Koh Lanta is our favourite Thai island. We first visited the island a couple of years ago at the recommendation of some friends and after spending a couple of nights on crazy Phi Phi were we looking for somewhere to chill out and relax and we definitely found it on Lanta. Beautiful beaches, amazing sunsets and super friendly locals. Koh Lanta won us over and now we try to visit as much as we can. Here are a few of our favourite things to do on Koh Lanta.
Rent A Scooter
Some people might argue otherwise, but we feel Koh Lanta was built for scootering. Most of the roads are in quite good condition and there are loads of different things to see. Whether it’s hooning down the coast, visiting Old Town, looking for elephants or chasing the sunset, it’s a lot more fun on a scooter. If you’re doing it two-up, make sure you find yourself something with a bit of grunt as the southerly parts of the island are quite hilly and you’ll struggle otherwise.
Visit Lanta Old Town
The site of the island’s original port, Lanta Old Town is a collection of charming shops, restaurants and homes, most being built on stilts above the water. Several restaurants – like Sawasdee and Old Town Seafood are built on piers which stretch out into the sea. Beautiful! We found prices for both food and souvenirs/clothing cheaper here than at Long Beach and Saladan.
Visit the Local Market
There are several market options on Koh Lanta. There’s Saladan Market – opposite Lanta Mart (the island’s biggest supermarket), home to all kinds of clothing and souvenir stores. There’s numerous food and local produce markets on different days of the week – Saladan on Saturdays, Old Town on Sundays and Klong Dao on Mondays. There’s also a night market that runs from 11am until 3am, but I’m not sure of the days.
Be a Beach Bum
There are a dozen amazing beaches dotted along the western coast of Koh Lanta and all of them are amazing. The further south you go the more remote the beaches become so you’ll be sure to find one that suits. Our personal favourite is the beautiful hidden beach of Relax Bay.
Get a Massage on the Beach
When you’ve had enough being a beach bum you can wander a few steps from the water and into a massage hut. A Thai massage costs about 300 baht but you can also get oil, aromatherapy, back and foot options at most places. Outdoor sunset massages are perfect, just watch out for mosquitos!
Teach Me to Cook Thai
I love Thai food so it was only natural that when in Thailand I’d want to learn how to cook authentic delicious meals. Enter Time for Lime and their awesome cooking classes. We opted for one of their super popular evening classes (THB 1800 pp) and it was one of our most memorable (albeit lengthy) experiences on the island. There are other options available at Lanta Thai, Roi Thai and Spices and Herbs but Time for Lime is the original and they donate all their profits to Lanta Animal Welfare.
Love some Animals at Lanta Animal Welfare
I love animals but I especially love animals in need. Lanta Animal Welfare offers animal-devoid visitors the chance to take a tour of their awesome facilities, hear about the great work they’re doing for the animals on the island and then walk the dogs or pet as many cats as you want. The Centre is funded by profit from Time for Lime and your donations, so please support them and their wonderful work for our furry friends.
Koh Lanta sunsets are amazing. Find a beach, buy a beer and enjoy.
Splash Out on Fancy Food
Thai food is cheap and tasty but if you want to splash out on something a bit different Koh Lanta has a couple of great options. Head to Time for Lime (again!) to sample their Thai Fusion 6 dish taster menu that changes every day. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to enjoy and costs 490 baht pp. Alternatively book a table at Red Snapper for the best imported steaks, salmon and a large tapas menu.
Attend a Muay Thai Match
Koh Lanta is home to 3 stadiums – one in Klong Dao and two in Long Beach. We prefer Friday nights at Klong Dao which is usually all Thai fighters from as young as 9 years old. There are four to five fights a night from beginners to professional, there’s beer and entry is 800 baht pp.
You can also take a trip to Mo Koh Lanta National Park or join one of the popular 4 islands snorkeling tours to Koh Ngai, Koh Mook, Koh Kradan and Koh Chuak.
Have we missed anything off our Koh Lanta list? Let us know in the comments below.