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A Trip to the Best Nature Destination – Koh Lanta

Updated on October 25, 2016

Koh Lanta is one of the thriving districts in Phucket, Thailand that features white sand beaches and tropical forests. Its entirety can all be summarized in its famous slogan that says: “The province of coal mines , Fossil shell beach , towering mountains, beautiful streams, an abundance of islands, palm plantations, sandy beaches, wonderful sea world, Emerald of Andaman, and heavenly Phi Phi Islands."

Koh Lanta is mainly comprised of other smaller islands, with Koh Lanta Noi and the Koh Lanta Yai as the two biggest islands. The nickname Koh Lanta basically refers to Lanta Yai, which is even larger. In fact, locals and foreigners have known it as the Southern Thailand Island off the Coast of Andaman Sea.

Lanta Yai's Coastline


Lanta Yai - The other half of Koh Lanta Island


Typical Koh Lanta boat tours


V-hire bound for Koh Lanta


How to Reach Koh Lanta and other modes of Transportation

Koh Lanta is only just about 25 km long and 70 km away from the town of Krabi. From the Krabi airport, the fastest way to reach Lanta Yai is through express transfer, which is a combination of minivan and speedboat travel. If you arrive late, you can take the ferry that operates on a regular basis.

Once you reach Koh Lanta, it would be easy to tour around the place by driving a motorcycle or a car. If you are a first timer, it would be best to book an organized tour so you would not have any problem with transportation. Cycling is also a popular mode of travel in the area. What is amazing is that Koh Lanta has its own bicycle lanes and walking paths that lead some major attractions.

Super fast and in style speed boat to Koh Lanta's top dive sites


It would be easy to locate the Koh Lanta if you bring a map with you, or at least take a look at the map

A markerKoh Lanta -
Ko Lanta District, Krabi, Thailand
get directions

The floating houses in Saladan town - Thailand''s highly treasured representations


Assorted goods along the streets of Chao Le


Scenic view of Kor Kwang beach


Family-friendly Attractions and Activities

Many families like to visit Koh Lanta because it is far from the hustle bustle of the city. One of the main activities that are highly recommended for families is touring the notable attractions around the site, such as the Old Port, the Ban Saladan town and the traditional Chao Le (sea gypsy) village. The elephant camps on the island are also very popular and open to everyone. Here, you can try riding on the elephant’s back with your kids.

If you are looking for a more refreshing accommodation, you may head out to the beaches on Lanta Yai’s western portion. Among the popular beaches that you can visit are the Kor Kwang, Pra Ae and Klong Dao. They feature clear and calm waters, and white sand bays which are perfect for swimming and other beach activities, such as volleyball, tennis, and many more. There are also some parts of the beach that are blessed with a more peaceful ambience such as the east coast. Although this section of the island is less developed, it is very reflective of its culture and heritage. By all means, you can make your way around and suit your family.

Native seats in Pra Ae beach resort


Check your list before you leave your hometown

Batteries for small electronics and cameras
iPod and iPod dock
Deodorant and other toiletries
Camera (and film, if needed)
Antibacterial wipes or alcohol
Cash or ATM card
Alarm clock
Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, and laptop
Comb and brush

Right position when snorkeling


Underwater shot of Koh Kradan's marine lives


Snorkeling and other Water Activities

Koh Lanta is not only famous for its notable waterfronts. Its seas are also gifted with a fantastic underwater world and a variety of marine lives, which you can see through snorkeling or diving. The best snorkeling spots around the area are the Koh Kradan, Koh Haa and Koh Rok. You may also explore the Lanta Marine National Park, an amazing waterpark on the southernmost section of Lanta Yai, just 6 km of Pimalai.

Koh Lanta is also very well known for its varying culture and incredible lifestyle. A tour to the town would be great if you book your accommodation in advance. There are regular tours offer around the village, and you would be surprised just how much friendly the natives are. In fact, they are not ashamed to share the simple way of living that they have.

Koh Haa and Koh Rok's famous turquoise


Watch these videos to see the best of Koh Lanta's snorkeling

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    • Mary Cimeni profile image

      Mary Cimeni 2 years ago from Philippines

      Two years, and still loving this place..

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      Mary Cimeni 4 years ago from Philippines

      Hi there Mel! You should one day, and truly Thailand is so wonderful! Thanks a bunch for commenting.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      I love Thailand and it's people and I hope to make this a stop someday. Great hub!