Islands, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Nature — 10 December 2015 15 h 33 min

Koh Lanta Island

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Koh Lanta is actually a group of 52 islands that form the southernmost district of Krabi Province. The two largest islands,

Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi (literally “Big Lanta” and “Little Lanta”) are separated by a narrow strait

which also includes the small island of Koh Klang. Fifteen of the islands in this group are included in the Koh Lanta National Marine Park.

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This has allowed development to be checked to some degree though like elsewhere in Thailand, developers have encroached on protected land.

When using the name Koh Lanta most people are only referring to Koh Lanta Yai were all the development is concentrated.

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Koh Lanta has only recently been promoted as a tourist destination, therefore much of the infrastructure is not as good as other resort islands.

There are few roads which are mostly dirt tracks which lends the island an undeveloped feel.

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This makes it very attractive for those seeking a beach paradise without the fast food chains and brand name stores.

There is a large variety of wildlife, making it ideal for trekking.

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The sea surrounding Koh Lanta is dotted with small islands and coral reefs. These provide lots of opportunities for diving or snorkelling.

Although the beaches on Lanta do not compare to other islands in Krabi province, such as Phi Phi, they are beautiful and clean.

The best beaches are along the north and south of the Koh Lanta Yai’s west coast.

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There are two main settlements on the island. Ban Koh Lanta, in the southern part of the island’s east coast, is the administrative centre.

It boasts a post office and police station although not much else. The other is Ban Saladan, a village at the northern tip of Lanta Yai.

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This is where the ferry pier is located and where you will find most of the restaurants, shops, dive shops, banks and tour offices.

Like other areas along Thailand’s Andaman coast the best time to travel to Lanta is between November and April.

This is the dry season, although by April there are occasional downpours.

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