Diving around Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta in Brief
Area: 152 sqkm. This island forms the most southern district of Krabi
It was known long ago by its name in the Malay language, Pulao Satak, which means Long Beach Island. Later, so many Thais,
both Buddhist and Muslim, came to live on the island that there seemed to be a million eyes, which is what some people think
Lanta means in Thai. Others hold that the name is corrupted from Javanese "lan-tas", and means a fish grill
(which is built of wood with a square grill on top where the fish are set in a circle). Several islands are in the National Park:
Ko Lanta is located approximately 70 kilometres south of Krabi on the east side of Southern Thailand's Phang Nga Bay.
It stretches for 27 kilometres in the north-south direction and is traversed by a mountain range that is still covered by
virgin rain forest. The range reaches heights of 500 metres in its northern and southern parts. The water off the west
coast is crystal clear and the beaches powdery white.
Journey to Lanta:
Traveling in Thailand is easy and public transport is generally on time. Countless little traveling agencies,
close to traveling junctions like railway stations or airports as well as nearby hotels, are good addresses to get
information or to buy a ticket.
Knowledge of English is widely spread. Please inform yourself, about the habits of your host land before traveling.
Especially the customs of the Moslem and Buddhist section of population; and behave accordingly. You can travel to the
south of Thailand from Bangkok by airplane, train or bus.
In the time between November to April you can use the express boat for most of the stretches. You can book the
tickets for the tour in a local traveling agency, which usually also takes care of the transfer to the boats.
When arriving Ko Lanta you will be picked up from your booked hotel or resort, or you get the possibility to
book something right there.
Due to the weather the boat transport will be stopped from Mai to October. The whole year through you get
the possibility to travel within Thailand with public transport. If you have some time, which you should have if
you’ve traveled that far, we recommend this kind of traveling.
It always takes some more time, but Thai people travel like this and it gives you the opportunity to get closer
to culture and native people of your host land. And it is easy. You can book this kind of travel in a local travel agency.
From there you will be picked up by a bus or mini bus and transferred, for example, on a car ferry.
Koh Lanta Dive Sites
Hin Daeng & Hin Muang
is a rock that is a hazard to ships. It is on the outer edge of the Andaman Sea.
It offers various kinds of coral reefs, so it is a superb diving spot.
is an archipelago of five islands. Ko Ha Yai is where coral reefs are found in shallow water.
Ko Lanta consists of two adjacent islands: Ko Lanta Yai and Ko Lanta Noi.
Ko Lanta Yai
is full of tourist facilities while Ko Lanta Noi is the location of the district office.
Most of the beaches on Ko Lanta Yai lie in the west and offer a wide range of accommodation. These beaches include
Kho Kwang, Khlong Dao, Phra Ae, Khlong Khong, Khlong Nin and Ba Kan Tiang, all can be reached by road.
Sala Dan Pier
in the north is where tour operators, shops and banks are situated. At the south end of
the island is the headquarters of Mu Ko Lanta National Park which offer a camping ground and beautiful views.
Travelling to the east of the island, visitors can see an old community of Ko Lanta and a sea gypsy village.
Some guesthouses are available. Motorbikes can be rented at Sala Dan to explore the island. The peak season
lasts from November to April.
comprises two islands: Ko Rok Nai and Ko Rok Nok
. Ko Rok Nai is an island that is mostly steep cliffs.
It offers a superb beach and unspoiled coral reefs among rocks. Ko Rok Nok is full of soft white sandy beaches
and coral reefs in shallow water in the southeast and the south. Hat Thalu and Ao Man Sai are situated at
the end of the island. Tourists can contact tour operators, resorts and bungalows on Ko Lanta Yai for an excursion
to Ko Rok by speedboat. The trip by long-tail boat is not recommended.
Ko Ngai or Ko Hai
is a small island that has a long sandy beach in the east and unspoiled coral reefs in shallow water at the
beachfront. The island is accessible by taking a ferry and a chartered boat from Pak Meng Pier, Trang province.
is a limestone island that is similar to Ko Phi Phi Le. It consists of small lovely beaches.
During low tide, the cave is clearly visible. Some swallows can be seen on the island.
Mu Ko Lanta National Park
The park has an office at the southend of Lanta Yai Island. The park covers an area of 152 square kilometres nd
occupies many islands including parts of Ko Lanta Yai, Ko Lanta Noi, Ko Ta Leng Beng, Ko Ha, Ko Rok, and Ko Ngai.
Camping is allowed near the park office with advance notice. Ko Rok also provides tents for tourists.
Please contact Mu Ko Lanta National Park, No.5, Tambon Ko Lanta Yai, Amphoe Ko Lanta, Krabi 81150,