Koh Lanta Yai is a beautiful island in the Andaman Sea located just off the West Coast of Thailand. It is 27km by 4km and still remains one of the most charming islands in Thailand. Down the West coast of Koh Lanta there are numerous white sandy beaches and glorious sunsets, while the East coast enjoys the mangroves, jungle and more traditional life of the local community.
Koh Lanta has two distinct seasons, high season, which runs between November and April and the green season, which runs between May and October. During the high season the weather is more stable, plenty of sunshine and clear waters. There are substantially more tourists and businesses operating during this period.
The green season on Lanta has also recently become a desirable time to visit the island for some tourists. Koh Lanta is much quieter, beaches are empty and prices lower. The weather can be unpredictable, with some tropical storms but there is still plenty of lovely weather with lots of sunshine. During the green season snorkeling and diving tours are available but are limited and dependent on the weather and number of customers.
The best way to explore what Koh Lanta has to offer is to rent a motorbike and explore the island. There are numerous beautiful beaches all the way down the West coast offering magical sunsets, but don’t forget to check out the East coast where you will get an insight to the traditional life of the local people on Koh Lanta before the tourists arrived!
Hotspots recommended to check out are :
View Point : located in the centre of the island and has splendid views over the East coast.
Lanta Old Town : a charming old fishing village with a number of restaurants overlooking the water.
National Park/Lighthouse : At the very South of Koh Lanta, on the West Coast the National Park offers beautiful scenery, jungle trekking and untouched beaches.
You can also take an adventurous guided tour through the Khao Maew Caves, or check out the mangroves on a kayak and hang out with the monkeys!
Getting to and from Koh Lanta has become more convenient in recent years thanks to the stunning connecting bridge between Lanta Noi and Lanta Yai. Now with just one car ferry to cross journey times are shorter. Check out our private transfer prices below.
Krabi Airport to Fruit Tree Lodge : 2,300 baht (approx 2 hour journey)
Phuket Airport to Fruit Tree Lodge : 4800 baht (approx 4 hour journey)
This is for a private car where the driver will meet you at the airport and drive you directly to Fruit Tree Lodge.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange this.
Public minivan is also an option which can be arranged on arrival at the airport, but the journey times can be longer due to multiple stops.
You can also come to Koh Lanta via passenger ferry but this is a limited service, at the following times :
Krabi to Lanta departing Krabi Town at 11:30 (2 hour journey)
Phuket to Lanta departing Phuket at 8am or 12:30 (4 hour journey)
Koh Phi Phi to Lanta departing Phi Phi at 11:30 or 15:30 (1.5 hour journey)
Ferry tickets can be arranged at any travel agents or at the departure pier.