Situated in the far North of Koh Lanta Yai, Saladan is the main town on the island and the first place most tourists see when they arrive, as access to the mainland, Phi Phi and Phuket are via the passenger and car ferries piers in the town.
Saladan is essentially still small but boasts a large number of excellent Thai restaurants overlooking the Sea as well as many Souvenir shops, banks, dive shops and supermarkets.
About 10 minutes South from Saladan, Phrae Ae is a small village that has one of the best and longest beaches on the island and so has many resorts, bars and restaurants.
A small and secluded beach with very few resorts on it, notably Relax Bay Resort and Independence Bar.
Much quieter and smaller than Phrae Ae, Klong Kong beach is much rockier than most of the other beaches.
Located about halfway down the island on the west side, there are many resorts from very high quality (Rawi Warin) to very nice cheap bamboo huts. Many shops and bars as well as a very nice clean beach.
About 30-35minutes South of Saladan a small village offering quiet a high standard of accommodation. A few good bars and cafes but a beautiful secluded beach.
Koh Lanta National Park
At the far south west end of the island, the National Park boasts some pretty parkland and secluded beaches, but be aware the road can be treacherous, especially in wet weather.
Old Town and Sea Gypsies
Not much more than a 20 minute drive from the main tourist areas, the “Old Town” and the “Sea Gypsy Village,” offer a more traditionally Thai and certainly less touristy destination! Life here is much more about fishing as you can see from the number of Longtail boats secured alongside traditional beautiful wooden homes.
Sea Gypsies are the original inhabitants of Koh Lanta and their traditions and cultures are thousand of years old. Traditional handicrafts are available here and there are some great Thai restaurants that extend out into the Mangroves where you can enjoy lunch and a beer.
Be aware that many Thais are welcoming but shy so please be considerate and ask permission before taking any photos.
A special thanks to James Hoyland for providing us with some of its spectacular underwater images
and to Stephan from Andaman Graphics for his creativity in designing this website.