The Siri Lanta Bridge connects the two largest islands in the Koh Lanta archipelago in Thailand, Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi.
The Siri Lanta Bridge spans the Lat Bo Nae River and as well as being an important transport connection the bridge is a great viewpoint.
About the Siri Lanta Bridge
The Siri Lanta Bridge opened on the 22nd April 2016 transforming transport connections in Koh Lanta.
Before the Bridge
Prior to the bridge’s construction the only way to cross between Koh Lanta Yai, which is the main tourist island, and Koh Lanta Noi, which is closest to the Thai mainland was by boat. Koh Lanta’s only car ferry terminal, Klong Mak Pier is on Koh Lanta Noi. Whilst prior to the bridge’s opening visitors could access Koh Lanta Yai via Saladan Pier, which is a long distance ferry and speedboat pier, anyone wanting to take a car, bus or truck transporting goods to Koh Lanta Yai needed to take the car ferry service which used to operate across the Lat Bo Nae River which runs between the two islands.
By constructing the Siri Lanta Bridge the local authorities massively reduced the time it takes to reach Koh Lanta in a vehicle and allowed much cheaper travel by bus and minivan services from Krabi and other mainland locations to Koh Lanta’s main tourist resorts.
Construction of the Bridge
The Siri Lanta Bridge has a span of 650 metres and took several years to construct on a budget of 450 million Thai Baht. The bridge has a single lane in each direction, and a wide pedestrian walkway on each side protected from the road by a substantial barrier.
Views from the Bridge
It’s well worth going at sunset to enjoy the views Siri Lanta Bridge. Looking eastwards is view of the Lat Bo Nae River and thick mangrove forests lining its banks, and looking westwards Saladan Town with its wooden riverside houses and the sea beyond. To enjoy both views you should walk across the bridge on one side and back on other.
Location of the Siri Lanta Bridge
- The Siri Lanta Bridge is located 1.8 km by road from Saladan Walking Street.