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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
 OYO 866 Lanta Ray Bay Hotel
OYO 866 Lanta Ray Bay Hotel
3 out of 5
139/1 Moo. 6, Ko Lanta, Krabi
The price is AU$27 per night

Situated in Ko Lanta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Khlong Toab Beach and Klong Nin Beach. Khlong Khong Beach is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (22 reviews)

"Absolutely LOVED this hotel. I spent one night here in the master suite with the ocean and Mountain View and it was stunning. The room is brand new, great shower, clean water and clean sheets and towels too. The resteraunt are right next to it and it’s about 30 feet from the beach! Stayed a second ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2020

OYO 866 Lanta Ray Bay Hotel
Pimalai Resort And Spa
Pimalai Resort And Spa
5 out of 5
99 Moo 5 Ba Kan Tiang Beach, Ko Lanta, Krabi
The price is AU$269 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Lanta resort is within a 15-minute walk of Ba Kan Tiang Beach and Kantiang Bay. Klong Nin Beach is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

4.9/5Exceptional! (497 reviews)
Fantastic stay!

"Fantastic location as beach is beautifully clean and picturesque. Lots of friendly and attentive staff. Breakfast was great quality and lots of choice. There was lots of entertainment (paddle-boards, table tennis etc) all complimentary. Rooms are very good size and decor tastefully done. Very much ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Pimalai Resort And Spa
Rawi Warin Resort and Spa
Rawi Warin Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
139 Moo 8, Lanta Yai Island, Ko Lanta, Krabi
The price is AU$110 per night

Located in Ko Lanta, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Khlong Toab Beach and Klong Nin Beach. Khlong Khong ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (438 reviews)
Best Hotel Stay Ever

"Best hotel stay I have ever had. Everything from assisting booking excisions and cross country transportation, to packing us a lunch for our 6 am checkout with 7-8 options inside. Worth every penny."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2020

Rawi Warin Resort and Spa

Top activities in Ko Lanta

Lanta to Maya Bay, Bamboo and Phi Phi Island Snorkeling Tour
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Lanta to Maya Bay, Bamboo and Phi Phi Island Snorkeling Tour

AU$105
Per adult
Island Hopping Day Trip to Phi Phi & Bamboo Island by Singthongchai Speed
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Island Hopping Day Trip to Phi Phi & Bamboo Island by Singthongchai Speed

AU$89
Per adult
Snorkeling Tour to 4 Islands and Emerald Cave From Koh Lanta
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Snorkeling Tour to 4 Islands and Emerald Cave From Koh Lanta

AU$88
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Ko Lanta

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Verified traveller

10 Nov. 2019

Its a great value ace at delivers what it says it will. Its not a five star resort, but it doesn't claim to be. The staff and fun and helpful (my friends were staying at a more expensive hotel down the beach, but we spent all our time in MY bar).

5/5 - Excellent

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26 Apr. 2019

Not yet spoiled by over tourism. Plenty of back packer eco tourist types. For the recreational scuba diver you are spoiled for choice in operators and dive sites. Don't expect Bangkok luxury. Closer in feel to Ubud (Bali).

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