If you want to go to the island with car or motorbike the ferry queue is quite short. There is very nice beach in Lanta National Park, but if you want to go on the hiking trail in the jungle, better leave your vehicle near ticket booth up hill, because the trail ends there.
Koh lanta is partially underestimated island. It does not have white sand and beauty perfectness of Phi Phi (which is only 1 H 20 min by ferry) but it still has nice beaches, hotels for different taste and wide choise of activities at relatively low prices.
Sometimes it seemed that there are only a few tourists - an illussion which is created by rather large territory of the island and numerosity of hotels. A clear advantage: If you like isolation - south of the island at your disposal. There are several hotels which can offer you very quite and relaxed atmosphere. You like night life? Lots of bars along the beach in the middle of the island. If you like diving: several great locations are accessible through the island (I took services of Russian guys from OK diving). 4 islands excursion which is offered everywhere is not worth attending: I'd advice attenting nearby islands by yourself (for instance Ko Kradan - very beautiful island with white sand and emerald water with very few hotels and Ko Rok for snorkeling). I'd also advice taking a scooter to go around - it will save you a lot of time and money. Renting a scooter costs only 250 bats whereas taking a short distance taxi - min 100 bats per person. Among disadvantages: during low tide sea is not accessible from beaches of the middle part of the island due to numerous and large boulders. The nature is not that beautiful as on Phi Phi and other small islands of Krabi.
I'm a scuba diver, I've made three trips to Koh Lanta in a year, and I'll go back, the combination of the peaceful evenings and beauty beneath the waves is incomparable, I fear for it ever becoming as popular as Phuket and ruining it.
Koh Lanta is a very nice region in the south of Thailand. It is not overloaded by tourists yet and there is almost no nightlife, therefore it is very good for people and families who simply like to relax.
There are very nice diving places (I recommend "Go Dive Lanta") to reach by a boat or paradise-like beaches that one can reach by a speedboat or longtail boat. Furthermore, there is a national park where monkeys can be seen. Renting a motorbike is very easy and the food was fantastic. Unfortunately Koh Lanta is not so good for shopping - You will get the typical "tourists' clothes" at Saladan or small shops. Souvenirs are more expensive than in Bangkok, for example, however the fod is much cheaper.
Koh Lanta..... What a beautiful island! My partner and I love Koh Lanta so much we extended our stay, and will be returning next week after doing our visa run to malaysia! We fell in love with koh lanta.
With the guys in the bar at Monkey Bungalow's + Monkey bar ( Adam & Lert ) to everyone on the island! Rent a scooter and go around the island, stop off and take a few pictures of the beaches. Watch out for the monkeys crossing the roads! Ride the elephants, go and see the waterfalls, its just so so beautiful! This island is to relax on, don't expect everything to happen as quickly as it does in the UK. This island is paradise, if you want to chill out on triangle cushions and watch the sunset then Koh Lanta is the perfect place to do this on :)
Diving is much too expensive, comparable to the Maldives but offering less to see underwater. Only the entrance fee in the national park for diving is roundabout 25 USD!!!
I love Koh Lanta. I hope the bridge to to the mainland will change nothing, as I sincerely hope that the island will stay as it is and not become the next Phuket.
Koh Lanta has a bit of "real Thailand" and everything else that I need as a tourist. If you want sunbeds and Bangla road, go to Phuket. It you want cool bars with cool beer on remote beaches, go to Lanta.
Koh Rok ( Rok Island ) is very very beautiful , you can join 1 day tour go to visit it. Only THB 1300 u can get everything at this trip , just go to take a look .
Just perfect!!!! We love Koh Lanta, this place is quite enough to perfect and have enough of the shop and nightlife to feel your not on a deserted island.
My family extended our trip because it was perfect . The shopping is great and the beached are not filled with sellers . There is a great vibe the Thai people loves children and my girls love the Thai mums that loved to play with there hair.
Nice town, busy, lots of dining, pubs/bars, easy to get around. Relaxing atmosphere- a person can make it as busy or as relaxing as one wants
If you're looking for a relaxed spot for sun, sand and diving / snorkeling that hasn't been over developed / hyped then Koh Lanta is ideal.
I hope it manages to maintain it's relaxed and layed back atmosphere.
We loved koh lanta it's a quite Island but has enough to do and see. The beaches are clean and not over crowed with loads of jet skis.
The island is friendly and and warm. There are many great places to eat the only thing I would say is that at some places the portions of food is very small. The old town is so beautiful and quaint. We can't wait to go back!
Most beautiful place in Thailand, not for partiers or nightlife but for people who want to enjoy the beautiful surrounding and relax.
The people on the island are so friendly and so happy to help you, we loved learning about their culture and felt so safe and welcome. We visited some of the other islands on the East side and we were so shocked at how commercialised and polluted these islands are becoming, Koh Lanta has done an amazing job and preventing this and we hope this continues as this is an amazing place and we will definitely be back. This is not a party island so don't come here for all night beach parties fire throwers and loud music, there are a few chilled out bars on the beach that looked amazing even tho we didn't have time for that on our stay. The beaches we visited had no rubbish, nothing built up and looked to be respected by all those using it which is really great to see. Thank you Koh Lanta, we will be back.
After a roundtrip in Thailand we fell absolutely in love with Koh Lanta and next time I visit Thailand this will be my destination.
There is a great variety of restaurants and shopping. We didn't really see anything cultural but that must be on the to do list next time.
Koh Lanta is an island full of beautiful beaches. It is not as busy as the more popular islands, so is perfect for a real getaway.
There are enough bars and restaurants dotted everywhere along the larger beaches, and plenty of little hidden-away ones also. Visit Koh Lanta National Park for scenery and monkeys! And sunsets.
Quite and beautiful island and not far - can be access by car from mainland. Easy to get halal food and the food is fantastic.
It was a stunning end to our holiday after the busy time we had on Phuket . We explored Lanta on scooters which was great .
Old Lanta town with it's unique market along the waterfront really nice. The viewpoint was breath taking. A 4 island day trip really special( picked us up on our hotel beach) .We also crossed over to Lanta north island on the bike ferry( quite an experience with our scooters) and enjoyed a scenic drive in the dense lush vegetation.Long Beach of the Pra Ae beach area our resort was on was fantastic and a real hive of activity at night with many, many restaurants to chose from and music and colored lights as far as the eyes could see. The Saladan Pier area fantastic for restaurants, bars and shopping !Shops and ATMs aplenty and fuel available along all roads to refuel your scooters. A really special place!
Very relaxed and not as developed as other areas of Thailand. Do take a trip over to the old town for something different.
Diving off the island was fantastic and I'd highly recommend ScubaFish as a company to dive with. I am an experienced diver & my partner is a novice & nervous snorkeler and we both found them absolutely brilliant. Thai food highlights include BeeBee Bungalows, Fusion Bar and Dareen Resort. The Greek restaurant on Klong Khong was a surprisingly successful deviation for the norm.
this island is getting busier, but it's still really laid back. Driving around it is still possible, and is good value.
Nearby dive sites are excellent, and lots of sights to see. Well worth visiting if you want to just chill. There is some mellow nightlife, but mostly it's the beaches and diving that are the attraction.
Good for couples & relaxation. Trying to find 'I Love Lanta' t-shirt but none is available. Nothing much to do here.
We went in low season, lots of things closed. Not a lot going on. A long way to travel for not a lot of excitement.
Koh Lanta is a nice quiet place compared to other islands in Thailand. Very recommendable for families with kids.
it the best place for family vacation. very relax and quiet. i have been here 5 time and i will come again.
for peacefull,don't need pub bar u can find food in cheap price form small local vendor all Lanta island.
We love koh Lanta because it is peaceful and good if you want a relaxing time away from work and worries.
Koh Lanta is a nice place to just hang out or doing nothing, away from the hustle and bustle of Krabi.
However, it never shorts from all the attraction that a beautiful island could offer.
Great island that is not as hectic or as scarred as the other more famous islands (Samui, Phuket etc).
Lanta has a great feel to it and the people living there were always helpful. Loved Lanta and will definitely return.
The overall experience is really bad. I had booked an air-cond van from Krabi Town to Koh Lanta Hotel.
However, the air cond van driver just left us 300m from the hotel. The worst thing is IT WAS RAINING HEAVILY. My niece and I have to walk up to the hotel under the rain. I told myself, I would like come again ever to this Koh Lanta or Krabi. I would like recommend any one to this location also. Then, during this very low season, there is nothing on the island.
Koh Lanta is an amazing place, perfect for relaxing. Totally different than anywhere else in Thailand.
Still quite traditional. Highly recommended!
Koh Lanta is a very great place to visit. Nice visit to Old Lanta, great beaches on new Lanta side.