Lanta Island

Although less scenic than some other areas in the province, Lanta Island is perhaps the most idyllic area available in Krabi. While lacking the towering karsts, Lanta Island offers travelers something that is growing increasingly difficult to find on Phi Phi or Pranang: peace and quiet. With over 19 pristine, tree-lined beaches, remarkably friendly residents, and inexpensive accommodations, Lanta Island is the perfect place to go for a serene, relaxing vacation.

A section of the southern portion of the island was recently made into a national marine park, and further south is a large community of sea gypsies. Passenger boats to Lanta Island cost 150 baht, and can be taken from the Chao Fah pier. Lanta Island can also be reached by a combination of minibus/ferry. Minibuses to Bo Muang leave from in front of the TAT sub-office in Krabi, and cost 40 baht. Ferries from Bo Muang to Lanta Island leave at 12.30 and 2.00 pm,for another 40 baht. Ferries can also be taken to the new port at Saladan, which is more developed, for 50 baht. This ferry leaves Bo Muang at 1:30 pm.

Klong Dao:
This beach is the most populous of those offered on Lanta, with several bungalows at very reasonable prices. Located 2 km from the Saladan pier, this beach offers visitors clean, sparkling sand, tepid, translucent waters, and excellent views of the surrounding areas. Recreational activities are limited, but there is plenty of sand and sun to go around, making this a wonderfully relaxing and stress-free vacation spot.

Phra Ae: At the northern end of Lanta Island, this beach is known for its fine sand and quickly shelving coastline. Accommodations at Phra Ae are extremely affordable, and the food is sumptious. Like most of the beaches on Lanta Island, recreational activities are few and far between.

Klong Koang: This beach, 2 km south of Phra Ae, is extremely peaceful, and has excellent accommodation at basement prices. Although the food is not quite as good as at Phra Ae, the beaches are isolated, tranquil and serene.

Klong Nin: Like nearly all the beaches on Lanta, Klong Nin is isolated and quiet. Fine, sandy beaches are essentially all one will encounter here, and the accommodations are adequate. Again, this is not the place to go if you want to go jet-skiing or para-sailing, but perfect if you want to read a book on a beautiful beach.

Kantiang: Towards the southern tip of the island, Kantiang beach is one of the most beautiful on Lanta Island. Although accommodations are extremely average, the sparkling sands and iridescent aquamarine waters more than compensate. There is also excellent snorkeling available in the surrounding area.

Klong Jark: This is the southernmost beach on Lanta, and although rather average by most standards, the proximity to completely deserted Mai Phai beach, and the national park make this a good place to stay. Also, there is a small waterfall and a lagoon nearby.

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