Koh Lanta is a calm and serene retreat with a beach that stretches for miles and miles. In fact, Koh Lanta has the longest beach in the Krabi area. Koh Lanta’s islands glitter in the reflection of the Andaman Sea. Sea gypsies (also known as ‘chow lair’) used to roam the islands, but now it’s a tourist hotspot for Asian and European travellers looking for adventure.
The backpacker scene is growing more and more, so you’d better come visit before it gets too busy. While you’re here, you’ll see a superb blend of traditional stilt houses, ancient wats hidden in the mangroves and a few modern amenities (like fried chicken stalls). Strangely, these all come together to make a charming holiday destination.
Visit Ao Phra Ae (the ‘long beach’), one of the most popular beaches on the island due to its soft white sand and clear waters. It’s a perfect spot for swimming, and you can always take shade under the Casuarina trees if it gets too hot. Make sure you explore the caves on the islands; they wind their way underground and offer fantastic opportunities for adventure.
We’d suggest staying away from the northern coast; most of the shoreline has been worn away so the beaches aren’t great. But, if you fancy a party, go to the eastern shores in time for one of the annual festivals. Each March, the locals celebrate their heritage at the Laanta Lanta Festival. It’s held over five days and is a wonderful fusion of traditional and modern entertainment. You could also visit in time for the chao ley rituals, or the Vegetarian Festival – which for some reason includes walking on hot coals!
Koh Lanta is one of our favourite spots in Thailand because it’s fantastic for diving. Go to Hin Daeng for a chance to see whale sharks and manta rays, or Hin Muang to see grey reef sharks.
Plan your trip to Koh Lanta today.
Koh Lanta, Thailand
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The Layana, Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta, Thailand
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