Enjoy quiet beaches, world-class diving and a relaxed vibe.
With endless white sand beaches, world-class diving and a friendly, laid-back culture, the islands of Koh Lanta are ideal if you're looking to enjoy a beach holiday away from the crowds.
Best time to visit Koh Lanta
Thailand’s peak season is between November and February when the climate is drier and slightly cooler, while the hottest period is April to May. May to October tends to have higher rainfall but there should still be plenty of sunshine and this is the time to benefit from the greatest value and less crowded beaches.
Koh Lanta holiday highlights
A long-time favourite with backpackers, Koh Lanta is an enchanting place that has something for all ages and budgets. The twin islands of Koh Lanta Yai (big) and Koh Lanta Noi (small) 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. Relaxation is almost compulsory here, taking you far away from the everyday and offering much-needed time out. There are no motorised watersports or even long-tail boats allowed on the beaches and only the resort’s excursion boats are permitted, making it refreshingly peaceful.
Take a trip to Ban Saladan in the north – an old fishing village with a good night market and a selection of restaurants and bars; ideal for both honeymooners and families. The southern area of the island is a national park that’s home to an abundance of easily-spotted wildlife including monkeys, lizards, geckos and various species of bird. The island can be very quiet from May to October, and some local restaurants and bars do close during this time.