Lanta in brief
Area: 152 sqkm
This island forms the most southern district of Krabi province.
It was known long ago by its name in the Malay language, Pulao Satak,
which means Long Beach Island. Later, so many Thais, both
Buddhist and Muslim, came to live on the island that there seemed
to be a million eyes, which is what some people think Lanta means
in Thai. Others hold that the name is corrupted from Javanese
"lan-tas", and means a fish grill (which is built of wood with a
square grill on top where the fish are set in a circle). Several
islands are in the National Park:
Lanta Yai Island
is where the District
& National Park offices are located. The island geography
is mountainous and rugged, especially near the southern tip; some
beaches are gravelly, others have fine white sands. A clan
of Chao Ley, or "Sea Gypsies" are resident on Koh Yao Yai and they
preserve many of their ancient customs and ceremonies;
e.g. the setting of ceremonial boats adrift to bring good luck and
prosperity on the full moon nights of the sixth and eleventh month.
This and other features of their lives are open to view. To visit
the island take a regularly scheduled ferry from Ban Hua Hin Pier
in Tambon Koh Klahng, Bor Muang Pier in Tambon Sai Kao or Jao Fah
Pier in Krabi Town.
Taleng Beng Island
This island is in some ways a smaller version of Phi Phi Ley;
made of Limestone, honeycombed with caves, inhabited by the same
swifts whose nests are made into soup. Small beaches
and caves appear where the tide ebbs.
A group of five islands. Hai Yai
island has a field of grass on its ridgeline. Another island
resembles in shape a sailboat; one has water that passes from one
side to another beneath it. There are some corals in shallow
A fine sandy beach and coral reef
run down the east side of this island. It is perfect for diving.
Regular ferries and charter craft are available from Pak Meng Beach
in Trang Province.
Rok Nai Island
is composed largely of formidable cliffs. On the east side
are a fine sandy beach and coral gardens growing around sea rocks.
On the northern side are San Jao Bay and Tohng Bay.
Rok Nok Island
The southeast and southern ends
of this island have fine sand beaches and shallow water corals.
Also not to be missed are Man Sai Bay and Talu beach. Transport
to the island is via charter from either Pak Meng Beach in Trang
Province or from Lanta Yai Island. There are tents for rent,
contact Lanta National Park Tel.: +66 (075) 629018-9.
This submerged open water reef in the
Andaman features a multiplicity of colorful corals to attract serious
and Religious Rites
Adrift of the Chao Ley Boats
takes place on Lanta Island during
full moon of the sixth and eleventh month in the lunar calendar.
This is a religious rite performed by Sea Gypsies who gather on
the beach near Ban Saladan Village.
They dance their famous "rong ngeng" round the boats to be set adrift.
Ceremonies feature singing and dancing; the reason for the festival
is to bring prosperity and happiness to the participants, it is
something hard to find elsewhere.
This festival takes place in November
and celebrates the opening of the tourist season in Krabi. Watersport
competitions, cultural shows and good-natured fun are the schedule.
to Koh Lanta
From Bangkok to Krabi Airport by :
From Bangkok take Route 4 passing Petchburi,
Prajuab-Kirikan, Chumporn, Ranong, and Phang-nga Provinces before
reaching Krabi; a total distance of 946 kilometers. An alternate
route is to take Route 4 to Chumpom and then tum onto Route 4L.
This leads through Lang Suan District of Chumpom to Chaiya and Wieng
San Districts of Surat Thani; from there follow Route 4035 passing
Ao Lur District of Krabi, back onto Route 4, and down to Krabi Town.
This shortcut is just 814 kilometers, and is followed by the bus
services from Bangkok. For information regarding bus transport,
contact tel. (02)435 1195-6 (non-air conditioned buses);or tel.
(02)435 1200(air conditioned buses).
From Phuket Take Route 402 to Route 4 and pass Tambon Koto Kloy
of Takua Tung District in Phang-nga; Tap Puhd District, Phang-nga;
and enter Ao Lur District of Krabi; the total distance is 185 kilometers.
Regarding bus transport, tel.(076) 211 480.
From Bangkok Station take the train to one
of the following stations: Trang, Putt Pin in Surathani Province,
or Tung Song in Nakorn Sri Thammarat Province; from any of these
places a bus may be taken onward to Krabi. Regarding train schedules
and costs, contact the travel office of State Railway of Thailand,
|Krabi (Chao Fah
Pier) - Lanta (Saladan Pier)
|Lanta - Krabi
|Lanta - PP ( 1 October
- 31 May )
|PP - Lanta (1 October
- 31 May )
Until recently limited access has been the
major restraining factor in the growth of Krabi's tourism industry.
The nearest airport was 155km to the east in Phuket and the drive
on what is a rather basic road took a good two hours. But all of
that has changed with the opening of Krabi Airport (see issue7).
Now the problem is no longer access rather accommodation. Currently
Karbi has a total of 5,000 hotel bedrooms of which 3,000 are in
the three to five star category. Several resorts are working flat
out to be complete and open for the start of the high season in
November as 1,000 bedrooms extra bedrooms are already fully booked
and paid for by major Travel Agents allocation.
Map of Koh Lanta Yai