Welcome to the Koh Lanta Life interactive map
Designed by Innerspace Productions experienced webmasters, this map allows you to take a virtual tour of Koh Lanta.
So feel free to explore Koh Lanta, finding out what makes this one of Thailands most relaxing islands. Compare the beaches, see the sunsets, visit the national marine park. Maybe check out the diving, a Muay Thai fight or a traditional Thai market. Before you plan your trip or even begin looking at flight comparison sites like www.fly.com and other ones, it is a good idea to make some plans of where you would like to go. This interactive map is perfect, as it takes you right to the heart of the island and shows you just what you can expect.
To explore the map simply click the different areas for pictures and infromation
Saladan is the main port and town on Koh Lanta. Chosen for its sheltered position, between Lanta Noi and Lanta Yai, many boats use its facilities. Here you will find the ferries, many diveshops, waterfront seafood restaurants and a wide selection of shops.
Klong Dao Beach
Klong Dao is the first beach most people visiting Koh Lanta by road will see. Close to all amenities in Saladan this 3km beach is popular with families as the water is shallow and clear, making it extremely safe to swim and paddle. There is a huge variety of entertainment facilities in this area.
Klong Dao has a wide selection of budget to high end accommodation.
Just south of Klong Dao and equally as popular is the stunning long beach. An impressive 4km long, Long Beach is so beautiful it will take your breath away. Long beach has a steeper incline to sea, getting deeper far more quickly than Klong Dao. At both ends of the beach, around the rocks, you can find reasonable snorkelling, although no way near as impressive as the many dive and snorkel sites nearby. The resorts and facilities are more spread out here but offer good accommodation and plenty of bars and restaurants.
Klong Khong Beach
Klong Khong has a good selection of different resorts famous for their picturesque sunsets and laid back local attitude. At low tide the beach becomes a little rocky, but offers some good snorkelling. As a result the room prices are generally a little cheaper than equivalents on the northern beaches and many resorts are small and family owned.
Klong Nin Beach
With a similar atmosphere to Klong Khong, this 2km beach boasts golden sand with emerald green waters. The waves here are good for body boarding, especially during the low season (June – October). Walk into the sea and look back to admire the tropical rain forest covering the green mountains. The best thing to do on this beach is simply lay down and relax, either on the beach or in one of the many beach bars and restaurants.
Resorts offering bungalows are scattered up and down the beach, ranging from simple, inexpensive family accommodation to more upscale pool and spa resorts.
Koh Lanta Old Town
Located on the Koh Lanta’s east coast, Old Town is the traditional Thai centre of Koh Lanta. The islands only hospital is situated here, as well as the main police station. Several restaurants, bars and shops here cater for tourists although follow the Thai’s for really authentic tastes.
For traditional Thai holidays and celebrations, Old Town is the place to go.
Chao Lay (Sea gypsy) village
Many of the oldest inhabitants are the “Chao Lay” or sea gypsies, who inhabit a small settlement just south of Saladan and Sang Gau village in the South Eastern tip of Lanta.
The sea gypsies have their own language although most speak Thai as well. Although many Chao Lay now work as captains on various boats, the sea gypsy village shows a very traditional lifestyle. Catching the daily food, living on the waterfront, there is a lot of culture to be found here.
Koh Lanta National Marine park
Around 150 sq km of tropical evergreen forest, coastal grasslands, unspoilt islands and vibrant coral reefs make up the Mu Koh Lanta National Park. Home to a wide variety of animals, birds and fish, Koh Lanta and its surrounding islands are worth visiting for any nature lovers.
Here you are almost guaranteed to see the wild monkeys, which run around freely with little concern for humans. There is a lighthouse on the cape with an amazing view.
Saturday >> Klong Nin >> 7am - 3pm
Sunday >> Saladan >> 7am - 2pm
Monday >> Old Town >> 5am - 10am (Get there early!)
The markets are a great experience and you can always find some amazing bargains. Meat, veg, fruits, barbequed food, clothes, housewares....the list goes on!
Scuba diving and snorkelling
The waters surrounding Koh Lanta are clear and blue, filled with a wide array of coral reefs and tropical reef fish. Many dive schools offer courses and day trips to Koh Haa, Hin Daeng, Koh Bida, Koh Phi Phi, the King Cruiser and Shark point.
If diving isn't for you then snorkelling trips to Koh Rok, Koh Mook's emerald cave or the shallower dive sites can be a stunning day out.
Running deep into the mountains are several impressive cave systems. The Khao Mai Kaew caves form a labyrinth of tunnels, which your local guide will navigate you through. Wearing a head torch you can find many different species, including hundreds of bats just before you emerge to daylight.
Elephant trekking can be found at a few locations on Koh Lanta, where you can sit back and enjoy the slow pace through the jungle. A wonderful experience into the natural world of Koh Lanta.
Parties and entertainment
Lots of bars hold weekly parties every week, so check with the locals for whats going on each night. Larger nightclubs are around for the late night parties, but most bars have a more relaxed and island feel. Enjoy a cocktail at sunset, or later maybe a bucket of sangsom and coke. A selection of local, Thai and international bands bring their tours to Koh Lanta, with some great talent at many shows.
Sunsets to take your breath away!
The West coast of Koh Lanta is famous for its sunsets. Let the pictures do the talking...
Koh Lanta has many islands in its surrounding waters, especially towards the east. Many viewpoints exist up in the mountains that offer food and drink with some truly amazing views.
Muay Thai boxing
Muay Thai boxing is the national sport of Thailand and Koh Lanta is home to a former world champion. Muay thai fights take place every week during high season (Nov - May), featuring a diverse mix of ages, experience and nationalities. Training courses are also available at the Lanta Gym, which has a full fitness center.