Global Mark : 12.75
Ratings by criteria :
Ratings by backpackers :
||14 to 20
Description : A big relaxed island
This place is still relatively
quiet and isolated but it has been on the backpacker and tourist's agenda for years so you
won't be alone...
What to do ? Walk the long
almost deserted beach / Share the life of the local people / Snorkel a bit /
Relax on a hammock /
What you may not like ? The touts on
the boat, some of them lying about the real cost of their accomodation / The
lack of transport on the dusty roads / The cost of food and the lack of choice /
The cost of accomodation (count on B150 for a bungalow, more in HS) / The lack
of activity (but is this not the idea ?)
How long ?
A few days at least
When to visit ?
The monsoon which may close things down last from June to September. December to March is the busy season.
Local transport ? A few years back, there was no transport but touts
were waiting for passengers at the pier with a kind of vehicle (any kind
actually). Following them too far away was sometimes a risky business as a few
were simply dishonest about their accomodation and their promise to bring you
back in case you would not stay. If the situation is still the same, I would
suggest to keep to the resorts near the pier (still a bit of walk).
Backpacker's Tips : Andrzej, Poland (Feb. 06))
« Nice beaches, Lanta New Beach
Resort is in the middle part of Ko Lanta which is quite calm and nice. The north
with town of Saladan is crowded and more expensive (accommodation). Resort has a
swimming pool and is just close to the beach. It is one of the cheapest
accommodation and worth of spending there some days (I was there 4 days). I paid
400 bht per double bungalow with fan and fridge, but with bad bathroom - the
sink and toilet didn't work ok :) The normal price is 500 bht (bathroom is ok).
Ko Lanta is a good place to visit Phi Phi Island (1 hr by boat) - day tour with
snoorkeeling in Maya Bay and lunch on the boat costs 800 bht. Expensive but
worth of this money.
There is expensive internet (most expensive i've seen in Thailand) - 2 bht/min.»
Next destination : Krabi