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Ko Lanta

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Air

The closest airport to Ko Lanta is the international airport at Krabi. All Thai domestic carriers fly to Krabi. Check their websites for pricing and schedule information. Transfers from the airport are all by road. A minivan from Krabi will cost about 300 baht.

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Bus

Car access to Lanta comes via the ferry. You can get minivan tickets, inclusive of the ferry crossing, from Trang (250 baht), Krabi (200 baht) and Phuket (300 baht). The car ferry runs all day up until 22:00. If you want a bus ticket to Bangkok or any of the major stopping points in between, this can be arranged with a ticket from Lanta taking you to Krabi, then a connecting overnight bus to Bangkok. Prices start at 500 baht and the journey takes about 12 hours.

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Boat

Lanta is serviced by two boat routes from Krabi and Ko Phi Phi. Boats to and from Krabi cost about 300 baht and leave twice a day at 10:00 and 15:00. Boats to Ko Phi Phi cost 350 baht (though some travel agencies on Lanta charge far more) and are twice daily, 08:30 and 12:30. The journey to Krabi takes about 90 minutes and Phi Phi takes about two hours. The last minibus to leave Ko Lanta is at about 15:00.

The fastest way to get to Ko Lanta is by speedboat transfer. You get picked up in an air-con minivan from Krabi airport, driven 45 minutes to the speedboat pier, then get a fast 15 minute speedboat crossing to Lanta. You're then picked up by another air-con minivan in Saladan, and taken to your hotel. The price per person for the speedboat transfer is around 2,000 baht per person.
http://amazinglanta.com/fast-boat-transfer-to-koh-lanta/

Private boats run to nearby islands, including Phuket and Ko Phi Phi. Lanta Petpailin T: (075) 667 033 has express boats leaving Ko Lanta at 08:00 and 13:00 for the one-hour trip. In the other direction, boats leave at 11:30 and 15:30. Boats also leave Ko Lanta at 08:00 and 13:00 bound for Phuket, and leave in the other direction at 08:30 and 13:30. The journey takes just over three hours.

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Getting Around

Either hire a motorbike for 250 baht a day or flag down one of the customised tuk tuks.

From the northern port of Saladan, tuk tuks will head to the following:
Khlong Dao, 30B, 5 minutes
Long Beach, 50B, 15 minutes
Khlong Nin, 150B, 30 minutes
Kantiang, 300B, 1 hour
Ao Mai Pai, 500B, 1 hour 15 minutes.
To reach Kantiang and Ao Mai Pai you'll need a motorbike or taxi as the tuk tuks can't make it over the difficult roads in this area.

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