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

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Koh Ngai เกาะไหง - where to stay

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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

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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 More informations on

Snorkeling. Picture Basil & Tracy

See pictures by Andrew Burne and Velocopedian

The Sevenseas Resort:

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Paradise Lost Bungalow: Recommended by

Basil & Tracy

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

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

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

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tung Yee Peng Mangrove Forest:
Listen to the nature

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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, or Tailor-Made Marine Tours and But you can also do a Kayak Tour.

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"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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