Welcome to one of Thailand’s best kept secrets: the islands of Koh Lanta.
These beautiful, unspoilt islands rise from the emerald waters of the Andaman sea in the south of Krabi province, Thailand. Long stretches of sunset beaches combined with the laid back hospitality of the locals create an experience which often penetrates deep into the hearts of visitors, leading them to return to the islands time and time again.
Koh Lanta Yai is the main tourist island here and is approximately 30km long and 6km wide with 11 sweeping, white sand beaches along the west coast, set against a backdrop of rubber trees, palm trees, mountains and jungle. Most of the available accommodation, restaurants and bars have grown around seven of the beaches, leaving four secluded beaches almost untouched. The bays generally become quieter and more secluded the further south you go.
There really is something for everyone on Koh Lanta. For couples and families to the wildest party-goer the island offers a wide range of activities, night life and accommodation, drawing a unique mix of tourists each year.
Koh Lanta is the name of an entire archipelago of around 52 islands, of which this island - Koh Lanta Yai - is just one. Some of the surrounding islands are inhabited, and a few also have limited accommodation for tourists.
Koh Lanta Yai was previously known by the Malay name “Pulau Sa-Tuk” meaning “island with a long mountain range”, but in 1917 the King of Thailand officially named the island Koh Lanta, and the archipelago as Koh Lanta District.
The origin of the name is unclear, but it may originate from the Javanese word ‘lantas’, meaning a type of grill for fish. A more romantic suggestion is the direct translation of the Thai words “Koh lan daa” - the island of a million eyes.
text from Koh Lanta Pocket Guide...visit website