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Koh Lanta: A Tranquil Holiday in a Timeless Place
Koh Lanta is a popular destination for tourists who are seeking a tranquil holiday. Its long beaches and breath-taking sunsets make for serene walks along the shore. There are certainly enough bars and parties to be found if desired, but Koh Lanta does tend to be popular with an older crowd that enjoys a chill atmosphere. It is also popular with families and scuba divers.
There are several islands off the coast of Koh Lanta, the two largest are Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta Yai (the big island) is where most of the action is. There are several beaches on the west coast lined with resorts and bungalows. However, development of the island is concentrated in certain areas, ensuring that there will always be some locations that are uninhabited and give the feeling that you are on a deserted island. Development on the island has always taken the natural beauty of Koh Lanta into account. Many resorts are situated so that they are unseen from the beach.
The owners of the first five-star resort on the island, Pimalai Resort and Spa, designed it so that no trees were cut down in the process, and it is virtually invisible from the sea. It is located on one of the finest beaches on Koh Lanta (and possibly one of the most beautiful in Thailand). It is stunning, well-designed and known for its hospitality.
A recent surge in new and creative transplants has resulted in a number of interesting new resorts. The Narima, which is owned by an academic & bureaucrat from Bangkok has been featured in Elle Décor, and consistently receives glowing reviews from guests. Two Frenchmen redesigned an abandoned resort at Relax Bay and quickly transformed it into a stylish haven for international artists and business executives. There are 100 small resorts on the island’s western coast, catering to different tastes and styles.
The island is very popular with Swedish and Scandinavian tourists; though English is still the most common second language (signs and menus are often translated into English). There are also many English and Irish style pubs and restaurants. Koh Lanta Pizzeria is a very popular destination with both locals and tourists, as they serve traditional Italian-style pizza baked in wood-fire ovens. The island was also “re-discovered” in the past decade by backpackers and German divers.
Koh Lanta is home to diverse people, none so much as the sea gypsies that have inhabited the area for hundreds of years. Sea-Gypsy Village (Chao-Le) is a secluded community that has its own language and unique traditions and beliefs. Thai fishermen and farmers also moved here many years ago. Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and Sea Gypsies all live harmoniously on the island.
Koh Lanta is a melting pot of cultures that has resulted in the development of a growing variety of bungalow resorts: most are small, with 30 to 50 bungalows or less. Klong Dao is the island’s most developed beach; however, it’s rare to see more than 80 people there at any given time. This is a very quiet and spread out island that always feels remote.
Travelers come to Koh Lanta for snorkeling and diving. The island’s dive sites are featured on top ten lists around the world. Koh Lanta is characterized by some of the best beaches in Thailand, with magical sunsets and verdant jungle. It's an island where time easily passes watching the antics of hermit crabs. It is possible to rent a bike or a jeep and spend days exploring the beaches, rivers, caves and waterfalls. The island is only 25 km long, but travelers will find a wide range of things to do and see when they take the time to explore it.
The care taken to preserve the islands natural beauty and the customs of the people who have lived here for centuries makes it a timeless sort of place. In the old town, travelers get the feeling that they have stepped off a time machine. Life hasn’t changed here in more than a hundred years. There are majestic coconut palm gardens and rubber tree plantations that still operate as they did fifty years ago, and sea gypsy fishermen can be found on the coastline building nets using the same techniques that have served them well for centuries. When the fishing boats come back from a day on the water, it is possible to pick up a fresh and delectable seafood feast for the price of a bagel and a cup of coffee.
When planning your travel to Lanta, book your boat rental with Phi Phi Ferry - we travel between Phuket and Lanta and to other beautiful small islands in the surrounding area including: Railay, Ao Nang and Krabi. We make your online reservations easy. We also have shuttle services between Phuket hotels and Railay and to Krabi and Ao Nang. Fast, easy and reliable service! Book online, print your e-ticket and produce it upon arrival at the gate for quick and comfortable service to this one-of-a-kind destination.