Koh Lanta located on the Andaman coast, it is divided into two islands: Koh Lanta Noi (The little one) and Koh Lanta Yai (The big one). These islands belong to the province of Krabi and are located in an archipelago of more than 70 islands.
It is not the most famous island in google so it is not as crowded with divers as Koh Tao. It is a quiet island with all the necessary services and a strategic place for diving.
How to get Koh Lanta
Arrive by plane
Reach Koh Lanta From Spain it is very easy and if you search early, you have many possibilities of finding a cheap flight. You just have to compare prices with some of the companies that operate in Asia.
We always use Skyscanner to find the flights at the best price. It is a flight search engine that takes into account other companies (including low cost ones). It automatically shows you the cheapest flights and even which are the most economical months to travel to that destination.
Bill the team diving
If you travel with equipment diving Your own and with photographic equipment, it is important that you weigh in advance the kilos that you are going to carry. Make sure how much weight you can carry in the cabin and how much in the checked luggage. Normally they do not usually weigh luggage in the cabin and many companies let you board with a small suitcase + a bag / shoulder strap or a small backpack.
We advise you to take all the photography material with you and do not invoice it. Same as batteries that can explode on the plane.
How to get to the island from other parts of Thailand
If this is the first time you are traveling to Thailand and you want to visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai or other destinations in Thailand, you can land at their respective airports and then fly to Krabi.
From Bangkok you have multiple options to get to Koh Lanta. If you like to travel by land, you can do it by van or by night train, although the journey will be longer.
If you want to get to the point, there are flights from Spain to Krabi and from there you just have to take a van or a speedboat that takes you to Koh Lanta. This can be booked from the same hotel where you are staying in Krabi or with the multiple transport companies that you will find at the airport.
Approximate time from Krabi airport is about 3 hours, and it costs about THB 300-400. Remember to leave Krabi airport at the latest at 8 pm to catch the last ferry at 10 pm.
From Phuket Bus Terminal there is a cheap minivan service running every hour from 8.30am to 3.30am. Travel time to Koh Lanta is approx. 4-5 hours and it will cost 350-400 THB per person.
If you like a fast and fun transfer, then use the speedboat. Either from Krabi or Phuket airport, a van will pick you up and take you to the speedboat. Once in Koh Lanta, a minivan will transport you to your hotel. Total travel time is 1.5 hours and costs THB 1400-1800 per person from Krabi.
The ferry departs from Krabi at 11:30 AM every day. The ferry also stops at Koh Jum and Koh Pu along the way. From Ao Nang, catch the ferry at 10:30. The ferry also stops at Railay Beach along the way. Travel time is approx. 2 hours and cost 400-600 THB.
If you travel in group or family, it might be worth renting a private van. From Krabi Airport the travel time is about 3 hours, and it costs between THB 2,300 to 2,500 for the entire van. Make sure to leave Krabi before 8pm to catch the last ferry to Koh Lanta at 10pm.
Most establishments only accept cash payments, or add a 3% service charge if paying by card. There are plenty of ATMs around the island, and money exchange points as well. When it comes to tipping in restaurants it is not mandatory but it is greatly appreciated.
The Siam International Clinic is located along Long Beach Beach and has good quality health care facilities. They have established agreements with various health insurance companies around the world. There is also a larger hospital near Lanta Old Town.
There is a private dental clinic down the road in Klong Dao called Lanta Dente.
There are also many pharmacies throughout the island where you will find the most common medications.
In general, the island is considered safe, but like anywhere else you should be cautious. Don't leave your belongings unattended on the beach. If you are a victim of theft, go to the police station in Ban Saladan to make a report for your travel insurance.
Koh Lanta has a mix of Buddhists, Muslims, and Sea Gypsies. Be considerate of local customs and do not go in a bikini or shirtless on the street, inside shops, temples or restaurants.
Tourist Visa Exemption
Most can stay for a period of 30 days, if they arrive through an international airport, or 15 days if they are arriving by land.Consult the Thai Embassy in your country