Situated off the Andaman Coast, Koh Lanta is made up of several islands in the Krabi province and is world famous for its long stretches of white sand beaches. The biggest island, Koh Lanta Yai is the most popular part for tourists to flock to as its beaches are calmer than the likes of nearby Ko Phi Phi, which lacks the authentic Thai atmosphere that Koh Lanta promises.
For a traditional village setting, try the capital Lanta Old Town on the east side of the island, which is filled with Thai fisherman and coastal gypsies. Formerly a large commercial port, today the harbour boasts a lengthy pier in addition to a selection of places to dine, drink and shop. The historically inclined can brush up on the local history by exploring the Buddhist and Chinese temples in the area. There’s also a Batik and Art Gallery for art lovers, featuring a range of locally made watercolours and paintings.
The most popular beach is Klong Dao, just 2km from the Old Town. It boasts crystal clear waters that are both shallow and safe for swimming. Although a well-known favourite in the island, its length means that it never gets too crowded. Hotels4u.com offers a wide selection of places to stay to choose from in Koh Lanta.