Koh Lanta Holidays

Laidback Koh Lanta has an irresistible away-from-it-all feeling, endless white-sand beaches and a marine national park on the doorstep.

Forget about timetables and tune into nature’s rhythms instead with a mood-enhancing stay in Koh Lanta. On this enchanting island off the coast of Krabi, the day might start with a sea-scented meditation session in the morning cool and end on the colourful beach cushions of a rustic boho bar with world-class sunset views. Between, you might discover the exhilaration of floating above a coral reef fizzing with movement and colour or the hold-your-breath serenity of watching geckos sunbathing in a protected rainforest overlooking the sea.

For a gentle dose of therapeutic bustle, you can take a trip north to the two-street fishing town of Ban Saladan – the island’s largest settlement – to dine on just-caught seafood in simple eateries on stilts over the water. Head south to Sang-ga-u village to learn about the extraordinary history of the Chao Leh, a semi-nomadic sea people who were Koh Lanta’s earliest settlers. Or linger in your charmingly low-key, jungle-wrapped resort to make the most of wellness-focused delights from spas to aerial yoga.

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Koh Lanta Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Koh Lanta

Layana Resort & Spa

This intimate and stylish spa resort is a haven of romance and relaxation.

Twin Lotus Resort & Spa

An idyllic escape set on a beautiful beachfront on Koh Lanta Yai – perfect for a romantic break.

Pimalai Resort & Spa

At one with nature, this resort ascends the mountainside from one of Koh Lanta’s breathtaking bea...

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Lanta

Sometimes the best souvenirs to bring back from holiday are the ones you can’t see, such as great memories and new-found skills. This relaxed cooking class fits the bill on both counts, thanks in part to its superb beachfront setting. Under the supervision of a professional local chef, with the sound of the waves in the background, you’ll learn the skills and techniques you’ll need to make authentic Thai favourites such as green curry, stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts and several fragrant soups. The reward for your efforts is a laidback lunch overlooking the sea, listening to music and enjoying the dishes that you’ve prepared, plus a fistful of recipes to take away so you can recreate the dishes back at home. It’s a delightful way to spend a morning that will appeal to everyone from couples to groups of friends and families with older children.

• Duration: half day
• Time: 10am to 2pm
• Departs Wednesday to Sunday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The class is unsuitable for children under 12. All dishes can be adapted for vegans, vegetarians or those with any allergies. It’s a good idea to bring extra cash to buy drinks, kitchen utensils or sauces to take home as unique souvenirs.

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Koh Rok Islands Cruise

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of one of the most idyllic corners of Koh Lanta Marine Park. Zipping across the Andaman Sea in a speedboat - a burst of joy in its own right - you’ll arrive in next to no time at the craggy twin islands of Koh Rok Nok and Kho Rok Nai, separated by a narrow channel. The more adventurous may opt to hike through the lush, rugged interior looking out for monitor lizards; others will be happy to spend the day on the beach, marvelling at the powder-soft sand and enjoying the occasional lazy swim in the sparkling turquoise sea. The crystal-clear waters around Koh Rok are a snorkeller’s dream, thanks to an extensive reef system that’s teeming with colourful aquatic life - the keen-eyed may be lucky enough to spot hawksbill turtles, moray eels or even a black-tip shark.

• Duration: full day
• Time: 8am to 5pm
• Daily departures
• Operates from November to May
• Group experience

Good to know
The National Park fee is included in the price. The tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

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Phi Phi Island Cruise from Koh Lanta

Enjoy a relaxing day discovering the natural delights of Koh Phi Phi, a scenic archipelago of six specks of land in the Andaman Sea roughly halfway between Koh Lanta and Phuket. Travelling by speedboat, you’ll arrive in around half an hour at beautiful Ao Pileh lagoon on the second-largest island, where you’ll have a chance to plunge into its emerald waters for a swim and a snorkel. Once you’ve dried off, the next port of call is the so-called “Viking Cave” which owes its nickname to the images of different types of boats - including one that looks like a Viking longboat - painted on its walls. From here, you’ll make for another highly rated snorkelling spot, passing the main filming location for Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach. The day ends on Phi Phi Don, the largest island and the only one that’s inhabited, where you’ll have time to swim, hike to the viewpoint or browse the tiny street stalls.

• Duration: full day
• Time: 8am to 4.30pm
• Daily departures
• November to May
• Group experience

Good to know
The National Park fee is included in the price. The tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

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Get to know Koh Lanta and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


GMT +7 hours


Thai Bhat


Krabi 13 hours


The most common religion in Thailand is Buddhism


Thai; over 73 languages are spoken throughout Thailand

Where is Koh Lanta?
Koh Lanta is the southernmost part of the province of Krabi on the west coast of Thailand pointing out into the Andaman Sea. The nearest airport is Krabi, from where there are good connections to Bangkok 500 miles away; this makes it an excellent choice for a two-centre city-and-beach holiday or a grand tour that takes in the fascinating sights and culture of the north or the highlights of nearby Vietnam and Cambodia. Another option is to combine it with a few days in a tented jungle camp in Krabi’s Khao Sok National Park, home to an award-winning elephant sanctuary.

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An archipelago
Koh Lanta is actually a cluster of islands of varying sizes, though the majority of the population lives on Koh Lanta Yai (big) and Koh Lanta Noi (small), which are connected by a short road bridge. Both feature a number of superb resorts and hotels, with the former the more popular thanks to its glorious white sand beaches. In the sea around them, you’ll find somewhere between 50 and more than 70 limestone islets – some very tiny indeed – with caves, coves and coral reefs to discover.

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Koh Lanta Yai’s long western coast is fringed with glorious palm-fringed beaches whose sand is almost like talcum powder. In the north, one of the most popular is Klong Dao, backed by low-key resorts, restaurants and bars along its two-mile length, though it never feels really busy. Long Beach (Pra Ae) lives up to its name; again, the development along it is relatively unobtrusive, so there are always quiet spots. The southern end of Klong Khong Beach is where the fishermen tie up their boats; it’s perfect for a sunset walk with character. Continuing down the coast, there are a few remote beaches at the island’s southern tip; pretty Ta Nod is recognisable by the lighthouse at one end.

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Snorkelling & diving
Headquartered at the southern tip of Koh Lanta Yai, Koh Lanta Marine National Park covers over 50 square miles of marine-rich waters where snorkellers and divers will be in their element. The best sites are around the park’s islands, such as Koh Ha, which has underwater caverns and coral walls for memorable dives and a protected lagoon for all ages of snorkeller. Not far away, the two Kho Rok islands have castaway island vibes and superb reefs; expect to see anything from clownfish, turtles and giant clams even from the surface thanks to the excellent visibility. Experienced divers will be keen to visit Hin Daeng (red rock) and Hin Muang (purple rock): two giant pinnacles whose vibrant coral walls plunge to 60 metres.

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Koh Lanta Weather

Nov - Apr