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An island boasting ‘sea gypsies’ housed on stilts above the water, a beach regularly listed as one of the world's best, and some of the most amazing sea diving anywhere... welcome to Ko Lanta! Book a vacation rental on FlipKey and find your very own slice of this beach paradise!

About Ko Lanta, Thailand

Formerly a rest destination for sailors trading en-route from Phuket to Penang, Ko Lanta (Yai) is the largest of several little islands on Thailand’s west coast.

Measuring 22 miles long from top to bottom, it's fringed by beaches – which are far prettier in the south. These in turn are graced by lapping waves from the warm and beautifully clear Andaman Sea.

The residents here comprise several 'faiths', resulting in a fascinating mix of cultures. The majority are Muslim, but there are also many Thai-Chinese. The traditional Sea Gypsies have their own beliefs, customs and even their own language. The various cultures live happily side by side and can often be found mingling at each other's religious and cultural celebrations.

Sporadic bursts of tourism occurred in the 1980s, but the island is still relatively unspoiled. In fact, mains electricity made an appearance only two decades ago.

What to do in Ko Lanta, Thailand

Go island-hopping for a day on one of the boats which also offer snorkeling stop-offs. You’ll also get the chance to do a little sea kayaking. There’s no better way to see the stunning seascapes.

Hire a guide to take you through the rubber plantations and into Khao Mai Kaew Caves. Sitting in the island’s centre, these giant mazes of rock boast stunning stalactites and stalagmites, as well as an indoor lagoon.

Kantiang Bay is a curved white sandy beach of around 1km in length and regarded as the island’s best beach. It’s not crowded, even during tourist season, but does attract a lot of snorkeling enthusiasts keen to explore its amazing underwater corals.

Embark on a trip to the Sea Gypsy Village at the Old Town. The sight of houses on stilts above the water is pretty breathtaking, but so too is the fact that families have lived here for generations and still pretty much keep their own council.

Top travel tips for Ko Lanta

Arrive by ferry on the northern tip of the island from Krabi, Ao Nang or Phuket. Hire a motorbike or 4x4 to get around (the roads aren’t good enough for a car). Most resorts happily arrange to collect guest from the ferry terminal in pickup trucks.

Experience life as a sea gypsy by staying in a basic wooden house on stilts; two are available in the Old Town for tourists to hire for the night.

Get bargain accommodation during the tourist 'low season' – April/May to October – when many resorts can be as much as 50 per cent cheaper.

Ko Lanta is a beautiful island with 'natural entertainment’ in the form of stunning underwater corals, underground caves, traditional fishing villages and amazing beaches. In fact, Ko Lanta is so beautiful and rich in marine life and forestry (mountains and virgin rainforests) that much of it is officially National Park territory. 

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