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Koh Lanta

Travel Guide Asia Thailand South Thailand Krabi Province Koh Lanta

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Introduction

Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta

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Koh Lanta is a district of the Krabi Province in the south of Thailand. It covers about 340 square kilometres and has almost 30,000 inhabitants, many of them working in the tourism industry.

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Weather

Big Lanta sunset

Big Lanta sunset

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Like much of Thailand, the weather here is of the tropical variety, meaning hot and humid conditions year-round. Temperatures hover around 32 °C during the day and 25 °C at night, with just a few degrees difference between the warmest and coolest months. Humidity is mostly around 80% or more, so be sure to drink enough fluids! November to February in general is the driest time of the year, with just some regular showers (later afternoon) and a mix of clouds and sun. Rain increases from March onwards, reaching a peak in August and September before preparing again for the somewhat drier and cooler season.

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Getting There

By Plane

Krabi Airport (KBV) has regular connections with Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore. Tiger Airways, a budget airline, handles the Singapore - Krabi traffic. Bangkok Airways also flies to Bangkok and Koh Samui. Air Asia flies to Kuala Lumpur. There are even seasonal flights directly to Krabi from Helsinki, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Goa, Oslo and Gothenburg.

The airport near Phuket is further away but has more choice.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Aloha Lanta Resort253/3 Moo 1 Saladan Koh Lanta KrabiHotel-
Amantra Resort & Spa296 M.6, T.Koh Lantahotel-
Chaw-Ka-Cher Tropicana Lanta Resort352 Moo2 Saladan Lanta Yai KrabiHotel87
Escape-Cabins438 Moo 3 Saladan Long BeachHotel86
Freedom Estate157 Moo 2, Phra-Ae Beach Tambon SaladanHostel-
I-Yarade Beachfront Villa271- 271/1 Saladan Koh Lanta Krabi , 81150guesthouse-
I-Yarade Suite Residence305/19 Saladan Rdhotel-
Lanta Garden Home18 Moo 3, Klong Dao Beach SaladanHostel81
Lanta Gym245 Moo 2 Saladan Lanta, Krabihotel-
Lanta House197/7 M1 Saladan, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand 81150GUESTHOUSE79
Lanta Klong Nin Beach Resort324 Moo 6 Koh Lanta Yai, Koh Lanta, KrabiHotel92
Lanta Palace Resort & Beach Club29 Moo 8 Koh Lanta yai , Koh Lantahotel-
Lanta Pavilion Resort120 Moo2,Saladan Koh Lanta, KrabiHotel75
Lanta Thip HouseKlong KhongGuesthouse85
Ocean View Resort193 Moo 3 Klong Dao Beach Koh Lantahotel-
Pilanta Spa Resort399 Moo 1 Tambol Saladan Amphur Koh Lantahotel-
Sayang Beach Bungalows72 Moo 3 Saladan Koh Lanta, KrabiHotel-
Twin Lotus Resort & Spa199 Moo 1, Klong Dao Beach Saladan, Koh Lanta,hotel-
Dreamteam Resort38 Moo 5 Koh Lanta YaiHOTEL-
Lanta Riviera Resort90/4 Moo 2 Saladan,HOTEL74
Relax Bay Resort111 Mo2, Ao Phra - AeHotel-
Lanta Pearl Beach Resort233 Moo 3 SaladanHotel-
Lanta New Beach Bungalow122 Moo 2 Saladan ,Koh Lanta KrabiHOTEL-
Sincere Guest House & Restaurant150 Moo. 1, Saladan Koh Lanta KrabiGuesthouse89
Lanta Palm Beach Resort47 Moo3 Saladan, Koh LantaHOTEL-
Lanta Lantern Guesthouse158 Moo.1 Saladan KrabiGuesthouse-
Amantra Resort and Spa296 M.6 T.Koh Lanta Yai E.Koh Lanta KrabiHotel-
Alif Apartment483 Moo.3 SaladanApartment-
Non La Mer Hostel305/4-5 Long BeachHOSTEL87

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet cafés are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.

Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.

For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.

Post

Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.

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