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Review of Mu Koh Lanta National Park

Mu Koh Lanta National Park
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Great place to make a stop.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

My wife & I didn't know about the national park and were just enjoying the ride on our bike when we came across the entrance. We paid the entrance fee and continued downhill. The place very scenic. On one side you have the beautiful stony coastline. On the other, is the lovely greenery. Plus, there is lighthouse on top of a hill which you can climb. There is even a beach nearby. A small canteen is there in case if you need refreshments. Beware of monekys, not that they caused us any problem. There was a jungle hike but we were not geared for one.

Visited October 2013
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“The Koh Lanta, Thailand Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Koh Lanta is a large island situated off the west coast of Thai peninsula from township of Krabi, Southern Thailand. Access to the island is a 40 minute trip either via passenger or car ferry. The ferry terminal is about 50 minutes drive from Krabi airport. The island is in the region of 60 km long and approximately 30 km wide with a road the circumnavigates the island. To properly see the island and get about at you convenience you will need to hire either a motor bike, tuk-tuk or small car, all of which can hired either on the island or if you wish to hire a small car, this can be also hired at Krabi airport.
Most of Lanta is jungle and mountains, the roads are narrow with bends, turns and dips, fortunately there isn’t a lot of heavy traffic on the island however there are many motorbikes and tuk-tuk’s which the locals ride and the traffic rules are a “little hit and miss”. I noticed some teenage girls riding a motor bike texting so as a westerner you must be alert when driving. The average speed is about 60 kms an hour.
The main town on the island is Sala-Daan at the northern end of the island, this is where all public ferries arrive and depart from. The island has many villages down the west coast of the island where most of the “action” is on Lanta, however the east coast is where a lot of fishing villages’ are located. All of the up-market and backpacker accommodation facilities on the island is situated on the western side of Lanta, from Sala-Daan to the national park at the southernmost point of the island. All the way down this strip is villages’ with restaurants/bars, massage places and souvenir come beach clothing shops on every corner. Fuel can be purchase by the litre in soft drink bottle little stalls and shops or from a couple of larger service stations on the island.
I would not rate the beaches on Lanta as being the best in the world, most are covered with rock however there are a few nice sandy beaches but it is disappointing to see rubbish such as drink bottles and other rubbish left on the beaches. Some of the resorts clean the beaches outside there facilities’, others don’t worry. The very south of the island is a national park called Mu Ko Lanta Park and for THD200 per person you can walk on a maintained track from the beach to the jungle, you start at the beach and then make your way up through a jungle track and come back out at the park entrance. The walk takes about 2 hours and is well worth doing, however if driving to the park the last 5 kms of road before the park is very steep and winding so caution needs to be exercised while driving.
There are a lot monkeys on Lanta so if you are in villa type accommodation you need to shut and lock the doors of your accommodation when leaving otherwise you will have an uninvited furry visitor and by all accounts, they can make quite a mess of your room and luggage whilst looking for food.
In summing up, if you want a relaxing holiday I would recommend Lanta but don’t expect Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok type of entertainment. If you want swimming, jungle drives/walks, nice food and the odd party with friends Lanta is great. If you are able to get around on a motorbike than it’s a cheap way travel while on the island. However I hired a car which was THB 1400 per day and did my driving in air conditioned comfort.

Visited August 2013
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“Great place to relax, don't do the hike!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Koh Lanta National Park is home to some beautiful scenery. The beach at the park is much nicer than the other beaches on the island, and are far less busy. There is also an interesting lighthouse in the area which has some staggering views of the surrounding region. There is a small area where they sell ice cream and other snacks, as well as drinks.

Despite this, avoid the "jungle hike", as there is actually nothing to see on the hike. The whole time, we climbed up stairs and pathways that were blocked by trees, only to see a few ants on the path. No monkies, or other interesting animals were seen. Also, there are no views while on the hike, as you are deep in the forest. To top it off, the hike ends at the entrance to the park, where you will have to walk all the way back down the road to get back to the beach area. In all honesty, you are better off staying at the main beach area, as the animals usually gather around there.

Visited June 2013
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