Although the Koh Lanta archipelago has 52 islands, the island of Koh Lanta Yai is host to the majority of tourist activities. You will arrive at the Ban Sala Dan port, in the north of the island. To get to Koh Lanta, you must allow for an hour's drive from Krabi. You then have to take two ferries to get to the island. Known for its tranquility, Koh Lanta has quickly become a popular seaside resort. When you get here, it is not a desert island that you will find but a string of hotels strewn along the west coast of Koh Lanta Yai. You can stay here all year round, but most of the establishments close during the low season. During this period, the island is often flooded by rain and the coastline battered by the waves from the Andaman sea.
A stroll in the small town of Ban Koh Lanta, half-way up the coast, is the perfect opportunity to meet the island's inhabitants. You should also visit the house of the sea nomads, where numerous traders have put up their stalls.
The Marine National Park of Muo Koh Lanta covers some 60 square miles. It was created in 1990 with the aim of protecting 15 islands of the archipelago.
Go with an empty suitcase, otherwise you will be forced to buy an extra bag over there for all your new purchases! Oh, and don't forget your mosquito repellent, very important.
There's a good reason why Thailand is nicknamed the 'land of smiles' so don't hesitate to join in - smile! Don't buy counterfeit goods, you'll only get yourself into trouble with customs. Also, avoid visiting during the monsoon - never pleasant for your holiday!
If you are into spicy dishes, you will love the Thai cuisine, which features a marvellous blend of flavours and scents. Why not try the traditional tom yam soups? Fruit lovers will be thrilled, the pineapple is delicious and succulent and you will be hard pushed to find more 'local' products than the rambutan (hairy fruit that resembles a lychee) or the mangosteen fruit with its granny apple flavour.
In Thailand, it is difficult to resist the temptation to shop; from clothing to Biddha statues, or incense and cushion covers, here you will find the souvenir to suit you.