Koh Lanta is situated at the south western end of Krabi Town on the Andaman Sea & is the largest island of a group collectively known as Koh Lanta’s.
The Koh Lanta islands are composed 52 islets but of these, only three are inhabited. They are the islands of Koh Lanta Yai(big), Lanta Noi(small) and Ko Ngai. The population of Koh Lanta Yai is only around 20,000 people this includes a clan of “Chao Ley”, or Sea Gypsies. This distinct ethnic group still follow their traditional customs and culture. Along with the Muslim and Chinese locals they give the island its unique ambiance.
Koh Lanta along with most of the other Andaman Sea islands & beachresorts was very badly damaged by the Tsunami that hit the whole area on 26th December 2004, it took around one year for the commercial sector(hotels, resorts & shops) to re-construct & a further 2 years before the tourists returned en-masse to bringing visitor numbers back to pre-tsunami levels.
Koh Lanta’s beaches are a mixture of sandy beaches complete with palm trees or pebbled beaches with lime sea cliffs as a backdrop. Part of the island is covered with verdant and lush jungle that is perfect for exploring & treks.
The development of Koh Lanta as a tourist destination only started around 20 years ago several of theresorts & bungalows date back to then, the beach fronts typically are quite small making bungalows and one story buildings the best option.
The island is quiet but could never be described as boring. If you want to re-acquaint yourself with nature Koh Lanta is for you, you can wander around the old town and sample home-cooked meals, or just chill out & let time pass you by.
If your idea of a holiday is shopping, clubbing and loud music, then Koh Lanta is definately not for you!, try Phuket or Krabi Town.
The island itself is only about 25 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide nevertheless there are around 100 small resorts that dot the islands coastline.
Some of the more notable beaches are: Klong Dao, Kor Kwang, Pra Ae, Klong Khong, Klong Nin, Kan Tian, and Ao Nui. Many of the Koh Lanta Beach Resorts offer the best of the best in scuba diving and snorkeling activities. Experienced and novice divers and snorkelers agree that there are a plethora of beautiful coral reefs found only around Koh Lanta & that the diving is second to none for quality.
Other tourist attractions in and around Koh Lanta are the National Marine Park, Khao Mai Kaew Cave, the Sea Gypsy Village, the Cock Fighting Camp, and the orchid nursery farm.
You can get to Koh Lanta from Krabi,Trang,Phuket & Phi Phi Island all journey’s are by boat or ferry, please note that services to Koh Lanta can be affected by bad weather during the months of May-October, during this period access to the island is limited to travelling to Krabi, then mini-bus to Trang, a couple of short ferry rides over rivers & you are there on Koh Lanta, ready to kick off your shoes & let nature take over!.
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When I see tropical islands like these in Thailand I cannot stop wondering if there could be a more beautiful place on this earth than Koh-Lanta Island. Some say the Seychelles Islands far, far away in the middle of the Indian Ocean have comparable beaches if not better – Great beaches, amazing seas and incredible dive sites. I wonder!