The ferry is the only way to move about the islands over here in South Thailand. I quite enjoyed the rides, mostly choosing to sit on the sundeck on top of the ferry. However, when the sun gets too hot, I run downstairs to the comforts of the air conditioning !
Roads in Ko Lanta is pretty bad. Around Saladan, the roads are tarred but after 3-4 km out, it starts to get bad and non-tarred. Its DIRT ROAD, baby !!
So, make sure you have something to cover your eyes (sunglasses are a good option) and nose (your hand, perhaps ?) when on the road.
However, sitting in a tuk tuk, breathing in all the dirt and having a bumpy ride (you have to hang on tight to the vehicle) is quite an experience !
We rented a motorcycle to do a little bit of traveling on this island. It worked out well except for the fact the all the roads are dirt and by the time you get to your final destination, your mouth is full of the stuff. blah
To/from Koh Lanta = the easy way
Vans (shared or private) to take you to/from Lanta and all over southern Thailand
108 Moo 2, Saladan, Koh Lanta
Krabi, 81150 Thailand
Phone: (66) 075.684.121, 075.684.080
Mobile: (66) 01.797.0840
Contact Person: Mr. Hun
Krabi Branch: 50, Maharaj Road Muang,
Krabi 81000 Thailand
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To the islands:
Between Phuket and Krabi via Phi Phi Island are available. From Phuket - Phi Phi Island a regular ferry trip takes approximately 2 hrs. During high season there are 2 scheduled trips to Phi Phi and return. From Phi Phi Island - Krabi a regular ferry trip takes 1.5-2hrs, with 2 services running daily all year round. (Schedules are such that you can make the Phuket/Phi-Phi/Krabi trip within one day).
Other ferry services from Phi Phi and Krabi to Ao Nang and Koh Lanta are run on a daily basis all year round. Detailed information on ferry schedules and connections to the ferry piers in both Krabi and Phuket are available from the respective airports upon arrival there.
From Krabi Airport to Chao Fah Ferry (for Koh Lanta) by Van - Baht 350 / Van
Chao Fah Ferry to Lanta Island (Saladan Ferry) - 200 Baht / person (50 km)
Departure: 10:30 Arrive Lanta 13:00
Departure: 13:30 Arrive Lanta 16:00
Lanta Island (Saladan Ferry) to Chao Fah Ferry - 200 Baht / person (50 km)
Departure: 08:00 Arrive Chao Fah Ferry 10:30
Departure: 13:00 Arrive Chao Fah Ferry 15:30
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From the mainland
Getting onto the island is best done from Krabi, from there you have to take two car ferries to get to Lanta Yai, buses are easy enough to book from Krabi. It's a 70km trip.
Well, I did not get on one of these babies, but I'm sure I could (if I had enough money, that is) :-p
To get to Koh Lanta you can take the plane to Krabi airport and from there a taxi... But you have to cross the sea by a car ferry two times.....
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