Koh Lanta, Mar de Andamán
Koh Lanta is an archipelago in the Andaman Sea with a population of nearly 30,000 inhabitants. Less well-known than its neighbours, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket, you can nevertheless find excellent beaches and beautiful unspoilt open spaces. Access is by boat, by means of ferries if you want to take your own vehicle.
Koh Lanta consists of Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi with an island in the middle of the two islands. Most tourist attractions, accommodations, diving shops, rental motorcycles and other tourism business are located in Koh Lanta Yai.
How to go.
From Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal to Krabi or Trang, the two nearest locations, and then transfer to Koh Lanta.
From Krabi by mini-bus or boat travel to Koh Lanta that include fees for ferries and other transfers. It takes between 1 and 2 hours.
From Trang, daily minivan departs at noon to Koh Lanta, it takes around 02h30 including the ferry crossing.
From Phuket take a bus from Phuket Town to Krabi Town, once there take a minivan or boat.
If you take a boat trip along the western coast of Ko Lanta you’ll see the series of beaches depicted in the photos. Near to the beaches are numerous villages with all the necessary services to relax and enjoy the sea.
Its charm goes one step further in that it is very worthwhile organising a trip inland and to several of the neighbouring islands, such as Koh Ngai or Koh Mook.
Old Town is a small town on the west side of the island with a harbour that is the departure point for many seafaring excursions.
Even today, a number of sea gipsy communities live on the shoreline.
The rainy season in Koh Lanta begins in April and ends in November. The driest month is February.
The following short video is a good way to get an idea about the ambience of these beaches.