The Ko Lanta (Island) archipelago is made up of over fifty
small islands, although there are people living on only three
of these; Lanta Yai, Lanta Noi and Ko Ngai, Lanta Yai is the
island proving most attractive to tourists, claiming the
majority of impressive beaches and activities for visitors.
The population for the region is fo approximately
20,000 people, with 10,000 of these residing on Lanta Yai,
and most of those of the Thai-Muslim faith. inhabitants main
income is from rubber farming, fishing, palm tree, coconut
and cashew nut plantations, and of course the travel industry.
The island itself runs from North to South,
with the West coast established as the main tourist area,
offering accommodations for all budgets, avariety of activities,
and and attractive choice of bars and restaurants. Picture-perfect
sunsets can be seen from any of the many beaches, while the
colourful local fishing boats known as "Long Tails",
bob lazily in the foreground.
The East coast is far less developed, and
extends a chance for the more curious explorer to glimpse
life without tourism. Facing toward the mainland, the coast is largely consists of mangroves, with some yellow sand beaches
towards the southern end. It's here that you'll also find
the ancient Sea Gypsy Village, home to the indigenous settlers
on Ko Lanta, who live in harmony with the sea.
Weather on Ko Lanta is precisely typical
for a country experiencing regular tropical monsoons, with
just two seasons per year, the hot season and the wet season.
Two monsoons affect ko lanta directly, one coming in from
the west coast which starts around May, and one from the East
coast which generally starts in October.
Klong Dao Beach
This beach is the most populous of those
offered on Lanta, with several bungalows at very reasonable
prices. Located 2 km from the Saladan pier, this beach offers
visitors clean, sparkling sand, tepid, translucent waters,
and excellent views of the surrounding areas.
Pha-Ae Beach (Long Beach)
At the northern end of Lanta, this beach
is known for its fine sand and quickly shelving coastline.
Where to stay: Accommodation at Phra Ae are extremely affordable,
and the food is sumptious. Like most of the beaches on Lanta
Island, recreational activities are few and far between.
Klong Kong Beach
This beach, 2 km south of Phra Ae, is extremely
peaceful, and has excellent accommodation at bargain prices.
Although the food is not quite as good as at Phra Ae, the
beaches are isolated, tranquil and serene.
Klong Nin Beach
Like nearly all the beaches on Lanta, Klong
Nin is isolated and quiet. Fine, sandy beaches are essentially
all one will encounter here, and the accommodations are adequate.
Again, this is not the place to go if you want to go jet-skiing
or para-sailing, but perfect if you want to read a book on
a beautiful beach.
Ba Kantiang Beach
Towards the southern tip of the island,
Kantiang beach is one of the most beautiful on Koh Lanta.
Although accommodations are only average, the sparkling sands
and iridescent aquamarine waters more than compensate. There
is also excellent snorkeling available in the surrounding