Located just 1.5 hours South of Krabi Airport, Koh Lanta (Ko Lanta, Lanta Island) is a slow and peaceful island with a very friendly and welcoming culture. This remarkable island has so much to offer with beautiful coast lines, abundance of beaches and natural bays, a National Park, Khao Mai Kaew Cave, Khlong Jark Waterfall and jungle trekking, untouched and unspoiled local culture and old villages and an unlimited amount of picturesque viewpoints. There is regular boats going to Lanta from Krabi, Phuket, Phi Phi, Ao Nang, Railay, Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan, Koh Chuek, Koh Mook, Koh Jum, Koh Yao, Koh Lipe and Langkawi. Lanta is also accessible by minibus from Krabi, Ao Nang, Khlong Muang, Khao Sok, Khao Lak, Phuket, Surat Thani, Trang, Hat Yai and many more,
The main activities on Koh Lanta are snorkeling at Koh Rok, 4 Islands – Emerald Cave, and Koh Phi Phi. Scuba diving is also popular at Koh Bida, Hin Daeng, Him Muang and Koh Ha. There is also a wide range of Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking and elephant trekking activities as well as exploring the scenic coast lines or doing absolutely nothing. Unlike Samui, Phuket or Phi Phi Islands there is much less of a drinking or party culture here although there is still reggae / hippy bamboo bars along the beach, all part of the laid back and free spirited culture. Koh Lanta is described as enchanting, fascinating and addictive by the tourists that visit.
The hotels and beaches are mainly located all along the West coast of the island. The island has a great mix of bays and beaches, from long white Sandy beaches in more developed areas in the North to quiet natural bays in the South. From North to South; Khlong Dao Beach, Long Beach (Phra Ae), Relax Bay, Khlong Khong Beach, Khlong Nin Beach, Kantiang Bay, Nui Bay, Khlong Jark Bay, Bamboo Bay and the National Park Beaches. The beautiful sandy beaches, the unique touch of nature plus the peaceful atmosphere are what attract tourists who want to run away from everyday jobs and busy lifestyle and come to free their mind in this special part of the world.
Lanta is slowly growing but locals still outnumber the tourists and in the East of the Island there is still a really natural and basic way of life which is remarkable to see in a country ever growing to the needs of tourists. It’s here you will find Lanta Old Town, The Thung Yee Peng Village and the ancient Sea Gypsy Village, home to the indigenous settlers on Ko Lanta who live in harmony with the sea The Sea Gypsies village has a population of 420 people with 117 households, settlement in a small traditional fishing village.
Koh Lanta Yai is approximately 27 kilometer long and has a sublime coastline which slowly rises up from North to South. This magical coastal line offers views over the whole of the island and all the surrounding islands. It also boasts a mountain range covered with a tropical rain forest and national park.
The Koh Lanta archipelago is made up of over fifty small islands, though only two are inhabited: Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi. There is now been a bridge between Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi to make the journey to Lanta Yai much faster. Some of the nearby islands are Koh BuBu, Koh Talebang, Koh Chuek, Koh Mook, Koh Kradan, Koh Ngai, Koh Rok and Koh Ha.
Koh Lanta is a perfect island to visit for travelers coming or going to all nearby locations. The pier in the North (Saladan) and the pier in the West (Old Town) offer options of ferries to all nearby locations all year round. From Lanta the local airport is Krabi Airport. Transfers from Krabi Airport to Lanta can be arranged.