From Langkawi to Koh Lanta and vise versa
It seems to be a problem to book transfer from Langkawi to Koh Lanta via a German travel agency, so I had to leave this up to the time being. In fact, we found out, that local travel agencies on Langkawi arranged the transfer in cooperation with Thai agencies.
On Langkawi, we were picked up by minibus (A/C) which took us to the harbour for the ferry to Thailand. There with one of these "open" busses to town, where a VIP-bus waited for us (great! and very comfortable) for onward transfer. In Trang was the only stop, where nobody waited for us. But they were able to help us at the bus station counter. They knew which agency in charge to phone. We had a "stop over" for approx. 2,5 hours at the local travel agency's office, which turned out to be handy, as there was a huge department store just around the corner. Prices were really good and we did a lot of shopping - in fact time turned out to be to short ;-) .
Then another minibus (A/C) took us together with some locals to Koh Lanta Ferries (with the bus) and although we were told before, that we had to take a taxi from the harbour, we were dropped off directly at our hotel on Koh Lanta (which was not very far from the harbout - that's probably why they took us there!)!
The trip took the whole day but was transfer and sightseeing all in one!
Price for all this was approx. 35 to 40 Euro per person. (Bargaining was not possible!)
I suppose, that transfer from Koh Lanta to Langkawi works the same way. Just ask in one of the many agencies.
Adventurous Motor Bike Tours
Of course you can rent motor bikes at very good rates on Koh Lanta. But take care!!! The "roads" there are still beyond any discription. Apart from a few miles all the roads are enormously bumpi, sandy and really not great fun.
We did rent a motor bike for one day, to see all the nice beaches - and I think, in fact this is the quickest way to see something of the island - but it definitely needs a lot of concentration. A jeep might probably be another solution - definitely not a tuk-tuk tough, as they are even worse on these bad roads than motor bikes. The dust is dreadful!
We still enjoyed our day trip, stopping at many of these lovely beaches on the West coast. But of course we also went accross to the east coast where we visited the main "town" which turned out to be just a small village, enjoying the view on the many islands lying in front of this side of Koh Lanta.
Maps can be obtained at hotel receptions and the agencies.
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From Koh Lanta to Krabi Airport and vise versa
Well, we just went to one of the many travel agencies and asked for transfer possibilities. The transfer was not very expensive (Sorry, have forgotten, how much). We were picked up in our hotel (at the promised time!) by an A/C mini-bus, went on to the Ferries and then the same bus took us directly within approx. 2 hours to Krabi airport. No Problem at all!
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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 !
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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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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From Bkk int'l airport to Ko Lanta via Trang
There is a passage way linking the BKK int'l airport to the train station , Don Muang Stn.We purchased the tickets from Hualamphong Stn,Bangkok to Trang, from the advance booking office.Unfortunately first class n 2 class seats were sold out so we landed with 3rd class.The express train leaves Hualamphong at 1705 hrs n scheduled to arrive in Trang at 0730 hrs next day.However we arrive at 1000 hrs a journey of 17 hrs.It was very tiring as the seats were hard and rather small n confined.The cost is super cheap at B215 one way!
After purchasing the train tickets u can take a train to Hualamphong,running on Hourly schedule,fare is B10.Alternatively if u hv no bulky luggage you can take bus 29 (blue plate) from the airport side direct to Moet chit skytrain (7 Baht) or MBK shopping mall to shop.
Arriving at Trang stn ,directly opp is KK travel n tour where we booked the minibus to Ko Lanta.Fare is B200 n journey is appox 3hrs.Schedule is hourly form 10.30 am to 3pm.
The journey includes 2 car ferry crossings befoere we reached Saladan on Ko Lanta
Mini coach,Ko Lanta to Krabi airport
Journey approx 3 hrs depends if no jam at the ferrries crossing (2).The first crossing is more prone to jam as the car ferry is small.Cost baht 300 per pax with pickup from hotel,Ko Lanta.From Ko Lanta the mini coach need to do 2 crossing on car ferries before getting on the road to Karabi airport.Very comfortable ride ,at that time there were only 2 of us despite being a 11 seaters.There is a TV in the vehicle to entertain us with VCD throughout the journey.
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Hire a motorbike!
The best way to get around Ko Lanta is certainly by motorbike. Most hotels and guesthouses hire out bikes for about 150 THB/day. There's not much traffic on the island, so if you drive reasonable there's not much "danger".
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TRAVEL AROUND KOH LANTA
I would say that it all depends on where you are staying in Koh Lanta. If you are near the beaches, it is easy to walk to anything major of interest.
If you rent (scooters) or travel on the roads, be careful, as they are in rough shape in some areas.
****UPDATE****I rented scooters a few times on my latest trip from the Lanta Sunny House. We used them for tranport to the bars on the other side of the island. Lucky for me I wasn't driving them, the guys I was partying with took me instead.
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you need luck to survive k k travel and tour
My first trip to Ko Lanta will also be the last one for as long as K K Travel and Tour owns the monopoly position in transportation to the island from Trang. Our way there was just ridiculous and reminded me of cattle transportation to the butcher. There is simply no space left in the minibus once the backpacks of the passengers plus around 15 parcels have been crushed under the seats, in front of your feet and in the way to the door on shoulder-level. In an accident (not exactly unlikely the way they are driving) no one would have made their way out of the car in time.
On Ko Lanta the driver seemed to know very well, where to deliver the parcels to (some nice extra money), but couldn't have cared less about the passengers. The only passengers, that actually got dropped-off at the right hotel, where the ones that accidentally spotted the name of their hotel on a sign next to the street and told the driver to stopp. We weren't that lucky and when the bus left the main town, we asked the driver, whether he had forgotten that we also had pre-booked a place (they had actually asked us before the start, where we wanted to go). The driver didn't really speak english and didn't seem to know anything. Finally, he digged out some pieces of paper, where his colleagues had written down the names of the hotels of the passengers. Our hotel wasn't on them, but some place that, with a very great amount of good will, sounded a bit like the one we had named them. We told him that they had misunderstood us and named him again the right place. He then refused to take us back the 2 kilometers to our hotel and demanded that we payed for the extra way, although drop-off was included. We refused to pay twice for their stupidity. That led to the driver seeking help from almost everybody (random tuk-tuk-drivers, passers-by) and then he drove us to a hotel and asked an employee there for help. That guy came out and told us, again, to pay. We, again, refused. He then almost instantly started yelling at us, insulted us for being german and even threatened us to "get us out of this car by force". We again tried to tell him it hadn't been our fault (we had actually told them 5 times the name of our hotel at the base, just to make sure), but he kept on yelling. Then one of the other left passengers lost his nerves and said, he would pay half the price if that made us give in. We accepted on behalf of the fact that they too wanted to finally reach their destination. That passenger also told us we had to treat them like children if we wanted things to work. The yelling-guy grabbed the money from us and the driver finally drove us back to our hotel (he still didn't know where it was and had to ask for the way. A thing they had also accused us for, that we hadn't directed the driver to the right place. Are they insane? Who are the locals, anyway??).
We spent 3 weeks on Ko Lanta and thanks to avoiding public transportation and renting motorbykes instead we had a nice time. On our way back though we again had to book at K K Travel and Tour (as I said before, they are the only company operating on the route Ko Lanta – Trang – Ko Lanta). This time it was okay, because some passengers had only booked half the way (so there was at least some space) and even their drivers know the way to their base. He still drove like a maniac, so we were nevertheless quite glad we had survived.
Result: If you like to live any longer, avoid them. Maybe book your own driver instead (if you have the money) or simply spend your holidays on another island. Ko Lanta is very beautiful, but I will never go there again, thanks to kk travel and tour.
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First thing is that .... u can rent a bike or a motorbike or even a 4x4 troopers... but still teh best way to travel eventho its gonna cost ya would be by Tut-Tut... what an experience. or sometimes u can just hailed the troopers by the roadside.. they'll take u where u wanna know provided u are willing to ride at the back... One thing for sure when it comes to prices... bargain for it... dont just agree to anything...
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Fly to Phuket
From Kuala Lumpur, fly to Phuket. It was my very flight with Air Asia and it won't be my last...
From Phuket, travellers will have to take a ferry from Rasada pier which will stop by Ko Phi Phi and then onto Ko Lanta. All in all, it will take about 3 hours +
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Krabi international Airport, a new structure in krabi. Upon arrival, can see that the airport is totally empty, maybe cause we're the first flight to reach ( 8am ). After getting into the airport building, the was no signages or any obvious signs as to which way we should go, so everybody follows everybody and in the end, we were told to go back and walk through the other way...to get through customs. An arrow sign either to left or right would have solved the problem..after having my passport stamped, proceeded to go down the escalator, pardon me but i would expect the luggage belt to be at the front of the escalator, but in fact, it was at the back of the escalator...dosent matter , long as i got my luggage.
Return trip, after checking in my luggage, i was hurrying myself into the departure lounge, dying for a drink, and i was shocked to find out that other than 5 telephone booths, 2 toilets, 4 televisions and rows of chairs, there are nothing else in the departure lounge, not even a water cooler. Mistake again my dear....sigh...there's a cafe in the building, but its upstairs , and the escalator that leads to it is located after the check in counters. I dont think i'm the only one not knowing about it, cause, many passengers wants to get out either for food and drinks or for a smoke. We were all rejected, reason being if 1 goes out, everyone will follow. So...if everyone follows, then there must be something wrong with the departure lounge isnt it? A small stall selling snacks and drinks would help greatly i think, and its afterall, revenue...