On my travels over the last 10 years I must have passed through Krabi about 15 times, I’ve been to Phuket about 6 times, Phi Phi 10 times and out to Railay beach and Ao Nang on more occasions than I can remember. But I have never made it to Koh Lanta, so while Tack and I were in the south we thought we would get over there for a few days to check it out. We stayed at Lanta Long Beach bungalows in a beach side bungalow which usually goes for 2,500Baht/night in the high season however we got a low season price of 600 Baht, a real bargain for a new bungalow with air-con, cable TV and hot water and it was only a stones throw from the beach! Lanta Long beach Bungalow also has a swimming pool which looked great but we never got around to using it as we preferred to play in the waves. We had a good few days there and hung out with an English couple (Ian and Ruth) who were way to Oz to start a new life.

Overall impressions of Koh Lanta were good. We visited in low season which was very quiet with very little nightlife and few other tourists so a good place to come this time of year if you want to escape the crowds on Phuket, Phi Phi etc. My main complaint will be the cleanliness of the beaches the large waves this time of year wash up a lot of flotsam and garbage. In the high season most beach side bungalow operations would clean the beach in front of their resorts however as it was low season and they didn’t have many guests they probably thought is wasn’t worth their while.