Koh Lanta in Krabi Province is a lovely island with rainforest-covered mountains and a long coastline with beautiful beaches. You might think that this is yet another busy island — but it’s not! Koh Lanta is known for its chill vibes and families come here to relax, sunbathe and swim. However, Koh Lanta is a highly seasonal destination, and the island pretty much shuts down during low season leaving the beaches uncleaned. So if you want to visit Koh Lanta, make sure it’s high season (December – April).
We visited Koh Lanta real quick in March, and after passing the bridge to Koh Lanta Yai we drove all the way down to Laem Tanod (Cape Tanod) to see the lighthouse, and on the way, we stopped for lunch at a place with a gorgeous view over the peaceful Bamboo Bay.
Belonging to Mu Koh Lanta National Park, Cape Tanod is located at Koh Lanta Yai’s southern tip offering two beaches: one with beautiful white sand and one full of rocks.
The beautiful old lighthouse is the symbol of Koh Lanta and should not be missed.
Wifey swinging on the white sandy Tanod Beach looking out the blue Andaman sea.
We saw a few people walking up to the lighthouse. Otherwise, we were alone on the beach.
A monkey feasting on pandanus fruit from trees growing along the beach. There are also lots of sugar palm trees growing in the park making it a nice spot to stroll around or perhaps having a picnic.
On the way back we stopped by Bakantiang Beach which is a nice sandy beach during high season. As you can see, the beach allows a lot of space for tanning.
Bakantiang Beach in low season also known as monsoon season or rainy season. The picture was taken in August 2014. Once again, make sure it’s high season when visiting Koh Lanta.
A short car-carrying ferry ride from Koh Lanta Noi back to Krabi’s mainland. We just visited the southern part of Koh Lanta Yai, but the northern part is said to have the best beaches including Klong Dao Beach.
Map of southern Koh Lanta Yai.