Koh Lanta Yai Island (commonly known as simply Ko Lanta) is located about 70 kilometers south of Krabi on the eastside of Southern Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. The largest of the 50-plus islands in the local archipelago (Mu Koh Lanta National Park) has the longest beaches in the Krabi area. 9 attractive white sandy beaches running down the entire west coast, plenty of forest, and ancient tropical jungle gives this Island its special appearance. The geography of the island is typically mangroves; coral rimmed beaches; and rugged tree covered hills. Snorkeling and diving, caves to explore, kayaking and other watersports or just relaxing on the beautiful white sandy beaches are the usual activities. The island is especially popular with families, because the local laws have prevented jet-ski`s, beachfront parasols and girlie bars from turning it into another Phuket.
Koh Lanta’s scenic beauty may not quite compete with some other areas in the province. However, if you’re looking for complete peace and quiet away from the bustling tourist areas, with a few home comforts, head there!
The village of Sang-ga-u in the south east corner of Koh Lanta is home to a unique group of people known as the Sea Gypsies or “Chao Ley” (people of the sea). Formerly living a semi-nomadic lifestyle in the Andaman Sea, these seafarers of Indo-Malay origins were also the first settlers on the island some 500 years ago.
Temple Bell, Horizon Pool and Beachfront of Pimalay Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta Thailand