By joint bus and ferry service the journey from Khao Sok to Koh Lanta is scheduled to take 7 hours.
Bus times from Khao Sok to Koh Lanta
There are currently 2 direct services a day from Khao Sok National Park to Koh Lanta available to book online.
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You can also book taxi services from Khao Sok to Koh Lanta which are faster and more comfortable than taking a bus or minivan.
Khao Sok Bus Stop
Good Luck Lanta Tour services from Khao Sok National Park to Koh Lanta depart from the Phantip Minivan Station near the turning from the main road (Road 401) to the Khao Sak National Park visitors centre.
Koh Lanta Bus Stop
Good Luck Lanta Tour services from Khao Sok National Park to Koh Lanta terminate in front of the Na Lanta Restaurant on the main road in Saladan Town.
About Travel to Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is a cluster of islands located off the West Coast of Thailand, to the South of Krabi. A popular route for travel to Koh Lanta is via Koh Phi Phi. However, travellers coming from the mainland often choose a quicker and cheaper route to travel to Koh Lanta which is via a car ferry which travels less then 2 km to reach the Northern most island in Koh Lanta, Koh Lanta Noi. Koh Lanta Noi is connected to Koh Lanta Yai by a road bridge.
Koh Lanta Yai
Nearly all resorts, restaurants and bars in Koh Lanta are located on Koh Lanta Yai.
Measuring 30 km by 4 km, Koh Lanta Yai is a fairly large island. In fact Koh Lanta Yai is large enough to accommodate significant numbers of visitors without ever feeling overcrowded, and beyond the main town of Saladan the resorts and hotels are well spaced out. Because of its size, and easy transport connections to the mainland, Koh Lanta is one of Thailand’s cheaper islands. Koh Lanta also doesn’t have any of the high investment, high cost, restaurants you find in Phuket, nor more than handful of hotels or resorts that are in the luxury end of the market.
The main types of travellers who come to Koh Lanta are family groups or couples seeking an out of the way beach destination in Thailand with very little in the way of nightlife, no visible sex industry, and lots of value for money accommodation close to the sea.
Beaches in Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta Yai has 9 beaches, all located on the West Coast of the island and one on the very Southern tip of the island in a designated national park area which you need to pay to enter. All the other beaches are free to visit, although the beach front of some of the smaller beaches is dominated by a small number of resorts giving the impression of there being private beaches when infact if you can reach any of the beaches along public access roads or paths.
The beaches get smaller and less busy as you drive south from the main town Saladan. For example, Klong Dao Beach, located 2.2 km south of Saladan, has resorts and restaurants lining nearly the whole 2 km of the edge of the beach and is generally the busiest beach on the island. This is a complete contrast to the beautiful Ao Nui Beach, located 21.6 km south from Saladan, which is 260 metres long with a single small bar made from drift wood and no beach front accommodation.
Places to Visit in Koh Lanta
The most popular way to spend a day out in Koh Lanta is to rent a motorbike and travel around the island on its ring road. The whole journey can be done in a day including stops to see things, and breaks for food and drink.
Visiting the different beaches on West Coast is something most visitors will enjoy. There are some great viewpoints of the coastline visible from the coastal road, most notably across the picturesque Bamboo Beach.
The centre of the island and the East Coast also has some stunning scenery. Koh Lanta Yai is largely a rural island, and the majority of the permanent residents are Chao Ley people who not so long ago were nomadic seafarers. As you drive along the East you also get great views of small islands located between Koh Lanta Yai and the mainland.
The East Coast is also the location of Koh Lanta Old Town, which was the main commercial centre in the island before Saladan. Koh Lanta Old Town has lots of old wooden shop houses, many built out over the sea at the rear of the buildings, constructed largely by a community of Chinese traders who settled there at the beginning of the 20th Century. Koh Lanta Old Town is a great place to visit for lunch as many of the old wooden houses have been converted in restaurants and cafes with dining areas overlooking the sea.