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How to spend 48 hours in Koh Lanta

by Travelbag on 24 July 2015, 15:07PM

Thailand has been a favourite tourist destination for decades - with its beautiful beaches, stunning rainforests and jungles, and friendly locals it's no wonder why. Thailand has great weather almost all year round, and it's a brilliant country to visit whether you're after a relaxing beach getaway or an exciting city break.

While the larger areas such as Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Rai, Doi Saket, have embraced the growing number of tourists visiting the country, there are still smaller destinations that seem relatively low-key in comparison. Islands like Koh Lanta Yai and the smaller Koh Lanta Noi, have remained quiet and peaceful – shying away from the tourist influence and offering a more genuine and cultural experience than bigger islands and beach resorts.

Access to Koh Lanta is usually via Krabi town, either by road, or more popularly by ferry. Koh Lanta is part of the Krabi province. The ferry only operates during November through April, which is Thai peak season – so worth bearing in mind. Once you've arrived and settled in, it's time to explore!


Tour Koh Lanta Yai...

After breakfast, if you're staying on Lanta Yai, grab your camera, hire a motorbike, and tour the island. Although island infrastructure is improving, and hire cars are available, hiring a motorcycle is the favourite way of getting round the island, and it's definitely a fun experience. Two wheels allow the option of exploring off the beaten track, especially when trying to get a few of those, not so touristy, photogenic spots.

The southern tip of the island is the headquarters of the Koh Lanta Marine National Park, which covers 15 of the Koh Lanta island group. A 7km dirt track from Hat Nui leads down to the park, and waiting for you are some beautiful views and incredible photo opportunities. An old lighthouse is situated on the point, and hiking trails and long-tail boat hire is available. Well worth a visit while you're out and about on your bike.


The first night...

After a hard day's exploring, a pleasant relaxed evening meal has to be on the cards. And on Koh Lanta, you'll be spoilt for choice. Local cafe bars, and cafe restaurants offer a good selection of Thai national fare, with a few western burgers and sandwiches thrown in. If you've packed to include the odd 'up-market' evening out, then try Tides Restaurant, with its extensive international menu, or Baan Pimalai, for 5 star cuisine in a beautiful 5 star setting. Be sure to dress accordingly.


Day Two...

Day two has to be a 'visit the islands' day. If you've never snorkelled before, this is the time to try. The whole Krabi group of islands are a snorkel diver's paradise, coral reefs with a myriad of multi-coloured fish species, all within reach of even the most un-experienced diver. If you don't dive, the views, interiors, and almost deserted beaches, offer fantastic photo opportunities. These are organised trips, not to be done on an individual basis, and can all be undertaken during a day. Bookings can be made from your accommodation or one of the many excursions booths you'll find around town.

The final evening...

Koh Lanta is not best known for its rock and roll nightlife. Its more laid back, relaxed atmosphere, is what makes it so attractive to families, and couples seeking a bit of a romantic get-away. At night, the bamboo beach bars come to life. Lit up on the beachfront, and offering beach beds and sofas with plenty of cushions - they are the ideal place to wind down after an active day. What could be better to round off your Koh Lanta stay, than to lay amid sumptuous cushions, margarita in hand, listening to the gentle lapping of the sea on the beach, as you gaze up at the stars deciding which one is yours?


That said if your philosophy is work hard, play hard, you haven't been totally neglected. Make your way to Phra Ae village. Here you will find bars such as the rocking Opium Bar. Young staff, clubbing type music, and a good mixed crowd of young tourists, and expat workers will have you dancing till dawn. Other similar bars can be found along this strip, and at Long Beach, where the occasional DJ or live band may be available to entertain you.


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