Ko Lanta consists of several islands, the two largest of which are Ko Lanta Noi (Small Lanta Island) and Ko Lanta Yai (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!
DISTANCE – 90 km Away from Ao Nang
ENTRANCE FEE – Free Entry