Although not so much of a secret anymore, Koh Lanta is still a wonderful and less busy alternative to nearby Koh Phi Phi which has been transformed from an idyll into a tourism hub. Koh Lanta has everything that you would expect of a Thai island with striking white beaches, clear waters and a relaxed bustle but it also has something else that appeals; it is primarily a family resort.
Almost unheard of in this part of the world, Koh Lanta is viewed as a placed for families to come and see all that Thailand has to offer so there is much less of a party atmosphere and more of the gentle, peaceful air that first brought travellers to Thailand many years ago. Lanta Old Town is a fascinating place to arrive and gives an indication of the cultural history of the island. With a mixture of Chinese, Thai and Sea Gypsy ethnicities and architectures, there is also a sea gypsy village that you can visit by arrangement. As with other islands in this region there are a number of stunning beaches to visit, with Klong Dao being the most popular, but Klong Nin is perhaps the most beautiful and well worth a visit.
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