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Koh Lanta

Thailand's Peaceful Muslim Island

The island of Koh Lanta hangs like a teardrop in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Thailand, south of Krabi. Predominately populated by Muslim fishermen, for many years Lanta was a comparatively undeveloped alternative to better-known islands like Phuket and Koh Phi Phi. Lanta is still relatively untouristed, but that's a bit like saying Brooklyn has fewer tall buildings than Manhattan. There is no shortage of beach resorts on Lanta's western shore, but savvy travelers will still be able to find unspoiled beachfront, authentic villages, and mysterious jungle trails by making a small effort to get off the beaten track. Ferry boats arrive at Ban Saladan, a bustling settlement at the northern tip of the island. Unsurprisingly, the beaches closest to the ferry terminal are the most crowded and tend to have the most expensive accommodations. Head south in a tuk-tuk taxi, and the hotels will give way to modest inns, bungalow kingdoms, and, finally, pure, uninhabited beaches. Scuba diving and snorkeling are both popular activities, and numerous tour operators can arrange excursions offshore. Exploring the inland jungle via elephant or visiting the Old Town on the eastern shore are both good ways to escape the bustle of the beach. No introduction to Koh Lanta would be complete without a mention of the delicious food. Thai cooking is fabulous everywhere, but the Muslim culture of Koh Lanta means you can find wonderfully spiced seafood dishes and some of the best massaman curry in Thailand.

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  • Much quieter than other Islands like phi phi. Beautiful Places to relax. Exploring the Island with a Motor 'Bike. Some nice Caves and uninhabitated Islands (Ko Rok, etc.) . Very cool Place for Snorcheling. We stayed at Moonlight-Bay, whtich is a very pricy, but wonderfull place! Will come back next year!
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