Come to Koh Lanta Yai if you like killer sunsets and long, sweeping beaches. There’s an abundance of gorgeous sunset-facing beaches on the west coast of this long, forested island which get more laid back the further south you go. Simply choose your preferred bay, lay back in your hammock and watch the light show unfold!
Other Koh Lanta Yai activities
There’s more to Koh Lanta than just amazing sunsets though. It’s the largest island within the marine park in which it resides and its low elevation makes exploring by motorbike or foot relatively easy.
Culture-vultures head down to the Chao Leh (Sea Gypsy) Museum whilst divers head out to the many world class sites in the region. For more sedate days, many take to exploring the local caves and kayaking through crystal clear waters on the east coast. Foodies go to school to hone their Thai cookery skills before washing down native curries with ice cold Chang beers.. and if all of that wasn’t enough there’s also a strong yoga presence here if that’s your thing.
Sound like heaven? Maybe it is..
Back to what most people visit Koh Lanta for.. the beaches. The local sea gypsies call the island ‘Pulao Satak‘ which translates roughly as ‘Island of Long Beaches‘. This sums it up nicely as the length of the island is punctuated with well separated and lengthy bays on which to wander, play or simply relax.
The sandy, vast beaches give off a feeling of real wilderness here but that may not last forever as more and more accommodation is being built all the time. It’s hard to put into words the beauty of the place so the best thing you can do is visit as soon as you can and experience it for yourself!
There are two islands that make up Koh Lanta but it is the 25km long Lanta Yai (big) that you’ll want to stay on as opposed to it’s north-easterly neighbour, Lanta Noi (small). The main port is Ban Sala Dan on the north of the island, which is equipped with the usual array of minimarts, dive outfits, ATMs and tour shops. In terms of layout, you could carve Koh Lanta up into relaxation on the west coast and exploration and activity through the middle and on the east coast of the island.
It’s fairly easy to get here, with ferries leaving on a daily basis from nearby Krabi (on the mainland) and postcard-perfect Koh Phi Phi just north. The main season on Koh Lanta Yai is November-May so if you’re coming here outside of these times be sure to check the latest transport options as bad weather or a lack of passengers can sometimes bring services to a halt. During high season it’s also possible to arrive on high-speed services from other islands in the vicinity, so this may be an option if you’re doing a spot of island-hopping in the area.