Getting to Koh Lanta from either Krabi or Ao Nang is easy, there are regular bus services that travel from Ao Nang to Krabi and from there a ferry service leaves from Klong Jirat pier which is about 5 kilometers from Krabi Town centre.
The ferry arrives at Ban Saladan pier on Koh Lanta and the passage takes approximately two hours.
The beautiful town of Krabi has grown into somewhat of a tourist haven, with a plethora of guesthouses, international eateries and travel agencies crammed into the quirky sois that make up this compact place.
Taking a walk past the many gift shops and trinket sellers you can still see small Thai restaurants cooking local specialities. A trip to either the Day or Night Market will immerse you in Thai culture and many bargains are there if you look hard enough.
The real beauty of Krabi is its coastline and the wonderful beaches and activities just on the town’s doorstep. Many small beautiful islands are just a boat ride away, ideal for exploring or scuba diving.
Ao Nang is not the prettiest of Krabi Province’s towns and seems to attract the younger tourist and backpacker. Having said all that there is plenty to do in Ao Nang and there are many activities to partake in. Most of the nightlife centres around the many beer bars and the hostesses that work in them.
The town is really symptom of its own success, as an increasing number of tourists want to visit and stay in Ao Nang more and more building work and development is constantly taking place. Be aware that accommodation tends to be on the pricey side especially compared to Krabi.
It is the surrounding areas around Ao Nang that are its best features. The beaches are superb, and there are many tours available such as through the mangroves or a long-tail boat ride.
Koh Lanta is actually a group of an archipelago of 52 islands situated in the Andaman Sea, with Koh Lanta Yai being the main island of the group. Most tourists visit Koh Lanta Yai for the white sand beaches of which there are eleven of them, of which four are totally secluded.
The rest of the island mostly is comprised of palm and rubber trees, with jungle covered mountain. The southern end of the island is the most secluded and most of the action happens on the west coast where the main beaches are situated.
Klong Dao beach area is the most developed area on Koh Lanta Yai, and it is where you will find the biggest concentration of hotels, restaurants and bars. Accommodation varies from luxury right down to guesthouses.
Koh Lanta really has something for everybody, it is very family friendly and lovers of scuba diving and watersports will adore it. There are also plenty of restaurants and bijou cafes to relax after a hard day at the beach.
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