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Guidebook for Ko Lanta

Claire

Guidebook for Ko Lanta

Food Scene
Even those this is at Coconut Bay, we’re not biased, we do just love this place. Great Swedish dishes and the best cocktails on the island. They also do home dining for residents at Coconut Bay.
Coconut Grove Restaurant Lanta
Even those this is at Coconut Bay, we’re not biased, we do just love this place. Great Swedish dishes and the best cocktails on the island. They also do home dining for residents at Coconut Bay.
A lovely beachside setting - a fresh, stylish restaurant and beach bar by the sea inside this beautiful resort. Perfect for a relaxed/romantic evening.
Moonlight Bay Resort
A lovely beachside setting - a fresh, stylish restaurant and beach bar by the sea inside this beautiful resort. Perfect for a relaxed/romantic evening.
Some of the best Thai on the island. They also run one of the best Thai cooking schools. Recommended for dinner on the beach at night
ROI-THAI The Original Thai Cuisine
Some of the best Thai on the island. They also run one of the best Thai cooking schools. Recommended for dinner on the beach at night
Really tasty Thai with a great spot on the beach. Recommended for lunch as they are situated in a great spot which offers some shade by the beach so good for families with young children.
Moonwalk restaurant long beach
Really tasty Thai with a great spot on the beach. Recommended for lunch as they are situated in a great spot which offers some shade by the beach so good for families with young children.
A fantastic Thai beach dining experience. The only place on Koh Lanta you will see waiters running. Its seafood BBQ is second to none. Great atmosphere and very popular!
Thai Cat Restaurant
A fantastic Thai beach dining experience. The only place on Koh Lanta you will see waiters running. Its seafood BBQ is second to none. Great atmosphere and very popular!
Considered the best restaurant on the island, famous for its grilled meat… It’s hard to disagree… romantic, atmospheric hide-away. Need to book in high season.
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Yang Garden
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Considered the best restaurant on the island, famous for its grilled meat… It’s hard to disagree… romantic, atmospheric hide-away. Need to book in high season.
Our favourite on Koh Lanta, in fact, one of our favourite restaurants in the world. Book ahead during high season.
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Red Snapper
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Our favourite on Koh Lanta, in fact, one of our favourite restaurants in the world. Book ahead during high season.
On the beach in a very cool setting, this is a great place for lunch and to escape the sun.
Same Same But Different Restaurant
On the beach in a very cool setting, this is a great place for lunch and to escape the sun.
This 5* resort has an amazing restaurant. Definitely worth a visit if you fancy splashing out and having a special evening. Strictly no children. Call to book ahead and observe the dress code of no open-toe shoes (ask for full details when you call). They also do a great champagne brunch.
Layana Resort & Spa
This 5* resort has an amazing restaurant. Definitely worth a visit if you fancy splashing out and having a special evening. Strictly no children. Call to book ahead and observe the dress code of no open-toe shoes (ask for full details when you call). They also do a great champagne brunch.
This 5* resort has Royal ties and is a stunning place… again, perfect for a special/romantic evening. They often have buffets on a weekend. Call ahead to - book and observe the dress code.
Pimalai Resort & Spa
This 5* resort has Royal ties and is a stunning place… again, perfect for a special/romantic evening. They often have buffets on a weekend. Call ahead to - book and observe the dress code.
This French café serves great coffee, crepes and croissants. It also has a lot of charm. Open from 9am - 11.30am wish and also for dinner.
Shanti shanti
This French café serves great coffee, crepes and croissants. It also has a lot of charm. Open from 9am - 11.30am wish and also for dinner.
Part of a well rating guest house, this little café serves great coffee and a decent Thai/Western breakfast in the air-con or outside.
Lanta Thip House
Part of a well rating guest house, this little café serves great coffee and a decent Thai/Western breakfast in the air-con or outside.
Tucked away in front of Fruit Tree Lodge, this serves the best coffee on the island and breakfast options including avocado on granary bread. Air-con or outside option.
Fruit Tree Coffee Shop
Tucked away in front of Fruit Tree Lodge, this serves the best coffee on the island and breakfast options including avocado on granary bread. Air-con or outside option.
A large popular café with a great standard of favourite breakfast/brunch options.
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Living Room Bakery
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A large popular café with a great standard of favourite breakfast/brunch options.
Essentials
If you are staying for more than a few days, you may want to stock-up at this large supermarket in Saladan. This is by far the best place to buy everything you might want from western branded items and everything from your basics to pasta, cereals, baby food, toiletries and alcohol etc., all in one place.
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Lanta Mart
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If you are staying for more than a few days, you may want to stock-up at this large supermarket in Saladan. This is by far the best place to buy everything you might want from western branded items and everything from your basics to pasta, cereals, baby food, toiletries and alcohol etc., all in one place.
These are scattered up and down the island and are fine for basics including water, other drinks, toilet rolls, milk, yoghurt, some cereals, some tinned goods and a basic range of toiletries.
7-Eleven
These are scattered up and down the island and are fine for basics including water, other drinks, toilet rolls, milk, yoghurt, some cereals, some tinned goods and a basic range of toiletries.
Sightseeing
Old town An authentic and charming Chinese fishing village on the east coast, with lots of nice, quiet restaurants sitting on stilts over the water, enjoying views of the dramatic sea views here. Worth a trip, as much for the beautiful drive through the interior of the island. You can do this on your own with a bike, motorbike or car or just hire a tuk tuk/taxi. (approxim. 6km)
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Koh Lanta Old Town
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Old town An authentic and charming Chinese fishing village on the east coast, with lots of nice, quiet restaurants sitting on stilts over the water, enjoying views of the dramatic sea views here. Worth a trip, as much for the beautiful drive through the interior of the island. You can do this on your own with a bike, motorbike or car or just hire a tuk tuk/taxi. (approxim. 6km)
Parks & Nature
National Park On the south of the island, this is a real hidden gem, with a beautiful beach, landscaped gardens with huge palms and a 2 hour walk that you can do through the National Park. The trail is all marked out and relatively easy apart from the steps that take up the first 20 minutes or so. Again, we recommend this early in the morning before it gets too hot. I did this with our baby in a carrier but with toddlers it may be difficult unless they are being carried. (25 minutes drive, entrance fee)
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Mu Ko Lanta National Park
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National Park On the south of the island, this is a real hidden gem, with a beautiful beach, landscaped gardens with huge palms and a 2 hour walk that you can do through the National Park. The trail is all marked out and relatively easy apart from the steps that take up the first 20 minutes or so. Again, we recommend this early in the morning before it gets too hot. I did this with our baby in a carrier but with toddlers it may be difficult unless they are being carried. (25 minutes drive, entrance fee)
Everything Else
A 2km long white sand beach and the sea is very calm due to the shallow incline of the beach. Extremely clean water. Great for kids, especially in the area in front of Castaway resort/restaurant as there is some shade there, particularly until early afternoon.
Pra-Ae Beach
A 2km long white sand beach and the sea is very calm due to the shallow incline of the beach. Extremely clean water. Great for kids, especially in the area in front of Castaway resort/restaurant as there is some shade there, particularly until early afternoon.
The two last beaches before the National Park. Wide sweeping beaches, mostly fine sand with some rocks around the edge. The quietest and wildest of Koh Lanta’s beaches with stunning backdrops of the National Park.
Kantiang Bay
The two last beaches before the National Park. Wide sweeping beaches, mostly fine sand with some rocks around the edge. The quietest and wildest of Koh Lanta’s beaches with stunning backdrops of the National Park.
Entertainment & Activities
A whole day trip - not to be missed. We love this and go every year. There are four stunning stops with opportunities to kayak and snorkel in turquoise waters and see some of the beautiful islands and rock formations scattered south of Koh Lanta. There is one particularly magical stop with a beach within a cave! This trip does require some level of competency in swimming. If bringing small children, we recommend taking the kayak option as there are options to swim to the shore of some of the small islands. We recommend the large boat with lunch (book via Nick) as the long tail is really slow for such a long distance and the noise gets a bit much over that many hours.
The Four Islands - Day Tours
A whole day trip - not to be missed. We love this and go every year. There are four stunning stops with opportunities to kayak and snorkel in turquoise waters and see some of the beautiful islands and rock formations scattered south of Koh Lanta. There is one particularly magical stop with a beach within a cave! This trip does require some level of competency in swimming. If bringing small children, we recommend taking the kayak option as there are options to swim to the shore of some of the small islands. We recommend the large boat with lunch (book via Nick) as the long tail is really slow for such a long distance and the noise gets a bit much over that many hours.
Koh Lanta offers World Class diving and has lots of dive shops, particularly around the Saladan area. There are lots of reputable companies but we recommend Lanta Diver, Saladan, Dive & Relax, Long Beach and OK Club divers, Klong Khong. Lanta Diver is probably the biggest dive company, with at least two big boats going out each day in high season. Dive & Relax and Ok Club is great if you prefer to travel by speedboat to get to sites quicker and to dive in smaller groups.
Ko Bida Nai
Koh Lanta offers World Class diving and has lots of dive shops, particularly around the Saladan area. There are lots of reputable companies but we recommend Lanta Diver, Saladan, Dive & Relax, Long Beach and OK Club divers, Klong Khong. Lanta Diver is probably the biggest dive company, with at least two big boats going out each day in high season. Dive & Relax and Ok Club is great if you prefer to travel by speedboat to get to sites quicker and to dive in smaller groups.
If you’re into yoga, Koh Lanta is a great place to do it with open air salas, sea breezes and relaxed vibes. I can highly recommend Oasis Yoga in Saladan or Lanta Yoga, Long Beach.
Oasis Yoga
If you’re into yoga, Koh Lanta is a great place to do it with open air salas, sea breezes and relaxed vibes. I can highly recommend Oasis Yoga in Saladan or Lanta Yoga, Long Beach.