Welcome To Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is around 32km long and 8km wide at it's widest point, with jungle covered hills and mountains running down it's central spine.
The island is situated just off the west coast of Krabi Town, being the main travel hub for the area and surrounding islands.
The West Coast Boasts of at least 10 beautiful sand covered beaches, all of which have their own individual character, offering something for all tastes and pockets.
The East Coast Mostly tidal mangrove, but also host to the unique Lanta Old Town, a traditional Thai fishing village now becoming an interesting mix of Thai and Western cultures, with several great places to stay and eat. Most of the houses and accommodation are built on stilts over the water, so you can lull yourself to sleep with the gentle sound of lapsing waves.
Many smaller islands are accessible from this side, some have accommodation of varying standards, and can be reached by Longtail boat, speed boat, and in the case of Koh Ngai, by a small fast ferry.
The South Designated as National Park and is where the recently paved road ends and the dirt trails begin. Despite it's National Park status, there are a few relatively cheap and cozy places to stay and eat, but also one or 2 more expensive and comfortable options in which to enjoy the stunning, quiet beaches and explore the surrounding areas.
Koh Lanta is an island of beauty and diversity, where you can still find that rare compromise between modernity and tranquility.
Lanta is an island surrounded by a great number of smaller islands, all of which are within easy reach. The most popular islands for day trips are the islands of Koh Rok, an uninhabited gem famed for it's excellent snorkeling and natural beauty.
Other islands nearby are Koh Ma, Koh Chuk, and Koh Kradan, all of which are worth visiting. One island defiantly worth mentioning is the Emerald Cave, known locally as Morakot Cave. This is a small limestone rock island with a cave entrance through which you can swim through and emerge in a secret lagoon!
Getting around Lanta: One of the best ways to see the island is to rent a scooter. They are everywhere and the safest and cheapest way to see the island. You can easily get around the island in a day, and even visit the National Park.
Lanta is a different and interesting island and is worth spending the day seeing all it has to offer. There are also a number of Tuk-tuks and Songthaew to take you around if driving your own bikes in Thailand isn't on your list of things to do before you die.
Food and Bars: You will be spoiled for choices on Lanta when it comes to entertainment, eating out and enjoying the odd drink or three. You can choose from any of the locally owned Thai restaurants serving all the popular dishes, or from a few really excellent foreign owned places who serve fine quality European dishes washed down with some great imported wines!
The areas around Long Beach and Klong Khong Beach are where most of the parties are going on, but you will also find the odd party going on just about anywhere on the island.
How to get to/from Koh Lanta:
By Boat: Koh Lanta can be reached from Phuket Town where ferries run direct every day. If you're coming from Ao Nang, you can also get a direct ferry from the pier at Noppharat Thara Beach which takes a couple of hours, or longer if it stops in Phi Phi on the way.
By Mini-Bus: Mini-vans run every hour from the center of Krabi Town to Koh Lanta. Service starts at 7am and finishes at 5pm. The trip takes about 2 hours and transfers to 2 car ferries along the way. Be sure and tell the driver where you are going or they will drop at Saladan at the Lanta pier.
If coming from Trang, Pak Bara or Hat Yai, the vans leave around 10am and at fairly regular intervals after that. The trip takes about 2 hours.