Located just off the southern coast of Thailand’s Krabi province, the island of Koh Lanta is regarded by many as one of the country’s most beautiful. It’s popular with many thanks to its numerous high-quality diving spots, not to mention its scattering of picturesque beaches, many of which are blissfully serene and peaceful. While Koh Lanta is often referred to as an island in its own right, it’s actually made up of several different islands. Of these, the most frequently visited is Koh Lanta Yai, which also happens to be the most tourist friendly, offering plenty of amenities and a broad range of attractions.
From sunbathing on deserted beaches and snorkelling in pristine waters, to exploring bustling markets and going on guided boat tours of mangroves, there’s a lot to do in Koh Samui. It’s primarily a beach destination, though its hinterlands are worth exploring as well, as they’re particularly scenic. Those interested in wildlife should visit the Mu Ko Lanta National Park, located in the very south of the island. It’s actually spread across several smaller islands and is known for its picturesque viewpoints, expansive caves, diverse marine life and its population of nomadic sea gypsies, whose traditional beliefs and customs fascinate many.
Though Koh Lanta is visited year-round, perhaps the best time to go there is from November to April. During this time of the year, it’s the dry season, when temperatures are favourable and rainfall is minimal. The wet season, on the other hand, typically runs from May to October, though despite the increase in rain, it still remains fairly hot throughout.