Fly to Krabi Airport then take a 2-3 hour mini-bus (+ferry) ride to Koh Lanta. The bus can easily be booked when youland at Krabi airport. Don’t worry, the location is obvious. Mini-buses leave when full or if you get lucky in the low season you may be given a private driver.
Ko Lanta will appear on most tour agency and hostel transport lists. This cheapest, but slowest way of getting to Koh Lanta.
Speed Boats depart from the main pier for most neighbouring islands. Ask ahead of time about the schedule during low season.
Koh Lanta is quite spread out and as such, there is no perfect place to stay. Places on/near the beach tend to be lacklustre and overpriced. Not to mention, the beauty of Koh Lanta is the sheer quantity of beaches that you can explore. So going to the same one by your hotel every day isn’t necessarily a selling feature. I spent a ton of time scoping the island for the best spots and here are the results:
Green Pepper – The best place to stay on Koh Lanta, charming Green Pepper consists of several small bungalows spread out in a lush garden. Run by lovely Mayaan and Mon (from Cooking with Mon), you are instantly made to feel incredibly welcomed and cared for in this beautiful spot. They’re both versed on all Koh Lanta has to offer, and are happy to go above and beyond to make sure you feel comfortable and help you make the most of your time on Lanta! We were a little unsure when we first booked given its location in the hills and slightly away from the beach, but as a motorbike is essential for making the most of Koh Lanta regardless of where you stay, it ended up making little difference. If you’re still not convinced, the peace and quiet of the hillside location makes you feel like you’re staying at a private retreat and the value can’t be beaten. Click here to check rates for your visit.
Lazy Days – Situated on Relax Beach, these charming bungalows take the cake for beachfront accommodation on Ko Lanta. The only catch is they’re not cheap and start at 4400 baht per night in peak season. If you’re going in low season, check for deals. They can be as much as 60-70% off.
La Lanta: The incredible location, made me have to go and check this place out! Unfortunately, the resort looks as if its prime has passed, despite being set right on the beautiful Mai Phai Bay. A 5-star location, but isolated from any bars and restaurants and in some serious need of some TLC… If the price was right it may be worth checking out, but not for the high season rates.
Sri Lanta: This sprawling expanse of time-share like condos and bungalows would feel perfectly at home on Phuket with golf carts and manicured lawns. Unfortunately, on Koh Lanta, it feels a touch out of place and lacks character and soul.
A great travel backpack: Thailand’s wide ranging transportation methods and uneven terrain make a travel backpack your best choice for an adventure like this. A great pack helps you stay organized, makes travel easy and will save you money. With a 60L capacity, rugged weatherproof materials, and an integrated packing system, the Khmer Explorer Travel Set was built for an adventure like this.
A great daypack: From lazy beach days to waterfall hikes, motorbike rides and dive trips, Koh Lanta has not shortage of activities. The best bet for something like this? A customizable everyday backpack like the customizable Kiri Collection.
Travel insurance: Don’t even think about taking a trip without proper travel insurance. One mistake or accident could turn your dream Lanta trip into a nightmare.
Runners/water shoes: From sea kayaking to hiking to exploring caves, good grips are a must.
Reusable water bottle: The island has numerous spots to fill up your bottle. Help reduce the impact of your adventure by taking this small step. The ocean and the fishies will thank you!
That’s a wrap. With quiet roads to explore, an abundance of beaches, and an incredible vibe, Koh Lanta is not to be missed. This is Thailand and things change fast, with one bridge already connecting Ko Lanta Yai and Ko Lanta Noi (the undeveloped northern island), major road construction, and a second bridge on the way, Koh Lanta may change very drastically, very soon. So plan quickly, my friends!
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