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The stellar beaches of Ko Lanta combine to cover well over a dozen km of coconuts to sip on, hammocks to swing in and emerald water to SUP on.

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Long and thin, 81-square-km Ko Lanta Yai is touristy on the west coast, but it also has local character thanks to Muslim-Thai, Chinese-Thai and Urak Lawoi people whose sea-faring ancestors arrived as early as the 16th century. Watch beautifully painted longtail boats reflect late-afternoon sunlight. Attempt the chilli-laden food that steams at roadside markets. Listen to timeless calls to worship resound from the mosques. If you don’t see enough goats, rubber trees and monkeys munching on mud crabs on the east coast, cross the bridge to meet Lanta Yai’s more arcadian sibling, Ko ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,600 words.)

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