Koh Lanta has been a big surprise for me and my husband during our 2015 trip to southeast Asia. It’s a genuine tropical island with breathtaking beaches. What was even more startling, with few tourists hanging around.
Why choose Koh Lanta for your holiday
A few facts about Koh Lanta:
- Koh Lanta consists of two main islands and several small ones.
- It’s located in Krabi Province
- The Koh Lanta Yai, the holiday island is 6 km wide and over 30 km long.
- The island has 12 sandy beaches, some of them with white sand. Some people say the beaches are finest in the country.
- All of the beaches are on the west coast.
- Koh Lanta is the right choice for those who look for a quiet place to relax
- Beaches are never packed with people
- The tourist season runs from October through April with the most visitors during Christmas to March.
How did we get to Koh Lanta
We took a ferry from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta with several hours stop at Koh Phi Phi along the way. The ferry operates only between November and April due to unpredictable large waves during the rest of the year. It was cheap and comfortable.
However, there are other options like express transfer which is a combination of a speedboat and minivan. The nearest airport is the Krabi International Airport.
Where to stay on Koh Lanta
There is a vast number of bungalows and resorts along the western coastline, which can be booked easily online. Prices starting from 1200 baht /31 EUR per night in a hotel with air-conditioning. We stayed for five nights in Lanta Naraya Resort on Khlong Khong Beach. The staff was nice and friendly but unfortunately, there was a constant issue with hot water in our bathroom, which made our stay uncomfortable.
Which Koh Lanta beach is the best
For those looking for an incredible, white sand beach experience I advise to rent a motorbike and travel further down to southern beaches like Khlong Hin Beach, Nui bay beach, and Bakantiang beach.
Yoga studios on Koh Lanta
Besides our trip to Lanta Old Town, a charming little seaside village on the east coast of the island, and constant beach visits, I have visited two yoga studios on the island. (My husband went to a local thaibox gym. 🙂 So here is my review.
The Sanctuary experience
The first experience I had was utterly terrifying. The name of the studio was The Sanctuary. The place looked nice, it was clean yoga sala overlooking the Andaman sea. The yoga teacher, a woman probably coming from Britain due to her accent, made a terrible impression on me for two reasons. Firstly, she appeared to be angry and cursed several times while watching dogs crossing the area. Secondly, during the lesson, she gave NO adjustments or any kind of warnings to a pregnant lady, by the way, the first time yoga practitioner, regarding the poses that were for sure NOT suitable for a pregnant woman.
Well, I dropped in there only once and never looked back.
I hope the things have changed since then and that there is a new more competent yoga teacher available.
Oasis Yoga Studio
My second choice was much better. The name of the studio is Oasis Yoga Studio and it’s located at Klong Dao Beach. In 2016 they had a weekly schedule with different types of classes to select from. The yoga studio was a wooden construction with a wide clean platform suitable for around 15 yoga students.
I took several ashtanga classes with probably US-based yoga teacher. It was tough in such a hot and humid environment but worth it. The staff was professional and dedicated to delivering a good yoga experience for students.
Currently, as you can check on their website, there is still a weekly schedule with different yoga styles to choose from. They even run yoga lessons for kids.
So, go in there and see yourself. I’d be glad to receive an update from you.