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What we say: 3 stars

Lanta has a reasonable trekking scene, with elephant and old-fashioned foot treks available. Prices start at about 1,000 baht, and go up depending on the length of time you’d like and whether you do want to jump on a pachyderm for a stretch.

The treks will take you to visit the Tiger Temple Caves, hot springs and Tham Maikaeo, cool refreshing natural pools in the jungle. These caves are near Khlong Nin and host a good selection of stalactites and stalagmites, many of which sparkle due to mineral deposits.

Trekking options abound, but all places require a minimum of two persons to book. Full-day treks come with lunch included. Elephant trekking can be added on to traditional trekking.

The caves take about an hour to look around and it's possible to get to them under your own steam, but you may need to pay an entrance fee of 200 baht. Elephant treks come in different packages, from a 30-minute taster to a 90-minute trek up a mountain, ending with panoramic views of the island. Kayaking trips are also available through mangrove forests that include stops at local fishing villages.

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How to get there: Sumate Ko Lanta Yai Safari T: (075) 684 845
Erawan Lanta Safari T: (089) 729 8469
Last updated: 21st April, 2010

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