Koh Lanta is one of the more interesting island destinations in the southern region of Thailand. Unlike its neighbors Phi Phi and Railay, Lanta receives less tourists and promotes a more laidback and close-to-nature holiday experience. With plenty of beautiful undeveloped beaches along its western shoreline, Koh Lanta is an excellent destination to get some rest and relaxation with Thai convenience at your fingertips. (For a Koh Lanta overview, click here).
Unfortunately, Lanta does not have its own airport. Therefore, boats, taxis and buses are the main modes of public transport to get to Koh Lanta. The nearest airport to Lanta is Krabi International Airport on mainland Krabi. During our recent trip from Krabi Airport to Koh Lanta we travelled via mini bus before checking in at our beautiful beach-side resort.
Here are the simple steps on how to get from Krabi Airport to Koh Lanta:
1. Make your way to one of the tour desks at Krabi Airport. Krabi Airport is not a huge airport and thus, all passengers are funneled through one arrival area. Once you have cleared immigration, you will soon come down an escalator/staircase with the exit from the building very much visible. Do not go through the exit as you will only get confused with the transport arrangement and possibly, be greeted by touts. Instead, approach one of the tour desks near the entrance/exit. You cannot miss them as they have all signs pertaining to transport and tourist assistance.