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Ko Lao Liang

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If you're looking for isolation, you'll find it on Ko Lao Liang. Little more than a limestone boulder surrounded by teal Andaman waters. It's a tiny island -- in fact you can easily kayak around it in just over half an hour -- and there's a single white sand beach set below a cliffside draped in tropical vegetation.

If that sounds pretty good, that's because it is. With just one place to stay there's literally not room for anything else so you needn't worry about overcrowded shores. And while it takes a little more planning and effort to reach Lao Liang, it's well worth the trip. You'll be rewarded with a deserted beach, a welcoming atmosphere, and an unforgettable experience unlike anything else you can find in Thailand.

There's only one place to stay on Lao Liang, and that's something to be thankful for. All accommodation is set right on the beach, under the shade of a naturally growing forest. You'll be sleeping in a nylon tent, but you won't exactly be roughing it. The tents are roomy (as far as tents go, anyway) with a divided bedroom, bamboo mats on the floors, and thick mattresses dressed in white sheets and comfy blankets.

Bathrooms are shared, and are located in an attractively thatched building with numerous restroom stalls and cold-water showers. Most people staying at Lao Liang come on a multi-day activity tour, which combines a stay on the island with days out snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking or rock-climbing.

Lone travellers can still book rooms out here, and are charged a reasonable per person rate (1,500B -- see their website for details on available packages) including three generous meals, and free use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment. Although uncommon, Lao Liang does accept walk-in rather than book ahead guests, but the 1,500B per night accommodation and food fee is non-negotiable. Most take advantage of the tour services, but if you just want to pay the 1,500B and chill out on the beach, more power to you.

Open high season only. Highly recommended.

Laoliang Island Ko Lao Liang. T: (089) 815 4571, (084) 304 4077 .

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Text and/or map last updated on 21st December, 2011.

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