Top areas in Koh Lanta
Less developed than other beach areas of Thailand, Koh Lanta is a series of islands dotted with hotels and resorts. Visitors to Lanta enjoy crystal ocean waters, powdery sands, and swaying palms that typify Thailand's most sought-after beaches. The Koh Lanta Yai area boasts the most popular beaches of Klong Dao and Klong Nin. Klong Dao Beach is a three-kilometer stretch of sand with calm shallow waters and is generally not crowded thanks to its size. Klong Nin Beach tends to be a bit rockier, but the waters here are calm and clear. Water sports are in abundance with the likes of diving and snorkeling.
When looking to break away from the beach, visitors to the island can visit Khao Mai Kaew Caves and even take an elephant ride to reach it. Lanta’s Old Town provides an experience of the cultural diversity with Chinese merchants, an ancient Sea Gypsy community, and original Thai fishing families. Flower lovers will certainly enjoy a stop at the orchid nursery farm. Snorkeling and diving, fishing, and trekking are other popular activities.
The nearest airports to Koh Lanta are Krabi, Trang, and Phuket with speedboat and car ferries providing access to the island. Once on the island, pickup trucks and motorcycles are the most common ways to get around.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Koh Lanta for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.