Beautiful beaches, resorts for many budgets and a lot of nature: Koh Lanta เกาะลันตา

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Koh Ngai เกาะไหง - where to stay

See the locations on Koh Ngai Google Map
See the Thai Meteorological Weather forecast for Krabi

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Sunrise on Koh Ngai

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Koh Ngai, seen from Cape Tanod on Koh Lanta



Coco Cottage:

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Coco Cottage


Koh Ngai Resort:

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Beach at Koh Ngai Resort

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The pool


Koh Ngai Villa:



Thapwarin Resort:

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Thapwarin Resort

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How to go to Koh Ngai

Petphilin Boat operates a daily excursion from November to April at 8.30 pm from Saladan Pier on Koh Lanta to Koh Ngai (arrives at 10 am).
Bundhaya Speedboat operates from 1 November till 15 May, leaving Koh Lanta at 1 pm, arriving at Koh Ngai at 2.30 pm.
Tigerline ferry operates from 19 November till 30 April, leaving Koh Lanta on 10 am and arriving at Koh Ngai on 11 am.



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Friday, June 4, 2010

Ko Kradan กระดาน

See the locations on Ko Kradan Google Map
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Splendid white sand beaches, clear water, rainforest in the interior, a handful of resorts to stay and splendid views of Ko Muk, Ko Libong and the mainland: This is Ko Kradang in Trang province, part of Hat Chao Mai National Park.If you go snorkeling you might meet seaturtles or lionfishes. "The main beach is a drop dead gorgeous 2km long white sand job on the eastern side of the island", notes tezza.backpackinthailand.com. More informations on kradanisland.com

Snorkeling. Picture Basil & Tracy


See pictures by Andrew Burne and Velocopedian

The Sevenseas Resort:

Picture Syeefa Jay


Picture Basil & Tracy


Paradise Lost Bungalow: Recommended by travelfish.org

Basil & Tracy


Koh Kradan Beach Resort: From 700 Bath. Critisized by travelfish.org: "The rooms on offer here are tacky, rundown, and grossly overpriced." Good reviews on tripadvisor.com


Kalume Village: From 700 Bath. Bamboo bungalows, polinesian huts and wooden cottages. See photo-gallery. Mixed reviews on tripadvisor.com


Kradan Island Resort: Too many critics about rats in the huts on tripadvisor.com



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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tung Yee Peng Mangrove Forest:
Listen to the nature

See the location on Koh Lanta Google Map
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The nature trail in the mangrove forest. Picture marhas1


Learn more about the mangrove forest and experience how a community tries to keep the traditional way of life of the fishermen? You get this chance in Tung Yee Peng, a small village of the East coast of Koh Lanta. A walkway leads through the mangrove forest, from where you can observe small crabs on the ground of the forest. The way ends at a fish farm in a canal with a floating restaurant. But you can also take a trip on a longtailboat with a local guide and slip along the shady mangrove rivers between Ko Lanta Yai and Ko Lanta Nai or drive to islands as Ko Aung, Ko Talabeng (with caves) and Ko Bu Bu . In the mangrove forests around Ko Lanta sharks and dolphins come to breed and shelter their juveniles. The mangrove roots create a quiet, protected area for fish, crabs, oysters, lobsters and shrimps, the forest is as well a nursery area for reptiles, mammals and birds and protects the coast from erosion. For longtail tours you drive to Tung Yee Peng and ask the locals (a day boattrip for 850 Bath, half a day for 500 Bath). Or you book with tour operators as Sun Island Tours, lantalongtail.com or Tailor-Made Marine Tours and lantainfo.com. But you can also do a Kayak Tour.


Young mangrove trees. Picture marhas1


"When have no way out, when be unemployed, this forest is food place, foodstuffs storehouse ... forest conservation then is the one occasion at is important of this village", says this information along the nature trail. Picture marhas1


Canal with boats in the mangrove forest. Picture marhas1


The Tung Yee Peng people offer also homestays (for 1800 Bath). You will share their daily life by planting trees, crab and fish catching and you will enjoy a barbacue. The locals take part in an United nation development program. They also learn English for tourism and do an annual cleanup of the tourism places under the guidance of the Coast Ecology Learning Center. And the create products from coconutshells such as key rings or Thai strimp paste. See video on KrabiLifeTV.


Tung Ye Peng Community Learning Centre. Picture marhas1


The mangrove plant community grows along tropical coasts between the levels of high and low tide. Here you find species adapted to the salty soil like Avicennia, Rhizophora, Sonneratia, Laguncularia, Xylocarpus and Heritiera. Mangrove trees have solved the problem of staying in the soft mud by arched roots and the pneumatophores, coming out of the ground, supply them with oxygen. Some fruits of the mangrove trees are constructed like an arrow to fix into the mud, others develop roots within hours, so they will not be washed away by the next tide. Read more in Lanta Magazine.


Kayaking in the mangrove forest. Picture Jake Pierson



More to find on Koh Lanta:

Koh Lanta เกาะลันตา - what guests discover here: Reviews of resorts and beaches.

Lanta Old Town: Where Thais, Muslims, Chiense and Sea Gypsies formed the community

Diving around Koh Lanta



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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ko Phangan เกาะพะงัน - beaches, resorts
and your reviews

See the locations on Ko Phangan Google Map
See the Thai Meteorological Weather forecast for Koh Samui

Bottle Beach (Had Khuat)

A secluded paradise on the northeast side of Ko Phangan. The normal way to go there is by boat from Chaloklum (Taxi at Thongsala pier to Chaloklum. long boat to bottle beach). Not much to do here: A place just for relaxing and playing beach volleyball, having a Thai massage at the beach, reading a book. Read how twobeersandapretzel.com
describes it. And read the blog of lowellandjulie.


Picture © Christian Haugen


Picture © Christian Haugen

There is a bumpy way for a 20 minutes drive to Thong Nai Pan;


Picture © soma-samui.com


Bottle Beach 1 Resort: From 550 Baht. With pool. Mixed reviews on tripadvisor.com, service seems to be quite relaxed sometimes.


Picture © soma-samui.com


Picture © soma-samui.com


Picture © soma-samui.com


Bottle Beach 2 Bungalows: Most of them directly on the beach. "The restaurant staff have been known to blast loud music after closing, so go for a bungalow further down the beach if you're a light sleeper", is the advise of travelfish.org.


Picture © Eric Jaeger


Picture © Christian Haugen


Haad Kuad Resort - Bottle Beach III: From 200 Baht. "The enormous wooden beach bungalows are probably the best on the beach and are very spacious and comfortable with large comfy beds and funky little attics", comments travelfish.org. See picture by La Rizzoloca


Smile Bungalows: From 350 Baht. Rooms alongside a hill are "cheap but not the most comfortable on the beach", notes travelfish.org. See picture by mhdozier


Picture © thaibine


Picture © thaibine


Picture © thaibine


Picture © soma-samui.com


Ao Thong Nai Pan

Panviman Resort: From 3695 Baht. See video by iji75


Picture © Pierre


Picture © Pierre


Santhiya Resort & Spa: From 8500 Baht.


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The pool. Picture © Lucjan


The two beaches: Thong Nai Pan Yai (left) and Thong Nai Pan Noi (right). Picture © Lucjan


When the night falls. © Lucjan


Picture © Lucjan


Breakfast at the terrasse. © Lucjan


Picture © Julia and Florian




Had Rin

Famous for Full Moon Parties, attraction a lot of backpackers (and drugs) with 10000 to 30000 people each month (see Fullmoon-Party-News). Two beaches: Had rin Nok (sunrise beach) and Had Rin Nai (sunset beach). "Don't expect an authentic Thai experience here, but rather hordes of young western backpackers crowding the streets, watching movies and sitcoms in the restaurants by day and partying till they drop come the evening", describes travelfish.org.


Had Rin peninsula. Picture © יובל


Fullmoon Party. Picture © Erik Jaeger


Map of Ko Phangan



How to get to Ko Phangan:

Ferries from Chumpon and Ko Samui: Timetables of Seatrandiscovery and of Lomprayah



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Cha Am: Beach and Royal Palace

Cha Am: See guide by travelfish.org


Cha Am Beach, ssen from Mrigadayavan Palace beach, picture by © UweBKK



Maruekharhaiyawan Royal Palace


Picture Tony



Picture by © How's That


Picture Tony
Quens Pavilion


Picture Tony
Elevated walkways connect the pavilions




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