Koh Lanta is a small island in Thailand located in the Andaman Sea, full of white sandy beaches, jungles, waterfalls, coral reefs, and incredible underwater life.
Description of Koh Lanta
Located on the Andaman Sea, the island is part of the province of Krabi.
It is well known because it is where the reality and adventure TV show of the same name was shot.
The main island is 6 km wide and more than 30 km long; it is located about 70 km from the city of Krabi.
A paved road extends along the beaches of the northern part of the island almost to the southern tip.
The last 8 kilometers are leading to the Ko Lanta National Park headquarters.
The island’s geography is generally composed of mangroves; beaches and mountains covered with virgin forest.
The inhabitants of Krabi and Ko Lanta are a mixture of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and sea gypsies.
The majority of the population in rural areas is Muslim.
The region, however, does not suffer from religious tensions and people live in peace and harmony.
Most of the inhabitants speak a southern dialect that is difficult to understand even for Thais.
Koh Lanta Climate
The weather in the region is tropical; there are only two seasons: the hot season from January to April and the rainy season from May to December.
Temperatures during the annual average are 25º C to 32º C and average annual precipitation is 2569 mm.
Rain in this region comes heavy and quickly over short periods.
When to go to Koh Lanta ?
The best time to visit Koh Lanta is between November and April when the region’s climate is not as hot as usual.
During this period, the island receives a lot of dry northerly winds, giving a blue sky and starry nights.
From May to October, the region receives a lot of rainfall, more on average than in the rest of the country.
During this period, the island receives a lot of wet southwest winds, resulting in a mixture of dry and humid days.
The sea remains at 29°C all year round.
See also: Weather for all provinces of Thailand
History of Koh Lanta
Initially, the island was called Pulau Satak, “the island of the long beach” in Malay.
It was not officially named Koh Lanta until 1917. This name, with its uncertain etymology, would come from the Javanese Lanta, which would designate a utensil used to grill fish.
The name could also come from the Thai lan taa, which in association with Ko would mean “the island of millions of eyes.”
Several archaeological discoveries have attested that the island has been frequented since prehistoric times.
To see and do in Koh Lanta
The main ranges
It is the most popular beach on the island.
It is a white sandy beach with clear water that extends over 3km; it is 2km from the port of Saladan.
There are many hotels of all categories in Klong Dao.
It is the perfect place for those looking for a quiet beach while staying in a lively area with many agencies, restaurants, and bars.
This small beach is one kilometer long and is famous for snorkeling because there are beautiful corals.
It is located 18 kilometers south of Baan Saladan, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
This beach is called Long Beach by tourists, it is located in the north of the island and forms a crescent over 4 kilometers long.
It is a quiet area where you can easily find hotels and bungalows.
The Old City: Lanta Old Town
It is a small village located on the east coast of Koh Lanta.
Years ago, the old city (Lanta Old Town) was the island’s shopping center and had its only port.
It was a safe place of exchange for Arab and Chinese merchant ships.
Today, the old city is an important district; it has a post office, a police station, a Buddhist temple, a Chinese temple, a port, and the only hospital on the island.
It is a pleasant place to visit with a multitude of good restaurants and many shops selling handicrafts.
Khao Mai Kaew Caves
The cellars of Khao Mai Kaew are located in the center of the island; they have magnificent rocks and impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
To visit these cellars, you will need a guide; it costs 200 baht per person.
Many agencies offer courses and scuba diving trips; most of them have French-speaking instructors.
In these magnificent seabeds, you can observe many species of fish such as manta rays and sometimes whale sharks.
Visits the islands
A widespread activity during the high season, the agencies offer you to discover the most beautiful islands of the region by boat.
You can visit the mangroves by kayak or canoe, a beautiful walk through the labyrinths of trees and small canals.
An excellent way to observe the species of plants and animals such as monkeys, lizards, birds…
The routes are generally half a day long.
The sea gypsies
Known as Chao Le by the Thai, the Sea Gypsies occupied this area for several hundred years.
The sea gypsies live separately and do not mix too much with other local populations. They have their customs, beliefs, rituals, and even their language.
Orchid nursery farm
This orchid farm is located near Pra Ae Beach, and the entrance costs 30 baht per person.
Other activities on Koh Lanta
You will also find in Koh Lanta the common activity in Thailand’s tourist areas, such as Thai massage, SPAs, Thai cooking classes, elephant rides…
Find a hotel in Koh Lanta
You will have no trouble finding hotel places, but if you come between November and February, the high season in Thailand, it is better to book in advance.
You will find the best quality/price ratio by comparing offers from the main booking sites via our partner Hotellook.com.
Transport: come and travel to Koh Lanta
To compare transport prices, check timetables or book a flight, bus, train or boat ticket, see: 12go.asia
The nearest airports to Koh Lanta are Krabi, Trang, and Phuket.
Krabi and Trang have boat connections to Koh Lanta; it is the easiest way to get to the island.
It is possible to take a direct flight to Krabi airport, from Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.
Minivan and boat by express transfer
The fastest way to get to Koh Lanta from Krabi or Phuket airport is by express transfer, which includes a van and fast boat trip.
From Krabi airport, a minivan will take you to the port in 45 minutes to take the first boat.
This fast boat should then travel in 15 minutes to Saladan on Koh Lanta; then you will be transferred to your hotel by car.
The total duration of this express transfer should then be about an hour and a half at the cost of 2450 baht per person and 1225 baht for children.
Several buses leave Bangkok daily, it takes between 12 and 15 hours to Krabi, from there you have to go to the pier to take the ferry.
Private buses leave from Kao San Road; they are very comfortable sleeper buses. They usually go in the evening. You have to check with the agencies.
Public buses leave every 30 minutes (between 17:00 and 21:00) from Bangkok South Station to Krabi Bus Station.
From Krabi to Bangkok, buses leave every 30 minutes between 16:00 and 18:00.
From Bangkok North Station (Mo Chit), buses leave every day at 18:35.
The island is only served by boats.
Many private boat companies allow you to travel to and from Koh Lanta.
Cost of the trip (depends on the companies and the season):
Koh Lanta – Koh Phi Phi Phi hi: between 200 and 350 baht
Koh Lanta – Krabi: between 200 and 400 baht
Koh Lanta – Koh Phi Phi Phi – Phuket: between 450 and 700 baht
The nearest train station to Koh Lanta is in Trang province, located in southern Krabi. This station is 950 kilometers from Bangkok or about 12 hours’ travel time.
Traveling on the island
Most hotels and tourist services, such as diving agencies, have trucks that can pick you up when you arrive on the island or take you on an excursion.
The rides offered by motorcycle taxis are not very expensive, it will only cost you about a hundred baht for a day.
For example, a trip from Saladan to Klong Dao beach costs 40 baht.
Koh Lanta photos
Video on Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta Maps
Official map of the island
Tourist map of the island
Source: wikipedia.org; wikitravel.org; Photos : Koh Lanta Beach : Neitram, Ban Saladan Pier, Ko Lanta : Puzzlement, Bungalows, Ko Lanta : Puzzlement, Sunset, Koh Lanta : Phil WeaverLong boat, Ko Lanta : Puzzlement, Koh Lanta Beach : Neitram, Koh Lanta Beach 2 : Michele Ann Jenkins; Restaurant in Koh Lanta: Alex Duggleby
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