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Koh Lanta Thailand

Miles of sandy beaches are among Koh Lanta's greatest appeals

Lying just south of Krabi is another popular island in the area which is far more low key than Ao Nang and Koh Phi Phi. Koh Lanta is lush and unspoilt and largely escapes the manic atmosphere of tuk tuks, pushy market traders and sleazy go go bars, making it a popular alternative.

There's not really very much to do on Koh Lanta - and that's the whole point. Krabi province’s biggest island is blessed with nine sandy beaches and an atmosphere so laid back that even turning the pages of a book can seem like an effort after a while.

If you’re after total relaxation, Koh Lanta is certainly the place to come. Despite rapid development over the last few years, the island never feels overcrowded and there is accommodation to suit every taste and budget from backpacker bungalows to boutique resorts, as well as a luxury five-star hotel.

Choosing your accommodation here is perhaps more important than elsewhere as you are unlikely to leave the vicinity more than a few times throughout your holiday. All the resorts here are situated directly on the sand - i.e. there is no road between the bungalows and the beach and there are always plenty of bars, restaurants and hammocks nearby.

There’s very little to distract you from the beach

The beaches - all on the west coast - will probably be a deciding factor in where you stay. Those in the north - Kaw Kwang, Klong Dao, Phra Ae (Long Beach) - are all long, unblemished stretches of sand, with the best swimming, while those in the middle - Klong Kong, Klong Nin - and in the south - Kantiang Bay, Klong Jak, Ao Nui and Bamboo Bay are shorter and have a more rugged and wild character. The further south you go the less busy it is and the more likeliness of a resort with its own private beach.

If you do find the energy to move from your hammock, there are a number of activities available on this 26km-long island. You can rent a car or motorbike and explore the interior of the island, with its lush, green countryside and many traditional villages, including a community of settled sea-gypsies. At the far south-western tip of the island is the National Park, with its own private beach and short nature trail. In the same area are a couple of waterfalls and an elephant camp, where you can see these great beasts and take a ride.

For shopping and more restaurant options, head north to Saladan. This is where the pas