Ko Lanta is so big, we've split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Lanta as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don't know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Lanta's different areas.
All the way down at Ko Lanta’s far southern tip, Mu Ko Lanta National Park is home to some very laid-back monkeys, a splendid beach and some of the most breathtaking views you’ll find anywhere in ... Read more about Mu Ko Lanta National Park .
Snorkelling and kayaking trips to the small islands surrounding Lanta are extremely popular. Around a dozen different tour operators lead trips that will appeal to different people. One large chunk of these head south, usually for snorkelling around the islets of Ko Chuek and Ko Ma before stopping at Ko Muk's Emerald Cave. While stunning, the Emerald Cave and its hidden beach and lagoon can ... Read more about Watersports, snorkelling, boat and kayak trips .
Manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and clown fish can all be seen at dive sites that are within easy reach of Lanta. With several scuba operations based on the island, you'll find everything from half-day beginner dives to PADI certification and multi-day live-aboard adventures. The twin sites of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang (Red Rock and Purple Rock) don't look like much from the surface, but dip ... Read more about Diving .
Lanta’s northeast coast is blanketed by the bright-green leaves and haunting roots of mangroves that line a maze of tranquil streams, rivers and inlets. Whether you stop for a quick stroll, spend a few hours kayaking or settle into a floating homestay, the officially protected Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest offers a worthwhile break from the ... Read more about Thung Yee Pheng Mangrove Forest .
This roughly seven-metre-high waterfall cascades down a rocky cliff surrounded by lush jungle, though the pool at its base is more suited to wading than swimming. While it's a refreshing spot from June to around December, the falls dry up to a trickle during the dry season and often disappoint those who make the two-kilometre hike. Even so, the hike itself will be worth the trip for many. The ... Read more about Khlong Jak Waterfall .
Both of Lanta's notable caves can generally only be explored as part of a guided tour. If you just want a taste, the bat cave on the way to Khlong Jak Waterfall will be enough for many. Tham Mai Kaew Cave is located well off the main cross-island road to the west of Khlong Nin and clearly marked by signs. Only guided tours are offered for 300 baht per person; expect to pothole through tight ... Read more about Caves on Ko Lanta .
Sitting largely neglected atop a hill overlooking the sea, the Tradition & Culture of Sangka-U Museum offers a glimpse into Urak Lawoi ways of life from the perspective of the people themselves. You’ll find far more information on these traditionally nomadic sea dwellers than at any of Thailand’s well-funded ... Read more about Tradition & Culture of Sangka-U Museum .
At its modern facilities on the inland road from Haad Phra Ae, Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) helps sick, injured and abused stray animals by providing sterilizations, rabies vaccinations, surgeries, education and general care. If you want to do give something back to the community, this is a great way to do it. The facility is open daily 9:30 to 17:00, with tours offered on the hour. Visitors ... Read more about Lanta Animal Welfare .
With practically every resort offering yoga at a range of levels, Ko Lanta is arguably Thailand's top yoga destination. Everything from casual morning yoga on the beach up to demanding courses held at purpose-built studios are available. Rates can range from 250 to 500 baht for a single class, with multi-class packages offered at the more serious studios. We've listed a handful of yoga ... Read more about Yoga and meditation on Ko Lanta .
Most Thai islands have no more than one cooking school, but it's long been a popular pastime on Lanta and you'll now find three different options. We haven't tried them out so can't offer an opinion on which is best; they all have individual cooking stations and have received good feedback online. Time For Lime was Lanta's original cooking school and remains the most popular. Its stylish ... Read more about Cooking courses .