Ferry & Speedboat Schedule To Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta Information
Lanta Old Town lies within a perfect little natural harbor, with lots of character and local atmosphere. Steeped in history, you can find lots of authentic wooden shophouses selling all kinds of little interesting things. This little harbor used to be Koh Lanta's main trading port and it still has that kind of feel about it. As an added bonus, you can find a good few trips and tours leaving from the town, such as snorkeling, scuba, fishing trips, mangrove tours or island hops.
Previously known as "Pulau Sa-Tuk" which in old Malay means "island long mountain range", the name was officially changed to "Koh Lanta" in 1917 by the Thai King. It is possible that this name comes from the Javanese word "lantas", which was a type of grill for fish. The island was first inhabited around 500 years ago by the "Chao-Le" sea gypsy people, who you can still see living and fishing in various locations along the coast.
Lanta Island is full of interesting coves, villages and natural spots so it makes sense to pack your camera and go looking! The locals are all getting around on motorcycles and for around 200 Baht per day you can be too! You might instead want to hire a jeep for around 1,200 Baht. The roads can get hilly and bumpy but you'll enjoy the experience (I did)!
Khao Mai Kaew Caves
Some amazing caves are found toward the center of the island; huge natural rock structures which house spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Dress appropriately with good footwear as it can get a little slippery. You'll need a guide to take you round for about 200 Baht, or how about an elephant ride around the rubber plantations!