Why Go? This laid-back island has kilometres of white sand beaches for you to kick back and relax on. While firmly on the tourism radar, it isn't overrun like nearby Phi Phi and manages to retain some of its charm. It's relatively easy to explore and find a secluded spot or soak in some reggae beach bar vibes - See the Ko Lanta's Beaches highlight for more info. Calm waters are perfect for swimming with a few excellent snorkelling places off the beaches and dive sites nearby. You can also glimpse a more traditional islander way of life in the Old Town on the east coast. Why Not? Unless you're looking for the hedonistic level of wild partying on places like Ko Pha Ngan, there's pretty much a place to suit most people here. How Long? If you find the beach that's ticking your boxes, there's every chance you won't want to leave.... When to Go? High season is November to the end of March, with inflated rates and more people mid-December to late-January. In high season expect mainly clear skies and sunshine. Monsoon season is from May to October with the fringes having less rain. Many resorts stay open all year round, but it's very quiet and cheaper during monsoon. The Full Story Ko Lanta consists of two islands, Ko Lanta Noi (closest to the mainland) and Ko Lanta Yai, connected to each other by a bridge at the very north of Ko Lanta Yai. There's little tourism infrastructure on Noi, so when shortened to Ko Lanta, travellers are referring to Ko Lanta Yai. Usually, the first stop via ferry or car is the small main village of Baan Saladan - the tourism hub of Ko Lanta. It’s now difficult to imagine this was once a sleepy fishing village, with all the concrete, overhead cables, shops and tourist facilities around. Although reminders remain, with some old stilted wooden houses now acting as cheap guesthouses, and the best seafood restaurants on the island serving up their catches of the day. The lively night market is worth checking out for more good local food, centrally located it’s easy to find. Beaches line the west coast and are all covered in the highlights section. If you fancy catching a glimpse of a more traditional way of islander life, head over to the east side of the island to the village known as the Old Town. Old teakwood houses and a more traditional islander way of life make a superb day trip, or you can stay longer overnight. Mu Ko Lanta National Park occupies the far south of the island. Within it at the southernmost tip, is a magnificent old white lighthouse sitting on top of a rocky outcrop with a beautiful beach just below, providing stunning views.