National Park

Koh Lanta

Colourful and laid back

This stunning national park protects 16 islands in the Koh Lanta area, nestled in a beautiful, crescent-shaped bay studded with dramatic cliffs, tropical coral reefs and sparkling white sands.

First established in 1990 as a marine park, the national park boasts mangrove forests, rainforest and stunning beaches, and is also home to nomadic sea gypsies, known as Chao Le. 

Lanta Old Town is a charming little place with houses and shops built on stilts, perched above the sea. Teak wood-lined streets are home to a cosmopolitan mix of Thai-Buddhist, Thai Chinese, Thai Muslim and Chao-Lay (sea gypsies), giving the town a richly diverse atmosphere.

Fishermen catch fresh seafood for you to eat at the numerous restaurants, and there is shopping at the many markets and small shops scattered along the main street.


Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Specialist

"If you fancy a break from the picture perfect beaches of Koh Lanta - head inland and visit "Tham Khao Maikaeo". These are caves and tunnels dripping with stalactites and stalagmites, tiny passages you have to squeeze through on hands and knees, and even a subterranean pool. Absolutely fascinating".