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Ko LantaThailand

Home to stunning beaches and mangroves rich with wildlife, this increasingly popular island has managed to maintain a laid-back atmosphere.

Ko Lanta is certainly not an off-the-beaten path destination but its long stretches of sand feel quiet and secluded. Steady tourism ensures that the island offers extensive dining and nightlife options, as well as activities ranging from diving to yoga.

Head to Ko Lanta’s east coast to explore Muslim fishing villages, where locals continue to practice their traditional way of life. Quaint Lanta Old Town is particularly wonderful to visit during March, when the neighborhood comes to life with traditional food and entertainment for the Laanta Lanta Festival.

Although it would be tempting to spend every day stretched out under the sun on one of Lanta’s four main beaches, Mu Ko Lanta National Park is well worth leaving the beach for. Hike through the park’s lush jungle, where you can spot monkeys, egrets, snakes and other fascinating wildlife. Don’t miss the romantic old lighthouse resting on the cliff of Ta Noad Cape, a gorgeous lookout point over the park’s two beaches.

Khlong Jak Waterfall offers another rewarding hike through jungle vegetation and rocky cliffs. Cool off in the natural pool found at its base. Kayak or arrange a boat tour around Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest, where you can spot fiddler crabs, cranes and sea eagles.

Ko Lanta is one of Thailand’s top yoga destinations, with both full-length classes and relaxed beachside sessions available. Take a class at one of the island’s cooking schools, where you can learn how to make spicy pad thai and sweet mango sticky rice.

Snorkel, scuba dive or kayak to nearby islands, such as Ko Rok and Ko Bida. The waters off Ko Lanta’s coast are also excellent for surfing, boogie boarding, sailing and fishing.

The closest airport is Krabi International, from where Ko Lanta can be reached in a little over an hour by a combination of bus and ferry transport. Tourism in Ko Lanta is highly seasonal, with many local businesses closing during the rainy season from May to October.

Top Hotels in Ko Lanta

Long Beach Chalet
Long Beach Chalet
3 out of 5
472 Moo 3, Tambon Saladan, Ko Lanta, Krabi
The price is CA $25 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

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 Mar. 29, 2020

Long Beach Chalet
Lanta Mermaid Beachfront Resort
Lanta Mermaid Beachfront Resort
3 out of 5
375 Moo 3, Klong Dao, Ko Lanta, Krabi
The price is CA $30 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

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 Nov. 10, 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $12 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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 Dec. 30, 2019

Lemonade Boutique Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Ko Lanta

Long Beach Chalet
Long Beach Chalet
3 out of 5
472 Moo 3, Tambon Saladan, Ko Lanta, Krabi
The price is CA $25 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

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 Mar. 29, 2020

Long Beach Chalet
Thai Island Dream Estate
Thai Island Dream Estate
3.5 out of 5
356 moo 6, Koh Lanta Yai, Klong Nin, Ko Lanta, Krabi

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Lanta holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Klong Hin Beach and Klong Nin Beach. Khlong Khong Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (22 reviews)
Great location shame about the A/C

"The location of this property is incredible. The Villa is right on the beach and the view from the pool, outside pagoda and one of the bedrooms is spectacular. However the property states that is has air conditioning but this is only in the bedrooms and not the communal indoor are (kitchen/dinning/living ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 21, 2019

Thai Island Dream Estate
Alanta Villa
Alanta Villa
4 out of 5
429 Moo 2, Klong Krong Beach, Saladan, Ko Lanta, Krabi
The price is CA $167 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated on the beach, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Khlong Khong Beach, Long Beach and Klong Nin Beach. Lanta Animal Welfare and Khlong Toab Beach ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Amazing Oasis with wonderful service

"Alanta Villas was a wonderful place to stay. It was amazing value for a villa with a private pool and we loved the al fresco large screen TV with Netflix app! The service was incredible with everything we wanted just a whatsapp message away. There is also loads to do close by. We particularly liked ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Alanta Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in Ko Lanta

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

CA $80
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
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

CA $96
Per adult
Phi Phi and Bamboo Island One Day Tour from Koh Lanta
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Phi Phi and Bamboo Island One Day Tour from Koh Lanta

CA $85
Per adult
Lanta Old Town and Mangrove Forest Sightseeing Tour
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Lanta Old Town and Mangrove Forest Sightseeing Tour

CA $62
Per adult
Lanta 4 Island Snorkeling + Mangrove Forest By Tin Adventure
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Lanta 4 Island Snorkeling + Mangrove Forest By Tin Adventure

CA $65
Per adult
Pravate Transfer Lanta Island to Krabi Airport, Krabi Town, Ao nang
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Pravate Transfer Lanta Island to Krabi Airport, Krabi Town, Ao nang

CA $116
Per adult

Reviews of Ko Lanta

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 66.07142857142857%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 30.357142857142858%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.5714285714285716%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 11, 2020

A great balance between fun/party vibes and more chill family time. Not too busy, but still bustling.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 14, 2019

Liked the fact that this area was not as commercial and not crowded.

5/5 - Excellent

Julian&Kristen

Apr 28, 2019

We loved Koh Lanta. Compared to most of Thailand, it was very relaxed, less tourists and less commercialism. It felt like a real escape. The air was clean and the beaches were clean. We even found ourselves on the beach completely alone one morning.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Apr 4, 2019

Nice and relaxed vibes. Not the nicest beach we’ve seen in our travels. National park and jungle is beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2019

Beautiful island, would love to go back.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 12, 2019

We were not sure why it was getting higher ratings

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