Lanta Old Town
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Lanta Old Town is a small village on Ko Lanta's East Coast in Krabi Province. Many years ago, Ko Lanta's Old Town acted as the port and commercial center for the island and provided safe harbor for Arabic and Chinese trading vessels sailing between the larger ports of Phuket, Penang and Singapore. Today, Old Town is the district capital; it has a post office, police station, Buddhist temple, Chinese temple and the island's hospital as well as a long pier.
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand1,405 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Although we had visited the old town on previous visits, we didn’t hesitate on our last visit to the island, going again.
There’s plenty of car parking near the pier by the gigantic lobster and toilets are available here also.
To the left of the car park there’s a small but very interesting local museum with free admission ( there is a donation box) and to the right is the pier with some very good views at the end.
The Main Street is the place to find some very good restaurants serving excellent seafood and traditional Thai dishes. We would particularly recommend the Pinto restaurant.
Many of the buildings are old wooden structures with jetties out into the sea. In addition to the restaurants, there are a number of non food shops selling local crafts and souvenir clothing.
Before leaving the old town, it’s worth seeking out the Buddhist temple. Being mainly Islamic, this part of Thailand doesn’t have many Buddhist structures and the one in the old town is small but has some beautiful parts to it.
A very interesting part of Koh Lanta and well worth visiting.
Written August 15, 2022
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Ian O
15 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Lovely spot for a few hours.
Some really nice restaurants and little shops.
The view at the end of the pier is lovely.
Very wild west vibe to the main street!
Don't leave without getting the best ice cream of all time in grandma's house!
Written July 31, 2022
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MollyD1953
Busselton, Australia98 contributions
Mar 2022
We didn't stay long but the atmosphere was very nice and the view from the pier impressive! Some lovely, exceptionally clean, restaurants overhanging the bay sure could do with the business.
Written March 29, 2022
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Beachordie
oregon210 contributions
Jan 2022
long street along the water with multiple shops and restaurants. If you need gifts/trinkets, clothes, lotions, etc. this is the place. WE found some fun jewelry and nice thai scented soaps/lotions.

our FAVORITE thing was the Big Tree Beer Garden!!! Craft beers and premium Gin and Tonics. We went 2 days in a row!! Please stop in and have a beverage, the setting is so pretty and drinks so so good.
Written February 8, 2022
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Bangoe
184 contributions
Jan 2022
Made a quick visit midday and was positivley surprised to see that many of the shops were open. There were howevre not many customers. Maybe more in the evening.
Written January 28, 2022
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand1,405 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
If you’re visiting Koh Lanta, then make sure you visit the old town. There’s plenty of car parking near the pier which is free from where you can wander along the Main Street and along the pier.
Some of the buildings are very old so don’t just look at ground level but look up as well! There’s a variety of shops, including a hammock shop, and a good number of restaurants with sea food a speciality.
The local shopkeepers and restaurant owners will do their best to entice you into their premises but not in an aggressive manner as can be experienced in parts of Thailand.
There’s plenty of photo opportunities particularly when they tide is in ands you can easily spend an hour wandering about or longer if you visit one of the restaurants.
Well worth visiting
Written January 8, 2022
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Florence N
Paris, France9 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Far better than experted if we took into account critics from the different travelling books bought in France.
Written January 2, 2022
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Moana2008
France106 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Old charming street with souvenirs shops and nice bars and restaurants over the water with great sea views. A lot more historical than the rest of the island. We enjoyed having lunch there and buying t-shirts for our son.
Written December 27, 2021
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Kate M
9 contributions
Dec 2021
Old Town is the perfect place to stay in Koh Lanta. Away from the crowds of long beach, but only a short scooter ride away, you are tucked into a sweet fishing village with restaurants, scooter rentals, and shops just a walk away. We loved our time in Old Town!
Written December 16, 2021
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David
Oxford, UK1,258 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
I visited Old Town in Aug 21, with covid still impacting tourism. Streets that may once have been bustling with visitors were nigh-on empty, with many venues closed. Like many places in Thailand previously dependent on tourist revenue. Some of the photos I've attached may show you this stark image.

It's still worth visiting. Maybe it's a little more peaceful now.

The most interesting single sight in the Old Town is the shipwreck which I understand to be that of the MV Rawi Warin Grand Ship. It looks like it has been left too close to shore and its hull has buckled due to the ship lying on its side too long as the tide rises and falls. Online searches I've made indicate it was a monsoon in 2020 that did it.

I'd love to know more about this ship!

Written August 8, 2021
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