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Mu Ko Lanta National Park

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The headquarters of Mu Ko Lanta National Park overlook Laem Tanod, a peninsular cliff of white rock topped by a lighthouse watching over one of the prettiest beaches on Ko Lanta. We think this popular day trip destination ranks among the most memorable viewpoints in Southern Thailand.





The park oversees a number of smaller islands, including Ko Talabeng to the east of Ko Lanta and Ko Rok some 40 km to the southwest. But when you’re on Lanta, “the national park” refers to a relatively small area around Ao Tanod in the remote south, guarded by a gate where foreign visitors must shell out 400 baht per adult and 200 baht per child.

Arguably the best beach on an island that’s studded with them. Photo taken in or around Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Ko Lanta, Thailand by David Luekens.

Arguably the best beach on an island that’s studded with them. Photo: David Luekens

A two-km hiking trail leads into jungle where you might spot a green imperial pigeon or Chinese egret along with the snakes that have helped to make them endangered. All over the park, fearless monkeys let visitors walk right up to snap portraits of them. You’re not supposed to feed them, but those who do are sometimes thanked with a gracious nod of the head.

A climb up to the lighthouse rewards you with a panoramic view covering the beaches that stretch on either side of the peninsula along with dramatic cliffs and several islands, including Ko Muk to the south and Ko Haa out west. Save a trip to the park for a clear day if possible.

The monkeys don’t mind close-ups; this photo was taken from a metre away. Photo taken in or around Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Ko Lanta, Thailand by David Luekens.

The monkeys don’t mind close-ups; this photo was taken from a metre away. Photo: David Luekens

The main beach has silky khaki sand backed by screw palms and umbrella trees. The swimming is excellent, but you’ll have to visit some of the aforementioned islands to peep much fish and coral. The beach is large enough to find a quiet patch, and the always-visible lighthouse adds a distinctive touch.

Few stay here due to the remote location, but the park rents out tents for 250 baht per night (30 baht if you bring your own) along with a couple of fan bungalows with private bathrooms for 1,500 baht.

A not-so-safe trail leads all the way to the tip of the peninsula. Photo taken in or around Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Ko Lanta, Thailand by David Luekens.

A not-so-safe trail leads all the way to the tip of the peninsula. Photo: David Luekens

There’s also a restaurant with limited choices and hours, and shared cold-water bathrooms for the campers. Monkeys may plunder food left ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
The park opens daily from 8:00 to 17:00, year round except when the access road floods. To get here, simply follow the southwestern coastal road to its end.

Mu Ko Lanta National Park
Southern tip of Ko Lanta.
http://nps.dnp.go.th/parksdetail.php?id=45&name=MuKoLantaNationalPark
Admission: 400 baht for foreign adults, 200 baht for foreign kids

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