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For a long time something of a forgotten island in traveller terms, Ko Lanta is these days making a name for itself as one of southern Thailand's best getaway spots.

The long, slender island of Ko Lanta, or Ko Lanta Yai to be exact, used to be a backpacker destination playing second fiddle to the grand traveller magnets of Ko Phi Phi and Railay Beach on the west coast, and Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao on Thailand's east coast. Those looking for a little less action and little more relaxation and even culture, headed over to Ko Lanta instead.

As more travellers moaned about packed out beaches and ... Read our complete Ko Lanta travel guide

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