Koh Lanta is an archipelago in the Andaman Sea with a population of nearly 30,000 inhabitants. Less well-known than its neighbours, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket, you can nevertheless find excellent beaches and beautiful unspoilt open spaces. A quiet and peaceful destination.
Koh Lanta consists of Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi although most of the tourist attractions, accommodations, diving shops, rental motorcycles and other tourism business are located in Koh Lanta Yai.
If you take a boat trip along the western coast of Ko Lanta Yai, you will see a series of beaches like the ones shown in the photos.
Near to the beaches, along the road, are settlements with all the necessary services to relax and enjoy the sea.
Its charm goes one step further in that it is very worthwhile organising a trip inland and to several of the neighbouring islands, such as Koh Ngai or Koh Mook.
How to get
Access includes the ferry if you want to drive your own vehicle.
From Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal to Krabi or Trang, the two nearest locations, and then transfer to Koh Lanta.
From Krabi by mini-bus or boat travel to Koh Lanta that include fees for ferries and other transfers. It takes between 1 and 2 hours.
Old Town is a small town on the west side of the island with a harbour that is the departure point for many seafaring excursions.
Today a number of sea gipsy communities live on the shoreline.
The rainy season in Koh Lanta begins in April and ends in November. The driest month is February.
The following short video is a good way to get an idea about the ambience of this beach destination.