| Koh Lanta Travel Guide
Koh Lanta's scenic beauty may not compete with some other areas in the province. However, if you are happening to seek for the isolated and peaceful place to seclude yourselves from the bustling tourist spots, Koh Lanta can be your private paradise without any doubts. Sheltered from the commercial flow and the over-development, Koh Lanta offers you the real scene of unspoiled nature along with rural life of which people still keep their simple and smooth pace. The green rugged hills offer you the opportunity to take an adventure through its lush and green land interior. Several abundant coral beds lie dormant under the emerald water, providing the sentiment of escaping to another realm. All of these are a charm of this isolated island, Lanta.
Koh Lanta is situated in the southernmost district of Krabi Province, approximately 70 kilometers from Krabi. It stretches for 27 kilometers in the north to south direction along the western coastline of Andaman Sea in southern Thailand. The geography of the island is typically mangroves; coral rimmed beaches; and rugged tree covered hills.
Lanta, its name has different origins; the island was long known as Pulao Satak in Malay language, meaning Long Beach. Afterwards, so many Thais, both Buddhists and Muslims came to live on the island that there seemed to be a million eyes which is what some people think Lanta means in Thai. Others hold that the name is corrupted from Javanese lan tas which signifies a fish grill which is made of wood with a square grill on top where the fish are set in a circle.
Koh Lanta consists of 52 islands of which 15 are under control of the Koh Lanta National Marine Park. Twelve islands are inhabited, among those, four are accessible: Koh Klnag, Koh Bubu, Koh Lanta Yai, and Koh Lanta Noi. The two major islands: Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi.
Lanta Yai is the siege of district's headquarter and the biggest island, covered with mountainous and rugged areas. This island is the trading center and the starting point of transportation to beaches and other nearby islands. On the western coastline, the beautiful beaches and idyllic bays lie from north towards the south; some of them are gravely and others have the fine sand. On the east side, the coast is graced by the stunning white sandy beaches together with the fertile mangroves. Also, there locates the settlement of sea gypsies who still live their life in traditional style and preserve well their customs and culture. Most of population on Lanta Island is Muslims. In the southern part of the island, there locates the office of the Koh Lanta National Marine Park.
Lanta Noi used to be a community of local people in the old days. The old life style and traditional-styled- houses can still be seen in this island, offering somewhat charming atmosphere.
Climate of Koh Lanta, Krabi - Thailand
The climate of Krabi province is tropical, influenced by the monsoons. Generally, the average temperature is warm throughout the year, varying from 20°C- 36°C.
There are two very hot periods on weather of Krabi. The first one is between April and May when the temperatures rage from 27°C-36°C. The second period of hot weather is between September and October, but the occasional rainfall brings relief from the heat.
The wettest season comes in May when the southwest monsoon rises to its peak. However, rainy days in this period are mixed with periods of sunshine.
Most visitors prefer to visit Koh Lanta from November to April due to the end of monsoons, allowing the bright blue sky and good weather. The average temperature varies from 24 to 34°C.