Koh Lanta is an island between the Phi Phi Islands and the mainland off the west coast of Thailand.Administratively it is under the Krabi Province and the main island of Koh Lanta is 6 km wide and over 30 kilometre long at an approximate distance of 70 kilometres from Krabi Town. Koh Lanta has around teneye-catching white sandy beaches and wonderful scenery. The geography of Koh Lanta is typically mangroves, with more than 70 smaller islands and abundantof forest, coral reefs and sea life along with coral rimmed beaches and rugged tree-covered hills. Krabi and Ko Lanta culture is an exceptional blend of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and even sea gypsies. The majority of the population in the rural areas is Muslim. People of this island speak with a profuse southern dialect and it is seemed difficult to be understood by even other Thais.The lifestyle of the Chao-Le (sea-gypsy) is especially unique as they have retained their own unique language and traditions. It is a life-style that is worth seeing by all the tourists visiting Koh Lanta, remaining completely unaffected by the thriving tourism on the island.
This scenic island has managed to retain its authenticity so far and have stayed away from the commercialization and offers the tourist visiting here an authentic island experience. Koh Lanta Island is popularly known for its isolated setting, picture-perfect beaches and lovely weather. What most people do not know is that Koh Lanta is home to Thailand’s and even some of the world’s best beaches.
Koh Lanta gives the Thailand tourism a much desired escape from the clamour of the tourists flooding to Thailand. This small yet breath-takingisland town offers a relaxing vacation in the middle of nature and authentic pre-historic lifestyle like never before. Enclosed with green rain forests, coral reefs and gin like waters accompanied by some of the most interesting waterfalls and caves.The small Old Town herewith traditional wooden houses preserves village-like feel. The numerous beaches on the west coast lined up with resorts and bungalows. Klong Dao is the best with an easy access to great range of accommodations, shops, bars, and restaurants. And even in the peak tourism season there will always be some quite beaches to relax at Koh Lanta.
Weather in the region is tropical and there are two basic monsoons: During the months of November - April the island experiences the dry monsoon, north-easterly prevailing winds come overland and bring dry air. In the month of March-April the place gets quite dry and dusty due to no rain. May - October is the wet monsoon season, where south-westerly winds bring wetter weather from the Indian Ocean. After April the season changes and the increase in rain helps rejuvenate the island to its tropical greenness and the weather cools down to bring pleasant time for tourists to visit here.
Koh Lanta does not have its own airport and it can be reached from the nearest airports at Krabi, Trang and Phuket. From Krabi and Trang there is direct road and boat connections.