believed that all evil is carried away in the symbolic boat.

Beaches

Far Southern Beaches

  • Kohr Kwang. This beach, with its attractively curved shaped has lovely sand and clear aquamarine water. Extremely shallow.
  • Klong Dao. Over the years, Klong Dao has developed into the most popular beach on the island with a spectacular 3 km long beach of fine white sand and shallow clear water. Yet, because of its length, it is never really that busy. It is located just 2 km from Saladan Pier. The beach has an abundance of accommodation ranging in cost from just a couple of hundred to a few thousand. It is more than ideal for those who like a quiet beach but prefer to have all the usual tourist mods and cons such as international food, music and bars etc.
  • Pra Ae (Long Beach) This beach, situated in the north of the island, is a stunning crescent of sand about 4 km long. There is a lot of accommodation there but since it is spread out a lot, visitors get the feeling that place is peacefully quiet.
  • Relax Beach – Pra Ae Separate from Long Beach but still part of Pra Ae, Relax Beach is the perfect location to see the spectacular Lanta sunsets. Whilst a dotted rocky reef runs through, it’s a solid swimming location with soft fine white sand and clear water. With a small number of quality options of accommodation and restaurants, This is a perfect location to kick back and watch the sunset with a cocktail.
  • Klong Khong For most of the length of Klong Khong Beach there is a klong (canal) running opposite the beach and an old coconut plantation. Towards the southern end is an area where the local fishermen tie up their boats to the shore. A rocky reef runs along the length of the shore making it difficult for swimming but great for admiring the sunset.
  • Klong Nin This beach is separated by a klong that runs down to the beach at the northern Third of the beach dividing it in two. The beach is covered with coconut and pine trees and the back end is tropical rain forest. Like almost all beaches on Koh Lanta, Klong Nin offers a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere and its sand is white and fine.
  • Kantiang Bay A kilometre-long beach on a gently curving shoreline, Kantiang Bay is home to a limited number of hotels and resorts, leaving the pristine beach with an uncrowded feeling even during the busy holidays. There are not many shadowy spots at the beach but the water is very clear and features some excellent corals for snorkelling as well. If you are lucky you might spot some the famous clown fish at the northern end of the beach. Lying 18 km south of Baan Saladan, Kantiang Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and was voted one of the “Top Ten Tropical Beaches in The World” .
  • Bamboo Bay

There are a few beaches in the south of Koh Lanta. All are the beaches are small, just a few hundred meters long. The beaches are very quiet with little in the way of accommodation – ideal for those who want to ‘get away from it all’. They are:

  • Ao Nui (Nui Bay) — next to Bakantiang. The road leading to Mu Koh Lanta National Park is paved since a couple of years and no longer a dirt road, so it is really no big deal to drive anymore. Recently a lot of waste on it.
  • Koh Lanta National Park — there are two beaches in the national park, such as Had Hin Ngam.

Art

  • Likae Pa (ลิเกป่า) — an adapted play, Likae Pa follows the adventures of an Indian merchant from Calcutta who married a local girl named Yayi. The story is then followed by other plays. Like Pa is accompanied by the music of folk instruments such as various kinds of drums, cymbals, and gongs. The lyrics are a mixture of the traditional Manora and Buranyawa songs. With its long history of popularity in Krabi, Like Pa performers are abundant here. It is believed that the play originated in This province. Many companies are still performing This dramatic art such as Mr. Truek Plodrit who won a cultural award.
  • Shadow Plays (หนังตะลุง) — This is an Indian influence. There are many shadow play or nang talung companies in Krabi.
  • Manora (มโนราห์) — the performance is native to southern Thailand, which truly reflects its traditional culture.
  • Rong Ngeng (รองเง็ง) and Phleng Tanyong (เพลงตันหยง) — a Malaysian adaptation, which is of Portuguese origin, rong ngeng is a traditional folk dance and music customarily performed in noble houses. It was later performed by the locals with Thai lyrics called phleng tanyong.
  • Beach Hand Tennis. A game with a tennis ball and a net played in front of Hans restaurant everyday from 4.30pm. If you have hands come and play. its great fun.
  • Lanta Muay Thai Gym, 245 M.2 T.Saladan (Near Phrae Ae beach opposite Relax Bay resort road, a dirt road off main rd to gym), ☎ +66(0)897397399, 8:00-6:00. Lanta Gym is a professional and exciting place to train in Muay Thai. They welcome any ability from beginners and children. They have a range of trainers, some ex and current champion fighters from all over Thailand including Bangkohk. The skills and techniques are taught in a personal, approachable style. They also have fights every Sunday at Williams Stadium, and a lot of foreigners that stay in the area and train can have the option to fight. 500 baht lesson.
  • Boat Charter Thailand, ☎ +66(0)884907290, Sailing Yachts, Motor Boats, Bareboat or Crewed, Luxury Charters, Fishing Trips, Traditional Boat Tours. 
  • Ying yai Muay Thai @ Kohh Lanta Thaiboxing Stadium (YingYai Muay Thai), Kohh Lanta, Ban Kohh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand 81150 (Opposite Pra-Ae School), ☎ 084 678 0176, 08:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 18:00. Yingyai muay Thai is a traditional Muay Thai Stadium Gym offering old school Thai Boxing training on the beautiful island setting of Kohh Lanta. Train, authentic, old school Muay Thai, twice a day, 6 days a week 500thb.

Massage and Spa

  • Serenity massage and Spa,147 Moo 1, Saladan +66 0815 699 852. Open all year from 10am till 10pm. Inside Serenity you will find a team of fully trained staff which will all help you on a rejuvenating journey to restore and harmonise your mind, body and soul. Serenity is also a unique Spa as it’s built entirely on the Sea on wooden stilts and enjoys a private pier where you can relax before and after your treatments. Travel in to Saladan Kohh Lantas main center and turn right at the waters edge.
  • Lanta Massage A little studio with a wall fully adorned with photos of happy customers. Very relaxing, great technical massage, with care and attention. On Long Beach (Phra Ae Beach), Moo 3 Saladan. Walking towards the water, it’s on your left, near where the road meets the beach. You may have some difficulty finding This place. Open late.
  • Dreamy Spa (ดรีมมี่ สปา) Klong Dao Beach, Saladan, Kohh Lanta, Krabi Tel: +6675 684729
  • Layana Spa (ลายาน่า สปา) 272 Mu 3, Long Beach, Kohh Lanta, Krabi
  • Pimalai Spa (พิมาลัย สปา) 99 Mu 5, Ba Kan Tiang Beach, Kohh Lanta, Krabi
  • Rawiwarin Spa at Langham Place Eco Resort + Rawiwarin
  • Royal Lanta Spa (รอยัล ลันตา สปา) 222 Mu 3, Klong Dao Beach,Kohh Lanta, Krabi
  • Sri Lanta Spa (ศรีลันตา สปา) 111 Mu 6, Klong Nin Beach,Kohh Lanta, Krabi
  • Twin Lotus Spa (ทวิน โลตัส สปา) 199 Mu 1, Klong Dao Beach,Kohh Lanta, Krabi

Longtail Boating

Long tail boat

  • Simply Life Private Tour, Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta Yai, ☎ +66 622 743 750 (hello@simplylifetours.com), [4]. 8:00-19:00. This small Thai family owned business in Kantiang Bay takes small groups of people on personalized longtail trips exploring beaches and snorkeling around Koh Rok, Talabeng, Koh Bubu and the Four Islands.  edit

Sea kayaking

  • Rapu Sea Kayaking, 10/5 Moo 2, Koh Lanta Yai +66 92 871 749 (contact Chutima Junsirikamon) – guided sea kayak tours of the mangrove areas.
  • seabornventures company 305/4 mu 3, Kohh Lanta yai,Tel:66-7566-8223

Diving

There are no scuba diving sites on the island itself, all require a boat trip. However Lanta is the closest island to the famous Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Kohh Haa sites, so it is very popular with divers.

Hin Daeng and Hin Muang near Koh Lanta are perhaps the best dive sites in Thailand (frequently ranking in the world’s top ten) with more than 200 hard corals and 108 reef fish catalogued in a study underway, but thousands more organisms abound. Hin Daeng has the steepest and deepest in the whole of the country with fantastic marine life. Hin Muang next door is completely underwater and it is covered with delicate violet coral. The sites also have one of the world’s highest incidences of whale shark sightings.

For details refer to Diving in Thailand and Diving in Koh Lanta

Snorkeling

Kohh Haa – This is the best site in Thailand for mixed groups of snorkelers and divers. For divers only, it offers amazing swim-throughs. In recent years Kohh Haa has seen a large increase in the number of fish present at the reefs, due to committed conservation policies.

Kohh Rok – Kohh Rok, 47 km south of Lanta, actually consists of two islands: Kohh Rok Nai and Kohh Rok Nok, both graced with powdery white sand beaches and ringing coral. Snorkeling here is above average for Southeast Asia (better than Phuket or Phi Phi, though not to be compared with Okinawa or Hawaii). Speedboat trips here cost 1500 baht, including buffet lunch and shore pick-up from anywhere on (the west coast of) Lanta; longtail trips cost ~700 baht.

Four Island Tour – Actually, you’ll see way more than four islands, but there will be four stops including snorkeling, beaches, scenic coves, and Kohh Mook’s amazing Emerald Cave. The cave itself is a pitch black, 80-meter-long passageway that you swim through guided by the flashlights of your tour guides. There are lots of twists and turns (and opportunities to bang your head on the cave walls) so don’t get lost! The tunnel opens into a hidden lagoon that’s ringed on all sides by steep mountain walls. Large boat trips (such as by the Four Islands Tour Group, www.thefourislands.com) cost 1100 to 1200 baht, including buffet lunch and hotel transfer to Old Town from anywhere on Lanta; longtail trips (as usual) cost about 700 baht. There will be at least 40-70 other people on other boats, so don’t expect to be alone. The reef at the snorkeling stops are more dead than alive but you will see a few little fish swimming around. Quality of snorkeling equipment varies but is in a rather bad condition. Some companies have fins, other don’t. You will be sitting on the boat a lot and have 15-30 minutes at each stop.

Trekking

Elephant rides can be arranged to take visitors to the top of the hill in Koh Lanta National Park.

  • Sumate Kohh Lanta Yai Safari
  • Erawan Lanta Safari  : Klong Dao Beach : 66 08 2286 1996 , 08 4632 2334.

Be aware of the eThical issues around elephant riding. Read reviews of your trek before you go. Do not ride elephants that are kept chained or that are rocking back and forth (stereotyping) – This is a typical sign of stress. Avoid places where the elephants are made to do “tricks”.

Kayaking

The east side of Koh Lanta with its rich mangrove forests and caves is a great option for off-the-beaten-path kayaking. Kayaking can also be done on Koh Talabaeng, the limestone cliff near Koh Lanta.

Fishing

Wannabe fishers can catch the likes of marlin, sailfish, barracuda, red snapper, and tuna. Three different kinds of fishing trip are offered by private longtail boat: half-day, full-day, and night fishing.

Events & Festivals

Krabi Berk Fa Andaman Festival (งานกระบี่เบิกฟ้าอันดามัน) This is annually held in November to inaugurate the province’s tourist season. Water sports competitions, cultural shows, and good-natured fun are the schedule.

Laanta Lanta Festival (เทศกาลลานตา ลันตา) The festival is usually held in March every year at the Old Community in Kohh Lanta called Ban Sanga-Au, which has a very old history of more than 100 years. Ancient Chinese style houses can still be seen here. In This festival, tourists can see the traditional culture, previously unseen ceremonial demonstrations, Southern local performances, folk games, water sports competitions and enjoy the tastes from various kinds of food booths which are provided by prestigious hotels on the island.

Loi Ruea Chao-Le Festival (ประเพณีลอยเรือชาวเล) This old ritualistic tradition takes place on Koh Lanta during the full moon of the sixth and eleventh month in the lunar calendar. This is a religious rite performed by the sea gypsies of Koh Lanta, as well as, from other neighbouring areas, who gather on the beach near Sala Dan Village. They dance their famous “rong ngeng” round the boats of misfortune to be set adrift. Ceremonies feature singing and dancing. This festival is expected to bring prosperity and happiness to the participants.

Sat Duean Sip Festival or Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month (งานประเพณีสารทเดือนสิบ) This is the southern traditional merit making occasion to honour one’s ancestors. Food offerings such as Khanom La, Khanom Chohu, Khanom Phong, Khanom Ba, and Khanom Kohng or Khai Pla, are made offer to Buddhist monks.

Chak Phra Festival (งานประเพณีชักพระ) The original waterborne procession, where Buddha images are put on elaborately decorated pulpits on boats are pulled along on the river, has been replaced by a land procession. The festival was formerly accompanied with a performance of traditional boat songs. However, the traditional waterborne songs have since disappeared.

Besides diving, Thai cooking courses on Koh Lanta are where wanna-be Thai cuisine chefs can learn to cook up all their favourite dishes such as tom yum kung, sweet green curry and chicken with cashew nuts.

  • Time for Lime, 72/2 Moo 3 Klong Dao Beach +66 75 684590 (lanta@timeforlime.net]) offers professional and fun evening Thai & Fusion cooking classes right on the beach. It’s run with a passion, usually only 1 class per day. What is most unique is that all the profit goes to run Lanta Animal Welfare, founded by the owner, to help the sad situation for the animals on the Island. Classes starts at 16.00 (Introduction, making curry paste, 4 dishes (mostly seafood) 1800 baht.
  • Lanta Thai Cookery School, 689 Moo2 +66 87 311 3252 offers basic cooking classes, 3 different courses per day. 1500 baht.
  • Near Saladan Pier, across from the Lanta Mart, there is a covered shopping arcade full of small shops selling clothes, souvenirs, etc.
  • Drunken Tailors, Kantiang Bay (Behind the Drunken Sailors Coffeeeshop), [5]. 10:00 – 21:00. A colourfully funky collection of men’s and women’s cloThing and jewelry with an emphasis on unique, hand-made items. Great location to shop for vibrant lady’s evening wear as well as one-of-a-kind gifts for folks back home.
  • Hammock House, 35 M2, Lanta Old Town, Koh Lanta Yai +66 (0)75 697 098 (info@jumbohammock.com) – Unique hammocks. Handwoven in Thailand by the Mlabri tribe. Largest selection of quality hammocks on the island. Worth just the look!
  • A Little Handmade Shop, 2 Moo5, BaKantiang Village, Koh Lanta Yai 100m past 7/11 +66 (0)849489688 (info@littlehandmadeshop.com[63] – All about handmade inspiration, creating original items for you and your home. Goods such as cloThing, toys, ceramics, jewellery, and art.
  • Cha-Ba Art Gallery (ชบา อาร์ท แกลอรี่) 20 Mu 3, Saladan, Klong-Dao Beach, Kohh Lanta, Krabi Tel/Fax: 0 7568 4118
  • Lanta Art Gallery (ลันตา อาร์ท แกลอรี่) 238 Mu 1, Saladan, Kohh Lanta Krabi

Batik Even though it is Malay in origin, the art of batik has embedded itself wiThin the local culture. There are also a lot of handicrafts such as pineapple paper.

In general, Southern Thai food is renowned for its spiciness. Much of the cuisine has its origins in Malay, Indonesian and Indian food. Favourite dishes from the south include Indian-style Muslim curry (massaman), rice noodles in fish curry sauce (Khanom Jeen) and chicken birayani.

As for Koh Lanta, reasonable priced and tasty seafood is obviously what most tourists long for when visiting a coastal province like Krabi. In This connection, the wing shell (หอยชักตีน) is Krabi’s famous cuisine. It is eaten with a spicy dip. In addition, stirred fried Spotted Babylon (หอยหวาน), which is found in mangrove forests, with chilies and basil is also famous. This cuisine is common in Koh Lanta’s restaurants. Another great Krabi taste is, of course, seafood. The Koh Lanta beach areas have several restaurants with the ‘catch of the day’ displayed on ice outside. One can find all kinds of fish; juicy crabs and langoustines; shellfish, including giant oysters; as well as squid and lobsters.

Koh Lanta has a wide variety of restaurants, the kind that most visitors travel to Thailand for: beach-front locations serving delicious and inexpensive Thai and seafood dishes. Eateries line the beaches in front of the bungalows and no visitor will starve from lack of variety or interesting places to dine.

  • Abdul’s Pancakes is a crêpe stall run from a motorcycle sidecar. You can most often find him in Moo 1, Saladan, opposite Lanta Diver when the boat divers come back (around 15:00). His chocolate and banana crêpe and his chicken crêpe are especially tasty.
  • Angels Restaurant, 4245, Tambon Sala Dan, Amphoe Koh Lanta, Chang Wat Krabi 81150 (Main road on the north end of Khlong Khong area). 10am-11pm. Small restaurant in Khlong Khong with rock music decoration everywhere that makes you Think you’re rather in a biker bar. However the place is run by a local couple that is cooking delicious Thai food and some western dishes such as burgers. Main courses start at around 80 Baht, soft drinks come at 30 Baht. 
  • Aroy Dee, (Take the road to long beach next to a mini mart following signs for chill out house). 8am-8pm ish. Food from a 5 start chef Kung (owner) for half star prices. Speaks good English and happy to accommodate to customers needs. Delicious tradition or Thai fusion food. 60 bht.
  • Baan Laanta Bay View Restaurant (located in Kantiang Bay) serves great fresh seafood BBQ. Enormous tiger prawns, fresh squid, snappers galore – all fish & seafood is caught fresh, locally each day, and cooked in any style you like, served with baked potatoes and a free salad bar (with the best dressings you can imagine). The regular menu is also good, with stir-fries and curries at 100B, only a little more than the 70-80B you’d pay on the road. The juices are small, though. The view out over Kantiang Bay is beautiful and you can request a table on the beach if you like. Aqua Bar – the in-house cocktail bar, serves what may be the freshest and most adventurous cocktails on the island, including mango daquiris and fresh lime margaritas.
  • Cook Kai is just across the street from Klong Nin Beach. Wholly built of wood and beautifully decorated, it offers a spacious open dining area and bar. The restaurant, run by the cook and his brothers and sisters, serves bland Thai food at 140B for curries and soups.
  • Drunken Sailors Coffeeshop, 116 Moo 5, Kantiang Bay, Kohh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150 (On the main road – 100m north of 7-11), ☎ 07-5665076, 8:30 to 17:00 & 18:30 to 21:00. Drunken Sailors aspires to be noThing more than a laid-back café, but the rave reviews just keep coming. Now in it’s 9th season of serving a diverse menu of western classics such as pasta and burgers as well as Thai dishes and unique fusion creations, This jazzy octagonal pad has become the center of social life in Kantiang Bay. Locals and tourists alike spend all day chilling in the café’s beanbags and hammocks. Add to the mix the huge selection of real ground espresso drinks and fresh fruit shakes and you can see why it’s so popular. 
  • Faim de Loup is a French Coffe Shop , very cosy, in the middle of the island close to long Beach. You can go there to enjoy a very good breakfast with ” croissant and confitures ” or a good lunch with the ” plat du jour ” in high season and some nice panini and salads. You can also come here to try their various ” pâtisseries ” or order for a birthday cake . You will love This little piece of France in middle of Thaïland.
  • Mary Ann’s Bar & Restaurant, Moo 1 Saladan (Near 7/11 in Saladan). Fun place to start the evening, either for a good meal or as starting point for an evening on the town. Good food and a lively place in the evening, (make sure you get a chat with Aiden, if you want to know more about nightlife on Koh Lanta). 
  • Kampong Restaurant, 80 Moo 5, Kantiang Bay, Kohh Lanta Yai (On the main road – 20m uphill from 7-11), ☎ +66 8522 93461, 9am – 4pm & 6.30pm – 10pm. Recently taken over by new management, the restaurant has been renovated creatively using driftwood, and recycled ‘throw-away’ objects. It has a great, chilled out vibe, and lots of books to browse or exchange. The menu is fairly small but offers a good variety of delicious food and drinks – traditional Thai food, a couple of southern Thai local dishes, homemade burgers, excellent beef fillet steak, sandwiches, breakfast, fresh tea, coffee and shakes – all served with a smile. The restaurant also has free wi-fi. 50 – 300 baht.
  • River Restaurant is a friendly family operation located on the beach just south of Narima Resort. They have a delicious menu: lots of Thai dishes and a few Western ones as well. The Phad Thai is excellent. It is very popular with families and the owner’s children often play with tourist kids.
  • Spices and Herbs, Moo 5, Kantiang Bay, Kohh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150 (On the main road – a few m uphill from 7-11 (almost opposite)). 9am – about 9pm. Excellent food at a modest price (80 B for a standard dish). Includes Western options like hamburgers, pizza and pasta. Also offers cooking classes, or 100 B extra to help cook your meal.
  • Sunset Restaurant is a very small restaurant on Klong Dao beach close to D.R. Lanta Resort beside Mooks bar. The Thai food is arguably the best on Klong Dao beach and cheap too. Real Thai style eating with the tables directly on the sand and no decorations at all but a nice view and cool breeze from the sea.
  • Thai Cuisine is a long-established favorite. It is in Phra Ae just south of the Opium night club. The menu features a wide selection of wonderful Thai dishes and Chinese as well. The “special” spring roll is excellent. There is bar service and a small artisan boutique. Say hello to the chef/owner, Somkuan; he’s a great guy.
  • Time For Lime restaurant & bar is not just a well known professional Thai & Fusion Cooking School, it also has a beach & tree-top restaurant where you can relish the sunset & the breeze while peeking at what the cooking “students” are creating down below. In just a short time because of the word of mouth, more and more people are checking out the great food, atmosphere and mojitos. They offer a filling 6-course tasting menu for 495 Baht, all year round. Bungalows are also for rent. Open all Year.

Drink

There’s not much in the way of party night life, which, for many, is part of the Koh Lanta appeal – Relaxed. But there is always someThing going on if you ask around — there are a few restaurants/bars at the harbour, beaches and most hotels. Since it is a small island free of crime and drunkards, the local law-enforcers are more lenient about allowing bars to stay open until what time they wish, and that is usually when the last customer goes home.

  • Irie Bar, northern Phrae Ae Beach (on the main road, beach side as you enter Phrae Ae from Klong Dao, next to Mr. Green Restaurant and Chill House). Local guy named Arms plays here with his band ‘Lantana’.
  • Kohrner Bar, Long Beach (Far south end of Long Beach, before Relax Bay).
  • Mooks bar – on Klong Dao beach between Sun Fun & Sea Bungalows and Hans beach restauant and a good spot to relaxing with a drink on the beach, listen to some reggae, and maybe watch sports on TV. Mook himself is a person worth meeting.
  • Oscar’s Bar – driftwood terrace on the beach.
  • Where Else / Feeling Bar – Indian & Thai food, in a clean, friendly, quiet, and above all relaxed atmosphere.
  • Layana Resort & Spa-Tides Restaurant, 272 Moo 3 Saladan Kohh Lanta. All day-11:30am to 6:00pm, Dinner-7:00pm to 10:30pm. This is an upmarket resort in Kohh Lanta. The restaurant setting is beachfront and beautiful. The staff are friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Delicious menu and good wine list. Although more expensive than other eateries, it still is not that expensive compared to Australian prices and the food is devine. A special dining experience.
  • Greek Taverna, Klong Dao. Excellent Food!The best Thing is the Souvlaki, absolutely delicious, generous portion and very reasonable price!You should try: Mousaka, Greek salad,Tzatziki, Meat balls and a special home made chokohlate desert.Spiros – the owner, is very friendly. 

Stay Healthy

Hospitals

  • Siam International Clinic – on the main road (4245 is the google maps road number) near lanta sunny house +66-75684747 – it costs 500 baht to see the doctor. If you are prescribed any medicine and the condition is not an emergency, consider taking the names of the products and telling them you will manage your own medication. Then go to the pharmacy close by to purchase any medicine you Think you might need, as the clinic will charge up to ten times the regular price.
  • Ban Saladan Clinic – 110 moo 1 Saladan, Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150 Tel: +66 (0)75 684 170
  • Kohh Lanta Hospital is in the eastern part of Kohh Lanta (Tel. +66 7569-7100).

Contact

Nationwide television, cable TVs and local cable TV channels are available on Koh Lanta. International newspapers and magazines are available at some bookstores.

Landline telephones, satellite phones, all mobile phone systems, high-speed internet (ADSL) are available. There is also a main post office with parcel services.

Cope

  • Immigration Office and Provincial Travelers Assistance Centre +66 7561-2740
  • Kohh Lanta Government District Office +66 7568-4702
  • Lanta Marine National Park +66 7562-9018
  • Provincial Tourist Police +66 7563-7308
  • Kohh Lanta Hospital +66 7569-7100
  • Post Office +66 7568-9196
  • Police Station +66 7569-7085

Suggested Itinerary

  • Day 1 Travel to Koh Lanta and check in. Enjoy the afternoon simply sunbaThing, swimming, reading a book and perhaps have a massage. In the evening have a romantic seafood dinner.
  • Day 2 Go on either a diving or snorkeling trip to one of the beautiful sites. In the evening watch Thai boxing and traditional Thai Dance.
  • Day 3 Go kayaking in the mangroves do some jungle trekking and see the caves. In the evening, have a few drinks, listen to Bob Marley and enjoy the company of new friends.
  • Day 4 See Lanta Old Town and spend the day afternoon in a luxurious spa. In the evening enjoy seafood BBQ.
  • Day 5 Enjoy Paintball & Bouldering, Horse riding or Lake Fishing & Mini Golf before hitting the beach for sunset and fire shows.

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