ko lanta pro/cons
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 11, 2012 1:56 AM Last Post By: thaibeachlovers
Oct 8, 2012 3:07 AM
ko lanta pro/consHi All,
Travelling to Thailand this October with husband and our 2 years old child.
In the south we will spend a few days at Railay. After that, we planned ko lanta. Now, I read very mixed reviews on ko lanta and I am trying to understand more.
My questions are:
-does anyone recommend ko lanta?
-could anyone suggest an alternative place (from phuket to trang, either close island to the coast or mainland) that you think might be a better option than ko lanta? Originally, we haven’t picked phuket, thinking it became too commercial/built up (and I might be wrong).
We wanted a place not too far in the ocean and reachable also by land, both because being low season we are not sure about water transport and further because we didn’t want to be too off shore travelling with a toddler.
I realise this is low season and everything might be more empty and less appealing. Anyway, we are looking for a place with clear and calm water to swim (toddler’s need) but also snorkelling, maybe scuba diving, relax…I heard good things about ko lanta and then really nasty ones saying that the water is dirty, snorkelling is not interesting and the island is too remote.
Any advice appreciated!
Enjoy the day…where ever you are.
Oct 8, 2012 10:15 AM
1I've been to Lanta several times so yep I recommend it. Ferries from Krabi don't usually start until November so get a minivan. The two short vehicle ferries from the mainland run until 10pm. Khlong Dao near the main town Saladan is a kid-friendly beach with plenty of accommodation (maybe too much?). Just south of there is Ao Phra Ae beach where I've stayed a few times at Lanta Palm Beach resort, also kid-friendly and quieter than Khlong Dao. Swimming usually ok but there isn't good snorkelling on Lanta, but you can do daytrips to Ko Muk/Ngai/Kradan/Rok which have some good snorkeling sites. Sea might still be a bit rough in October.
Oct 8, 2012 2:50 PM
2Thank you Captain. Appreciate the info. What about staying further south on the west coast, either at ao kantiang or ao khlong jaak? Do you know anything about those beaches/accomodations? i know that the road gets rougher going south, i just wonder if accomodation would be still available. Thanks.
Oct 8, 2012 8:22 PM
3Kantiang bay is real nice. Water isnt very deep so good for kids. Oct is low season so plenty of rooms available. Jark is more rustic with a few resorts some of which will be closed.
pros - quiet laidback, no bargirls, prices good value for an island
cons - not many restaurants open low season, not much to do at night, beaches can be a bit unkept with some rubbish around.
it's fine for a few relaxing days but if you want more activities then spend more time in krabi
Oct 8, 2012 8:28 PM
4I seem to recall an ex-pat school/kindergarden on Lanta. So any concerns about the safety of your child would have been sorted by the many Scandinavian families living there.
The water at the beach can by murky with the churn of the waves but there are not really any rivers that carry silt to the sea. Occasional yellowing. But no oily patches caused by motorsports/jet ski etc.
Oct 9, 2012 12:12 AM
5does anyone recommend ko lanta?
and I might be wrong
reachable also by land
Railay is only accessible by boat. Don't go to the East beach unless you want to wade through mud to get ashore.
Take boat from Ao Nang to West beach.
low season and everything might be more empty and less appealing
MORE appealing without the crowds.
also snorkelling, maybe scuba diving
Not renowned either place.
Low season the water is murky all over anyway.
the island is too remote
Some people will complain about Paradise when they die!
The only reason any place in Thailand is still "nice" is because they are remote.
Oct 9, 2012 2:14 AM
Oct 9, 2012 3:10 AM
Oct 9, 2012 8:23 AM
8With a toddler I'd find a beach close to home. Not worth the hassle going to Thailand.
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