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Ko Lanta is a not so explored charming island in South Thailand with a relaxing atmosphere and with some of the most beautiful beaches of the country. In the past, it used to be a haven for backpackers, although it currently attracts all sort of tourists, particularly Swedish, who end up moving with the whole family most of the times.

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Unlike the rest of Thailand, the majority of the Lanta’s people are muslins, coming from Malaysian fishermen who settled down in there about a century ago. For this reason, forget the noodles with pig meet and be read for the sound of the mosques five times a day. But do not worry about the strict religious rules as the island is free from fundamentalists and the local population live together rather well with foreigners, parties and the many bars.

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With our friends Hutyee and Pai

Ko Lanta is special because it mingles the muslin hospitality and the Thai kindness with the paradisiacal atmosphere typical of South East Asia! Lanta also has a lively culture as a result of diverse immigrated nationalities, from Chinese to sea gypsies.

As it is little touristy explored, it is easy to discover unknown places and deserted beaches. We fell in love instantly with the island! We went there to spend a couple of days only and ended up staying for the whole month! Travellers who enjoy seeing less known places, be in touch with local population, delicious food, fair prices and rustic atmosphere, Ko Lanta most definitely ought to be in your itinerary!

How to get there
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Ko Lanta’s pier

– Airplane: You can take a flight to Krabi Town or Phuket city. Then, it is possible to take either a bus or a boat from there which will take you to Ko Lanta. That is usually the fastest way, though the most expensive too. Flights from AirAsia (www.airasia.com) and NokAir (www.nokair.com) are cheap are relatively comfortable.

– Bus + minivan: It is possible to take a bus to Krabi Town or to Phuket City and take a minivan to Ko Lanta. The journey, leaving from Bangkok for instance, takes about 12h and costs about 800 Baht (US$23). Buses leave from either Southern Bus Station as from the famous Khaosan Road.

– Bus + boat: Exactly like the option above, however instead of taking the second part of the trip by minivan, you would take a boat.

– Boat: There are many daily boats leaving from Krabi Town, Aonang, Koh Phi Phi or Phuket. The price depends of the departing place and the season but is normally 400 Baht (US$13).

*You can check and reserve boat, bus and flight tickets at https://12go.asia/en

– Hitchhiking: Without a doubt the funniest and cheapest way! Thai people are extremely helpful and hitchhike around the country is really easy. In the south is even particularly simple as many drive pick-ups, so it is just jumping at the back of the car and enjoy the ride!

It is necessary to take a couple of ferries of about 10 minutes each to reach the island and each of the ferry costs about US$2. There is a bridge being constructed in order to avoid the ferry though.

Where to stay

– Klong Nin:  One of the best beaches in the island with its white sand and crystal clear water. The area also has plenty of options for accommodation and bars.

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Enjoying Klong Nin with a friend

– Long Beach: The most famous beach in Ko Lanta, has many accommodation options, bars and restaurants. The beach is nice as there are not so many rocks.

– Klong Khong: It has a relaxing atmosphere and the best bars in the island. The bars have big chair sand cushions and candles around stuck in the sand. The beach, however, is not the best as there are many rocks in it. Nevertheless, you will enjoy one of the best sunsets in here.

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Klong Khong – nice bars and restaurants, but not so good for swimming

– Kaw Kwang: It is a tranquil beach with bars and nice swimming pools. It is also a good area for snorkelling.

*Ko Lanta has hotels and bungalows with very affordable prices (US$13 for a simple fan bungalow by the beach) as well as luxury hotels in private villages. You can simply choose the best for your budget. We stayed in Hutyee Boat Bungalow of a very darling family who welcomes all of their guests as if they were part of the family too. It is practically by Long Beach beach, it has an open kitchen and an area for barbecue. You can only book via telephone+66 83 633 9723

Transport within the island

There are two ways to get around in the island: Taxi of scooter. The price for a taxi ride varies between 50 and 200 Baht (1.5 to 7 US$) depending on the route. Renting a scooter is much more convenient as it gives you freedom to reach hidden places. The price for 24h renting is about 200 Baht (7US$) and petrol costs 45 Baht/L (1.2 US$/L).