Must-see sights on Ko Lanta
Must-see attractions on Ko Lanta, include the following. . .
Ko Lanta Marine National Park
Paddle across the cliff-lined crescent-shaped bay to nearby Ko Rok Nai (photo), which boasts good coral reefs for snorkelling and several pristine white-sand beaches for sunbathing and beachcombing.
Or explore some of the other 14 islands that make up this national park, such as Ko Talabeng with its dramatic limestone caves. Inland you can choose from several hiking trails and visit the clifftop lighthouse.
Tham Mai Kaew Caves
Strap a small lamp onto your head and discover stalagmites and stalactites as well as crystalised waterfalls and fossils embedded in the cave walls (and a lagoon in the wet season) as you explore some of the endless passageways that weave through this cave system.
In some parts of the cave system you may need to crawl through tunnels linking larger caverns. The caves are easily explored on a two-hour tour and are reached on foot (or atop an elephant) after a half-hour walk along a forest track.
Tham Mai Kaew Caves are located in the central mountain range near the town of Ban Si Raya. Along the route is a lookout that offers amazing panoramas over the island.
Urak Lawoy musical festivals
Experience the fascinating music of the Chao Ley (sea gypsies) at one of their twice-yearly three-day festivals, held at full moon in the sixth and eleventh lunar months (usually June and November). The festivals are held on a beach at Ban Sang-Ga-U, located on the southeast coast of Ko Lanta Yai.
Laanta Lanta Festival
During March, join the locals for the annual Laanta Lanta Festival – a three-day celebration of street art, performance, cultural shows, games, music and dance held in Lanta Old Town (Ban Si Raya).