In this guide, you’ll find a list of things to do in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We’ll tell you how much you can spend and you’ll find some useful suggestions on the best beaches, resorts and hotels, basically all you need to know where to stay in Koh Lanta and how to spend an amazing holiday. This is our Koh Lanta guide.

LATEST UPDATE: October 2016

The Ultimate Guide to the top beaches, best hotels, resorts, bungalows and things to do in Koh Lanta, Thailand

While in Thailand, we were looking for a charming island and we found it. We were dreaming about a spot nested between a rainforest and a sea and we got it. We wished to avoid the “get-a-bucket-of vodka-and-dance-all-night” zones and we succeeded.

Thailand has a big array of islands to offer with some of the best beaches in South-East Asia and a bit of research needs to be done before you choose a place that will meet your expectations and your budget.

Many blog posts and positive reviews were leading us to Koh Lanta in Thailand, and after we were unbelievably lucky to find a lovely accommodation in Klong Nin Beach thanks to a friend’s suggestion, we can say now that we have found our digital nomad beach paradise. So let’s start with our Koh Lanta tips.

There are plenty of things to do in Koh Lanta. First of all there are eleven beaches and the farther south you go, the more serene they are. We arrived to Klong Nin beach in the middle of March, which was the end of the high season, but there was already a quieter, more laid-back atmosphere.

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The Italian restaurant and guesthouse where we stayed.

What is the budget?

We stayed in Klong Nin, for us the best beach in Koh Lanta, for 10 days and spent in total 17,401 THB/$ 539 which included:

Lodging: 3000 THB/$ 93

This was really a bargain! We stayed in a newly opened guesthouse, Caipi where the work is actually still in progress. Apart from the super fast internet connection and welcoming hosts, Maurizio and Ja, we also tasted some delicious home-made Italian meals in their bar/restaurant.

You can find some really nice, clean and budget friendly rooms, bungalows and hotels in Koh Lanta, with range from $6 for a dorm bed to a splurging luxury sea front room with air-conditioning for $100-200. For more details, please check the sections below to find the best hotels in Koh Lanta.

We’ve done a big research for you to make your booking easier. When we travel in Asia we do our bookings through Agoda. We use this website all the time and it’s really great for booking hotels. We have find some amazing deals up to 80% discount.  Hope you find our list of the best budget, mid-range and luxury hotels on Koh Lanta useful.


  • tuk-tuk from Ban Saladan to Klong Nin: 200 THB/$ 6. We managed to bargain from a usual price of 150 THB/$ 4.6 per person to 100TBH/$ 3
  • ferry from Krabi to Koh Lanta: 700 THB/$ 21
  • ferry from Koh Lanta to Krabi: 800 THB/$ 24, with a discount of 100 THB/$ 3

Renting a scooter & gasoline for 2 days: 700 THB/$ 21

Food: 8048 THB/$ 250

Yes, we splurged a bit this time, but would you resist dining on a beach with a stunning sunset on your birthday? We couldn’t. And we enjoyed it there so much that we did it again two more times.

Snorkelling: 2900 THB/$ 89. With a small discount of 100 THB/$ 3

Miscellaneous: 1053 THB/$ 32

Whether you go to Koh Lanta to relax on the beach or to spend an active time on the island, you will be not be disappointed either way. We found Klong Nin a fabulous place to combine our work, regeneration and unexpectedly, to tackle our old fears (check out #3 and #9 below).

So, now that you have decided to visit and enjoy Koh Lanta beaches, what to do in this paradise? Let’s start with our Koh Lanta guide.

1. Have a walk on Klong Nin beach

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Sunset from Klong Nin beach.

We already mentioned that this beach was for us the best place to stay in Koh Lanta. Whether you decide to do it early in the morning, in the late afternoon or to catch a beautiful sunset, Klong Nin beach in Koh Lanta is a fantastic place for a stroll. It is 1.5 km long, with a few rocks at both ends and soft sand throughout the whole area. No perpetual boat engine noise, no night or early morning karaoke. Just you, sea waves, birds and the sound of laughter of random kids playing on the shore. This is simply one of the best Koh Lanta activities you can do in the island.

Where to stay on Klong Nin Beach

Andalay Boutique Koh Lanta Thailand

Andalay Boutique Resort

Beautiful rooms with an outdoor pool. Great beachfront area for stunning sunsets and cocktails on the beach.

Cottage room: $92

Baan Rim Lay Koh Lanta Thailand

Baan Rim Lay Hotel

Clean and well maintained rooms, breakfast served on the terrace, super comfortable beds, beach front resort.

Deluxe room: $70

Marina Hut Guesthouse Koh Lanta, Thailand

Marina Hut Guest House

Simple, clean guest house with free wifi. Laundry service and bike rental available. Six minutes walking to the beach.

Double room with a fan: $17

2. Visit the local food market

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A Thai woman preparing food at the market.

It is located in the village of Klong Nin, and you can either walk there (about 10-15 minutes from the main junction in Klong Nin) or take a scooter (about 2-3 minutes) and ride south. You’ll not only find fresh fruits and veggies, but also a variety of home made meals and snacks. Locals are the main customers here, but you might bump into a few foreigners, too. The market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

3. Rent a scooter

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Two young girls on a scooter in Koh Lanta.

This is the best way to explore the whole island. The roads are fine, only in the very south they are more hilly and curvy, but still manageable. The average price to rent is 250 THB/$ 7.7 per day, but it can be negotiable if you rent it for more days. The only downside of this fun is that you will have to leave your passport with them; there is no other way to negotiate with them unless you’re staying in a hotel or a resort where they also rent motorbikes and will not ask you for any documents.

We rented a scooter at a tour desk of the Pakgasri Guesthouse twice after having gotten good references from other travellers.

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Gianni on the scooter we rented for Ivana’s birthday.

Gianni rode the scooter for the first time again after more than 20 years and I am really happy he had the courage to give it a try. Apart from that, he made my birthday very special, as we were suddenly able to move freely around the island without caring about the transport too much.

4. Relax on the beaches in the south

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Nui Bay beach seen from the top of the hill.

Once you are staying on Klong Nin beach and you rent a scooter or pay a tuk-tuk for half-day trip (around 500 THB/$ 15), we highly recommend visiting beaches in the south. Not only they are quieter, but the forest you drive through is also an awesome background for your road trip.

Ba Kantiang Bay Beach
The first stop after Klong Nin beach. It is a 1 km-long, white sand beach with a few beachfront restaurants and the famous Drunken Sailors coffee shop. The place is surrounded by beautiful, natural hills, a lush forest and cliffs.

Where to stay on Ba Kantiang Bay Beach

Pimalai Resort & Spa Ba Kantiang Bay beach Koh Lanta

Pimalai Resort & Spa

This resort is nested in a lush greenery, with a private white sand beach. Spa, swimming pool and beachfront restaurant.

Deluxe room with breakfast: $290

Kantiang View Resort Ba Kantiang Bay beach Koh Lanta

Kantiang View Resort

Spacious rooms with a balcony to get a beautiful view on sunset. Swimming pool, free wi-fi and restaurant.

Deluxe room: $71

Klong Jark Bungalow on Ba Kantiang Bay beach Koh Lanta

Klong Jark Bungalow

This simple bungalows are located on a quieter side of the island with a beachfront restaurant. Good value for money.

Standard room with a fan: $19

Nui Bay Beach
One of our most favourite beaches. It is not easily accessible and you need to take a steep footpath (about 100 m) down to the beach. What you will find there is really a breath-taking scene. The beach has an incredibly private feeling, nested between the forest and cliffs, with only one bar on the beach.

Ao Klong Jark Beach aka Waterfall Bay Beach

Located in the south from Nui Bay Beach. It is a calm beach with a few restaurants and resorts, but we didn’t find it as charming as Nui Bay Beach. This beach is pretty unspoiled and that’s the reason why you’ll find only one resort here (for now) and two restaurants.

Bamboo Bay Beach
After Waterfall Bay beach you will find a road that splits. To arrive to Bamboo Bay beach, take the steeper one on the right. Since this is the last beach in the south of Koh Lanta and not very developed for tourism, you will barely find anyone around.

Where to stay on Waterfall Bay and Bamboo Bay Beach

Anda Lanta Resort Koh Lanta

Anda Lanta Resort

Splendid resort on an untouched beach. The resort offers airport transfer, it has an outdoor pool, restaurant, wifi, massage and spa.

Deluxe room with breakfast: $120

Baan Phu Lae

Baan Phu Lae

A unique guesthouse with aircon rooms and complimentary wifi. A wide rage of activities to choose from like massage and water sports.

Bungalow with aircon: $50

Bamboo Bay Resort Koh Lanta

Bamboo Bay Resort

This is the place where you can chill out and enjoy the peace of the bay. Simple and clean rooms with hot shower and air-conditioning.

Fan room: $34.   Aircon room : $65

5. Visit the National Park

If you go further south from Bamboo Bay Beach, or if you just turn left when heading south from Waterfall Bay Beach, you will arrive to a national park area. The entrance fee is 200 THB/$ 6 and the park is open till 6 pm. If you enter later you don’t pay anything, but if you go there only to see a stunning sunset with a lighthouse, you will most probably miss it. Do not be surprised if you are joined by curious, hungry, wild monkeys.

The area covers 134 km2 and consists of a few islands that you can visit if you take a ‘4 islands hopping tour‘ or if you go snorkelling to remote islands of Koh Lanta.

6. Visit Lanta Old Town

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The wooden houses of Old Town in Koh Lanta.

This town was a former business centre of the island until 50 years ago, when the ferries in the north started to operate. Merchants trading in the area were mostly from China or Arabic countries and you can still witness their impact in this small, community-like town. The place is considered a cultural highlight of the whole island and features one Buddhist temple and a Chinese temple. Some of the big festivals in Koh Lanta take place here.

We came to the Old Town at the hottest part of the day, around 2 pm when the whole town was sleepy and undisturbed. Now and then locals would quickly dart from one shop to another with an umbrella protecting them from the harsh sun.

The town gives you a different feeling compared to busy streets of some villages in the north, and you’ll find destroyed, empty huts or abandoned guesthouses and hotels available for rent.

If you plan to explore eastern islands like Koh Nui, Koh Por, Koh Talabeng, Koh Kam or Koh Bubu, Old Town is the right place from which to take an organised tour or a private long tail boat. Just go to the end of the main pier and arrange it with locals there.

The majority of these islands are deserted and uninhabited (so far), so if you wish to experience more tranquil parts of the Koh Lanta archipelago, here you have a chance to explore them.

For more information about the Old Town and the eastern islands, visit their homepage.

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Caoutchouc, the French bistro at the end of the Old Town.

In case you are looking for a cheaper accommodation, Old Town offers some inexpensive seafront B&B. For a coffee or a refreshing juice, visit Caoutchouc, a French seafront cafe and restaurant far from the main road. To get there, turn right when approaching the main pier of the Old Town and drive till the end of the road, passing the abandoned huts and hotels.

Where to stay in Old Town Koh Lanta

Mango House Seafront Suites Old Town Koh Lanta

Mango House Seafront Suites

Seafront suites furnished simply and tasty. Rooms with fan, a/c, with balcony/terrace, ideal relaxing place in Old Town.

Seafront suite: $40 in low season

Beautiful Restaurant & Room Old Town Koh Lanta

Beautiful Restaurant & Room

Relaxing and peaceful area. Clean and cosy rooms some of them with balcony and wifi. The restaurant is located over the water.

Double room with aircon: $39

Shine Talay Guesthouse

Shine Talay Guesthouse Old Town

A simple guesthouse with rooms with private bathroom and wifi. Guests can also enjoy the on-site restaurant.

Double room with aircon: $16

7. Spend some time at Lanta Animal Welfare

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Ivana with one of the dogs of Lanta Animal Welfare.

It has somehow come naturally for us to care more about animals after our experience with the rescued elephants. We read about the welfare before so since we were pretty close to it, we visited it on our day trip to northern beaches of Koh Lanta.

Lanta Animal Welfare is a nonprofit sanctuary that cares and sterilises stray dogs and cats in Koh Lanta and its suburb. The stories of the animals here are really sad. Lots of cats at LAW were abandoned by the hotels’ owners during the low season when there were no customers to feed them and cuddle them. Dogs were left to survive on their own after the builders finished their work on building hotels, where the dogs used to be night guards.

Here you can take a free, 45-minute educational tour every hour, walk a dog or two, cuddle with cats and kittens that will be happy to see you. And if you fall in love with any of these cuties, you can also adopt them. Lanta Animal Welfare thrives thanks to the volunteers, donators and visitors who care and support them financially.

8. Explore the beaches in the north and head to the east

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Klong Dao beach.

Going north from Klong Nin, you will find busier beaches compared to the south, but they are still worth the visit. The main road is full of guesthouses, local restaurants or food stalls, massage shops and hotels. The area is definitely more crowded than Klong Nin or the southern part of the island. They are all very close to each other so a half-day on a scooter is enough to see them all.

Klong Khong Beach
This beach is nearly 3 km long, with beachfront bars, restaurants and bungalows. Since the beach is pretty long, you will definitely find your spot for tranquility.

Where to stay on Klong Khong Beach

Baan Thai Lanta Resort Klong Khong beach Koh Lanta

Baan Thai Lanta Resort

Amazing comfortable rooms furnished with taste. Quiet and relaxing with swimming pool and restaurant.

Beachfront villa: $157

Khum Laanta Resort Klong Khong beach Koh Lanta

Khum Laanta Resort

This is a beautiful resort with clean spacious rooms, swimming pool, spa, hot tub and free wi-fi. Close to the beach.

Superior bungalow: $40

Sonya Guesthouse and Bungalows Klong Khong beach Koh Lanta

Sonya Guesthouse

Tasty furnished, clean rooms with internet and laundry service. The place is 4 minutes walking to the beach. 7/11 shop very close.

Bungalow: fan $18/aircon $44

Long Beach (Phra Ae)

As the name implies, this busy beach is stretched over a 4 km area with some relaxing spots on the sides. We found the beach a bit packed, but it was still a lovely place to stop when you are exploring the north of the island.

Where to stay on Long Beach Koh Lanta

Lanta Casuarina Hotel Long Beach Koh Lanta

Lanta Casuarina Hotel

An oasis of peace. Clean and beautiful rooms on the beach. Outdoor swimming pool and great breakfast buffet.

Villa with breakfast: $110

Sayang Beach Resort Long Beach Koh Lanta

Sayang Beach Resort

Lovely rooms with a wooden floor. According to the reviews, they serve scrumptious food there, too.

Deluxe villa: $67

Funky Fish Hostel Long Beach Koh Lanta

Funky Fish Hostel

Five minutes walking to the beach, for adventurous backpackers who can bear less soft mattress.

Dorm bed: $6

Klong Dao Beach

This is the most developed and the most crowded beach of Koh Lanta. Its 3km stretch is full of restaurants, bungalows and resorts. Definitely good choice for families, since the water is quite shallow, but we cannot recommend it if you wish to escape civilisation and avoid more expensive dining.

Where to stay on Klong Dao Beach

Lanta Cha Da Resort Klong Dao Beach Koh Lanta

Lanta Cha Da Resort

Big rooms, buffet breakfast, great place for families with children. Swimming pool, sauna, massage, hot tub and fitness.

Suite with breakfast: $155

Ananda Lanta Resort Klong Dao Beach Koh Lanta

Ananda Lanta Resort

Spacious rooms tastefully furnished with contemporary décor with fridge, garden, outdoor pool and massage. Quiet location.

Deluxe double with breakfast: $76

Rim Khao Resort Klong Dao Beach Koh Lanta

Rim Khao Resort

Bungalows with spacious balconies overlooking a beautiful tropical garden and free wi-fi.

Bungalow with fan and shower: $22

If you continue north, you will arrive in Ban Saladan, the main pier of Koh Lanta.

If you prefer to explore untouched villages, lush, tropical nature, rubber and palm plantations, we suggest visiting Koh Lanta Noi in the north.
To get there, you drive from Ban Saladan to the north, direction to a car ferry port. The fee for a ferry is 3 THB/$ 0.09 per motorbike and 2 THB/$ 0.06 per person. It takes about 10 minutes to cross the river and arrive to an almost deserted area of the island!

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The secluded beach in front of Ban Saladan.

Just follow the main road from the pier in Koh Lanta Noi (direction to Koh Lanta Noi Sub District Administration Organisation). After a few minutes you will see a seashore on your right behind a beautiful pine forest. You can park your motorbike on the path near the forest and then walk a hundred meters to the beach. We came upon this secluded place with no one else around and found clear, shallow water and a wonderful view. The only signs of civilisation were the seafront restaurants of Ban Saladan in the distance.

East Coast
We went to the east coast twice for a half a day each and were very impressed by the simple, tiny villages with no tourist agencies and no big chain stores. Do not expect any bars, guesthouses or food stalls here.

Going more to the south from the Old Town, you will find the Sand Ga U village, where some Sea Gypsies still live.

Although the place is mentioned in a few guidebooks, do not take it for a tourist attraction. Unlike the long-neck hill tribes near Chiang Mai, there is nobody waiting for you to show you their disappearing culture and sell you an overpriced souvenir. The community is living their own life, they make a living mainly with fishing, and follow their rituals and ceremonies. Please, do respect this when visiting the village.

We went there by motorbike, but it is better if you leave your scooter on the top of the hill and walk down. We honestly felt we were disturbing someone’s private and highly protected daily routines, and we even did not think for a second to take out our cameras to take a single picture of the place or people. On the flip side, it is a nice experience if you respect their privacy and do not intrude too much.

Note: If you decide to visit the north beaches, there are plenty of stalls on the road selling gasoline, so no worries about having to push your bike back to town. For the eastern part of the island, make sure you have enough gasoline in the tank.

9. Snorkelling in Koh Lanta

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Snorkelling in Koh Rok.

We have discovered a new world! An alluring, underwater world with new colours and shapes! When we took the plunge for the first time, we were stoked by the pure beauty we saw. We both had been dreaming about snorkelling and diving, so it was an extraordinary moment. So far, snorkelling has been one of our ultimate trip highlights.

Koh Lanta is a great place where you can book a day tour and visit some neighbouring islands like Kho Rok, part of the national park. You can either get off the boat and swim or relax at the blindingly white beach, or you can stay on the speedboat that will take you to a snorkelling paradise place where you can explore the world under the sea for 40-60 minutes. After a break on the beach you’ll go for the second round of diving, also for about 45 minutes.

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A beach of Koh Rok.

These kind of trips usually include buffet lunch on the beach, drinking water, fresh fruits and the snorkelling equipment.
You can book the tour in your hotel or any local tour desk that is a part of any guesthouse. Check out more leaflets before booking the trip, as there are also cheaper packages that might include fewer islands to visit, but with the same snorkelling places and an almost identical lunch menu. We booked ours at the same Pakgasri Guesthouse where we rented a scooter.

Pro tips:

  1. DO take a motion sickness pill for this trip. The speed boat trip from Koh Lanta to Ko Rok island takes almost one hour, the waves can be really wild and the fumes from the boat engines does not help the whole bumpy adventure.
  2. Bring your waterproof bag. You will really need it in case you carry a camera with you. After our kayaking trip in Laos we can confirm again that purchasing a dry bag back in Europe was a very good choice. You will also find these kinds of bags in any Koh Lanta store with summer clothes and sea equipment.

10. Go jogging

One of the reasons why we love Klong Nin beach so much is because of its long, soft, sandy shore that is perfect for practicing jogging. From our experience, in the evening you might be accompanied by some playful dogs that are too sleepy in the morning to follow you.

11. Practice yoga

If you love yoga and if you enjoy practicing it outdoors, then Klong Nin is the right place for your morning asanas! The view is marvellous and you will never have enough of the sea waves, cliffs in the distance and a few boats far on the horizon. It’s calm and totally quiet; the earlier you come, the better, but even when we practiced yoga later in the morning around 9  the beach was almost empty. So, don’t forget to bring your yoga mat.

If you prefer to attend yoga classes with professional instructors, do visit Oasis Yoga, Mona Yoga in Klong Dao and Sanctuary Yoga in Long Beach.

12. Splurge with a dinner on the beach

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Klong Nin beach at dusk.

There are plenty of beachfront restaurants in Klong Nin. You can pick one with a romantic, hippie or extravagant feeling, yet all of them offer an amazing view.  There are options for fresh, grilled seafood dishes, Thai cuisine or even English fish and chips or Italian spaghetti.

To have a very good grilled fish we can recommend Rickey’s Place or Beach Side restaurant. If you prefer more western food, go for Otto Bar & Grill, where they serve great fish and chips, salmon salad, hummus and ribs. The cook is British and he does his job really well. Be ready to pay around 600-900 THB/$ 18-27 for a dinner for two. If you happen to be celebrating a special day, you might be interested in visiting The Cave, a restaurant in the very southernmost corner of Klong Nin beach where to enter, you go through a small cave.

13. Have a massage

If you are on a budget, you might prefer to go for a Thai massage in one of massage shops on the left side of the main junction. Here you pay 250 THB/$ 7.7 per one hour massage. If your wallet allows you, go for a massage on the beach where you’ll pay about 400 THB/$ 12. You can find a few massage shops at the south end of the beach.

14. Do not miss an open-air concert on the beach

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Job2Do in concert at Rasta Baby bar.

Rasta Baby bar is one of the most unique, independent places on the island. Apart from the bar and a few rooms for rent, they sell hand-made leather products. Once per week they throw a beach concert of reggae music for free. Just grab what you like to drink at the bar and have a seat or dance on the beach and enjoy the music. We were very lucky to stay on Klong Nin when Job2Do had a concert there!

15. Go for street food!

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Sukanya, the Mama of the grilled chicken.

You should pay your visit to a food stall called ‘MAMA’s’! It happened to be the first place that we visited regularly without being annoyed ordering the ‘same-same’ dish – papaya salad (40 THB/$ 1.2), pad thai (60-80 THB/$ 1.8-2.5) and roasted chicken (50-70 THB/$ 1.5-2.1 per piece). Apart from that, the food was always good and we were probably also won over by the genuine and cheerful Mama Sukanya, the owner of the stall and a massage shop, where she offers Thai massages.

Opposite the only 7/11 store in Klong Nin village, you will find a Muslim family’s small stall selling sweet gyoza with peanuts, tamarind (5 THB/$ 0.15 per piece or fried bananas with sesame (10 THB/$ 0.30 per pack of 7-9 pieces), which were our favourite, almost addicting snacks!
Do not miss the fruit stall opposite Caipi bar and next to the Lanta Mansion, where they sell great, fresh pineapple, watermelon, mango and fresh coconut!

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The fruit shop where we used to buy our breakfast.

How To Get To Koh Lanta, Thailand

Ferry from Krabi to Koh Lanta

It costs 400 THB/$ 12 per person and takes about two hours. In case you take a ferry from Krabi, a songthaew will take you from your guesthouse in Krabi to the pier. But you will need to take a tuk-tuk to give you a lift to Klong Nin anyway. Take the one with a driver in a green vest, as they are the official tuk-tuk drivers with licenses. To get to Klong Nin it will cost you 100-150 THB/$ 3-4.6 per head.

Ferry from Phuket to Koh Lanta

The price for one way ticket depends a lot on the season. Expect to pay between $20-40 per person and it takes 3-4 hours.

Bear in mind that a speedboat might be a faster option, yet not so friendly to your stomach.

Minivan from Phuket to Koh Lanta

The route takes about 5-6 hours and a one way ticket will cost you about $13.

OR, you can fly from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia to Krabi, or from Singapore to Krabi by Tiger Airways.

You will need to arrive to Koh Lanta first: either by passenger ferry from Krabi for 400 THB/$ 12 per person that takes about two hours or by boat or minivan from Phuket or Phi Phi Island. You can also take a minivan or a plane from Krabi or Bangkok, but the ferry offers a more spectacular view and might be friendlier to your motion-sensitive stomach.

In case you take a ferry from Krabi, a songthaew will take you from your guesthouse in Krabi to the pier. But you will need to take a tuk-tuk to give you a lift to Klong Nin anyway. Take the one with a driver in a green vest, as they are the official tuk-tuk drivers with licenses. To get to Klong Nin it will cost you 100-150 THB/$ 3-4.6 per head.

On Klong Nin we had an unforgettable time and it’s a place we wish to return one day. For now, we’ll hold on to our memories of flying eagles above our heads, listening to the birds in the late afternoon near the sea and watching the sun going down while digging our bare feet into the warm sand.

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37 Responses

  1. Dave Briggs

    The Rasta Baby Bar looks like a great place to kick back with a few beers and have a crazy night! Thanks for sharing.

    • Ivana Greslikova

      It definitely is! Although we don’t drink alcohol, we had a great time at the concert!

      • Mihajlo

        The owner of the Rasta Baby is such an asshole- me &my girlfriend were yesterday there and we were the only guests- the owner of the bar came to us and talked about Thailand and the life on Koh Lanta and he seemed to be very nice- After a while I had to go to the restroom – and he talked to my girlfriend in the mean time- when I came back my girlfriend just wanted to leave the Bar …I Asked her what happend- and she told me that the owner Asked her if she could spread her legs because he wanted to see her genitales …this was such an awfull experience- we just drank the Drinks and left the Bar…Rasta Baby Never Never again !

      • Ivana Greslikova

        I’m really sorry to hear that, Mihajlo! We never had a drink inside the bar, neither talked to the owner. We went there for a beach concert and had a very different experience. In any case, thanks for letting us know.

  2. Emily

    What a great round-up! We didn’t make it to Koh Lanta, but it is posts like this that definitely put it at the top of our list for when we return!

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Hi Emily, thank you. Happy you found it inspirational! Koh Lanta has been on the top of our favourite places, Klong Nin in particular so far.
      Hope you can visit it one day!

  3. Peter Korchnak @ Where Is Your Toothbrush?

    Oh, the memories. We loved Koh Lanta!

    About jogging: I ran the length of the Klong Nin beach, there and back (we stayed just north of the beach), once. No problem with the stray dogs, who ignored me the whole way. The bigger problem was, I’d never sweated as much in my life. The next day Lindsay and I were walking through the northern section of the beach, where there are no bars/restaurants, just a government building, and we saw the chef from a good pizza restaurant on the main road running just up and down that short section. We said hello and asked him why he was running just there and not all the way to the end. He said that a few months back a pack of those sleepy stray dogs attacked him and bit him multiple times and he got rabies and almost died and had to undergo a lengthy recovery. I guess that can happen too.

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Oh, what a terrible bad luck! We were jogging only from Rasta Baby down to the south, where it was really peaceful. We went to the north part of the beach only for a walk and it was quiet calm there. Anyway, thanks for this information, Peter. Hope you guys are doing well. Hugs!

  4. Franca

    We wish we went to that part of Thailand whilst we were there but we ended up volunteering for a month instead of a week so we missed it. The Lanta Animal Welfare was one of the places we wanted to go so desperately to volunteer there too, I’m glad you made it there. There are many other things that you mentioned that appeal to me a lot, like the open air concerts, the markets of course and the old town which looks pretty special too. Next time perhaps! :)

    • Ivana Greslikova

      If you love volunteering and beautiful sea with some cool places to relax, then Koh Lanta is a great spot to crush for at least two weeks :)
      Have a great time in Spain, Franca!

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Aww, wonderful that you met her!

  5. Megan

    WOW! This is a really nicely put together post about Koh Lanta. We’ve been there twice now and absolutely loved it both times.

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Hi Megan, thank you! Yes, Koh Lanta is an amazing place to chill out :) for sure we would like to go back there one day! Happy travels, guys 😉

  6. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I’ve got a close friend who teaches diving out there and lives there and is always persuading me to come – reading this, I don’t think I’ll need any more persuasion!!

    • Ivana Greslikova

      I wish that you have a chance to visit Koh Lanta one day, Shikha. It’s indeed a beautiful island!

  7. Deryn @ Running on Real Food

    Thank you so much for this! My husband and I are heading to Thailand for the first time in last November. Lanta will be our longest stay of our 24 day trip. Can’t wait to try your suggestions! Thanks again!

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Happy you found the tips helpful, Deryn :) Enjoy Koh Lanta, it’s a wonderful part of Thailand!

  8. Dan

    Thanks for some great Lanta recommendations. You just made the next 62 day’s feel veeery long! Me, my wife, and two boys (Emil 4 yo, and Mika 5 months) are packing our stuff, and heading for Klong Dao in January:) We have a 8 week stay to look forward to:)
    I must admit that in the beginning I was a bit sceptical about bringing a baby to the far east. But my wife, and reading blog posts such as this has convinced me it’s pretty safe;)
    So…back to counting day’s, can’t wait:)

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Hi Dan, happy to hear you are heading for an adventure to Thailand! From our experience, we saw quite a few toddlers running around in Koh Lanta, so it’s definitely family friendly place. It depends a lot on the location, of course, and the season. But if I count well, you should be still fine in two months. The temperature usually goes up around middle of March down in the south in Thailand. Have fun and enjoy your special holiday!

  9. Elton Smith

    Hi guys. Cool article. Nice seeing you here in Georgetown, hope to catch up again in Thailand :)

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Hey, Elton, it was nice to meet you too! Yes, see you in Thailand soon :)

  10. Alana

    Hello! I found your website through Divergent Traveler’s list. We head to Koh Lanta this weekend and this post is super helpful. Thanks for all of the great information. We’ll be sure to follow your tips for snorkeling. Thanks again!

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Thanks for stopping by, Alana. Koh Lanta is easily one of our most favourite places in Thailand. Hope you’ll enjoy it too. If you drive a scooter, that’s the best way to explore the island and find some secluded places to chill out. Koh Rok is a beautiful spot for snorkeling, indeed. Although, it might be more crowded now in high season. In any case, have a blast!

  11. Amber

    Great list guys! We just arrived in Koh Lanta yesterday, and although we are staying in Long Beach, we are totally looking forward to doing a bunch of these things. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Enjoy guys! I’m curious how a new co-working space there is?

  12. Darren C

    I’ve heard so much about Koh Lanta I think I’m in love with the place even though I’ve never got the chance to go there. After reading the first few lines of this post, what grabbed my attention was 3000 baht for accommodation, that’s amazingly cheap, so thanks for this write up, and one day soon Koh Lanta here I come….

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Hi Darren, thanks for stopping by. Yes, the price we paid for the room was really crazy, although we heard it went up since last year because of the a/c they installed there. Thanks god!

  13. JillyH

    I am off to Lanta in 2 days, my 9th time in 5 years . I love it laid back friendly , popular with Swedish families, as yet few Russians (no offence to anyone who is . just saying there not many there like rest of Thailand). I stay at Long beach , at Thai Beach house resort . on the beach and also close to bars. I like the Irish Embassy bar on the main road at Prae Ae , always lively. Old Town is fabulous as is the Sea Gypsy Village

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Wow, 9th time! That’s what I call love for Koh Lanta. Have a blast, Jilly!

  14. paul

    Hi Ivana, myself and my wife are going to Thailand for the first time in April, we have visited India more times than we can remember and last year we were lucky enough to take a trip to the Andaman Islands which has given us the bug to take in more islands in the Andaman area. We are meeting up with our daughter on Phi-Phi which is not something we are looking forward to but are then off to Lanta for 3 weeks and in particular Klong Nin, after trawling through countless sites I’m so glad I found yours, its an up to date account of the area with out any bias slant, thanks so much, keep up the good work,Paul.

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Paul! If you love just to chill out on a beach with some good sea food, then you gonna love Klong Nin and the beaches in the south in particular. Wow, India! That’s on our list and hopefully we can get there in near future, so then we’d need some tips from you :)
      Have a blast in Klong Nin and thanks again for stopping by!

  15. Norman

    Hi, absolutely wonderful post, I am writing this whilst on the ferry from Ao Nang to Lanta, will be utilising all your advice :)

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Hey, Norman, that’s fantastic! Have a blast on Koh Lanta :)

  16. Rachel

    Hi Ivana! Thanks for this brill post. So excited to visit Koh Lanta now!! I wonder if you could tell me, can you rent a moped without a license? And do the roads seem dangerous there? Thanks a million! Keep up the good work!

    • Ivana Greslikova

      Hi Rachel, thanks for the kind words :) Yes, you can easily rent a scooter without a license, the only thing they’ll most probably ask you is to leave them your passport, no copies accepted. The roads are fine, a bit more busy in the north, but the more south you go, the less drivers on the road there are. Gianni drove a scooter after 20 years first time on Koh Lanta and it went very smoothly for bot of us! Have a great time and looking forward to hear about your time there :)