Ban Ko Lanta

Ban Ko Lanta information

Lonely Planet review

Halfway down the eastern coast, Ban Ko Lanta (Lanta Old Town) was the original port and commercial centre for the island, and provided a safe harbour for Arabic and Chinese trading vessels sailing between Phuket, Penang and Singapore. Some of the gracious and well-kept wooden stilt houses and shopfronts here are over 100 years old.

Pier restaurants offer a fresh catch and have views over the sea. There’s a small afternoon market on Sundays, and if you’re looking for hip, handmade goods, stop by Malee Malee , a bohemian wonderland trading in silk-screened and hand-painted T-shirts, silk scarves, journals, toys, baby clothes, paintings and handbags. Prices are low and it's a super fun place to browse. For quality hammocks don’t miss Hammock House .