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Koh Lanta

Koh Klang, Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi are the main islands of an archipelago in Krabi Province that includes more than 80 islands. Located about 80 km south of Krabi Town by road, Koh Lanta Yai, is the main tourist destination. Commonly known simply as "Ko Lanta", the island is famous for its uncontaminated beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters. Six kilometers in width and 30 km in length, the island is characterized by limestone hills covered by rainforest vegetation. Koh Lanta Noi is smaller and uninhabited, has no tourist facilities as such, but is well worth a visit anyway. Located on the north western tip of Koh Lanta Yai, Ban Saladan is the administrative center, the main village and home of the only ferry pier on the island. It is a small harbour town which is full of quaint cafes, great seafood restaurants and local souvenir shops. Lanta Old Town is another small village on the eastern side of Koh Lanta. This town is a mixture of races and different cultures, with Chinese traders, Thai fishing families and the ancient Sea Gypsy community. The old city was the port and the commercial center of the island before the construction of Saladan Pier. The most beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta are on the west coast, separated by rocky headlands and inlets and with a wide choice of hotels and resorts. Those located to the north of the island, close to Ban Saladan, are the most developed, those situated further south are more remote and quiet. The east coast is formed by limestone shoals with a few sandy beaches not suitable for swimming. Koh Lanta's nightlife is quieter compared to other seaside resorts in Thailand, and is limited to pubs and bars in the western part of the island. The island is relatively small, there is almost no crime and the police are very permissive allowing the many pubs on the beaches to remain open until late at night. Koh Lanta Yai, Koh Lanta Noi and the other smaller islands are part of the Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park. The best time to visit Koh Lanta is between November and April, the driest season with milder temperatures.
Getting there - Koh Lanta Yai does not have roads connecting it directly to the mainland, but is served by regular car ferries throughout the year. The crossing is made in two stages, first from Baan Hua Hin located on Koh Klang to the Krabi Pier in Koh Lanta Noi and then from a second pier on Koh Lanta Yai, 5 km to southwest, to Saladan Pier in Koh Lanta Yai. Since 2016, Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi are connected with a bridge, which avoids the second crossing by boat. Departures from Hua Hin Pier are frequent throughout the day, from 7 am to 10 pm; the crossing takes about 20 minutes and it cost is about 130 THB for two people and car per one-way. There are plenty of minivan services which connect Phuket, Krabi Town, Ao Nang, and the nearby airports of Krabi and Trang to Koh Lanta. The cost varies depending on the company, normally about 500-600 THB from Krabi and 700-800 THB from Phuket, including the cost of ferry ticket. Most companies offer the transfer up to your hotel in Koh Lanta Yai. In high season, from November to late April, several private company operate boat services connecting Koh Lanta Yai to Krabi, Ao Nang and the surrounding islands, such as Phi Phi Don, Phuket and even the furthermost Koh Lipe.
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