2012-08-22 by System Administrator

Koh Lanta Thailand

Stunning tropical white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters and an unrivaled abundance of marine life off it’s coast has seen the popularity of the divine island of Koh Lanta rise significantly over the last few years.

Only the venturous intrepid travelers dared to grace the southern Andaman coast in search of this postcard perfect paradise island but like the rest of Thailand today it remained far from exclusive as word soon reached out further a field.

Koh Lanta Thailand is actually Two islands, Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. With mangroves and swamp lining the coast of Koh Lanta Noi, it attracts very little in the way of tourism. Koh Lanta Yai is where all tourism is located, and is what most generally refer to as Koh Lanta.

When the sun is shining over Koh Lanta island there are very few places in the world that compare. Between November and May glorious sunshine is a given each day. The weather in Koh Lanta does however deteriorate slightly between June and October when the monsoon season arrives and daily showers lasting a couple of hours arrive late in the afternoons.

Koh Lanta is accessible by boat only and during the high season Ferries to Koh Lanta run from Trang Phuket, Phi Phi Islands, Krabi and Koh Lipe allowing you to hop between some of Thailand’s most elegant beach and island destinations. Daily flights from Bangkok to Krabi and Phuket means getting to Koh Lanta from Thailand’s capital doesn’t have to be a lengthy experience. The main Ferry port on Koh Lanta is Saladan located in the North of the island and close to the popular beach areas of Kaw Kwang and Klong Dao.

In Koh Lanta’s early tourist days bamboo huts and wooden bungalows formed most of the accommodation found on the island. As the islands popularity soared so did the number of resort style hotels in Koh Lanta with swimming pools, Spas, and royal Thai cuisine restaurants. Today the resorts harmonise along the beach front with the remaining bamboo huts and bungalows offering a diverse selection of accommodation for all that visit the island.

All along the west coast of Koh Lanta lies a plethora of white sandy beaches bordering crystal clear blue waters. The beaches in Koh lanta are regarded as some of Thailands finest and were voted the second best in the country by trip advisor in 2011. With a great selection of beach bars, restaurants and accommodation close by coupled with there stunning beach fronts Klong Dao and Long beach are the islands most impressive.

Scuba Diving in Koh Lanta has been one of the driving forces in the rapid increase of visitors to the island over the last 10 years. Just a 45 minute boat journey from Koh Lanta will bring you to a world of underwater heaven. A richness of colourful coral inhabited by an abundance of marine life has transformed Koh Lanta into a scuba divers haven. Whale sharks, rays and barracuda join Nemo and friends around the popular dives sites of Hin Duang and Koh Haa most days.

The art of massage has been a huge part of thai culture and tradition for generations and is practiced on almost every street corner within Thailand. A relaxing massage in Koh Lanta is a great way to revitalise your mind, body and soul after a day diving, beach hopping or exploring the island of Kh Lanta. Choose from a Traditional Thai massage oil Massage or Foot massage in one of the street massage centres or for the more unorthodox treatments head to one of the Spa resorts found on the island.

Backpacker favourites of burgers, Pizzas coupled with Southern Thailand favourites such as Mussaman curry were very much the order of the day in years gone by on Koh Lanta. A growing change in visitors and accommodation on the island has also brought a revamp to the type of . Year by year has seen a radical change in the offerings of cuisines from around the world. Seafood is King of them all but a growing number of Italian, Indian and even French cuisines are readily available spoiling everyone for choice and sumptuous quality.

Crazy hedonistic nights can be found all over Thailand and some visit the land of smiles alone just for it’s party atmosphere. Whilst nearby to Koh Lanta places like Phuket and Phi Phi island are famed for there exhilarating and colourful after dark activities, the nightlife in Koh Lanta in comparison is rather tame. Koh Lanta adopts a relaxed and laid back ambience throughout the day and evening and most beach bars close well before midnight. This doesn’t entirely mean that you can’t find somewhere on the island playing music and serving drinks late at night. One bar certainly trying to change the trend to party island is Mango house with international DJ’s and party nights livening up the crowds each night.

Amazing beaches, phenomenal diving, and lavish restaurants Koh Lanta, Thailand is perfection personified.

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Surin Beach Phuket, 2013-01-08

Thank you nice article. Last month I’ve been to Surin Beach and like this place very much because this beach is quiet, white beaches and crystal clear waters. Surin Bay Inn is the great accommodation, i stay here. It’s just like a happy family, everyone there is so nice and hospital. I am sure, i will come back. SEE YOU PHUKET

Torstein Solli Hansen, 2012-08-22

Great article and picture visited Koh Lanta 2 years ago and fell in love with the place. Plan to visit again after I go to Phuket in January 2013. Can't wait!

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