Top things to do

Top Choice Village in Ko Lanta

Ban Si Raya

Halfway down Lanta's eastern coast, Ban Si Raya was the island's original port and commercial centre, providing a safe harbour for Arabic and Chinese trading vessels sailing between Phuket, Penang and Singapore. It …
Top Choice International in Ko Lanta

Drunken Sailors

This super-relaxed octagonal pod is smothered in beanbags, hammocks and low-lying tables spilling out onto a terrace. The global, want-to-eat-it-all menu roams from pastas, baguettes and burgers to top-notch Thai, s…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Ko Lanta

Malee Malee

A bohemian wonderland of quirky homemade goods, from silk-screened and hand-painted T-shirts and silk scarves to journals, toys, baby clothes, paintings, jewellery and handbags. Prices are low, it's super fun to bro…
National Park in Ko Lanta

Mu Ko Lanta National Park

Established in 1990, this marine national park protects 16 islands in the Ko Lanta group, including the southern tip of Ko Lanta Yai. The park is increasingly threatened by the runaway development on west-coast Ko L…
International in Ko Lanta

Red Snapper

When local expats fancy a splurge, they head to this Dutch-run roadside tapas restaurant, serving everything from Indian lentil-and-pumpkin curry and house marinated olives to a popular beef tenderloin steak and a h…
International in Ko Lanta

Caoutchouc

For Thai-international flavours blended into delectable creative concoctions, hunt down this rustic-chic, French-run restaurant with a short but special changing menu served on a panoramic stilted deck, 800m south o…
Thai in Ko Lanta

Phad Thai Rock'n'Roll

It's not every day you get your spiced-to-taste pàt tai whipped up streetside by a guitarist. Choose from just six options ('jazz' fried rice, 'blues' fried noodles; veg, meat or seafood), swiftly and artfully prepa…
Thai in Ko Lanta

Cook Kai

A huge family-run eatery where shells dangle from a thatched roofed. Cook Kai is best for its wide selection of straightforward local staples, which takes in everything from spicy Thai salads, noodle soups and fried…
Landmark in Ko Lanta

Laem Tanod

The wild, jungled mountainous southern tip of the island has sheer drops and massive views for intrepid motorbikers. The road to the marine national park headquarters fords the klorng (canal; also spelt khlong), whi…
Bar in Ko Lanta

Why Not Bar

A buzzing, driftwood-clad hang-out that keeps things simple with a killer mix of fire twirlers, sturdy cocktails, bubbly bar-staff and fantastic nightly live music jams, best enjoyed at low-slung wooden tables on a …