10 tips for Koh Lanta


Ko Lanta this beautiful island in south Thailand in the Andaman Sea has more to offer than beach holidays. Krabi and Ko Lanta are a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims, and even sea gypsies. The majority of the population in the rural areas is Muslim.
Here are 10 Tips for Ko Lanta how you can spend your time besides laying at the beaches.

10 tips for Ko Lanta

Diving

That is for sure the best thing you can do at the island. If you are not a diver now, become one, you are in the middle of some of the most famous dive spots in the world.

You are able to see Manta Rays at Hin Daeng/Hin Muang, maybe a whale shark at Ko Haa and some Leopard sharks at Hin Bida. Diving here is amazing.

Here you can find our diving experiences.

 

Snorkeling

Our tip is: do snorkeling at KohHaa (good fish life and corals) and go out with one of the diving schools. That’s maybe a bit more expensive, but you get a snorkeling guide, proper equipment, drinks and food!
Ko Haa is amazing for snorkeling. The Lagoon is just 5 meter deep and has very good visibility. It`s stunning under water and above.

Ko Lanta – 4 Islands Tour – We didn`t really like the snorkeling (no proper gear) but beside that the other islands are worth a visit. You will find a lot of offers for the 4 islands trips everywhere on Koh Lanta.
Hint: if you should bring your own snorkel gear.

 

Fish (BBQ) in Old Town

Lanta Old Town is a small village on Ko Lanta’s East side. It’s one of the region’s most culturally diverse with Chinese merchants, original Thai fishing families and an ancient Sea Gypsy community.
Lanta Old Town offers a great selection of places to eat, with restaurants, bars and lounges to suit every taste.
Each restaurant has its own style and ambience; most are situated over-the-sea and provide superb views to many spectacular islands off the East Coast of Koh Lanta.
Our tip: Beautiful Restaurant rambles out over-the-sea in a picturesque setting directly next to the tropical mangroves and offers delicious food.
For Shakes and a nice view we recommend the “Apsara”. Highly romantic there is a single table in the middle of nowhere over the sea.

Bike tours around the island and to Ko Lanta Noi

To reach Ko Lanta Noi you have to use the car ferry. It cost almost nothing to cross the river. There is a street at the ocean around Koh Lanta Noi and you hardly find any tourist there.

Mu Ko Lanta national park

There are two caves on Ko Lanta. At least one is worth a visit, the Khao Mai Kaew cave. It costs around 300 baht including a guide, whom you really need and torches. The tour takes 1, 5 hours and starts normally ever hour or when at least 7 or 8 tourists want to visit the cave.
It´s slippery and you have to climb a little waterfall and a lot of ladders, so Flip Flops are not the best idea.

Khao Mai Kaew Cave

There are two caves on Ko Lanta. At least one is worth a visit, the Khao Mai Kaew cave. It costs around 300 baht including a guide, whom you really need and torches. The tour takes 1, 5 hours and starts normally ever hour or when at least 7 or 8 tourists want to visit the cave.
It´s slippery and you have to climb a little waterfall and a lot of ladders, so Flip Flops are not the best idea.

Fire show from Pas at the Indian Bar, Klong Dao

An atmospheric bar situated at the Klong Dao beach with nice music. Every evening Pas, the owner makes a fire show..

Waterfall

Next to the elephant camp in the south is the entrance to the waterfall. It´s not the biggest one you have ever seen, but nice in the rainy season. When the rain stops, the waterfall has no water any longer.

Trip to Ko Rok

During the season between November and May, there is the package tour service from Sala Dan Pier at Ko Lanta Yai to Ko Rok by speedboats taking about one hour.
As Ko Rok is fully owned and protected by the National Marine Parks of Thailand there are no privately run businesses here. However, The National Park does operate a campground so it is the perfect place to really get away from the crowds.
It`s nice to spend a night or two here as well.
More opinion to Ko Rok and accommodation possibilities: Here

Ban Saladan

From about 19:00 onwards, Saladan is generally busy with many visitors choosing to shop as the temperature cools down or to eat at one of the many restaurants.
It’s the capital of Ko Lanta, but only 2 streets make up the town. At night times you have a little food street market also. Book your tickets to go further here. Surprisingly, the tour brokers in town offer the cheapest prices.

Information how to get to Ko Lanta can you find here.