Elephant crossed on the road at Koh Lanta. (Thailand, January 2007)
Elephant crossed on the road at Koh Lanta. (Thailand, January 2007)

Koh Lanta: beaches and elephants

#Thailand

  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French. I apologise for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have resulted. If you read French, click on the French flag below to access the original, correct text: 


I continue my journey in the south of Thailand. After the very pretty, but very crowded and very expensive Koh Phi Phi, here I am at Koh Lanta, much more peaceful. 

How Koh Lanta gave its name to the TF1 show

Koh means "island" in Thai. Koh Lanta gave its name to the well known game show of TF1, which only shot in this corner of southern Thailand the first of its shows, and kept the name afterwards. I always found this idea curious...

Anyway, Koh Lanta is not at all a deserted island for adventurers, there is everything for tourists.

At first sight, when you land there, nothing spectacular like in Phi Phi. No dizzying cliffs around. The charms of the island will be revealed later... We docked in an arm of the sea, almost a lagoon, a little melancholic, with pontoons and restaurants on stilts, between the two islands of Lanta (there are two Koh Lanta, in fact, one is a peninsula, which gives access to the second).

The port, Ban SaladanThis is a large T-shaped street with the usual jumble of stores, food stalls, hotels, currency exchanges, etc., not to mention the inevitable swarming of motorcycles and cabs when the boat arrives.

The main street of Ban Saladan. (Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007)
The main street of Ban Saladan. (Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007)
Evening light on the beach at low tide. (Koh Lanta, Thailand, July 2007)
Evening light on the beach at low tide. (Koh Lanta, Thailand, July 2007)

More and more beautiful beaches to the south

In fact, you have to follow the road along the west side of the coast for about 20 kilometers to better discover Lanta. What I did today, after renting a motorcycle. A very nice ride.

However, when you don't know the area, it is not easy to find your way around at first. All the bungalows, hotels and resorts located on the beaches are at the end of dirt roads perpendicular to the main road. So each time you have to take one of these small secondary roads to see...

And there, we are not disappointed. The main beach in the south of Ban Saladan, Long BeachThe beach where I finally chose to stay, in order to be close to all kinds of facilities (internet, restaurants, mini-markets, dive-shops etc.) is a huge strip of blond sand, very beautiful, very good for swimming.

But the most fun is to push the ride further south.

We discover, at random of these famous small transverse roads, lots of creeks and coves wilder, cute as anything, and yet not cut off from the world, since there is each time a row of bungalows or a resort nearby ... Ideal for breaks watermelon shake and other fruit juices.

Nuy Bay beach. (Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007)
Nuy Bay beach. (Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007)
One of the beaches south of Koh Lanta. (Thailand, January 2007)
One of the beaches south of Koh Lanta. (Thailand, January 2007)
This beach, towards the south, is known only by a few tourists. (Thailand, January 2007)
This beach, towards the south, is known only by some tourists. (Thailand, January 2007)
I discover another little cove adorable, below the road. (Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007)
I discover another little cove adorable, below the road. (Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007)

The people here are more charming and less "commercial" than in Phi Phi. Everyone has a big Thai smile and greets you as soon as you stop somewhere.

A nice lady who was serving orange juice along the road, at a place with a magnificent view on the sea, helped me to negotiate the slope towards her small bamboo bar by coming herself to drive my bike...

We also meet elephants on the road. The poor beasts are obviously still used as a working tool, here, with heavy chains on their feet.

Elephant crossed on the road at Koh Lanta. (Thailand, January 2007)
Elephant crossed on the road at Koh Lanta. (Thailand, January 2007)

The guy who was on it with his son stopped his imposing mount in the middle of the road so I could take the souvenir photo at my ease. The people of Lanta are really nice.

Tomorrow, I go back to diving Hin Daeng and Hin Muangbut I will take advantage of the following days to explore the interior of the islandOn the jungle and mountain side, with waterfalls and caves, then the east coast... Lanta is huge compared to Phi Phi !!!

  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. It's time for me to start again my mop on land and under sea, I'm late of some reports, but it's because I'm not on vacations, ME! On the contrary, I've never had so many "chores", and on top of that, winter is coming next week, we'll have to "curl up" again, to carapace ourselves against the cold... Also, reading you is a delight, from all points of view; I also like the elephant a lot... I suppose that you have now a great "Thai attitude" with the habit, that you bathe in full aquatic "bliss", ignoring everything of our derisory and dismaying political mores! No need to wish you good vacations, just reading you is enough to know that they are!
    See you soon!
    Lydie and Alain

  2. After this too short week in the transparent waters of Phi Phi with the incomparable landscapes, I had to resign myself to return to the native land remained in full winter.

    Before my flight, the stop in Krabi Town was peaceful: lodging in a ghest-house on the river bank, it's the best thing to do. The city of Krabi has nothing extraordinary during the day. On the other hand, the city's awakening takes place in the evening with many soup shops on a place in edge of river where Thais meet to have dinner. As I went further into the small streets, I discovered a wonderful local market very colorful and very animated which was full of fruits and vegetables of all kinds, shrimp fritters, soups, fishes... to taste everything! I met a young Thai woman called Kob (in fact, she was 40 years old...), with whom I shared my soup. The e-mail exchange is done and we absolutely have to come back and stay with her! Too nice the Thais, as Corinne would say!
    No comment on flights and other train, no hitch.

    See you soon on your return.
    Enjoy it, lucky you who goes back to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. You'd better shoot some manta rays!
    Hugs
    Christine

  3. Cruel baroudeuse. And us getting ready for a chilly week. It's going to be fun to smoke outside!!! If I were Captain Kirk, I'd teleport to Kho Lanta in a second. But if not physically, it fuels the dreams. Lucky me...

Share
Tweet
Share