If your idea of Thailand is simply a touristic place, Koh Lanta will prove you wrong. A few hours away from Krabi & Phuket, this place has nothing to envy to its neighbours. Welcome to the unspoiled beautiful Thailand, a place full of authenticity, culture, and breathtaking nature. Welcome to the unspoiled beautiful Thailand, Koh Lanta.
Let’s start with the most well known activity in Koh Lanta, diving. Koh Lanta is a paradise for divers. Diving spots around offers an excellent underwater visibility and are suitable for all levels.
Lanta’s local spot Koh Haa (meaning “Five islands” in Thai) and Koh Rok offers spectacular snorkeling and terrific diving through caverns, coral walls, chambers, underwater pinnacles. You may spot along your dive some turtles, octopus, barracuda, clown fish, and even giant morays, just to quote a few. Marine life in Koh Lanta is so colourful, rich and accessible to all.
If you are new to diving, this is the ideal place for your christening or even for a snorkeling excursion in some of the most spectacular spots Thailand .
Try the 2 Days Scuba Diver Course , a perfect initiation where you will obtain your first ticket to the underwater world with a scuba diver certification. Open Water Courses are available too, but will require a minimum of 3 days, it all depends of the commitment you want to put in it.
Diving is not your thing? Not a problem!
How about a scenic bike tour up and down the hills heading towards the Koh Lanta National Park which is located at the southern tip of the island?
You can just rent a bicycle in the old town, and ride along the scenic roads.
You can then park your bike or bicycle at the entrance of the park, and walk in the jungle, where you’ll probably make some new monkey friends!
If the cycling did not tire you enough, we suggest you to experience some of the Thai culture by trying their national sport, the Muay Thai, commonly known as Thai boxing. A gym has been opened in the center of the island by some well known Thai champion and his classes are well conducted. .
But if boxing is not your thing, you can rent a Stand up paddle board at the beautiful Khlong Dao. Best to do it in late afternoon as you will get to watch a stunning sunset from the top of your board.
If quietness is what you’ve been looking for, I can assure you that you will find plenty in Koh Lanta. The busiest time of the year is between December & March, but even at this moment of the year you can come for some relaxation. Beaches on the west side of the coast or where most tourists go, and even those beaches are considered relatively quiet if you compare them to Phuket or Krabi. If you head further south, you might find unexplored beaches perfectly hidden between two cliffs.
On the other south side of the island, you will find the Old Town. While you might be tempted by the inviting water you cannot actually swim there. However, this is still a very beautiful spot chill by the sea and meet the island friendly fishermen. It is quiet, charming, perfect for a morning yoga or a massage anytime.
Indeed, the island is perfect for a healthy retreat or just some well deserved laziness!
Koh Lanta is the perfect destination for love birds. Its beautiful nature offers a perfect setting for ahoneymooners pearly white sand, crystal clear water, unforgettable sunset. The large island is littered with high cliffs and lush jungles that will also make you and your special feel lost together in a beautiful tropical paradise.
You will meet some of the friendliest Thai people during your stay. Perhaps these welcoming locals are the reason why Thailand is called the land of smiles.
Koh Lanta used to be a meeting point between the trading posts of Phuket & Penang in Malaysia resulting in a great melting pot of culture. With Malays, Thai & Chinese, and on top of it some of the nomadic sea gypsies took refuge on this island and brought a bit of their culture from the sea. The whole mix is a colourful one just like the island and this creates a funky while welcoming atmosphere where everyone lives in harmony.
Also, note that high season in Koh Lanta takes place for about 3 to 5 months a year, so the rest of the time locals go back to their rural life and are happy to meet tourists!
Koh Lanta’s landscape has definitely a hint of hippy on it. You will definitely find nice souvenirs from clothes, leather products, spices, or recipes from those mouthwatering Thai dishes. If you wish to master these creative skills.
If authentic Thai cuisine and fresh seafood is what you’ve been after, this is one of the best place to get it!
Do not try going to the fanciest places as most of the time the best food is on the most basic places – plastic chairs, simple table and Thai people around the kitchen, it can only be a good recipe !
However, if you are not a Thai food addict, you can always find all kind of other foods, Vegan, Vegetarian, pizza, burgers, etc – not to worry, you’ll be eating very well!
They are probably the main reason of your visit to Koh Lanta. The island is made of 9 splendid beaches, all located on the West side of the island. A 30 kilometers drive down from North to South will take you an approximate hour to reach the last beach in the south.
The further south you go, the lesser people you will encounter and the more monkeys you will meet on the roads! Long beach is best for sunset drinks and fire shows by the beach.
The island’s landscape is big and diverse with lush tropical rainforests, white sand beaches and cliffs, you will also get the access to protected sites such as the Koh Lanta National Park, or Koh Haa marine park, if you head towards the islands of the Andaman sea.
You can enjoy an elephant trekking in the jungle, where elephants are relatively better treated as compared to other places of Thailand.
Another option to make the most of Lanta’s stunning nature would be to go on a longtail boat or kayak trip,where you would be able to spot along your way mangroves, spectaculars limestones and a rich marine life.
Ok, there is no beach there but probably the chillest atmosphere you will find on the island. This fishermen village kept his authenticity for hundred years and locals still live in charming wooden houses, literally feet in the waters in waterfront houses on stilts.
The town is just the size of a street, but you’ll find there a local market every Sunday, fresh fishes and seafood in the restaurants. There is also a Chinese temple and a little museum, the place is ideal to buy some gifts and souvenirs.