For those that want a complete taste of Thai island life, Koh Lanta delivers it all. Made up of several isles, just under an hour from Krabi, Koh Lanta Yai is the largest and most visitor-friendly, yet still retains that oh-so alluring chilled out feel.
Framed by epic sunsets, an endless stretch of golden sand lines the west coast – and the further south you go, the quieter it becomes. Here lie divinely long beaches where days are whiled away reading, lazing in hammocks, completely undisturbed.
Heading offshore, the calm Andaman waters suit a variety of travellers’ needs, from families with small children due to the safe, placid nature of the sea, to marine life enthusiasts thanks to a good choice of snorkelling and diving spots. Then, head east for large limestone rock formations and mangrove forests, which offer the perfect kayak setting, while the interior boasts an untouched jungle-clad land.
Sleek accommodation retreats contrast with small, friendly fishing villages where shop-houses sit over water and you’re invited to enjoy tasty seafood with a cultural mix of locals.
WHEN TO GO
From November to April to avoid the humid, rainy season.
What to do
- Laze on long, almost deserted stretches of sand.
- Snorkel and scuba dive in the calm, safe waters.
- Kayak through mangroves in nature reserves and jungles.