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The perfect balance between beauty, convenience, and peace, sun-kissed Ko Lanta is spread out enough to never feel crowded, but still manages to have enough to see, do, and eat at every turn. As somebody who’s spent months and months on the island and considers it my absolute favorite place in southern Thailand, here’s my guide on what to do with 3 days in Ko Lanta.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Dive & Relax

Scuba & Snorkeling

Lanta Old Town

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas

Khlong Dao Beach

Beaches

Serenity Massage and Spa

Spas

Day 2

Oasis Yoga

Yoga & Pilates

Nang Sabai German Bakery

Restaurants

The Four Islands

Scuba & Snorkeling, Kayaking & Canoeing

Long Beach

Beaches

Day 3

Lanta Animal Welfare

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Koh Rok Island

Islands

Nui Beach (Haad Nui)

Beaches

Why Not Bar

Bars & Clubs

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • Many of the restaurants that cater to the tourist trade look fantastic, but the food is disappointing. The best food can be found at cheap, unsuspecting, family-run places.
  • Hiring a moped is a great way to see Ko Lanta on your own terms and at your own pace, and the island’s quiet roads make it a relatively safe place to ride around.
  • When you arrive at the pier, there will likely be a swarm of drivers vying for your trade. Some overcharge unscrupulously. Pre-arrange transport to your accommodation if possible.
    Day 1
  • Dive & Relax
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dive & Relax is based in the Phra Ae Beach area. You can also pre-book your excursion online before you arrive on the island.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 44 Tours in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Team have nothing but praise for you guys :) 12/12/2018
    • Awesome 10/12/2018
    • Dive & Relax
    Address:
    223 Moo 2, Phra Ae Beach
    Ko Lanta 81150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 89 050 3009
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
  • Lanta Old Town
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the Hammock House. It’s home to a huge collection of quality hammocks, all hand-woven by the Mlabri tribe of northern Thailand.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 36 things to do in Ko Lanta
    • Nice little town 12/12/2018
    • Nice & Slow cozy area 11/12/2018
    • Lanta Old Town
    Address:
    Sri Raya Road
    Ko Lanta 81150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 84 747 6002
    Other:
  • Khlong Dao Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • If you decide to use Khlong Dao Beach as your base in Ko Lanta, I can highly recommend staying at Cha-Ba Bungalows.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 36 things to do in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another beautiful beach on Lanta 05/12/2018
    • Fantastic 05/12/2018
    • Khlong Dao Beach
  • Serenity Massage and Spa
    Spas
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • Due to its popularity, it’s best to pre-book an appointment at Serenity rather than simply showing up, as it will invariably be busy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 31 Spas & Wellness in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must visit place on Saladan 11/11/2018
    • Pure serenity 29/10/2018
    • Serenity Massage and Spa
    Address:
    147 Moo 1
    Saladan
    Ko Lanta 81150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 62 624 7769
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Oasis Yoga
    Yoga & Pilates
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • Oasis Yoga is popular during high season so you’ll need to book in advance. It’s closed for a few months during the low season.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 31 Spas & Wellness in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent yoga! 12/12/2018
    • Best yoga class 30/11/2018
    • Oasis Yoga
    Address:
    20 Moo 3, Khlong Dao Beach
    Saladan
    Ko Lanta 81150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 85 115 4067
    Other:
  • Nang Sabai German Bakery
    Restaurants (German, Cafe, European)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Located on the main road leading into Saladan, Nang Sabai German Bakery is easily spotted and highly popular. Get there early in high season to ensure you get a table.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 369 restaurants in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good quality good service 08/11/2018
    • Amazing food 06/11/2018
    • Nang Sabai German Bakery
    Address:
    265 Moo 1
    Saladan
    Ko Lanta 81150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 123456
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Four Islands
    Scuba & Snorkeling, Kayaking & Canoeing
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Four Islands Day Tours offer daily trips during high season (November to April).
    • This company offers both kayak and snorkeling options for you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of these islands.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 40 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Ko Lanta
    • Great Tour, but Needs Better Guides 02/05/2018
    • Nice 4 Islands Tour 11/04/2018
    • The Four Islands
    Address:
    437/1 Mu1, Baan Saladan
    Ko Lanta 81150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 75 656 060
    Price range:
    US$ 0 - US$ 0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Long Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • After sunset, take a stroll along the beach and stop off at any beach bars that take your fancy along the way.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 36 things to do in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful golden soft sand 11/12/2018
    • Peaceful unspoiled beach 11/12/2018
    • Long Beach
  • Day 3
  • Lanta Animal Welfare
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The dogs here run around in grassy outdoor pens so it's best to wear insect repellant when visiting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome place! 12/12/2018
    • Great cause but communication needs improvement 11/12/2018
    • Lanta Animal Welfare
    Address:
    629 Moo. 2
    Ko Lanta 81150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 84 304 4331
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Koh Rok Island
    Islands
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Don’t just snorkel and eat lunch – be sure to go for a walk around the island too. There are many peaceful spots in which to appreciate your spectacular surroundings.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 36 things to do in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 04/12/2018
    • One of the best beach in Thailand. 01/12/2018
    • Koh Rok Island
    Address:
    Koh Lanta
    Ko Lanta
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 88 118 8989
    Other:
  • Nui Beach (Haad Nui)
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • To access Nui Beach you’ll need to walk down a small hill with some steps. Be careful but also be sure to take in the view as you descend – it’s stunning.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trash Heroes does Nui Beach :-) 21/11/2018
    • Beautiful! 10/11/2018
    • Nui Beach (Haad Nui)
  • Why Not Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    Kirsty S Says:

    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?

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Low season (generally May to October) sees limited entertainment at Why Not Bar – but it’s still a lot of fun.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 26 Nightlife in Ko Lanta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great location, poor service and cocktails 09/12/2018
    • I’ll tell you why not... 07/12/2018
    • Why Not Bar
    Address:
    9 M.5 T.Koh Lanta Yai
    Ko Lanta 81150
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 83 644 1333
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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