Ko Lanta, Krabi, Thailand

Ko Lanta is an island of the Andaman Coast of Southern Thailand, in the province of Krabi, known for its diving and long white beaches. It’s about 70km from Krabi Town. It’s 6 km wide and over 30 kms long, 9 beaches lie from north to south along the sunset coast, its coastlines have more than 70 small islands and plenty of forest, coral reefs and under water life. Popular with tourists seeking a holiday away from the parties, its beaches are never full. A paved road runs along the beaches from the northern part of the island almost all the way to the southern tip. The last 8 kilometers leading to the headquarters of the Mu Ko Lanta National Park in the south are quite hilly. The landscape is dominated by a series of mountains covered with virgin rainforest. From January to April is the hot season and from May to December is the rainy one. The sea stays at a warm 29°C all year round. The nearest airports are Phuket, Krabi and Trang. Ko Lanta does not have roads connecting it directly to the mainland, but is served by car ferries.

Tips

The best time to visit Ko Lanta is between the months November to April when the area’s climate is less hot than usual.
You can easily arrive from Krabi or Trang because of a direct road and boat connections. You also have
an express transfer which is a combination of minivan and speedboat travel from Krabi or Phuket Airport.
Private companies on the island operate boat services to many destinations. Tickets can be booked in advance online.
You can also hire a motorbike to visit the island.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket  is the largest Thai island in the Andaman Sea. It is a true paradise of 50 km long and 20 km wide. It is very mountainous, especially in the west, with a chain of mountains aligned from north to south. These mountains constitute the southern end of a chain that stretches for 440 kilometers in the Kra isthmus and culminates at 1,138 m at Khao Phra Mi. The highest altitude on the island itself, is however only 529 m above sea level, at Mai Tha Sip Song. Nearly 70% of the island is covered by forest. The western coast has several sandy beaches. The southernmost point of the island is Laem Promthep, very popular point of view for its sunsets. The main tourist area of the island is Patong Beach, which also has most of its nightlife and is the center of cheap shopping on the island. Other popular beaches include Karon, Kata, Nai Harn and Bang Tao.

Tips

Phuket, the nearby Phang Nga Bay and the Phi Phi Islands show some of the most dazzling landscapes of Southeast Asia. Go on a discovery tour by taking the opportunity to go snorkeling, canoeing or fishing. Take a speedboat out to the islands, engage in a round of golf or participate in scuba diving training. For children, there is mini golf, bowling, elephant trekking or the Tiger Kindgom amusement park. You can also join an ecotourism circuit, with hiking or kayaking, in national parks. For those who like to live at night, there are cabarets, discos, bars and many restaurants.

Laos

Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia limiting with Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam and China. Mountains and plateaus occupy over 70% of the country; forest covers 44% of the country. Laos has opened up in 1986 in the ‘new economic mechanism’ and several countries have started to invest in the country but foreign investments remain modest and are mainly in tourism (hotels, restaurants, services) but it continues to be the one of the poorest countries in the world. The agricultural sector is the most important; we find rice, corn, starch, coffee, peanuts, cotton and tobacco. Its opening to tourism is fairly recent as well (1990). Vientiane, the capital, has many temples to visit and you can do it by renting a motorbike or bicycle; you can also take a stroll along the Mekong. Another way to know the country is on a guided boat tour through the Mekong. You can also enjoy other villages and areas of interest more easily. Another beautiful town to visit is Luang Prabang which was the old royal city; you will find interesting temples.

Tips

The rainy season is from May to September but try to avoid visiting during the months of October and November also because they can be rainy and have tails typhoons.