You can find a cooking class being held on pretty much every beach on Lanta and the good news is that standards are generally quite high and the restaurants they are held in are worth a visit in their own right. Most classes start in the afternoon and offer the chance to prepare and eat several dishes, usually whilst sipping on a delectable cocktail. Try out Time for Lime in Klong Dao (+66 (0)75 684 590) or Spices & Herbs in Kantiang Bay (+66 (0)75 665 058).
Diving & Snorkeling
It is generally accepted that the diving on the west of Thailand is excellent, as the waters are generally clearer, the corals and reefs are in good condition and there are much fewer divers. The Andaman Sea hosts a variety of aquatic life, including manta rays, turtles, leopard sharks, whale sharks, whales, dolphins as well as Read More...
Lanta is easy to navigate and, as it’s only 25km long, most visitors choose to hire a motorbike (make sure you wear a helmet) or car to tour the island. If you are not that confident however, you can hire a taxi for half a day or join an organised tour. If you do drive yourself, be careful driving past Kantiang Bay as the road is not complete and do avoid all puddles anywhere on the island, as these are often conceal huge potholes. If you head out on your own, make sure you visit:
- The Old Town and the East coast in general, where life is more traditionally Thai. Be sure to travel on past the Old town to the Sea Gypsy village and Terminal Point for some fantastic photo opportunities and a great spot for lunch.
- Take the ferry over to Lanta Noi, where the roads are of a high standard and there is virtually no tourism but always a welcome smile and friendly wave.
- Kantiang Bay – a beautiful beach and a great little village for lunch.
- The Viewpoint for spectacular views over the east coast and the islands south of Lanta.
Lanta Muay Thai Gym
Lanta Gym is a professional and exciting place to train in Muay Thai. They have a range of trainers, some ex and current champion fighters from all over Thailand. The skills and techniques taught are excellent in a personal, approachable style. Beginners and children are welcome. Come and try this fun Thai experience. They also have genuine fights every Sunday at Williams stadium.
- Address: 245 M.2 T.Saladan, A.Khoa Lanta Krabi 81150
- Tel: +66 (0)89 739 7399
It is hard to go anywhere in Koh Lanta without seeing massages advertised. From beach salas to high quality spas, Lanta has a diverse range in massage standards. If you opt for one on the beach, ask around for a recommendation and expect it to be cheap (around 300 baht). Hotel spas tend to offer a more western-approached massage with an equivalent price tag, so it may be best to head to one of the independents for better value.
Dreamy Spa in Long Beach (Tel: +66 (0)75 684 729) offers good value spa quality massages whilst Manee Lanta in Klong Dao (+66 (0)81 597 5996) has an excellent and well respected Thai masseuse, but can be a little rough!
Yoga in Koh lanta
If Lanta is not hot and sweaty enough for you, there are several well-respected Yoga classes offered around the island. Mona at Relax Bay Resort (Tel: +66 (0)75 684 194), has regular classes throughout the week but also check out the classes at The Sanctuary in Phrae Ae and Sri Lanta in Klong Nin (Tel: +66 (0)75 662 688).