A Guide to Koh Lanta: The Perfect Escape from Busy Phuket

As a travel blogger, I’m always on the lookout for hidden gems that offer a unique and authentic experience. And that’s exactly what I found on my recent trip to Koh Lanta. Located on the Andaman Coast, this large island is a perfect escape from the crowds and chaos of nearby Phuket. Here’s what you can expect from a trip to Koh Lanta.


Koh Lanta is known for its long, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, and it’s easy to see why. The island is home to a number of stunning beaches, each with its own unique character.

One of the top beaches on Koh Lanta is Long Beach, also known as Pra Ae Beach. Located on the east side of the island, this long stretch of sand is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. You’ll find a number of restaurants and bars along the beach, as well as plenty of deck chairs and umbrellas for rent.

Another popular beach on Koh Lanta is Klong Dao Beach, located on the northwest side of the island. This beach is known for its calm waters and is a great spot for families with small children. You’ll find a number of beachside restaurants and bars, as well as a few small shops selling souvenirs and beach gear.


In addition to its stunning beaches, Koh Lanta is also a great destination for diving enthusiasts. The island is home to a number of diving sites, with a variety of marine life to discover.

One of the top diving spots on Koh Lanta is Koh Ha, a group of five small islands located just off the coast. The waters around Koh Ha are crystal clear, making it a great spot for both snorkeling and diving. You’ll find a variety of coral reefs and a wide range of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and even dolphins.

If you’re an experienced diver, you might also want to check out the sunken shipwreck at Ko Rok Nok. This is a more advanced diving site, but it offers a unique and exciting experience.


In addition to its natural beauty, Koh Lanta is also home to a number of cultural attractions. One of the top things to do on the island is to visit the Chao Leh Cemetery, which is home to the graves of the island’s original inhabitants. The cemetery is a peaceful and beautiful spot, with a mix of traditional Thai and Muslim graves.

You can also visit the Chao Leh Mosque, located in Ban Sala Dan, the main town on the island. The mosque is a beautiful example of traditional Thai-Muslim architecture and is open to visitors of all faiths.

Festivals and Events

Koh Lanta is also a popular spot for events and festivals, such as the Lanta Carnival and the Lanta Old Town Festival. The Lanta Carnival is held every year in November and features a variety of activities, including live music, food stalls, and traditional Thai dancing.

The Lanta Old Town Festival is held every year in April and is a celebration of the island’s history and culture. You’ll find a variety of traditional Thai performances, as well as food stalls selling local specialties.

Koh Lanta is a hidden gem that offers a unique and authentic Thai experience. With its stunning beaches, excellent diving sites, and rich culture, it’s the perfect escape from the crowds and chaos of nearby Phuket.

Lisa Boonmee
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Lisa Boonmee
I am passionate about unveiling the hidden gems of Phuket, from its stunning beaches to its vibrant cultural scene. My extensive travels across the island have given me a deep appreciation for its unique beauty and rich history, which I love sharing with our readers.