Koh Lanta lies on Thailand’s west coast and is, in fact, two islands, Koh Lanta Noi (little) and Koh Lanta Yai (big) and part of a 50 island plus archipelago. It’s
usually just referred to as Koh Lanta; the big island is where you want to be and where you will go should you simply refer to your destination as Koh Lanta.
It’s more mature in nature than other island and has always enjoyed a more laid back, less developed feel. You’ll find rainforest covered mountains, mangroves and
17miles (27km) of pristine coastline with many quiet, wide sandy beaches to relax on. The sunset here is nothing short of show stopping.
It’s one of the few islands that still has a resident community of Chao Lay (sea gypsies). The Chao Lay were most likely the island's first residents. Koh Lanta was once an important trading post and tax checkpoint. Today the island's main industry is tourism that attracts families and those who like to enjoy themselves but don’t need to dance until dawn.
Koh Lanta is all about relaxing, eating lovely food and watching the sun go down. If you just can't sit still, you do have a few options. You can learn how to cook the fabulous Thai cuisine, hire a kayak, try stand-up paddleboarding or explore the quaint old town.
Koh Lanta closest airport is Krabi Airport. Transfer to Koh Lanta via road includes two pontoon type car ferries. It will take you an hour to get to these. Depending on how busy these are it can take as much as 2 hours to get across. You can organise a speedboat transfer that will allow you to skip the pontoon queue and have an exhilarating ride to your destination.