Koh Lanta is an island not far from Koh Phi Phi and Phuket, and is considered the quietest and most relaxing one of the three. I went there after Koh Phi Phi and before Phuket to take a break from the partying! It is a beautiful island with many beaches, however as far as I’m aware some of them are pretty rocky and therefore make them a bit harder to access, so just be sure to do a bit of research if you’re planning on staying there. As I was backpacking and obviously choosing budget accommodation, most of the accommodation I stayed at did not have a pool, at least not in the islands anyway. We purposely booked a hotel with a pool in Koh Lanta so we had somewhere besides the beach to spend our days and relax.
Whilst there are still bars and parties on Koh Lanta, it’s definitely not “buzzing” like other destinations in Thailand. We spent our evenings eating dinner in beach restaurants, then relaxing on the sand with a cocktail. A lot of the bars do have fire shows like most places in Thailand, and most of them were also letting off Chinese lanterns which looked really pretty. Maybe where the name Lanta comes from?
Another good reason to visit Koh Lanta is that because it is fairly quiet, it’s a good place to hire a moped if you want to try that out in Asia. There’s hardly any traffic and I think it’s pretty flat. We hired mopeds from our hotel for around £5 or 250 baht for 24 hours and just explored. We drove around near the hotel to get used to it, then adventured to another beach and had lunch.
We did a day trip from Koh Lanta which was a Four Island Tour and included a visit to the Emerald Caves. To be honest I can’t remember too much about the different islands, we mainly just snorkeled near the boat once we arrived, but the highlight of the trip was the Emerald Caves. I believe the Thai name for island where the caves are located is Koh Mook. We stuck our life jackets on and then plunged into the water, then headed for the darkness within the cave. We swam in a group led by a guide with a torch, but for a couple of minutes we were swimming through the cave in total darkness, it was amazing! We could hear the bats flying above us. Once we reached the other side we arrived on this beautiful secluded beach, completely consealed by trees and nature. This small beach is where pirates used to hide treasure!
Have you got any other Koh Lanta recommendations?