Thailand has been one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations for many years, and that is unlikely to change any time soon. It has a magical attraction that never fails to impress, enchant, excite and enthrall. Traveler trends change, they evolve along with social and economic trends. Now, more travelers are moving away from the traditional package tour style of holidaying. They look for more freedom in their travels and seek new horizons, new treasures.
It is the changing trends that has seen a significant shift in how tourists coming to Thailand spend their time. It is The Kingdom’s Islands that are benefiting from these changes. For visitors seeking an island destination, Thailand has 1430 to whet the traveler’s taste buds. Islands, by their very nature, are more difficult to access due to their relative remoteness. Although, there is one island treasure that offers everything to the traveler, including easy access, Koh Lanta.
Laying in the Andaman sea and part of Krabi province Koh Lanta is a real gem. Koh Lanta is in fact 52 separate islands that are easily accessed by bridge which spans from Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi to mainland Krabi. The bridge was opened in 2016 and has led to more visitors being able to explore the secrets of these magical islands and islets.
Getting to Koh Lanta
Although there is now a bridge connecting Koh Lanta to the mainland, it is still possible to get there by ferry or speed boat. The number of visitors using these services has declined, but they remain a real option for travelers that are not already on the mainland. From the mainland, taking a flight from Bangkok to arriving on the island, using the bridge crossing, takes just 3 hours.
Island hoppers exploring the treasures of the Andaman Sea can get to Koh Lanta from Koh Ngai and Koh Muk to the South and, from the North, Koh Pu, Koh Jum, Koh Sriboya and Phi Phi. There are also the larger islands to the West, Phuket, Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi. All of these islands operate ferry and power boat services to Koh Lanta.
What to do on Koh Lanta?
Dotted around Koh Lanta there are rocky outcrops which rise up out of the sea like towering granite beasts, each topped with lush flora. Together they create an islet maze whish simply must be explored. Caves and tunnels, eroded into the rocks over millions of years, deliver, what can only be described as, the most incredible “Wow” factor you are ever likely to see.
Although there are options in the way in which to explore this amazing phenomenon, the best way is by Kayak. Hiring a kayak is inexpensive and fun, leisurely and environmentally friendly. Take your time, exploit the endless photo opportunities and enjoy a “Forever” life experience.
On Koh Lanta it is difficult to escape the lure of the sea, the glassy blue waters of the Andaman Sea are irresistible. Snorkeling and scuba diving are almost a way of life on the island. Never dived before? Not a problem, there are many certified dive schools with experienced instructors to help you on your way to exploring a whole new world beneath the waves. Around Koh Lanta there are dive sites to suit all levels, from the learner to the highly experienced, there is something for everyone.
Of course the beaches will always be popular with visitors. Koh Lanta has amazing unspoilt, white sandy beaches fringed with groves and palms. Spend a day or two idling in the sun and breathing the fresh sea air. Then, visit the beach bars and cafes that always exude a warm welcome, take in a cooling cocktail and feast on delicious local delicacies freshly cooked and always served with a smile.
Trek the interior and explore the flora and fauna, putting yourself at one with nature. Take a Thai cooking course at the Lanta Thai Cookery School, explore Lanta old town and feel the traditional Thai life. Visit Lanta Art, this gallery displays and sells works by any local artists, oils in many styles and of an infinite number of subjects are a delight to feast your eyes upon.
Watch an energy packed bout of Thai boxing at Klong Dao Stadium, or maybe send the children to the English Soccer School while you take in a relaxing Thai massage, or yoga and meditation. Cruise on still rivers through the mangroves or shower under a cooling waterfall, there are few experiences not to be had on Koh Lanta.
Staying on Koh Lanta
Hostels, homestays, beach huts and bungalows, villas and top of the range hotels, there is no shortage of accommodation on Koh Lanta. With prices starting from around 350 Baht a night, such as at Dox Ko Lanta, there is something to suit every budget. Beach huts and villas overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the Andaman Sea can be rented from around 500 Baht a night.
Going more up market, there are fabulous hotels 3, 4 and 5 star hotels where prices can reach 4,000 Baht a night. Twin Lotus Resort, is an adults-only beachfront resort that has on offer every luxury imaginable. Cha-Da Beach Resort, Baan Thai Lanta and Pimalai Resort are all excellent places to stay with varying tariffs, but all offer excellent facilities and service. With most accommodation on, or very near, a beach, nothing is badly situated.
Koh Lanta really will be whatever you want it to be. Exhilarating, exciting and amazing. It is enchanting, relaxing and inspiring. It never disappoints and it has never been easier to visit, go there and let Koh Lanta live with you.