Some of Lanta’s undeveloped beaches are real gems
Despite being part of the Krabi Province, Lanta is devoid of the gigantic limestone karsts that give character to its neighboring islands. But what it lacks in geological formations, it does compensate with its more authentic environment. Lanta is mostly occupied by Muslim Thais, and their culture and tradition are very much evident. The call to prayer can be heard throughout the day, women wearing head scarfs are seen everywhere, and there are still communities that choose to build their rustic homes near the sea.
It was supposedly once the home of sea gypsies and the hub of frontier backpackers. But somehow Lanta has evolved over the years, and it has become more like a safe and mid-range holiday destination that mainly attracts backpacking groups and European families. And somehow, despite Koh Lanta being the kind of place that’s ideal for the older crowd, young people traveling in groups were very much visible on the roads during my visit. This tramples the popular belief that youthful souls are contented staying on Thai party islands.
There are enough resorts thriving on the island; and most of them are ideally perched on cliffs or hills or a few meters away from bays and beaches. If your idea of an ideal resort has something to do with ample space, a relaxing vibe and being very close to nature, then Koh Lanta’s accommodation choices can deliver all these. With Lanta’s many bays and beaches, the hotels and resorts do not need to be concentrated in one area or crammed together to fight for attention. But despite the presence of resorts, there are still plenty of accommodation choices that cater to people on a smaller budget. In fact, I found a nice bungalow-style rustic room for a fairly affordable price.