Ko Lanta is a small island located off the Southern coast of Thailand. The island is known for its beautiful stretch of white beaches and excellent diving opportunities. The Ko Lanta islands are made up of several islands out of which Ko Lanta Noi and Ko Lanta Yai are the most populated. The Ko Lanta Yai is where visitors can find all the action but for those looking forward to spending some serene time, Ko Lanta Noiis a must-visit. For Muslim travellers, the Ko Lanta islands offer some good Halal facilities that they can enjoy during their visit.
Ko Lanta is described aptly as the island with several beautiful beaches from where visitors can enjoy exclusive sunsets. Located away from the hustle bustle of city, Ko Lanta boasts serene surroundings where you can become one with nature. Accommodation facilities on Ko Lanta are amazing and visitors can enjoy the best of luxuries while relaxing in natural surroundings.
The Khao Mai Kaew Caves on Ko Lanta are situated at the center of the island and have amazing formations of stalactites and stalagmites. One of the caves has a pool of water. To explore the caves visitors need to hire a guide who can take them around.
The Lanta Old Town is a tiny village located on the eastern side of Ko Lanta. The Old Town is culturally diverse and has its own history. There are several fine beaches all along Ko Lanta where visitors can relax and enjoy scenic views. Some of the beaches include PraAe, Kantiang Bay, Kor Kwang, Klong Khong, etc. Within easy reach of Lanta are the diving sites of Hin Muang, Hin Daeng and Koh Haa.
Shopping is not very diverse on the island, however there are some shops selling local traditional handicraft that are a must-buy.
The nearest airports to Ko Lanta are in Phuket, Krabi and Trang. From the Krabi Airport visitors can reach the Hua Hin Pier and from there to Saladanon Ko Lanta. The ferry from Hua Hin Pier to Saladancosts around 20 baht per person. There are mini buses available from Krabi Town to Ko Lanta and the journey takes about 2 hours. A vehicle ferry is available from Hua Hin Pier to Saladan. There are no direct ferries from Phuket to Ko Lanta. From Phuket visitors need to take a ferry to Phi Phi Island and from there to Ko Lanta. From Trang local buses and private transport is available to Ko Lanta. The journey takes around 2.5 hours.
Since the population on Ko Lanta mainly comprises of Muslims, finding halal food in Ko Lanta is not a problem. Both Ko LantaYai and Ko LantaNoi have a number of halal restaurants where visitors can find delicious local cuisine.
There are several mosques around Ko Lanta Yai and Ko Lanta Noi. Spotting one is not difficult. The main mosque on the island is the Lanta Mosque.