The district of Koh Lanta comprises a small island of Koh Lanta Yai as well as a portion of the south Thailand mainland. It's right across the Malacca Strait from the larger island of Phuket.
This out-of-the-way coastal spot offers plenty of beautiful scenery and outdoor activities for travellers wanting to get away from Thailand's busier destinations.
Koh Lanta is known for its spectacular scuba diving, as the coasts around the island are filled with coral reefs and marine caves. If you want to stick to the land, go for a hike through the Koh Lanta National Park or just wander along the sandy beaches. If you do head inland, keep an eye out for elephants. You can get a little pampering at one of the local spas after a hard day of sight-seeing.
There is an airport near the city of Krabi, and you get flights there from Bangkok with Thai AirAsia (airasia.com) or Thai Smile (thaismileair.com) taking only ~90 minutes. From Krabi, you can grab a minivan shuttle to Koh Lanta or even take a rapid transit speed boat for something a little different.
There are also regular speedboat trips to Koh Lanta from Phuket, which has a bigger airport. A bus trip from Phuket will be about 3 1/2 hours long.
You can get a bus directly from Bangkok that will take about 12 hours and usually runs overnight.
Koh Lanta has a hot and tropical climate, filled with very warm days and some rainy ones too. It will be over 30C any time of the year but it gets even hotter in March and April (which is also when the rainy weather can set in). To avoid the wet weather, try to be in Koh Lanta between November till early March. Peak temperature on Koh Lanta will be a little over 30C during those months.
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