Although Lanta’s port area is cramped and the 25 km long (16 miles) island’s only road is a dusty, pot-holed mess strung with cables, bars, restaurants and net cafés, Ko Lanta’s beaches are big, clean, relaxed and served by a string of efficient mid-range bungalow operations – some with pools.
The Andaman Sea here is warm and generally calm but hardly azure and though there are no concrete skyscrapers on the horizon, neither are there the gorgeous limestone karsts (rock pillars) of the Krabi and Phi Phi areas.
The island has sufficient facilities to keep seekers of interesting cuisine happy though late-night party people might find a limited number of venues.
Ko Lanta Yai is on the west side of Thailand’s mainland in the Andaman Sea, Krabi Province, and a bridge was built in 2015 connecting it to the island of Ko Lanta Noi, about which we know nothing.
A typical smart beach house on Ko Lanta. Photo by dronepicr.