Koh Lanta is one of those places you plan on visiting for a few days and end up staying for weeks. Which is exactly what happened to us. We spent two amazing weeks here and of all the places we’ve been in Thailand so far, this charming and lovely island is by far our favorite one. Located in the Andaman Sea and only 40 minutes from famous Koh Phi Phi, the easiest way to get to Koh Lanta is via Krabi. In fact, it’s a group made up of 52 islands of which the largest and most famous one is Koh Lanta Yai, or also known as Koh Lanta. For some, it’s still a forgotten gem. But that’s also the reason why this beautiful island is still uncrowded and has such an authentic vibe. It is blessed with beautiful long beaches, unspoiled nature, kind and welcoming locals, memorable sunsets and a lot of things to do. Here’s a list of the things you can’t miss:
The 4 Islands Tour
If you like snorkeling at secluded spots and relaxing on white sandy beaches, this trip is something for you! The 4 islands tour is the most popular full-day trip on a traditional longtail boat or speedboat that takes you to the 4 nearby islands of Koh Chuak, Koh Mook, Koh Kradan Koh Ma, and the famous Emerald Caves all in one day. A lovely experience, you can’t miss!
By longtail boat: around THB800 per person
By speedboat: around THB1600 per person
Cooking with Mon
This amazing cooking class is run by Mon, a super passionate cook who makes everyone laugh. Cook like a local and eat like a local, that’s his motto. The cooking class is located in Old Town of Koh Lanta and was the best cooking experience we’ve ever had. You will be making 3 delicious main courses and one dessert all from scratch, learning a lot about the Thai cuisine and you’ll be able to taste all possible ingredients. As we are plant-based, Mon even simply adapt to the whole menu for us. The classes are always with a small group of people, start at 11 am and finish around 4 pm. Must do!
THB1600 per adult and THB1000 per child – more info about the cooking class here
Visiting Old Town
The Old Town of Koh Lanta is a traditional fishing village located on the eastern side of the island. It’s the most charming place to visit, with traditional wooden houses and lovely restaurants. Our all-time favorite food spots were Sunee Place, Chomlay and Pinto.
Koh Mu Lanta National Park
At the very southwestern tip of the island, you’ll find Koh Mu Lanta National Park. Only the road to it makes it worth to visit it. Koh Lanta National Park is not really a big park, as we first expected, but it’s home to a beautiful secluded sandy beach and a one-hour long jungle trek through the park. There is also a lighthouse on top of a viewpoint where you can take some scenic shots like below.
THB200 per person
Rent a scooter and explore the whole island
The island of Koh Lanta is super laid-back, very safe and much larger than you might expect. Renting a scooter is, therefore, the perfect way to explore all the hidden beaches, secret spots, and just drive around. It’s also really cheap and you don’t need to bargain anymore with the tuk-tuk drivers or taxis to get from point A to B. Hello freedom!
THB180 per day
Take a yoga class
Namasté! Even though traveling itself is a chance to relax and unwind, there are so many benefits of also doing yoga during your trip. An asana and meditation session every day will not only stretch and tone your body but also reduce stress, increase your energy and you will become more mindful and happier. On Koh Lanta, there are many yoga options like Oasis Yoga which offers daily drop-in classes that are great.
Drop-in: around THB400
Private sessions: around THB2000
Visit the beaches
Aaaah, the best part! There are so many beautiful beaches in Koh Lanta and they’re all located on the west coast of the island. There is one main road running next to the beaches, which makes it easy to explore all of them. In the north of the island, you will find long white sand beaches like Long Beach and Klong Nin Beach which are fantastic for long beach walks. The further you go down the island, the more untouched and quiet beaches you’ll find like Bamboo Bay and Niu Bay which were our ultimate favorites.
Coconuts and sunsets at Salty Fish
Do we need to say more!? Salty Fish is a cute little vegan-friendly beachfront bistro between the beaches of Klong Khong and Klong Nin. With its wonderful setting, unique affordable menu and a perfect sunset view, this is truly a must-visit. Our favorite picks: fresh coconut, bbq veggie platter and homemade pad thai.