Islands Nearby Koh Lanta
Everything you Need to Know about Islands Nearby Koh Lanta
South of Koh Lanta, close to the coast of Trang Province are a number of smaller islands with great beaches, coral reefs and solitude.
Koh Ha is a tropical paradise in which visitors can relax and enjoy their day snorkeling, scuba diving and take on the beautiful surrounding. The word ‘ha’ means ‘five’ in Thai and, as the name suggests, Koh Ha consists of five lovely limestone islands located on the west of Koh Lanta, just an hour away by boat. Before it became relatively well known, the main Ha Island was a shelter for Sea Gypsies and local fishermen. Its harbour provided a safe spot for them to avoid big storms as there are not really any other nearby islands in this area of the Andaman Sea. Koh Ha was original known in the Malay language as Tuk Narima Island. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Best time to go: October to June
- Location: Andaman Sea under the supervision of Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park
Koh Kradan plays host to the annual underwater wedding ceremony that draws many partipating couples, hundreds of spectators and takes place each Valentine's day.
Also known as Koh Ha by the locals, Koh Kradan Island lies south of Lanta and belongs to the neighbouring Haad Chao Mai National Park. Named after the oblong shape of the island, Koh Kradan covers 4sqkm and is considered one of the most beautiful islands off the Trang coastline.
It offers seclusion, dazzling white beaches and easy snorkeling in clear water off the eastern coast, where reefs containing coral gardens, lie close to the beach.
Koh Kradan offers a few private bungalow developments, with both fan cooled and air-con bungalows. Accommodation in tents can also be booked with the National Park Office. Electricity is available from 18:00-20:00 during weekdays and until 22:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Read More...
- How to get there: There is no scheduled ferry service from Lanta Island to the islands of Ngai, Muk or Kradan. You can, however, rent a private longtail boat in Saladan (Lanta Island) or join a snorkeling excursion from Lanta Island and get off the boat at your preferred island. Check the snorkeling destinations first to ensure you go to the right island before booking!!
Most of the island of Koh Muk is mountainous apart from a small sandy peninsula to the east which is the main (and only) village area - home to about 300 Muslim fishing families. Tourist accommodation is limited to a couple of small resorts located on Ao Makham Beach - located around the other side of the village, where the water is very shallow exposing corals during low tide.
The Emerald Cave - one of Muk Island's main attractions, lies on the west coast and can be reached only by boat. The narrow entrance at the bottom of high-rising cliffs, is wide enough for boats to pass through at low tide. Although many visitors prefer to swim into the darkness and through the winding cave, a distance of around 80 metres.
The reflection of the sun in the water creates a beautiful spectrum of green, emerald and turquoise shades at the entrance, (which gives the cave its name) The end of the cave leads to a kind of hidden Shangri-La - an interior shady valley located between steep cliffs complete with white sand beach. Visitors should go with a guide or note the tide tables as exiting the cave is dependent on the tides. Read More...
Koh Ngai (Hai) is a tiny island measuring 4 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. Mountainous and covered by tropical forest, much of the coastline is indented with rocky headlands, while the eastern part has some beautiful sand beaches, backed by coconut plantations.
Don't be surprised to see crab-eating monkeys and monitor lizards coming down from the mountains. In the uninhabited western and northern parts of the island, bird watchers should have a field day looking out for migrating birds. Snorkeling is easy along the western and southern coast, where some reefs can be accessed directly from the beach.
Accommodation on Koh Ngai is limited to a few resorts which offer a choice of fan cooled huts to deluxe air-conditioned bungalows. Bungalows are charmingly constructed to blend in with the natural surroundings.
- Remarks: Accomodation available: Kohhai Fantasy Resort & Spa
- How to get there: From Pak Meng, located 15 kilometres away on the mainland opposite, in Trang Province. Standard ferry takes about one hour. A faster speedboat connection from Pak Meng Pier is also available, departing around the same time. It takes just 20 minutes. From Koh Lanta there is no scheduled ferry service from Lanta Island to Ngai Island although it is possible to rent a private longtail from Saladan (Koh Lanta Island) during high season (Nov - April).
Krabi is home to more than 100 unique tropical islands and Koh Rok is one certainly worth visiting. Many people take a day trip there and it’s good to know that there’s an option to stay overnight too. Famous for snorkeling, scuba diving as well as fun camping, Koh Rok is under the supervision of Mu Koh Lanta Marine National Park so an admission fee applies. Koh Rok is actually made up of twin islands by the name Koh Rok Nai and Koh Rok Nok with the distance of about a couple hundred metres in between them. Read More...
- Opening Hours: October to May
Best time to go: Feb to April
- Location: about 30km south of Lanta Island