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Lanta Old Town

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Known as Baan Ko Lanta or Amphoe Gao among the Thais, most travellers refer to the island’s historic east-coast village simply as the Old Town. If you seek a taste of culture and heritage to go with fresh seafood and lovely views, a day trip or extended stay on Lanta’s sleepy east coast is a good idea.

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A settlement has existed at the site of the Old Town for centuries. First came the tribe of “sea people” known as Urak Lawoi; then Muslims from further down the Malay peninsula and Sumatra; and finally Southern Chinese who filtered to Lanta from places like Phuket and Takua Pa during a 19th-century immigration wave based on tin mining. It’s easy to imagine ancient ships taking shelter in the picturesque bay off Lanta’s ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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