Ko Lanta (เกาะลันตา) is an island off the Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand. Like many other destinations in Krabi Province, it is known for its diving and long white beaches.
Ko Lantas' official guide book, endorsed by the TAT, Lanta Tourism Office and local government is the
KOH LANTA POCKET GUIDE
Ko Lanta consists of several islands, the two largest of which are Ko Lanta Noi (เกาะลันตาน้อย, "Small Lanta Island") and Ko Lanta Yai (เกาะลันตาใหญ่, "Big Lanta Island"). However, Ko Lanta Yai is where all the tourist action is, so this article will refer to it simply as "Ko Lanta".
Ko Lanta is a large island with 6 km wide and over 30 kms long, 9 beaches lie from north to south along the sunset coast. The island boasts stunning scenery, fantastic white sandy beaches, coastlines dotted with more than 70 small islands and plenty of forest, coral reefs and under water life. The geography of the island is typically mangroves; coral rimmed beaches; and rugged tree covered hills.
Ko Lanta is popular with tourists seeking a holiday away from the parties. It's popular with a significantly older crowd than nearby Ko Phi Phi: more walking on the beach and watching the sunset than drinking and dancing. However, there are plenty of bars and the longer term stayers are friendly and know how to party! It is also popular with families with young children, and of course, with divers. Ko Lanta can provide a party if you know where to look.
Ko Lanta is a little less well-known than Ko Phi Phi, which has become more commercialised and corporate. The several beaches on the west coast of Ko Lanta Yai are each strung with a line of resorts and bungalows, although the farther down the island you venture, the less this is true. And even when the island is at it fullest, there will be a quiet place for you to relax - the beaches are never full.
Don't expect to find "hidden places", lonely beaches or a paradise-like place. Wherever you go there will be resorts, restaurants or at least a lot of garbage. The beaches are nice, but compared to other places in southern Thailand nothing special.
Ko Lanta is especially popular with Swedish tourists: although the "tourist language" is English as it is in most places in Thailand, and you will find menus and so on are translated into English, expect the poolside language to be Swedish much of the time. However, there are still many English and Irish bars and restaurants to visit.
Food is often highly overprice with a simple dish for 80-100 baht, but in general 100+ baht. Sadly it seems like tourist are even paying it. There are a couple of cheaper and by far more tasty places; look out where locals are eating to get authentic thai food!
Ko Lanta was hit by the tsunami in December 2004, which killed 20 people, but virtually all businesses are now operating normally again.
The main island is 6 km wide and over 30 km long, located approximately 70 km from Krabi Town. The island has 9 attractive white sandy beaches, splendid scenery; coastlines have more than 70 small islands and plenty with forest, coral reefs and under water life. The geography of the island is typically mangroves; coral rimmed beaches; and rugged tree covered hills.
A paved road runs along the beaches from the northern part of the island almost all the way to the southern tip. The last 8 kilometers leading to the headquarters of the Mu Ko Lanta National Park in the south are quite hilly. The landscape is dominated by a series of mountains covered with virgin rainforest.
Weather in the region is tropical and there are two basic monsoons:
During the months of November - April the island experiences the dry monsoon, northeasterly prevailing winds come overland and bring dry air. Temperatures rise during March/April and it get's quite arid and dusty on the island after many months of no rain.
May - October is the wet monsoon season, where southwesterly winds bring wetter weather from the indian ocean. Around April the season changes and the increase in rain helps revitalise the island to its tropical lushness, everything regrows and the cool wet spells brings relief from the heat of the dry season.
Temperatures during the year average 25ºC to 32ºC (77ºF to 89.6ºF) and the yearly rainfall averages 2569 mm. Unlike in say Europe, the rain in this region comes down heavily and quickly over short periods. The sea stays at a warm 29°C all year round.
Krabi and Ko Lanta are a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims, and even sea gypsies. The majority of the population in the rural areas is Muslim. The area however, does not suffer from any religious tension and the folk live in peace and harmony. Most of the folk speak with a thick Southern dialect which is difficult for even other Thais to understand.
With this kind of mixture, Krabi is always celebrating something be it part of Thai Buddhist, Thai-Chinese, or Thai-Islamic tradition.
The unique lifestyle of the Chao-Le (sea-gypsy) in Ko Lanta particularly is well-worth a look, a life-style that has been almost completely unaffected by the booming tourism on the island.
The nearest airports are Krabi, Trang and Phuket. Krabi and Trang have direct road and boat connections to Ko Lanta, and are the best options if you're only visiting Ko Lanta. Flying into Phuket is a better option if you're intending to spend time in Phuket and nearby islands, or, since Phuket has many more international flights, if you don't want to have to organize a domestic flight to Krabi or Trang from Bangkok. As an alternative to Bangkok, there are daily flights to Krabi directly to and from Singapore, as well as Kuala Lumpur.
- Nok Air offers three-daily flight+ferry services from Bangkok to Ko Lanta v.v. by flying with Nok Air from Trang and transferred on a ferry to Ko Phi Phi. This can be booked directly from their website.
- Air Asia offers three-daily flight+ferry services from Bangkok to Ko Lanta v.v. by flying with Air Asia from Krabi. This can be booked directly from their website.
Air Asia runs a free transfer van from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang Pier where you can catch the 10:30am Ferry (470 baht). However the Ferry only runs November to April, and might not be running if the weather is bad.
The quickest service from Krabi Airport  and Phuket Airport  to Ko Lanta is by using the express transfer which is a combination of minivan and speedboat travel. If you arrive early you will not have to wait for the ferry and if you arrive late at these airports you can still arrive on Ko Lanta the same day.
From Krabi airport a 45 minute air conditioned minivan to the first car ferry port. You then go on board the speedboat which then takes you on a stunning boat ride across the water along the coastline of Ko Lanta. The journey takes around 15 minutes depending on weather and conditions. You will arrive directly in Saladan (alternately written as Sala Dan) on Ko Lanta, where you are then transferred to your hotel by car. That means the total journey time should be 1.5 to 2 hours. This eliminates the waiting time at the car ferry and also if you are going from Ko Lanta to one of these airports allows you more time to enjoy your visit.
Ko Lanta does not have roads connecting it directly to the mainland, but is served by car ferries. Take Rt 4206 off Hwy 4 about 20 km southeast of Krabi airport. Drive to the end of the road, where there is a car ferry from Baan Hua Hin to Ko Lanta Noi. From the pier here, turn right and follow the "ferry" signs to the second car ferry to Ko Lanta Yai. Ferries operate 07:00-22:00.
There are plenty of car taxi and minivan taxi services from Krabi and the nearby airport, as well as Songthaews that costs as little as 50 baht (2016). If you prefer the straightforward but more expensive option then booking a seat on a ten person minivan is the way to go. The cheapest way to book a minivan is directly from the bus terminal in Krabi and should cost you no more than 250 baht. Buses from other locations will be more expensive but even from the airport they should not cost more tban 350 baht. Be aware that in Krabi, as in many places in Thailand, the touring companies are run by a semi-mafia looking to squeeze the most out of tourists. Never take the first offer you get: shop around first and then decide which operator offers the best value, you'll probably get crammed in the same van as the rest anyway.
If you don't feel like being squeezed for your money like a farang but would prefer to take the cheapest way to Koh Lanta then you shpuld try taking a blue Songthaew (looks like a roofed pick up with benches in the back). These leave from the 7-eleven at Phetkasem Road close to the freeway. Taking a red or white Songthaew to the northern bus terminal (20-40 baht) puts you in walking distance. Please note that all minivan and Songthaew drivers will deny the existence of a blue Songthaew going to Koh Lanta as they want foreigners to take the more expensive options. Simply keep repeating yourself until you find someone that wants to give you directions should you get lost.
In high season there is the option of taking a high speed feery service from Krabi Pier to Koh Lanta. The ferry leaves twice a day at 10:30 and 13:30 and takes around 2 hours.
Ferry arrival at Ban Saladan pier
From Ko Lanta to other islands
Private companies on Ko Lanta operate boat services to many destinations.
Tickets can be booked in advance online here 
- Ko Lanta – Ko Phi Phi: 08:00 and 13:00, 350 baht.
- Ko Lanta – Krabi: 08:00 and 13:00, 300 baht (apparently, in high season, at least 400 baht)
- Ko Lanta – Ko Phi Phi – Phuket: 13:00 and 14:30, 700 baht
- Ko Lanta – Ko Phi Phi – Krabi: 09:00 and 13:30, 700 baht
Ferry services run from Krabi, Ao Nang and from Phuket via Ko Phi Phi to Ko Lanta Yai's Saladan pier. During high season, there are sometimes direct ferries as well. Ferry services are subject to weather and to demand. Many ferries have limited room for luggage. Often the ferries dock alongside each other, meaning that to get on and off passengers must clamber onto and across other boats with their luggage. However many times boat staff will be there to help you board your bags.
Services from Ao Nang are run by Ao Nang Travel and Tour (+66 75 637 730) and depart at 10:30 (470baht).
Ferries depart from Ko Phi Phi at 11:30 and 14:00, and take 1 hour. If travelling from Phuket in a single day, you will need to leave Phuket on the 08:00 ferry to transfer to the 11:30 ferry. Tickets to Ko Lanta are 200 baht from Ko Phi Phi and 450 baht from Phuket.
Once you arrive, if you have a booking at a hotel/resort, there should be a person at the ferry exit with a sign giving the name of the hotel you have booked.
By passenger van
All the travel agents in Krabi can arrange passenger vans to Ko Lanta. There is no regular, scheduled van service from Krabi Airport, although vans and taxis can be chartered to Ko Lanta for about 2,000 baht per vehicle (2,500 baht if you are going to the south end of Ko Lanta). Taxis (usually vans) are also available at the airport at the same rate. It will pick-up, drop-off at the airport. You should factor in 3 to 4 hours to get from Ko Lanta to the airport, since the mini van will pick-up and drop off other people along the way.
There is a mini van service that runs between Krabi and Ko Lanta. It cost 400 baht (Oct 2014) and leave from Soi 6 (street going down from temple). Expect to pay 400 baht if booking by hotel, "booking office" or "travel agent". Be aware that if you are coming from other city in Thailand by minivan they will drop you at their station and expect to pay 400 baht. It is wiser to book your travel just until Krabi and say you want drop off at Soi 6, where you can buy ticket by yourself.
If you want to return to Krabi by van rather than by ferry, ask at your hotel/resort and they will book you on the minibus which will take you there (as a group with others from other hotels), for a reasonable price.
It is worth travelling to Lanta one way by boat and the other by road just to see the contrast. The price is not much different.
The nearest train station to Ko Lanta is in Trang province just south of Krabi. From there, there are trains to and from Bangkok.
Distances from Bangkok
The distance from Bangkok to Krabi is approx 950 km or about 12 hrs by car.
- Route 1: Phetburi → Prachuabkirikhan → Chumphon → Phang Nga → Krabi = 946 km.
- Route 2: Phetburi → Prachuabkirikhan → Chumphon (Hwy 41) to Chaiya (Surat Thani) → Krabi (Viangsra) → Hwy 4035 → Krabi (Ao Luk) and along Hwy 4 again = 814 km.
The main roads on the island are well-paved. The road just north of Mu Ko National Park is nowadays also paved. That road ends at the park and so it isn't possible to drive from that point up the eastern side of the island.
It's worth knowing the names of the resorts near yours: both the pickup trucks and motorcycle taxis will often want to pick you up or drop you at a nearby resort with a better road.
Resorts and some of the major tourist services (like the dive shops) own large pickup trucks and transport tourists around in the tray. Very occasionally, they own minibuses instead. If you come in by ferry your resort will almost certainly meet you at pier with their truck; if you're travelling with very small children who you don't want to cling to while you bump along sitting on the side of the truck you might want to warn them in advance that you'll want to ride in the cab: it's generally assumed to be the private domain of the driver.
You will find the locals almost exclusively ride motorbikes; you can hire these in several places for as little as 150 baht a day (many of the guest houses ask 250 baht per day in high season), security deposit is 2,000 baht or your passport (this is not advised as you must keep your passport on you at all times while in Thailand). Gasoline is available from stores at the road for 40 baht per liter. You can also hire motorcycle taxis with sidecars. These will happily take you also on the unpaved roads but the ride can be as slow as walking. A typical fare for a ride from Saladan to Klong Dao Beach is 150 baht per person. Further rides can be much higher, and nighttime rates are also higher. Agree on a price before getting in.
Jeeps can be hired for 1,200 baht per day. Be sure to check insurance, contract terms and the condition of the vehicle. The "roads" of Ko Lanta combined with the driver operation characteristics of some renters are a serious challenge for any car. The frequently available Suzuki Sporty seems primitive and therefore sturdy, and a replacement should cost around 150,000 baht.
- Ban Saladan Ban Saladan, approximately 3 km from Klong Dao Beach, is the tourist centre of Ko Lanta. Facilities include inexpensive and easy to find transport, diving trips, banking, and shopping. Surprisingly, the tour brokers in town offer the cheapest prices on tours (even better than the actual tour operators, in some cases).
- Khao Mai Kaew Caves Getting away from the beach for the day, tourists can visit the stunning Khao Mai Kaew Caves which are located in the centre of the island, offering a wonder of rocks and caverns and housing spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, some of the caves are just huge and one of them contains a pool. For getting around inside the caves you will need a guide, but one is cheap, around 200 baht per person. You can also take an elephant-ride for around 600 baht per person. Take some good shoes, as the caves are slippery. The caves are located just off the lower of two cross-island roads, down a narrow 1.5 km dirt path through the rubber plantations.
Please remember. Before deciding on an elephant ride, the animals have been 'broken' to make them compliant. Your choice, but when you choose the ride you are helping to perpetuate a cruel practice.
- Ko Lanta Noi. Lanta Noi has no tourist facilities as such but is well worth a visit. Hire a motorbike and catch the ferry or longtail from Saladan Pier, there's a few circular roads, all well covered that will take you around the island to see the local way of life. There are a few local restaurants along the way so you can stop for some fried rice, pick up a map before you go from one of the tourist offices on Lanta Noi, and drive carefully! edit
- Lanta Old Town is a small village on Ko Lanta's East side. It's one of the region's most culturally diverse with Chinese merchants, original Thai fishing families and an ancient Sea Gypsy community. Many years ago, Ko Lanta's Old Town acted as the port and commercial centre for the island and provided a safe harbour for Arabic and Chinese trading vessels sailing between the larger ports of Phuket, Penang, and Singapore. Today, Old Town is the district capital; it has a post office, Buddhist temple, Chinese temple, and the island's hospital as well as a long pier. It's a charming place to visit and boasts many good restaurants and interesting shopping like handmade hammocks and an original batik and art gallery. It's also a great jumping off point to other islands like Ko Bubu, Ko Talenbeng and Ko Por.
- Orchid nursery farm This farm is recommended to all those who especially like flowers. The Orchid Nursery Farm is located at Long Beach (Pra Ae Beach) and the entry fee is 50 baht per person. It’s easily accessible by bike or motorbike.
- Sea-Gypsy Village Known to the Thais as Chao Le, sea gypsies have occupied the area for hundreds of years settling along the coast in stilt-built houses erected between the water level of high and low tide. They are unique in that they mix very little with the general population, speak their language and have their very own supernatural and traditional beliefs and rituals. And example of the latter is the Loy Ruea (floating boat) ceremony where the village men build a symbolic boat and place wooden statues of themselves in it along with nail pairings, hair and popped rice. By performing this ritual, they ask for forgiveness from the sea gods and for any wrongs that may have done to the sea. It is believed that all evil is carried away in the symbolic boat.
- Kor Kwang. This beach, with its attractively curved shaped has lovely sand and clear aquamarine water. Extremely shallow.
- Klong Dao. Over the years, Klong Dao has developed into the most popular beach on the island with a spectacular 3 km long beach of fine white sand and shallow clear water. Yet, because of its length, it is never really that busy. It is located just 2 km from Saladan Pier. The beach has an abundance of accommodation ranging in cost from just a couple of hundred to a few thousand. It is more than ideal for those who like a quiet beach but prefer to have all the usual tourist mods and cons such as international food, music and bars etc.
- Pra Ae (Long Beach) This beach, situated in the north of the island, is a stunning crescent of sand about 4 km long. There is a lot of accommodation there but since it is spread out a lot, visitors get the feeling that place is peacefully quiet.
- Relax Beach - Pra Ae Separate from Long Beach but still part of Pra Ae, Relax Beach is the perfect location to see the spectacular Lanta sunsets. Whilst a dotted rocky reef runs through, it's a solid swimming location with soft fine white sand and clear water. With a small number of quality options of accommodation and restaurants, this is a perfect location to kick back and watch the sunset with a cocktail.
- Klong Khong For most of the length of Klong Khong Beach there is a klong (canal) running opposite the beach and an old coconut plantation. Towards the southern end is an area where the local fishermen tie up their boats to the shore. A rocky reef runs along the length of the shore making it difficult for swimming but great for admiring the sunset.
- Klong Nin This beach is separated by a klong that runs down to the beach at the northern third of the beach dividing it in two. The beach is covered with coconut and pine trees and the back end is tropical rain forest. Like almost all beaches on Ko Lanta, Klong Nin offers a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere and its sand is white and fine.
- Kantiang Bay A kilometre-long beach on a gently curving shoreline, Kantiang Bay is home to a limited number of hotels and resorts, leaving the pristine beach with an uncrowded feeling even during the busy holidays. There are excellent corals for snorkelling as well. Lying 18 km south of Baan Saladan, Kantiang Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and was voted one of the "Top Ten Tropical Beaches in The World" .
Far Southern Beaches
There are a few beaches in the south of Ko Lanta. All are the beaches are small, just a few hundred meters long. The beaches are very quiet with little in the way of accommodation - ideal for those who want to ‘get away from it all’. They are:
- Ao Nui (Nui Bay) — next to Bakantiang. The road leading to Mu Ko Lanta National Park is paved since a couple of years and no longer a dirt road, so it is really no big deal to drive anymore. Recently a lot of waste on it.
- Ko Lanta National Park — there are two beaches in the national park, such as Had Hin Ngam.
- Likae Pa (ลิเกป่า) — an adapted play, Likae Pa follows the adventures of an Indian merchant from Calcutta who married a local girl named Yayi. The story is then followed by other plays. Like Pa is accompanied by the music of folk instruments such as various kinds of drums, cymbals, and gongs. The lyrics are a mixture of the traditional Manora and Buranyawa songs. With its long history of popularity in Krabi, Like Pa performers are abundant here. It is believed that the play originated in this province. Many companies are still performing this dramatic art such as Mr. Truek Plodrit who won a cultural award.
- Shadow Plays (หนังตะลุง) — this is an Indian influence. There are many shadow play or nang talung companies in Krabi.
- Manora (มโนราห์) — the performance is native to southern Thailand, which truly reflects its traditional culture.
- Rong Ngeng (รองเง็ง) and Phleng Tanyong (เพลงตันหยง) — a Malaysian adaptation, which is of Portuguese origin, rong ngeng is a traditional folk dance and music customarily performed in noble houses. It was later performed by the locals with Thai lyrics called phleng tanyong.
- Beach hand tennis. A game with a tennis ball and a net played in front of Hans restaurant everyday from 4.30pm. If you have hands come and play. its great fun.
- Lanta Muay Thai Gym, 245 M.2 T.Saladan (Near Phrae Ae beach opposite Relax Bay resort road, a dirt road off main rd to gym), ☎ +66(0)897397399, . 8:00-6:00. Lanta Gym is a professional and exciting place to train in Muay Thai. They welcome any ability from beginners and children. They have a range of trainers, some ex and current champion fighters from all over Thailand including Bangkok. The skills and techniques are taught in a personal, approachable style. They also have fights every Sunday at Williams Stadium, and a lot of foreigners that stay in the area and train can have the option to fight. 500 baht lesson. edit
- Boat Charter Thailand, ☎ +66(0)884907290, . Sailing Yachts, Motor Boats, Bareboat or Crewed, Luxury Charters, Fishing Trips, Traditional Boat Tours. ("""",) edit
- Yingyai Muay Thai @ Koh Lanta Thaiboxing Stadium (YingYai Muay Thai), Koh Lanta, Ban Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand 81150 (Opposite Pra-Ae School), ☎ 084 678 0176, . 08:00 - 10:00 and 16:00 - 18:00. Yingyai muay thai is a traditional Muay Thai Stadium Gym offering old school Thai Boxing training on the beautiful island setting of Koh Lanta. Train, authentic, old school Muay Thai, twice a day, 6 days a week 500thb. edit
- Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Cafe, 608 M.2 T.Saladan (Just before the turning to Relax Beach at the end of Phra Ae), ☎ +66(0)91 0377 377, . 10:00-10:00. Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Cafe is Koh Lanta's only activity bar offering paintball games, target practice with zombies, bouldering wall, slackline and Kiddy Climber. Set around an open plan bar area and surrounded by a beautiful garden, LP&B Cafe is the perfect place to take a break or break a sweat. Open year round. edit
Massage and Spa
- Serenity massage and Spa,  147 Moo 1, Saladan +66 0815 699 852. Open all year from 10am till 10pm. Inside Serenity you will find a team of fully trained staff which will all help you on a rejuvenating journey to restore and harmonise your mind, body and soul. Serenity is also a unique Spa as it's built entirely on the Sea on wooden stilts and enjoys a private pier where you can relax before and after your treatments. Travel in to Saladan Koh Lantas main center and turn right at the waters edge.
- Lanta Massage A little studio with a wall fully adorned with photos of happy customers. Very relaxing, great technical massage, with care and attention. On Long Beach (Phra Ae Beach), Moo 3 Saladan. Walking towards the water, it's on your left, near where the road meets the beach. You may have some difficulty finding this place. Open late.
- Dreamy Spa (ดรีมมี่ สปา) Klong Dao Beach, Saladan, Koh Lanta, Krabi Tel: +6675 684729
- Layana Spa (ลายาน่า สปา) 272 Mu 3, Long Beach, Koh Lanta, Krabi
- Pimalai Spa (พิมาลัย สปา) 99 Mu 5, Ba Kan Tiang Beach, Koh Lanta, Krabi
- Rawiwarin Spa at Langham Place Eco Resort + Rawiwarin
- Royal Lanta Spa (รอยัล ลันตา สปา) 222 Mu 3, Klong Dao Beach,Koh Lanta, Krabi
- Sri Lanta Spa (ศรีลันตา สปา) 111 Mu 6, Klong Nin Beach,Koh Lanta, Krabi
- Twin Lotus Spa (ทวิน โลตัส สปา) 199 Mu 1, Klong Dao Beach,Koh Lanta, Krabi
- Lanta Longtail / Sun Island Tours, 9/1 Moo 1, Lanta Old Town, Ko Lanta Yai +66 087 8916619 ([email protected])  - The LONGTAIL FOR LOVERS TOUR, private charters, island tours, beach camping and fishing trips.
- Rapu Sea Kayaking, 10/5 Moo 2, Ko Lanta Yai +66 92 871 749 (contact Chutima Junsirikamon) - guided sea kayak tours of the mangrove areas.
There are no scuba diving sites on the island itself, all require a boat trip. However Lanta is the closest island to the famous Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Haa sites, so it is very popular with divers.
Hin Daeng and Hin Muang near Ko Lanta are perhaps the best dive sites in Thailand (frequently ranking in the world’s top ten) with more than 200 hard corals and 108 reef fish catalogued in a study underway, but thousands more organisms abound. Hin Daeng has the steepest and deepest in the whole of the country with fantastic marine life. Hin Muang next door is completely underwater and it is covered with delicate violet coral. The sites also have one of the world's highest incidences of whale shark sightings.
For details refer to Diving in Thailand and Diving in Ko Lanta
Koh Haa - this is the best site in Thailand for mixed groups of snorkelers and divers. For divers only, it offers amazing swim-throughs. In recent years Koh Haa has seen a large increase in the number of fish present at the reefs, due to committed conservation policies.
Koh Rok - Koh Rok, 47 km south of Lanta, actually consists of two islands: Koh Rok Nai and Koh Rok Nok, both graced with powdery white sand beaches and ringing coral. Snorkeling here is above average for Southeast Asia (better than Phuket or Phi Phi, though not to be compared with Okinawa or Hawaii). Speedboat trips here cost 1500 baht, including buffet lunch and shore pick-up from anywhere on (the west coast of) Lanta; longtail trips cost ~700 baht.
Four Island Tour - Actually, you'll see way more than four islands, but there will be four stops including snorkeling, beaches, scenic coves, and Koh Mook's amazing Emerald Cave. The cave itself is a pitch black, 80-meter-long passageway that you swim through guided by the flashlights of your tour guides. There are lots of twists and turns (and opportunities to bang your head on the cave walls) so don't get lost! The tunnel opens into a hidden lagoon that's ringed on all sides by steep mountain walls. Large boat trips (such as by the Four Islands Tour Group, www.thefourislands.com) cost 1100 to 1200 baht, including buffet lunch and hotel transfer to Old Town from anywhere on Lanta; longtail trips (as usual) cost about 700 baht.
There will be at least 40-70 other people on other boats, so don't expect to be alone. The reef at the snorkeling stops are more dead than alive but you will see a few little fish swimming around.
Quality of snorkeling equipment varies but is in a rather bad condition. Some companies have fins, other don't. You will be sitting on the boat a lot and have 15-30 minutes at each stop.
Elephant rides can be arranged to take visitors to the top of the hill in Ko Lanta National Park.
- Sumate Koh Lanta Yai Safari
- Erawan Lanta Safari : Klong Dao Beach : 66 08 2286 1996 , 08 4632 2334.
Be aware of the ethical issues around elephant riding. Read reviews of your trek before you go. Do not ride elephants that are kept chained or that are rocking back and forth (stereotyping) - this is a typical sign of stress. Avoid places where the elephants are made to do "tricks".
The east side of Ko Lanta with its rich mangrove forests and caves is a great option for off-the-beaten-path kayaking. Kayaking can also be done on Ko Talabaeng, the limestone cliff near Ko Lanta.
Wannabe fishers can catch the likes of marlin, sailfish, barracuda, red snapper, and tuna. Three different kinds of fishing trip are offered by private longtail boat: half-day, full-day, and night fishing.
Events & Festivals
Krabi Berk Fa Andaman Festival (งานกระบี่เบิกฟ้าอันดามัน) This is annually held in November to inaugurate the province’s tourist season. Water sports competitions, cultural shows, and good-natured fun are the schedule.
Laanta Lanta Festival (เทศกาลลานตา ลันตา) The festival is usually held in March every year at the Old Community in Koh Lanta called Ban Sanga-Au, which has a very old history of more than 100 years. Ancient Chinese style houses can still be seen here. In this festival, tourists can see the traditional culture, previously unseen ceremonial demonstrations, Southern local performances, folk games, water sports competitions and enjoy the tastes from various kinds of food booths which are provided by prestigious hotels on the island.
Loi Ruea Chao-Le Festival (ประเพณีลอยเรือชาวเล) This old ritualistic tradition takes place on Ko Lanta during the full moon of the sixth and eleventh month in the lunar calendar. This is a religious rite performed by the sea gypsies of Ko Lanta, as well as, from other neighbouring areas, who gather on the beach near Sala Dan Village. They dance their famous "rong ngeng" round the boats of misfortune to be set adrift. Ceremonies feature singing and dancing. This festival is expected to bring prosperity and happiness to the participants.
Sat Duean Sip Festival or Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month (งานประเพณีสารทเดือนสิบ) This is the southern traditional merit making occasion to honour one's ancestors. Food offerings such as Khanom La, Khanom Chohu, Khanom Phong, Khanom Ba, and Khanom Kong or Khai Pla, are made offer to Buddhist monks.
Chak Phra Festival (งานประเพณีชักพระ) The original waterborne procession, where Buddha images are put on elaborately decorated pulpits on boats are pulled along on the river, has been replaced by a land procession. The festival was formerly accompanied with a performance of traditional boat songs. However, the traditional waterborne songs have since disappeared.
Besides diving, Thai cooking courses on Ko Lanta are where wanna-be Thai cuisine chefs can learn to cook up all their favourite dishes such as tom yum kung, sweet green curry and chicken with cashew nuts.
- Time for Lime, 72/2 Moo 3 Klong Dao Beach +66 75 684590 ([email protected]])  offers professional and fun evening Thai & Fusion cooking classes right on the beach. It's run with a passion, usually only 1 class per day. What is most unique is that all the profit goes to run Lanta Animal Welfare , founded by the owner, to help the sad situation for the animals on the Island. Classes starts at 16.00 (Introduction, making curry paste, 4 dishes (mostly seafood) 1800 baht.
- Lanta Thai Cookery School, 689 Moo2 +66 87 311 3252  offers basic cooking classes, 3 different courses per day. 1500 baht.
- Near Saladan Pier, across from the Lanta Mart, there is a covered shopping arcade full of small shops selling clothes, souvenirs, etc.
- Drunken Tailors, Kantiang Bay (Behind the Drunken Sailors Coffeeeshop), . 10:00 - 21:00. A colourfully funky collection of men's and women's clothing and jewelry with an emphasis on unique, hand-made items. Great location to shop for vibrant lady's evening wear as well as one-of-a-kind gifts for folks back home. edit
- Hammock House, 35 M2, Lanta Old Town, Ko Lanta Yai +66 (0)75 697 098 ([email protected])  - Unique hammocks. Handwoven in Thailand by the Mlabri tribe. Largest selection of quality hammocks on the island. Worth just the look!
- A Little Handmade Shop, 2 Moo5, BaKantiang Village, Ko Lanta Yai 100m past 7/11 +66 (0)849489688 ([email protected])  - All about handmade inspiration, creating original items for you and your home. Goods such as clothing, toys, ceramics, jewellery, and art.
- Cha-Ba Art Gallery (ชบา อาร์ท แกลอรี่) 20 Mu 3, Saladan, Klong-Dao Beach, Koh Lanta, Krabi Tel/Fax: 0 7568 4118
- Lanta Art Gallery (ลันตา อาร์ท แกลอรี่) 238 Mu 1, Saladan, Koh Lanta Krabi
- Batik and Watercolor Gallery at Lanta Longtail Office - 8.3 Moo 1, Lanta Old Town, Koh Lanta Krabi 81150 
Even though it is Malay in origin, the art of batik has embedded itself within the local culture. There are also a lot of handicrafts such as pineapple paper.
In general, Southern Thai food is renowned for its spiciness. Much of the cuisine has its origins in Malay, Indonesian and Indian food. Favourite dishes from the south include Indian-style Muslim curry (massaman), rice noodles in fish curry sauce (Khanom Jeen) and chicken birayani.
As for Ko Lanta, reasonable priced and tasty seafood is obviously what most tourists long for when visiting a coastal province like Krabi. In this connection, the wing shell (หอยชักตีน) is Krabi’s famous cuisine. It is eaten with a spicy dip. In addition, stirred fried Spotted Babylon (หอยหวาน), which is found in mangrove forests, with chilies and basil is also famous. This cuisine is common in Ko Lanta’s restaurants. Another great Krabi taste is, of course, seafood. The Ko Lanta beach areas have several restaurants with the 'catch of the day' displayed on ice outside. One can find all kinds of fish; juicy crabs and langoustines; shellfish, including giant oysters; as well as squid and lobsters.
Ko Lanta has a wide variety of restaurants, the kind that most visitors travel to Thailand for: beach-front locations serving delicious and inexpensive Thai and seafood dishes. Eateries line the beaches in front of the bungalows and no visitor will starve from lack of variety or interesting places to dine.
- Abdul's Pancakes is a crêpe stall run from a motorcycle sidecar. You can most often find him in Moo 1, Saladan, opposite Lanta Diver when the boat divers come back (around 15:00). His chocolate and banana crêpe and his chicken crêpe are especially tasty.
- Aroy Dee, (Take the road to long beach next to a mini mart following signs for chill out house). 8am-8pm ish. Food from a 5 start chef Kung (owner) for half star prices. Speaks good English and happy to accommodate to customers needs. Delicious tradition or Thai fusion food. 60 bht. (7.617432,99.031527) edit
- Baan Laanta Bay View Restaurant (located in Kantiang Bay) serves great fresh seafood BBQ. Enormous tiger prawns, fresh squid, snappers galore - all fish & seafood is caught fresh, locally each day, and cooked in any style you like, served with baked potatoes and a free salad bar (with the best dressings you can imagine). The regular menu is also good, with stir-fries and curries at 100B, only a little more than the 70-80B you'd pay on the road. The juices are small, though. The view out over Kantiang Bay is beautiful and you can request a table on the beach if you like. Aqua Bar - the in-house cocktail bar, serves what may be the freshest and most adventurous cocktails on the island, including mango daquiris and fresh lime margaritas.
- Cook Kai is just across the street from Klong Nin Beach. Wholly built of wood and beautifully decorated, it offers a spacious open dining area and bar. The restaurant, run by the cook and his brothers and sisters, serves bland Thai food at 140B for curries and soups.
- Drunken Sailors Coffeeshop, 116 Moo 5, Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150 (On the main road - 100m north of 7-11), ☎ 07-5665076, . 8:30 to 17:00 & 18:30 to 21:00. Drunken Sailors aspires to be nothing more than a laid-back café, but the rave reviews just keep coming. Now in it's 9th season of serving a diverse menu of western classics such as pasta and burgers as well as Thai dishes and unique fusion creations, this jazzy octagonal pad has become the center of social life in Kantiang Bay. Locals and tourists alike spend all day chilling in the café’s beanbags and hammocks. Add to the mix the huge selection of real ground espresso drinks and fresh fruit shakes and you can see why it's so popular. edit
- Faim de Loup is a French Coffe Shop , very cosy, in the middle of the island close to long Beach. You can go there to enjoy a very good breakfast with " croissant and confitures " or a good lunch with the " plat du jour " in high season and some nice panini and salads. You can also come here to try their various " pâtisseries " or order for a birthday cake . You will love this little peace of France in middle of Thaïland .
- Mary Ann's Bar & Restaurant, Moo 1 Saladan (Near 7/11 in Saladan). Fun place to start the evening, either for a good meal or as starting point for an evening on the town. Good food and a lively place in the evening(make sure you get a chat with Aiden, if you want to know more about nightlife on Ko Lanta) edit
- Kampong Restaurant, 80 Moo 5, Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta Yai (On the main road - 20m uphill from 7-11), ☎ +66 8522 93461, . 9am - 4pm & 6.30pm - 10pm. Recently taken over by new management, the restaurant has been renovated creatively using driftwood, and recycled 'throw-away' objects. It has a great, chilled out vibe, and lots of books to browse or exchange. The menu is fairly small but offers a good variety of delicious food and drinks - traditional thai food, a couple of southern thai local dishes, homemade burgers, excellent beef fillet steak, sandwiches, breakfast, fresh tea, coffee and shakes - all served with a smile. The restaurant also has free wi-fi. 50 - 300 baht. edit
- River Restaurant is a friendly family operation located on the beach just south of Narima Resort. They have a delicious menu: lots of Thai dishes and a few Western ones as well. The Phad Thai is excellent. It is very popular with families and the owner's children often play with tourist kids.
- Spices and Herbs, Moo 5, Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150 (On the main road - a few m uphill from 7-11 (almost opposite)). 9am - about 9pm. Excellent food at a modest price (80 B for a standard dish). Includes Western options like hamburgers, pizza and pasta. Also offers cooking classes, or 100 B extra to help cook your meal. edit
- Sunset Restaurant is a very small restaurant on Klong Dao beach close to D.R. Lanta Resort beside Mooks bar. The Thai food is arguably the best on Klong Dao beach and cheap too. Real Thai style eating with the tables directly on the sand and no decorations at all but a nice view and cool breeze from the sea.
- Thai Cuisine is a long-established favorite. It is in Phra Ae just south of the Opium night club. The menu features a wide selection of wonderful Thai dishes and Chinese as well. The "special" spring roll is excellent. There is bar service and a small artisan boutique. Say hello to the chef/owner, Somkuan; he's a great guy.
- Time For Lime restaurant & bar is not just a well known professional Thai & Fusion Cooking School, it also has a beach & tree-top restaurant where you can relish the sunset & the breeze while peeking at what the cooking “students” are creating down below. In just a short time because of the word of mouth, more and more people are checking out the great food, atmosphere and mojitos. They offer a filling 6-course tasting menu for 495 Baht, all year round. Bungalows are also for rent. Open all Year.
There's not much in the way of party night life, which, for many, is part of the Ko Lanta appeal - Relaxed. But there is always something going on if you ask around — there are a few restaurant/bars at the harbour, beaches and most hotels. Since it is a small island free of crime and drunkards, the local law-enforcers are more lenient about allowing bars to stay open until what time they wish, and that is usually when the last customer goes home.
- Irie Bar, northern Phrae Ae Beach (on the main road, beach side as you enter Phrae Ae from Klong Dao, next to Mr. Green Restaurant and Chill House). Local guy named Arms plays here with his band 'Lantana'. edit
- Korner Bar, Long Beach (Far south end of Long Beach, before Relax Bay). edit
- Mooks bar - on Klong Dao beach between Sun Fun & Sea Bungalows and Hans beach restauant and a good spot to relaxing with a drink on the beach, listen to some reggae, and maybe watch sports on TV. Mook himself is a person worth meeting.
- Oscar's Bar - driftwood terrace on the beach.
- Where Else / Feeling Bar -  Indian & Thai food, in a clean, friendly, quiet, and above all relaxed atmosphere.
- Layana Resort & Spa-Tides Restaurant, 272 Moo 3 Saladan Koh Lanta. All day-11:30am to 6:00pm, Dinner-7:00pm to 10:30pm. This is an upmarket resort in Koh Lanta. The restaurant setting is beachfront and beautiful. The staff are friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Delicious menu and good wine list. Although more expensive than other eateries, it still is not that expensive compared to Australian prices and the food is devine. A special dinning experience. edit
- Greek Taverna, Klong Kong. Excellent Food!The best thing is the Souvlaki, absolutely delicious, generous portion and very reasonable price!You should try: Mousaka, Greek salad,Tzatziki, Meat balls and a special home made chokolate desert.Spiros - the owner, is very friendly. edit
- Moloko Lanta, Relax Beach - 806 Saladan, Moo 2, Ao Phra Ae, Koh Lanta Yai, Krabi 81150 (from the main road take the turn opposite Lanta Happy Hill), . Moloko lanta is a brand new beach restaurant and cocktail bar in the middle of beautiful Relax Beach. With the only container bar on the island, it's bringing a new approach to beach lounging and dining. The menu contains Thai favourites created using fresh local ingredients with a spice level to suit your palate and you can watch your meal being prepared in the open kitchen area. The concept is simple - ice cold beers, crafty cocktails, great tunes and good vibes. edit
Basic wooden bungalows as found in cheaper resorts
Ko Lanta has three tourist seasons:
- Peak season: late December, early January and for some resorts also around Songkran in April; expect premiums of 25–50% or more over the high season price and on Christmas and New Year's Eve many resorts have a compulsory banquet costing about as much as an extra night's accommodation.
- High season from November until February, excluding peak season
- Low season: April/May to October. Many resorts will be as much as 50% cheaper than the high season price. Many places used to close entirely but increasingly they're open year round.
You won't have much trouble finding accommodation as late as your arrival at the Saladan pier except in peak season. Standard accommodation on Klong Dao and Long Beaches (the two most northerly beaches) now start at about 1200 baht for a basic air-con bungalow or hotel room. The places further South offer free transport and can be much cheaper (100 baht for a spotless beach hut with bathroom), but the rides into town will be lengthy approx. 20 minutes. You can hire motorbikes for 250 baht a day a see lots of the island after a good night's sleep.
Accommodation is arranged by beach, north (most convenient to Saladan) to south (least convenient). Prices quoted here are for the high season unless otherwise specified.
- Wishing Well Hostel, Saladan (In the very nice typical street where are all the shops and famous restaurants on stilt (opposite of Catfish restaurant)), . checkin: 13:00-20:00; checkout: 11:00-12:00. Wishing Well Hostel offers a mix of dormitory-style rooms and free WiFi access in public areas. From 150 baht. edit
- Lanta All Seasons Beach Resort, 303 Moo 1, Saladan, ☎ 66 75 668 299, . all equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV and phone. Facilities and services are restaurant, swimming pool and massage. From 1,000 baht. edit
- Sincere Guest House & Restaurant, 150 Moo 1, Saladan (near the Saladan pier), ☎ +66 81 828 5163, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. This little cute wooden house near the sea is located in the middle of Saladan community. It is designed in chic Chinese-style and is divided into 3 zones. The first zone is the guest house room. The 2nd zone is the front coffee bar area that has a tall table and dark brown chairs which look comfortable and relaxing. And if you want an atmosphere of the seaside, behind the coffee shop, you will find a seaside restaurant. There is a wooden terrace which makes it look wide and spacious and it is decorated with oil paintings, adding to the atmosphere of ease and relaxation. 500-1,400 baht. (7.648722,99.040251) edit
- Time For Lime's Beach Bar, Klong Dao Beach, Koh lanta, ☎ +6675684590, . The Cocktails are the talk of the town. First bar on Lanta that introduced the MOJITO. Their Lemmongrass Margaritas are to die for. Their profits goes to Lanta Animal Welfare. edit
Klong Dao Beach
- ChaDa Beach Resort & Spa, 278 Moo 1, Saladan, ☎ +66 75 668 124-7 (fax: +66 75 668 123), . On 8 acres of white sandy beach front 5,600+ baht. edit
- DR Lanta Resort, 206 Moo 3, ☎ +66 8 1081 5679 (fax: +66 75 684 383), . Restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Rooms 1,800 baht, air-con bungalows from 2,000 baht. edit
- Lanta Mermaid Boutique House, 333 Moo 3, Klong Dao Beach, Saladan (Across from Mermaid Beach Front Resort), ☎ +66 81 643 0864 ([email protected] or [email protected]), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:30. Amazing hotel that is not on the beach, but extremely clean, very comfortable beds, very helpful staff, well-managed. The rooms look like the ones posted on their site, unlike some other hotels. A five minute walk to Klong Dao Beach. Just cross the street. Prices are excellent, especially in low-season. The staff will arrange for a motorbike for you and have it brought to the hotel. Open all year round and close to many good restaurants. Low-season, 1,000 baht; high-season, 2,100+ baht, includes breakfast. edit
- Lanta Nakara Resort, 120 Moo 3, Saladan, ☎ +6675684198. edit
- Lanta Sand Resort & Spa, 279 Moo 3, ☎ +66 75 684 633 ([email protected], fax: +66 75 684 636), . 48 bungalows. 7,000+ baht. edit
- Lanta Summer House, 208 Moo 3, ☎ +66 75 684 099 ([email protected]). Typical beach-side bungalow resort with three-bed air-con bungalows. The restaurant is in the lower price range but the offerings, while extensive, are very watered down (they don't do spicy). Nice and friendly staff. "1,300+. edit
- Maya Lanta Resort, ([email protected]), . Hotel-style building on the beach. They have a fancy (by Lanta standards) restaurant. 4,400+ baht. edit
- Royal Lanta, . Luxury villa with beautiful bungalows in the Thai-style, pool, and laundry service. Bungalows, 3,700+ baht. edit
- Southern Lanta. Large resort with 100 bungalows, pool, restaurant and beach side bar. Bungalows 1,800-15,000 baht. edit
- Starwin Lanta Lodge, 139 moo 3, Khlong Dao Beach (Across from Khlong Dao Beach Resort), ☎ 075684105, 0866844022 ([email protected]), . Chill, economical resort with nice gardens, 200m from the sea. About 8 total bungalows. Fan huts 600-800 depending on length of stay. (07.63241,099.03398) edit
- Time for Lime bungalows, 72/2 Mo 3, Saladan, Koh Lanta Krabi, 81150, ☎ +6675684590 ([email protected]), . Personal and friendly place with 9 cozy Air con & fan bungalows. Free Wi-Fi. You will love the food, the bar and you must love dogs also, as the Norwegian owner is the organiser of Lanta Animal Welfare. Great Low Season discounts from May 1st to October 1st: Stay 3 nights get the 4th FREE. Includes: breakfast, welcome Mojito and free doggie walking & kittie cuddles. From 500 baht. edit
Long Beach (Ao Phra Ae)
- Clayzy House, 237 Moo 3, . Hippie/Artsy bar and eco/budget accommodations, very basic bamboo huts with sleeping pad and mosquito net. Super friendly staff/volunteers year round From 200 baht. edit
- Chaw Ka Cher Tropicana Lanta Resort, 352 Moo 2, ☎ +66 75 637 970 ([email protected], fax: +66 75 637 404), . Secluded resort with tropical garden. From 2,000 baht. edit
- Coconut home, north part of the beach, close to Ozone. Nice wooden bungalows in the tropical garden, about 150 meters from the beach. With laundry service and bike rental (200 baht per day, discount is possible). 300-500 baht. edit
- Escape Cabins (438 Moo 3 Saladan) This is one of the only off beach options on the island. The rooms are large, very comfortable and stylish. Wi-Fi, television, DVD player, air con, private bath, free water, swimming pool, friendly staff, mini fridge, patio and all around good value. Double or twin rooms from 1200-6200 baht depending on season and large four-person guest house also available.
- Good Days Lanta Chalet and Resort, 183 Moo 2, ☎ +66 75 684 186 ([email protected], fax: +66 75 684 187), . Fan bungalows from 900 baht, air-con from 1,400 baht. edit
- Lanta Casuarina on Phra ae Beach which stretches for two km along the Andaman Sea front.</sleep>
- Lanta Pura Beach Resort, 405 Moo 1, Saladan, ☎ +66 75 668 300-2, . All equipped with air-conditioning, cable television and Wi-Fi. Poolside bar, restaurant, and swimming pool with Jacuzzi. 1,190+ baht. edit
- Lanta Castaway Beach Resort, 299 Moo 2, ☎ +66 75 684 851 ([email protected], fax: +66 75 684 790), . Small resort with simple fan bungalows and more luxurious air-con bungalows. The restaurant offers Thai, Western, and Tex-Mex dishes. On-site PADI dive centre called Dive & Relax. Fan bungalows from 500 baht, air-con from 1,500 baht. edit
- Lanta Sunny House, 42 Moo 2, ☎ +66 75 684 347 (fax: +66 75 684 772), . This place is set well back, located behind another resort, leading to a walk down a rather grungy alley to get to the beach. No beach view on offer here! Fan, air-con, and triple rooms with balcony, en suite bath, and breakfast. Also has sun terrace, restaurant, massage service and travel agency. edit
- Long Beach Chalet Boutique Resort, 472 Moo 3, ☎ +66 87 707 6076 ([email protected], fax: +66 75 684 805), . Thai-style villas set in quiet gardens, 100 m from the beach. All rooms have air-con, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, king-size beds, fridge, and mini-bar. 1,300+ baht. edit
- Nakara Longbeach Resort, 172 Moo 3, ☎ +66 75 684 198 ([email protected]), . 141 air-con bungalows (11 by the beach). Pools, bike rental, Wi-Fi, and a restaurant. 1,700+ baht. edit
- Relax Bay Resort, 111 Moo 2, . French-Belgian-owned resort fronting a 1 km beach and Thai-French restaurant, Manao, which has a superb view over a the beach and rocky promontory. Try the fresh local king prawns or daily catch at the restaurant. Fan bungalows from 1,300 baht, air-con from 1,900 baht, breakfast included. edit
- Sanctuary, 186 Moo 2, ☎ +66 81 891 3055. Well-designed bamboo bungalows, mosquito nets, and great Indian and Thai food from the restaurant. Fan huts up to 900 baht per night. edit
Klong Khong Beach
- Bella's Guesthouse, Khlong Khong, Ko Lanta (Near 7-11), ☎ 0819584164. Spacious rooms in a relaxed house in Khlong Khong. Air-con, Hot shower, tv in room, clean bedding and towels. Plenty of cool beach bars nearby if you feel like going out and relaxing with a couple of drinks! Choice between Air-con or Fan room 400-500 Cheaper deal available if staying longer term. edit
- Bee Bee's, Moo 2, Saladan, Ko Lanta (next door to Lanta Pavilion). Very basic fan bungalows, no hot water or sinks, but set in a nice and relaxed atmosphere. A good amount of books to borrow while relaxing in the beach lounge area, complete with hammocks and little tree huts. Fairly priced attached restaurant. Very chilled staff, show up and stay as long as you'd like. Fan bungalows from 700 baht. edit
- Blue Andaman Lanta Resort, 251 Moo 2 Sasadan, ☎ 075-667082, . 50 rooms and bungalows, all equipped with comfortable beddings and safe. Garden, outdoor swimming pool, and barbecue facilities. 600+ baht. edit
- Klong Khong Bay Bungalows, 24 Moo 2, Klong Khong Beach, Saladan, ☎ +66 84 445 7140 ([email protected]). 12 bungalows and bar on a 3 km stretch of golden sand and shady palms. The bungalows are clean, cheap and simple. Have a drink in Ting Tong Bar, an authentic Thai-style beach bar known for its live music. Enjoy your cocktail while watching the stunning sunset. A relaxed and laid back atmosphere and a place that's hard to leave! 500-800 baht. edit
- Lanta Darawadee Hotel (ลันตา ดาราวดี โฮเต็ล), 162 Moo 2, Saladan. edit
- Lanta Emerald Bungalow, ☎ +66 75 667 037, . A great bar, restaurant, swimming pool and motorbike rental available. 600-1,800 baht. edit
- Lanta Full Moon Bay View Resort, 261 Moo 2, Saladan, ☎ +66 89 647 6525 (fax: +66 75 667 143), . Wonderful place, great staff, and low price. Food and drinks are great. Free Internet in lounge, laundry service available, pool, so many shady places to relax and read. Quiet beach, but really close to the action. The staff can help you with anything you need. Wonderful house cats lounging around. Fan bungalows from 550-800 baht; AC from 1,000 baht. edit
- Lanta Pavilion Resort, 120, Moo 2, Saladan (just north of 7-11 on Khlong Khong Beach Road.), ☎ +66 75 667 079 ([email protected]), . Centrally located on the beach. Single, double and family bungalows with A/C, hot shower, cable TV, minibar, free Wi-Fi in restaurant. Lots of discounts. Best garden with trees and flowers and the pool is nice with a sea-view. Also includes Lanta Pavilion Sunset Restaurant, which offers Thai standard dishes, a selection of European favourites, and a few Indian, Mexican, and Japanese dishes. There is also daily seafood BBQ on the beach with a great variety of the fresh seafood done in many styles. They've got pizza, burger and steaks, exotic cocktails, fruit shakes, and deserts. Fan bungalows from 800 baht, A/C bungalows from 1,200 baht (high season). edit
- Where Else Resort, 149 Moo 2, ☎ +66 75 667 024 (fax: +66 75 667 024), . Funky, chilled out bamboo eco-tourism village surrounded by old coconut palm trees. Each bungalow is unique. Fan bungalows from 500 baht. (7.57072,99.0337) edit
Klong Toab Beach
- Rawi Warin Resort & Spa, ☎ +66 75 607 400 ([email protected]), . On 35 rai of land, in the foothills of the Ko Lanta Yai and overlooking the crystal waters of Klong Tob Bay, this resort offers a choice of rooms, each with its own distinct style and ambience, numerous sports activities, superb dining options and private swimming pools. edit
Klong Nin Beach
- Charlee Barleys, (centre Klong Nin Beach), ([email protected]), . Relaxed bar and wood-style back-packer bungalows from with private baths. This is a great place to meet other mellow travellers from every demographic. Relaxed sunset happy hours every night. Sometimes live-music from international guests.On the best part of the beach, with no rocks, 24-hour swimming. 250-350 baht for fan rooms. edit
- Lanta Nature Beach Resort, ☎ +66 75 662 560, . Beautiful resort with full amenities, all bungalows. A-C in all rooms, incredibly sweet staff, and restaurant/bar with some good music and some performances now and then. Can rent motorbikes, schedule side trips, do laundry, etc., all in the resort for the same price as anywhere else on the island. On the beach, with no rocks. 1,200-1,800 baht. edit
- Lanta Roundhouse, ☎ +66 81 60 60 550, . 300,700-1000,2500 bath. edit
- Février Resort, ☎ +66 75 662 618, . Just across the little street from Klong Nin Beach, the lovely resort provides full facilities and the most friendliest service. There are rooms and bungalows of many types to choose from, also the rooms with direct pool connection. The resort featured balconies with the warm hearted sunset scene. Thai massage service, motorbike rental service, altogether with some travel suggestions from the local and more just ask their staffs for their kind help. 700-1,500 baht. edit
- Golden Pool Villas, 282/1 Moo 5, Kantiang Bay (Go South, 100m past the 711 at Kantiang Bay, take the first left at Kantiang Restaurant, then follow about 80m, until you reach the red Chinese lanterns. You can't miss the big temple-roofed villas!), ☎ + 66 (0)9 0176 2268 ([email protected]), . checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. 4299 Baht - 9999 Baht. Villa Ayutthaya, Villa Siam Lanna & Villa Sukhothai are all luxuriously appointed, private and self-contained, exotically themed, multi-level and multi-bedroom villas - with fantastic sea and bay views, and their own private saltwater swimming pools. Villas come complete with kitchens, lounge and dining rooms, sky lofts, fenced backyards, outdoor sun decks and hardwood balconies. Free Wifi, Food Delivery and In-Villa Massage Service completes the package.. edit
- Baan Kantiang See Panorama Villa Resort, 263 Moo 5, Kantiang Bay, ☎ + 66 75 665 136 ([email protected]), . 2,250- 11,000 baht for fully-equipped villas that sleep up to 8 persons.. edit
- Baan Laanta Resort & Spa, 72 Moo 5, Kantiang Bay, ☎ +66 75 665 091 ([email protected]), . Traditional Thai-chic luxury bungalows 3 steps from the beach. Air-con, large balcony (with sun loungers), hot shower, fridge & TV as standard, swimming pool with view out over the bay. Open all year with exceptional discounts during the low season. 7-11 just opened on the main street, good souvenir and clothes/jewellery shopping at nearby "Indigo Gekko". Bay View Restaurant and Aqua Bar directly on the beach. Massage and spa particularly good with a large menu to choose from. Do not miss the cocktails at Aqua Bar. 3,500-5,500 baht. edit
- Eyes Lanta Resort . 153 Moo 5, Kantiang Bay. Two types of room with full facilities. 1,950-5,800 baht. Free Wi-Fi at restaurant.
- Lanta Marine Park View Resort , 58 Moo 5 Koh Lanta Yai Krabi 81150. Price ranges between 1250-1750 baht per night. direct beach access, free transfer to/from Saladan pier, restaurant, bar, motorbike & jeep rental services, Internet, laundry, scuba diving & island tour, national park camping trips Elephant trekking, waterfall treking.
- Kantiang Bay View Resort, 9 Moo 5, ☎ +66 01 787 5192. Restaurant + "Why not?"-bar directly on the beach. Wooden bungalows. Good atmosphere and spills out right onto the sand. Not to be confused with the nearby Marine Park View Resort, which is on the hill! Free pickup from Ban Saladan to Ao Kantiang, but return to Ban Saladan is 500 baht. 600 baht and up for fan bungalows and 1,500 and up air-con. Open all year round with some great rates in low season.. edit
- Pimalai Resort & Spa, 99 Moo 5, ☎ +66 75 607 999 ([email protected]), . A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World since 2001. Offers a PADI diving center and cooking classes. Also includes The Seven Seas Wine Bar & Restaurant, which serves fusion cuisine and has an extensive wine list and nice sea views. edit
Klong Jaak Beach
- Anda Lanta Resort (formerly Waterfall Bay Resort), "79, ☎ +66 28 995 919 ([email protected], fax: +66 24 157 436), . Overpriced luxury bungalow resort with satellite TV and Internet access for guests. However there's no room service and the telephones don't work. Open during the low season. Room from 2300 baht, bungalow from 4500 baht. edit
- Sun Moon Bungalow, Klong Jaak. The quieter option at the south end of the island. Basic, but clean bungalows in a peaceful garden setting. Beautiful quiet beach in front. Fabulous home cooking. Family-owned and run. Recommended for couples. 500 baht. edit
Mai Pai/Bamboo Bay
- Baan Phu Lae, . Bungalow resort with budget price ranges for fan and air-conditioned bungalows. Located quite far from other resorts as in the last beach of Ko Lanta. 650-1,800 baht. edit
- Bamboo Bay Resort, Ao Mai Pai, ☎ +66 75 665 023 ([email protected]). Fan bungalows from 500 baht, air-con from 1,300 baht. edit
- LaLaanta Hideaway Resort, Mai Pai/Bamboo Bay, ☎ +66 75 665 066 ([email protected], fax: +66 75 665 123), . Twenty spacious bungalows on Mai Pai/Bamboo Bay, the southernmost beach. Facilities include two beach front swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, a beach bar, a Thai/Western restaurant, and a beach front dining area. All bungalows include air-conditioning, satellite TV, a mini-fridge, free Wi-Fi, and covered front porches; most have ocean views. Open all year round with some great rates in low season. This may be Lanta's best value for money "Robinson Crusoe" resort, and will suit those who want to escape the crowds. Some rooms are of course better than others. edit
Hat Khlong Nam Chuet (หาดคลองน้ำจืด)
Kaw Kwang Beach (Had Kaw Kwang)
Lanta Old Town
- Lanta Buri Resort, ☎ +66 84 052 7758. Next to the hospital in Old Town. There are 9 separate rooms available, each with a shower/WC, TV/cable, and fan or air conditioner. The rooms surround a lovely garden with small pond. The kitchen is available for use by guests as well as the outdoor dining area with ample tables and chairs. edit
- Lanta Nature Beach Resort, ☎ +66 75 662 560, . Comfortable accommodation adjacent to a beautiful white-sand beach. Rooms equipped with air-conditioning, balcony, Internet connection, TV, and refrigerator. Has business centre, beachfront restaurant/bar, massage service, and beach activities. edit
- Lanta Pole Houses, ☎ +66 87 891 6619, . Two stilted houses over the sea, Lychee House and Coconut House fully equipped with Western kitchens and bathrooms in the style of the 150 year old teak shop houses that line the street in Old Town, Rates vary according to season and length of stay. Open all year. edit
- Mango House Seafront Villa, ☎ +66 86 948 6836, . All units are built directly over-the-sea in what many describe as Thailand’s most charming and culturally diverse fishing village. Rooms are renovated to feature the original teak structures that served as Chinese merchant shop houses over 50 years ago. edit
- Siam International Clinic - on the main road (4245 is the google maps road number) near lanta sunny house +66-75684747 - it costs 500 baht to see the doctor. If you are prescribed any medicine and the condition is not an emergency, consider taking the names of the products and telling them you will manage your own medication. Then go to the pharmacy close by to purchase any medicine you think you might need, as the clinic will charge up to ten times the regular price.
- Ban Saladan Clinic - 110 moo 1 Saladan, Ko Lanta, Krabi 81150 Tel: +66 (0)75 684 170
- Koh Lanta Hospital is in the eastern part of Koh Lanta (Tel. +66 7569-7100).
Nationwide television, cable TVs and local cable TV channels are available on Ko Lanta. International newspapers and magazines are available at some bookstores.
Landline telephones, satellite phones, all mobile phone systems, high-speed internet (ADSL) are available. There is also a main post office with parcel services.
- Immigration Office and Provincial Travelers Assistance Centre +66 7561-2740
- Koh Lanta Government District Office +66 7568-4702
- Lanta Marine National Park +66 7562-9018
- Provincial Tourist Police +66 7563-7308
- Koh Lanta Hospital +66 7569-7100
- Post Office +66 7568-9196
- Police Station +66 7569-7085
- Day 1 Travel to Ko Lanta and check in. Enjoy the afternoon simply sunbathing, swimming, reading a book and perhaps have a massage. In the evening have a romantic seafood dinner.
- Day 2 Go on either a diving or snorkeling trip to one of the beautiful sites. In the evening watch Thai boxing and traditional Thai Dance.
- Day 3 Go kayaking in the mangroves do some jungle trekking and see the caves. In the evening, have a few drinks, listen to Bob Marley and enjoy the company of new friends.
- Day 4 See Lanta Old Town and spend the day afternoon in a luxurious spa. In the evening enjoy seafood BBQ.
- Day 5 Enjoy Paintball & Bouldering, Horseriding or Lake Fishing & Mini Golf before hitting the beach for sunset and fire shows.
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