Located in the Andaman Sea, off the West Coast of Thailand is this beautiful island called Koh Lanta. It sits between the Phi Phi Islands and the mainland. Koh Lanta is administratively a part of the Krabi Province. The island not just offers everything that you would expect from a Thai vacation but there are also many other things to do in Koh Lanta that guarantee some add on experiences.
10 Best Things To Do In Koh Lanta
On your visit to Thailand, make sure you take out some time to experience Koh Lanta. The water sports, cave explorations, waterfalls, forest trails, national park, beach biking and many other things to do will ensure that your vacation is full of adventure and fun.
1. Kayak in the sea
The kayaking experience in Koh Lanta is going to be a kick of raw adventure. Unlike the scuba and snorkeling group tours provided from any island that take a big crowd in one go, the snorkeling tour is of hardly 10 people. This really means a lot when you are holidaying here to distance yourself from the crowd of the city.
The Kayaking tour from Koh Lanta leads you to Koh Phee or the Ghost Island. Here, you would find yourself surrounded by a number of caves. Hike and explore these caves like a local, without any harness. From here, you leave for a gorgeous beach where you would also spot some monkeys. Kayak around the Talabeng Islands and end your tour with snacks and juice.
Cost: INR 2, 800
Tips: Carry sport shoes, sunglasses, enough water and waterproof phone cases.
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2. Explore Khao Mai Kaew Cave
Khao Mai Kaew Cave is a unique and narrow cave located in the Koh Lanta District. The trek that leads you to this cave is highly adventurous. The cave is dark, muddy, and slippery. The hike includes climbing ladders, pushing and crawling through small openings and walking across bamboo bridges. Exciting, isn’t it?
To give you some goosebumps, you’ll be encountering bats, large cave spiders and frogs. Finally, when you make it to the inside of the cave, take a refreshing plunge into the cave pools surrounded by the stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Cost: INR 700 (entry fee per head)
Tips: Wear older clothes and comfortable shoes.
3. Visit Mu Koh Lanta National Park
Established back in 1990, Muh Koh Lanta National Park is a marine park in the Krabi Province. In Thai, ‘muh’ means ‘group’ and ‘Koh’ means island, and Muh Koh Lanta National park indeed is situated on a group of islands.
The terrain of the national park is mainly of rugged and hills, spanning an area of 20 kmsq rainforest and forested beach along the coast lines at Ko Lanta Yai and Ko Ngai. Other islands included within the national park, like Mai Ngam, South Mai Ngam and Ngu islands, are covered with mangrove forest. The major attractions include, Ta Nod Beach, Tham Khao Mai Kaew Cave, Tham Seua Cave, Khlong Chak Cave, Khlong Chak Waterfall, Ko Rok twin islands, etc.
Cost: INR 450
Tips: Carry enough water, mosquito repellent, comfortable shoes.
4. Explore beaches on a bike
This is partially like a Goa trip where you rent a two wheeler and scale the local lanes and beaches of the place. Here, in Koh Lanta, the best way to know the city like a local is to hire a motorbike and explore some beautiful beaches including the Bamboo Bay, Nui Bay, Kantiang Bay, Klong Nin Beach, and Long Beach.
Exploring the region on a bike lets you absorb the place in your own pace. Don’t rush, take time at every spot you stop. Enjoy the views and relish some snack drinks in the nearby restaurants.
Cost: INR 330 – 450 per day
Tips: Inspect the bike before renting, preferably carry an international license, drive on the left.
5. Go on a forest trail at Khlong Jark Waterfall
Khlong Jark Waterfall is a small and seasonal cascade, surrounded by lush green tropical rainforest. The waterfall can be by a moderate hiking path which makes the visit pretty interesting.
During your forest trail, you’ll come across many huge Banyan trees with exposed roots and a dam. You can also visit the Klong Chak Cave.
Cost: Entry is free but parking charges are applicable
Tips: There is a lot of walking involved so wear comfortable shoes and carry an extra pair of clothes.
6. Enjoy snorkeling & scuba diving
Snorkeling is one of the popular things to do in Koh Lanta and the island is near the prominent snorkeling and scuba diving spots. Though, most of the companies providing these two services in Koh Lanta take a large group of tourists in one tour, there are companies that claim to work with small groups and fast boats.
The popular diving sites near Koh Lanta include, Koh Haa Yai Island, Koh Bida, Phi Phi, Koh Rok Islands, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, and Shark Point.
Cost: Starting from INR 7700
Tips: Compare prices and services before paying choosing a scuba diving and snorkeling tour provider.
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7. Detox with a body massage
Thailand is the best place to pamper yourself with the body massage services. And if you are here for a detox vacay, it is incomplete without relaxing your body and mind with a traditional massage. Koh Lanta has numerous body massage service providers and you’ll here, “hello massage” as you cross the lanes and streets.
The traditional Thai massage involves yoga-like stretches,intended to stimulate senses. The session that lasts an hour or two includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body, relieving you from stress. It’s an experience worth taking.
Cost: INR 600
Tips: Long Beach is one of the most prefered places to get a body massage done.
8. Treat yourself at the resto-bars
When you visit a place, you surely got to taste its local cuisines. At Koh Lanta, the experience will be accompanied by drinks and sunset. Hit to any of the popular resto-bars or food carts to munch on the popular local snack and sip the delicious juices. This is one of the best places to fulfill your seafood cravings. Restaurants like Salty Fish, Majestic Bar, Indian Bar, Kindee Restaurant, Caoutchouc Restaurant, Peak Cafe are some of the places you can try.
9. Entertain yourself watching beach fire-show
The spectacular fire-show on the beaches of Koh Lanta is one of the best things you’ll see on the island. As you enjoy sipping your cocktail, watch these daredevils play with fire by spinning and tossing it with ease.
The fire show is hosted by many of the restaurants of Koh Lanta including, the Indian Bar, the Freedom Bar, and the Richley Bar & Restaurant.
10. Learn yoga or cooking
Yoga is a skill that you can practice lifelong and which calms your body, soul and mind. Learn yoga in Koh Lanta at any of the yoga centres like the Oasis Yoga, Lanta Yoga, Sanctuary Yoga, etc. There are also many cooking classes for tourists in Koh Lanta where you can learn and take home the recipes of your favourite Thai dishes. Try your luck at Cooking With Mon, Time for Lime, Lanta Thai Cookery School, Sai Thai Cooking School, etc.
Cost: INR 880 (yoga classes)
Best time to visit Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta experiences the wet season from May to December with June to October months receiving heavy rainfall, slowing down the tourism during these months. Thus, the best time to visit Koh Lanta is the dry and hot season, during January to April.
Now that you know about all the experiences that are waiting for you in Koh Lanta, you cannot say no to this beautiful island in Thailand. So, plan a trip to Thailand now and tick off every plan on this list.
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