Town sights in Ko Lanta
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Halfway down the eastern coast, Ban Ko Lanta (Lanta ) 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 more than 100 years old. Pier restaurants offer up fresh catch and have views over the sea. There's a small afternoon market on Sunday, and if you're looking for sturdy, attractive handmade leather goods, stop by Lanta Leather; for quality hammocks don't miss Hammock Housewhere you can also pick up its fabulous Lanta Biker's Map full of off-the-beaten-path recommendations.