Ko Lanta Yai Travel Guide

  • Bakantiang Beach
    Bakantiang Beach
    by Cathy&Gary
  • Kaw Kwang Beach
    Kaw Kwang Beach
    by Cathy&Gary
  • Klong Dao BeachKaw
    Klong Dao BeachKaw
    by Cathy&Gary

Ko Lanta Yai Things to Do

  • Massage

    During low season it is very hard to find a massage place that could do four massages at the same time. We went to about 10 places and finally ended up at Moon Massage which is a few kilometers south of Saladan Town on the right hand side of the main road. It is a very pretty clean place with lots of beautiful plants and water features, plus a very...

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  • Island Drives

    The photos on this page are some of the general sights on Koh Lanta while we were driving to various places. There are a lot more photos here!

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  • Koh Lanta Beaches

    Klong Dao BeachKoh Lanta has quite a few beautiful beaches and the best part is there are some safe swimming beaches even in the low season.Of course my favorite is Klong Dao Beach which is at the northern tip of the island. We were there in September and many of the beaches were very rough and not suitable for swimming. Klong Dao Beach is...

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Ko Lanta Yai Restaurants

  • Kaw Kwang Beach Resort Restaurant

    We always stay at Kaw Kwang Beach Resort now when we visit Koh Lanta and surprisingly their restaurant is very good for authentic Thai food. It is also one of the cheapest places we have eaten. The food is basic but very flavorsome and serves are quite big. On average we were paying 65baht a dish. So the following photos are all meals we have had...

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  • Thai Orchid Restaurant

    Just a couple of kilometers south of Saladan on the beach side of the main road you will find the Thai Orchid Restaurant. If you are looking for delicious Thai food at great prices then this is the place to go. The staff here are also very helpful and love to have a chat with you. Once again we totally over ordered here, we thought we would share a...

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  • Opium Bar & Restaurant

    About six kilometers from Saladan Town heading south to Long beach you will see the Opium Bar on your left. We had been looking forward to going here after reading so many good reviews on the place. So we decided to have a few drinks and stay for dinner.It is a nice looking place with salas to sit in out the front. Gary ordered a beer and I went...

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  • Corner Bar & Restaurant

    We have really enjoyed our times at the Corner Bar in Koh Lanta. It is such a pretty place with lots of flowering plants, greenery, shells and wind chimes. There are also a few very friendly cats and dogs. We loved sitting there with a beautiful big black cat on the table, we felt like we were back home! They did come to move the cat from our...

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  • Ancient Realm Restaurant

    We have had a few lunches and dinner in the restaurant at Ancient Realm Resort & Spa. It was lovely sitting there so close to the beach and the food is pretty good here. Gary said the hamburger he had one day for lunch was the best one he had had in Thailand, it even had beetroot in it, must be because the owner is an Aussie. One night Gary ordered...

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  • German Bakery

    Nong Sabai German Bakery is on the main road of Koh Lanta in the Klong Dao beach area. It is owned by a German couple who bake all their own breads, pastries and cakes. All the smallgoods such as salami's, sausage etc are sourced in Phuket.We called in for a quick lunch one day and I ordered a chocolate milkshake which was perfect as it had heaps...

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  • Papa Restaurant

    Papa restaurant is in Saladan town and is built on stilts overlooking the water. We did not realize that this is a Swiss influenced restaurant and first impressions were good. It looks lovely here with lots of flowering plants, fans to cool you down and friendly staff. The Swedish cook suggested we order the salted king prawns with dill sauce for...

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  • Lanta Tavern

    Well I was craving a good roast dinner with lots of fresh vegetables so we decided on the Lanta Tavern which is located on the main road heading south from Saladan opposite the Long Beach area.The restaurant is small but has a nice feeling to it, very cozy and the staff are excellent.The hardest part was trying to choose from their extensive menu...

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  • Prapakarn Restaurant

    Prapakarn restaurant is on the main road through Koh Lanta opposite Klong Dao beach. This restaurant is very cute with an upstairs seating area as well. It is run by a lovely Thai family and the menu has a huge selection of Thai , seafood and Western meals. The meals above are Spicy Thai beef salad which was delicious and cost 110baht, Beef in...

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  • Saladan Seafood

    Saladan Seafood restaurant is set on stilts over the water in Saladan Town. It would have to be one of our favorite restaurants in Koh Lanta and we have been there many times now.Everything is so cheap here including drinks, on our first visit there with friends we thought the bill must be wrong as we were all drinking and we ordered so many dishes...

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  • Same Same But Different Bar & Restaurant

    Same Same But Different is located at the far end of Kantaing Bay next to Pimila Resort which is at the southern end of Koh Lanta.First impressions of this restaurant were fantastic, beautiful tropical setting, tables and chairs in the sand, statues everywhere. It looked lovely!We took my sister and her husband there for lunch and thought how...

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  • Viewpoint Restaurant

    Another good restaurant with fantastic views of the east coast. The Viewpoint Restaurant is a welcome oasis for a meal or just to call in and have a drink while taking in the views.Another bonus here is seeing monkeys playing in the trees. The restaurant has a lot of beautiful plants and separate seating areas. It is the perfect place to cool down....

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  • Khao Yai Restaurant

    Khao Yai Restaurant is famous for its spectacular views of the east coast of the island and it does not disappoint. The restaurant is open air and very rustic with a lot of wood work and various nick nacks hanging up around the place. We have been here many times now and our meals have always been good.The staff here were so friendly and love it...

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  • Twin Bay Resort Restaurant

    Some of the nicest meals we have had were at the Twin Bay Restaurant. The hotel is on Kho Kwang Beach which is at the very northern end of Koh Lanta island.For our first dinner we decided to sit outside near the beach. It was perfect!Actually the food was so nice at Twin Bay Resort that it was very hard not to have every meal here. Though we did go...

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  • Relax Bay beach Bar and Restaurant

    Very Caribbean in feel but the food is Thai and French.there is a fantastic beach bar outside and it is really a great little beach and teh sunsets are incredible.

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Ko Lanta Yai Transportation

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    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 13, 2011

    Koh Lanta is very easy to get to from Phuket and Krabi. As we always drive there from Phuket, this info mainly covers the route of self driving.

    From Phuket we head for Krabi Town and then continue until you see the Krabi airport on your left. It is then only about a 20 minute drive until you come to a town called Klog Thom, where the Emerald pool and hot springs are. Keep driving and now you will start seeing the signs for Koh Lanta. Another few kilometers on the right is the turn off to Baan Hua Hin Pier, follow this road to the end and you will be at the car ferry pier.

    You buy your tickets at the pier and from memory they are 100baht for the car and 10baht per person to go on the 2 car ferries over to Koh Lanta Yai. The first ferry takes about 15minutes to Koh Lanta Noi, you drive across the island for about 8 kilometers then catch another ferry to Koh Lanta Yai, this ferry trip is only a few minutes.

    The trip from Phuket to Koh Lanta normally takes us about 4 hours, depending on how many times we stop. There are petrol stations everywhere, the roads are well sign posted in English and the drive is very scenic.

    All the other options of getting to Koh Lanta from Phuket, Krabi Trang and Phi Phi, such as public ferries, private transfers and public minibus can be found on the internet.

    Most hotels on Koh Lanta will also organize your transfers.

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    • Family Travel
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    • Road Trip

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