5 Must See Islands Near Koh Lanta
Just south of Koh Lanta lay a whole series of islands that are, like the whole area, quite beautiful, with perfect beaches and amazing reefs. Visit some of these quiet bits of paradise and see a new part of Thailand.
1. Koh Kradan
Koh Kradan is south of Lanta and is perhaps best known for its underwater Valentine’s Day weddings. Besides the unusual events, Koh Kradan has an array of secluded, sandy white beaches perfect for relaxation. The clear waters are great for scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming. The best time of year to visit stretches from October to the end of May, giving you plenty of options for making your journey.
Visitors can access Koh Kradan via private boat or by taking advantage of various tours, such as a snorkeling boat tour.
2. Koh Muk
Koh Muk is different from many of the other islands near Koh Lanta because it is quite mountainous. Its eastern side has a small sandy area and it is here that its sole village (a small fishing community) and several resorts are situated. The main attraction for visitors to Koh Muk is the Emerald Cave, which is actually on the western side of the island. You must take a boat to this side of the island, where you can sail or swim into the cave. At the end you will find a lovely beach area. Boat trips to the cave are run by guides who can be contacted on Koh Muk or at Koh Lanta.
3. Koh Rok
This is a fairly common destination for day trips from Lanta and it should not be too much trouble to arrange a visit to these two islands, which are generally treated as one. They do have separate names, “Koh Roh Nai” and “Koh Rok Nok”, and are located 19 miles south of Lanta Island.
There are accommodations available so that overnight stays are possible. Koh Rok’s best feature is its suitability for camping and for water activities like scuba diving. Since the islands are part of Mu Koh Lanta Marine National Park, visitors must pay a small admission fee to access this tropical paradise. It is open from October to May.
4. Koh Ha
The islands of Koh Ha offers many of the typical island activities – snorkeling, swimming, and diving – but they are is widely considered to be especially beautiful. Five islands make up Koh Ha, which can be accessed by private boat or as part of a tour. The largest island has a fine natural harbor off the Andaman Sea. Like most of the islands, Koh Ha’s are best visited between October and June.
5. Koh Ngai
Koh Ngai is very small and has a somewhat richer natural environment than some of the other islands. It is rocky and has a significant amount of forest. The eastern side of the island does have some lovely beaches, sandy and wonderful for sunbathing and relaxing. Visitors can catch site of monkeys, lizards, and birds throughout the island, which is also home to coconut plantations. Koh Ngai is a good destination for snorkeling, thanks to the fine reefs nearby. A ferry to Koh Ngai from Pak Meng takes only about an hour while private boats can be rented from Koh Lanta, as no ferry service runs between Koh Lanta and Koh Ngai.