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Ko LantaThailand

From isolated beaches and impressive cave systems to exotic marine life and pristine coral reefs, this island in southern Thailand is a true tropical paradise.

Beaches as far as the eye can see, jaw-dropping landscapes and a rainbow of aquatic life await at Ko Lanta. This popular retreat sits just off the coast of Krabi in southern Thailand. It’s a melting pot of cultures, from Buddhist to Thai-Chinese, and where Chao Le (Sea-Gypsy) traditions prevail. Ko Lanta is actually an archipelago of several islands protected by Mu Koh Lanta National Park.

Ko Lanta Yai is the most tourist-friendly island and Ban Saladan is its commercial hub. Here you can arrange inexpensive transport plus activities such as boat tours, snorkelling and trips to dive sites. Go to Ban Ko Lanta (Lanta Old Town), a village home to Buddhist shrines, Chinese temples and handicraft markets. Learn about the intriguing sea gypsies that inhabit the archipelago at Chao Leh Museum.

Discover beaches of soft white sand, crystal-clear water and swaying palm trees along Ko Lanta Yai’s west coast. Among these are Kor Kwang Cape, Klong Dao Beach, Phra Ae (Long Beach), Klong Khong Beach and Kantiang Bay. Enjoy safe swimming, watersports and superb sunsets. Find waterfront restaurants, upscale resorts and simple beach huts.

Be sure to explore Tham Khao Maikaeo, a series of caves and tunnels reached via a jungle hike. Experience the sea-gypsy’s lifestyle at Ban Sang-Ga-U village. Traverse the island’s lush forests on an elephant trek or ride a long-tail boat to the lesser-visited Ko Lanta Nai.

Ko Lanta’s best snorkelling and scuba-diving sites are around the outer-lying islands, all accessible from Ko Lanta Yai. Ko Ha and Ko Rok are great for snorkelling and all levels of divers. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang invite experienced divers to explore an underwater wonderland home to manta rays and whale sharks.

Reach Ko Lanta by taking a ferry from Ao Nang, Krabi or Phuket and then get around via motorcycle taxis, long-tail boats or rented scooter. A paved road connects the beaches of Ko Lanta Yai from north to south. Ko Lanta’s captivating mix of stunning natural beauty, history and adventure make it every bit an idyllic island getaway.

Top hotels in Ko Lanta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Long Beach Chalet
Long Beach Chalet
3 out of 5
472 Moo 3, Tambon Saladan, Ko Lanta, Krabi
The price is £22 per night from 19 Sep to 20 Sep

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Lanta villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Long Beach, Klong Dao Beach and Khlong Khong Beach. Kawkwang Beach and Lanta Animal Welfare ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (163 reviews)

"Its location is not to be beaten - rooms in the garden area are very nice but being on the beach side (we tried both) is quite something. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Escape Coffee Bar serves some amazing coffee, perfect start to the day after a morning stroll on the beach."…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

Long Beach Chalet
Lanta Mermaid Beachfront Resort
Lanta Mermaid Beachfront Resort
3 out of 5
375 Moo 3, Klong Dao, Ko Lanta, Krabi
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £21 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Lanta hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kawkwang Beach, Klong Dao Beach and Long Beach. Sala Dan Pier and Sala Dan Community School ...

4/5Very Good! (23 reviews)

"Love the beach bar, love the guys running the bar (two blonde Asian guys), love the location. Its awesome value for money. The shower could have been a LITTLE warmer, but its Thailand so who cares about that?"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

Lanta Mermaid Beachfront Resort
Lemonade Boutique Inn
Lemonade Boutique Inn
3 out of 5
476/4 Klong Dao Beach, Ban Koh, Ko Lanta, Krabi
The price is £12 per night from 19 Sep to 20 Sep

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Klong Dao Beach and Long Beach. Kawkwang Beach and Sala Dan Community School are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (45 reviews)
Great stay.

"Great staff, good location on the beach in the northern part of the island, great food options available very close."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

Lemonade Boutique Inn

Popular places to visit in Ko Lanta

Long Beach
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Long Beach

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Long Beach, a popular beach in Ko Lanta. While in this relaxing area, you can savour the lively bars.

Klong Dao Beach
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Klong Dao Beach

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Klong Dao Beach, a popular beach in Ko Lanta. While in this romantic area, you can savour the lively bars.

Kantiang Bay
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Kantiang Bay

4/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Kantiang Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Ko Lanta. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this romantic area or visit its lively bars.

Top things to do in Ko Lanta

Lanta Thai Cookery School
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Lanta Thai Cookery School

£42
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Snorkelling Safari From Koh Lanta
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Snorkelling Safari From Koh Lanta

£69
Per adult
Lanta Mangrove Tour with Sea Cave Kayaking at Koh Talabeng
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Lanta Mangrove Tour with Sea Cave Kayaking at Koh Talabeng

£30
Per adult
Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch
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Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch

£62
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Phi Phi Islands by Ferry with Snorkeling, Lunch & Transfers
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Phi Phi Islands by Ferry with Snorkeling, Lunch & Transfers

£43
Per adult
Fun Diving Koh Ha
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Fun Diving Koh Ha

£100
Per adult

Reviews of Ko Lanta

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Beautiful location and beaches .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

Had a great stay , peaceful place , hope they don’t destroy lanta like they did the other Thai islands with tourism

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Jan 2020

We didn’t see it all, what we did see was beautiful and not overly commercial.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

Don't forget to see a local Muay Thai event to support the local clubs.

5/5 - Excellent

Tim

20 Nov 2019

It’s how the other islands in Thailand were 15 years ago.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Nov 2019

Really liked the relaxed feel of the island. Easy to get around and some great view points.

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