About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Yoga & Pilates
Scuba & Snorkeling, Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Bars & Clubs
If you’re into diving (or want to be), Ko Lanta presents the perfect place to do it. With Dive and Relax you can enjoy a diving or snorkeling experience in small groups with friendly yet professional staff. Set off from the beach in the morning and discover the incredible underwater world surrounding Ko Lanta.
Experience a quiet and traditional slice of Ko Lanta life by heading to the Old Town on the east coast of the island. This is the old commercial hub of Lanta where you can easily while away a few hours checking out the old-style shops and restaurants built on stilts overlooking the water.
A long strip of beach with calm waters, incredible sunsets, and few tourists, particularly in low season, Khlong Dao Beach is one of those places you can easily end up staying much longer than planned.
Why not finish your first day in Ko Lanta with a soothing massage? Serenity Massage and Spa is a popular choice, even among the locals. Along with massages, it also offers a variety of beauty treatments and is in a great setting, with a place to relax on the deck overlooking the water.
Start your day in a relaxing way by taking part in a yoga class. Oasis Yoga is certainly one of the best, with its bamboo structure studio along Klong Dao Beach and its attentive and dedicated owners, Farra and Kate. This is the only yoga studio of its kind in Ko Lanta and you won’t regret starting your day here.
Nang Sabai German Bakery is a great place for having breakfast. With a great menu featuring a range of cakes, breads, and other European food, you’ll leave happy and on a full stomach. It also has great coffee, which can sometimes be hard to come by in Thailand.
Taking some time out to explore the islands off the eastern coast of Ko Lanta is a must. On a Four Islands tour you’ll visit Ko Chuek, Ko Mook (with its impressive Emerald Cave), Ko Kradan, and Ko Ngai (or Ko Maa).
The most popular beach on Lanta certainly lives up to its name; this is one incredibly long stretch of sand to relax on and is perfect for visiting towards the end of your second day on the island. As day slowly turns into night, grab some food at one of the beachside restaurants while watching the sun dip gently into the ocean.
Many visitors to Thailand become concerned with animal welfare, and rightly so in many cases. Lanta Animal Welfare is doing something to help. It’s a non-profit shelter run by volunteers with the objective to help the animals that inhabit Ko Lanta and relieve any suffering. You can visit from 9am and there are scheduled guided tours throughout the day, plus the opportunity to walk the dogs and cuddle the cats! You can also support the cause by buying a souvenir or making a donation.
A boat trip to the idyllic Koh Rok Island is considered a must-do activity when in Ko Lanta, and this traveler prefers it over the infamous Maya Bay on the nearby Phi Phi Islands. It’s much quieter and less crowded to begin with. If you go for a stroll you can find white strips of sand with not a soul on them. The water is pristine, while the scenery is simply breathtaking. It’s also a great spot for snorkeling, depending on the weather.
This is a quiet and secluded little bay in the south of the island and the ideal place for a relaxing swim or for simply lazing on the sand. There’s also a cute little shack bar to escape the heat and enjoy a refreshing drink.
Why Not Bar is widely considered to be the best bar on the island. Located right on the beach in Kantiang Bay, Why Not Bar hosts live performances every night and larger beach parties around once a month. It also has a great atmosphere, lots of buzz, dazzling fire shows, and crazy cocktails. Well, why not?