About-Koh-Lanta

How To Get To

KOH LANTA

Koh Lanta is located on the Andaman Coast in the south of Krabi province. The most common way to travel to Koh Lanta is by car or minibus from Krabi or Trang, or by passenger ferry from Krabi Town, Ao Nang, Railey Beach, Koh Phi Phi & Phuket. Please note that these ferries run daily in the high season but certain routes are stopped to Koh Lanta during the stormier green season months. If you’re traveling in low season check with your agent for further details

KOH LANTA HOTELS

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If you use the passenger ferry to Koh Lanta, you will normally get picked up from your hotel (either going to or from Koh Lanta) but when you arrive you will need to get a taxi or tuk tuk to your resort. Book ferry tickets here

If you’ve prebooked, the resort may provide a free pick up service. The minivan from Krabi and Ao Nang to Koh Lanta will also pick you up from your hotel, and will drop you off at your hotel as far as the Klong Nin area. If you’re staying further south than this, arrange a pickup with your resort.

If you drive yourself to Koh Lanta from Krabi or Trang, when you reach the nearest mainland point to the island you will have to use two short car ferries – one to Koh Lanta Noi and a second across to Koh Lanta Yai

It is at your own risk to buy any transfers, accommodation or tours from an unlicensed shop or a tour guide on the ferry or street – it could be a scam for your money. Please ask them for ID with valid picture otherwise report them to a nearby police station or TAT office.

Click on the tabs below for more information on getting to Koh Lanta from the following locations.

BANKOK

By Air

There’s no airport on Koh Lanta, so you need to fly to Krabi or Trang airport. There are 2 airlines flying from Bangkok to Krabi (Thai Airways & Air Asia) and 3 to Trang (Air Asia, Nok Air & Orient Thai). Flight times can change often so check the website of the individual airlines:

www.thaiairways.com

www.airasia.com

www.nokair.com

www.tigerairways.com

See Krabi/Trang for details of how to get to Koh Lanta once you land. You can buy a joint ticket with Nok Air which takes you all the way to Ban Saladan pier, Koh Lanta. When the flight lands at Trang the transfer service takes you by minibus to Had Yao pier. From there the ferry takes you direct to Ban Saladan pier. This service only runs in high season

By Bus

Luxury coaches go from the Khao San area in Bangkok: about 12-15 hours, leaving around 6pm, terminating in Krabi Town. Your ticket usually includes the transfer to Koh Lanta by ferry/minibus. Buses also go from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal to Krabi: 12 hour trip with 5 buses leaving daily around 6-8pm. On the way back from Krabi buses leave at 7.30 & 8am, 4, 4.30, 5 & 5.30pm. There is also a direct public bus to Bangkok from Ban Hua Hin (nearest mainland point to Koh Lanta, leaving at 4 30pm. On the way back from Morchit bus station in Bangkok leaving at 6 35pm

By Train

The train is a real Thai experience and well worth it if you have the time. There’s a restaurant, bar & numerous people walking up and down selling food & drinks. 2 daily trains run between Bangkok and Trang (5.05pm & 6.30pm). On the way back leaving Trang at 1 25 & 5.25pm. Both are overnight trains which take about 15 hours. 3rd class is sitting only (cheap, but not comfortable). Better is 2nd class (fan/aircon) where you get a bed in a shared carriage. For families you could get a private cabin. Book early as 2nd class fills up quickly (the train is a popular way for Thais to travel). At the train station it can be confusing which train to take – check with station staff and look on the side of the carriage which should show a number that corresponds with your ticket. See Trang section for details on transfers to & from Koh Lanta. Book online & print your ticket at www.thairailticket.com – you need to do this 2 days in advance

PHUKET

By Ferry

In high season only there are daily passenger ferries leaving to Koh Lanta at 8.30am & 1.30 pm from Ratchada pier in Phuket Town. On the way back, ferries leave Koh Lanta from Ban Saladan pier at 8am and 1pm. Both directions require changing boat at Koh Phi Phi. When you get off the ferry you may need to get a taxi to your hotel, or they may have a free pick up service<.span>

By Minivan

There is a cheap minivan service running every hour between 7.30am & 3.30pm from Phuket Bus terminal to Koh Lanta, stopping halfway at Krabi bus station. There is no drop off service to your hotel so you need to find the way from the Phuket – Koh Lanta bus station in Klong Dao (map p87). On the way back from Koh Lanta the service also runs every hour from 8am-3.30pm. Journey time is 4-5 hours

By Speedboat

During high season only, there are 2 speedboats from Koh Lanta to Phuket. It takes only 1.5 hours, leaving Koh Lanta at 1pm and 1.30pm, leaving Phuket at 10am

PHI PHI

By Ferry

During high season there are two daily ferries running between Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi. The boat leaves Phi Phi at 11.30am & 3.30pm from the main pier. On the way back, ferries leave Koh Lanta from the main pier at Ban Saladan at 8am & 1pm. Journey time 1 hour. In green season this service doesn’t run daily. If this is the case you need to take a ferry from Koh Phi Phi to Krabi Town, followed by minibus to Koh Lanta. From Koh Lanta, take the minibus to Krabi Town then the ferry to Koh Phi Phi

By Speedboat

A fast speedboat service between Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi leaves Koh Lanta at 1pm and Koh Phi Phi 11am

KRABI / AO NANG

By Ferry

The ferry leaves to Koh Lanta from Ao Nang at 10.30am daily during high season, stopping at Railay beach on the way. From Krabi Town a ferry leaves to Koh Lanta from Klong Jirat pier about 5km outside town 1130am, stopping at Koh Jum on the way. Ferries arrive in Ban Saladan pier and you’ll need to get a taxi to your resort unless they provide pickup. On the way back to Krabi (from Koh Lanta) the ferries leave Ban Saladan at 8.30am. For Ao Nang 1.30pm daily, stopping at Railay beach on the way. Journey time 1 hour 15 mins (Krabi), 1 hour 45 mins (Ao Nang). In green season this service may not run regularly. See below for minivan options from Ao Nang/Krabi Town to Koh Lanta

By Minivan

From Krabi Town you can get a minibus to Koh Lanta between 7am and 5pm. The service will pick you up from Ao Nang for an extra charge. On the way back the buses leave Koh Lanta between 6am and 3pm. You can get picked up at Krabi Airport if you book in advance (call 081 606-3591 and give them the time you’ll be ready at the airport). You can also use the cheaper LPG minivan running to Koh Lanta from Phuket which stops at Krabi bus station. Journey time: Ao Nang 2.5 hours, Krabi Town & airport: 2 hours

TRANG

By Minivan

The service runs approximately every hour between 8am & 3pm from Koh Lanta – Trang, dropping you at the train or bus station in Trang. The buses operate every hour between 9.30am & 4.30pm from Trang to Koh Lanta. The driver will drop you off at your hotel as far as the Klong Nin area. If you’re staying further south than this, arrange a pickup with your resort. Journey time 2.5 hours

By Minivan & Speedboat

There are 2 services from Koh Lanta starting at 8.30 and 2.30pm and 2 services from Trang starting 0930am and 3pm. Journey time 1 hour from/to Koh Lanta Old Town . This is the best option to catch the morning Air Asia flight or overnight train to Bangkok

HAT YAI

By Minivan

This is a hub for all the connecting bus and train services between Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore. If you’re going to Singapore or Malaysia overground from Koh Lanta you’ll pass through here. There’s no direct public transport between Koh Lanta and Hat Yai, but you can book a through ticket, changing minibus at Trang bus station. Journey time 4 hours

KOH SAMUI / PHANGAN / TAO

By Ferry & Minivan

Between Koh Lanta and these three islands you can usually buy one ticket that covers all ferries plus minivan or coach on the mainland. These run at various times so contact a travel agent or book at your hotel. There is also a direct flight to Koh Samui from Krabi with Bangkok Airways

KOH LIPE / NGAI / KRADAN / MOOK

By Ferry

(Stops at Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan, Koh Mook, Trang) During high season only there is a daily ferry service between Phuket and Langkawi (Malaysia) stopping at Koh Lanta and Koh Lipe. From Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe departs at 10am, from Koh Lipe to Koh Lanta departing 11am. Journey time 4.5 hours

By Speedboat

During high season you can get there by speedboat. 2 companies offer a direct service between Koh Lanta and Koh Lipe. The service departs Koh Lanta at 1130am & 1pm, and departs Koh Lipe at 11.30am and 1pm. Journey time 3 hours

KUALA LUMPUR

By Air

You can fly direct from Krabi to Kuala Lumpur direct with Air Asia. The flight takes about 1.5 hours. Check the schedule and book at www.airasia.com

By Bus

Make your way to Hat Yai, then at the bus station get a taxi into town. There are at least 6 buses departing daily from the city centre (close to the train station) for Kuala Lumpur. Check the bus schedule with your tour agent or resort

By Train

The train between Hat Yai and Kuala Lumpur is operated by KTM (Malaysian Authority), leaving Hat Yai daily at 4 pm and arriving in KL Sentral at 5.30 am the next day. On the way back it leaves KL sentral at 9.20 pm arriving in Hat Yai at 9.27 am the next morning. In total it takes about 13 hours and there are both sitting and sleeping carriages available. You may be unlucky if you just turn up at the station without a ticket – book online atwww.ktmb.com.my or contact +60 322 671 200 (call to Malaysia)

SINGAPORE

By Air

You can fly between Krabi and Singapore direct with Tiger Airways daily. The departure times can vary, so check www.tigerairways.com. Sometimes this service is not available during green season

By Bus

There are at least 3 daily buses connecting Singapore and Hat Yai. Go to Hat Yai bus station, then take a taxi to the city centre (close to the train station). The buses leave from there

By Train

There’s no direct train running from Thailand to Singapore – take a train from Hat Yai then change trains in KL Sentral station in Malaysia. 3 trains run daily between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The whole journey takes about 20 hours

DRIVING YOURSELF

From Bangkok

The quickest way is to take route 4 (also known as A2). After Chumporn, take route 41 heading to Surat Thani. Turn right after Surat Thani heading west on route 44. At the end of the road turn left back onto route 4, heading past Krabi Airport towards Trang. See below for how to get to Koh Lanta from Krabi

From Phuket

Head north towards Phuket airport crossing the bridge to the mainland. You will join route 4 – head south past Phan Nga province to Krabi. From Krabi Take route 4 south towards Trang. About 40km from Krabi Town, there’s a right turning towards Koh Lanta (route 4206). Take this turning and around 30km later you’ll come to Ban Hua Hin where you buy a ticket and drive onto the car ferry. This ferry takes you to Koh Lanta Noi – drive off, go straight for about 200m then turn right. Around 8km later take a left turn (just follow the other cars). This takes you the bridge. Drive over and you’re on Koh Lanta Yai – follow the road until you come to a T junction. Turn right for Ban Saladan or left to head south down the island

From Had Yai

Head north on route 4. Around 90km past Trang you will come to a left turning signposted to Koh Lanta (route 4206). Take this turn and keep going until you reach the car ferry – see above for directions from there

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