Koh Lanta is an island just off the west coast of Krabi which is becoming a popular tourist destination, the island is known for its long, sandy beaches and scuba diving. It can easily be reached by ferry from Phuket, Krabi or Phi Phi and by minibus from other destinations.
The island is about 32 km long and 8 km wide, with jungle covered hills and mountains running down its centre. The west coast of the island has at least 10 beautiful sandy beaches and the coastline has more than 70 small islands and plenty with forest, coral reefs and under water life. The east of the island is mostly tidal mangrove, good for kayaking, and also home to Lanta Old Town, a traditional Thai fishing community. The South of Lanta is encompassed by the 134 km² Mu Koh Lanta National Park.
Koh Lanta is far less developed than some of its neighbouring islands popular with travellers and herein lies the beauty. Things to do include scuba diving, island/snorkelling trips, elephant trekking, exploring caves and beaches, kayaking through mangroves and observing the unique cultures of traditional Thai fishing families as well as an ancient Sea Gypsy community. You may also take Thai cooking classes, train in Muay Thai boxing or learn the Thai language. Everyone however must enjoy watching the amazing sunsets over the Andaman Sea while relaxing on these stunning beaches.
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