All about Koh Lanta: information on accommodation, tours, car rentals.
KOH LANTA IN BRIEF
Koh Lanta Yai is one of Thailand’s most beautiful island. It’s located in the Andaman Sea, belonging to Krabi Province.
Famous for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, mangrove forests, laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals, Koh Lanta used to be a backpacker’s retreat, but today it houses hotels for any budget, from hostels to luxury beach-front resorts. It is also home to a community of Chao Leh, known as Sea-gypsies.
A paved or semi-paved road runs across Koh Lanta in a north-south direction, ending at the headquarters of the Mu Koh Lanta National Park and the lighthouse.
All the beaches are on the West coast, but if you have (or rent) your own car, bike or motorbike, it’s worth exploring the less developed east side of the island, where you will find small settlements of bamboo huts and the Old Town, a fascinating village of wooden stilt-houses on the sea.
Koh Lanta is part of a marine park comprising 52 islands and islets. Among them the islands of Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan and Koh Muk, all blessed by amazing beaches and corals. Scuba diving and snorkelling are among the most popular activities in these areas, with several Diving Centres providing equipment and courses.
The tourist high season in Koh Lanta goes from October until April with the peak season being December to March. During the monsoon season (May to October) some of the smaller islands around Koh Lanta and the Mu Ko Lanta National Park are closed.