Koh Lanta, a group of large islands dotting the Andaman Sea, is a part of the Krabi province. The area became a community in 1901, making it one of the oldest regions in Thailand. Holiday-goers love to travel to the main islands of Koh Lanta - Koh Klang, Koh Lanta Yai, and Koh Lanta Noi - drawn by the prime scuba diving, snorkeling, and hiking attractions. Koh Lanta was once a hidden gem amongst visitors but now word has spread about the raw scenery and alluring nature. From the main island, Koh Lanta Yai, visitors can rent a yacht and travel along the aquamarine Andaman Sea to the captivating islets.
As a departure point for travelers who rent a yacht, Koh Lanta offers up a feast of wonderull islands spreading across the sea. Koh Lanta can also be reached from Krabi town, which is about 70 km away. When visitors reach the island, they will have plethora of activities to choose from, ranging from leisure to adventure. Relaxing excursions include a visit to Long Beach, which is an ideal place for a long walk. Some areas are more crowded than others but due to the massive size of the beach, there are several quiet options to lay down your towel too. Cafes, bars, and restaurants are conveniently placed along the beach. At night, guests are entertained by evening performances like fire shows.
Lanta Klong Nin Beach is another popular place for visitors to sunbathe, swim, and stroll along the white sandy shoreline. Quieter areas are more easily found on Lanta Klong Nin in comparison to Long Beach.
The main island is known for its fascinating beach options, but those interested in exploring alternative sites can venture to the old town which provides a glimpse of the island's history. Souvenir shops, centuries-old buildings, and minimal tourism provides an eye-opening cultural experience. A well-liked and reviewed attraction is the Koh Lanta Animal Welfare Center. Here, volunteers take care of abandoned animals and are happy to give free tours to guests.
Trekking to Khlong Chak waterfall is a rewarding adventure on Koh Lanta Yai. Hikers will walk past farms, a green-tinted stream, come across a dam, and then venture deeper into the jungle. The end of the trek is a lovely waterfall cascading over rocks into a cool refreshing pool. Along the hike and near the waterfall, there are caves that are decorated in tree trunks and various other flora.
Another day trip on Koh Lanta Yai is exploring Mu Koh Lanta National Park. There are several different trail options, with stunning beaches and the chance to catch a glimpse of monkeys swinging through the trees. The park charges an entrance fee.
Visitors hoping to scuba dive or snorkel in the Koh Lanta area in luck. Koh Rok, one of Lanta’s islets, is known for its crystal blue waters, coral reefs, and vast marine life. If tourists grow tired of snorkeling, they can lounge on one of the cosy private beaches.
There are no options for diving off of the main island, so diving enthusiasts must venture towards places like Koh Ha, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Like Koh Rok, the turquoise water surrounding these islands is transparent and offers crisp views of the fish and reefs. Hin Daeng is known for its colourful marine life, and Hin Muang for its dazzling coral structures lining the ocean floor. Over 100 species of fish can be spotted in this area, including whale sharks and frequent sightings of manta rays. Divers rave about Hin Muang and Hin Daeng and it is now known as one of best places to snorkel in the entire country.