The funny thing about Koh Lanta is that even though it was one of my favourite islands, it was so chill and relaxing that I took almost no photos the whole time we were there.
It was super quiet, we maybe saw 10 other tourists the whole time were on the island, and our guest house was right on the ocean, so we had the whole place, and the pool to ourselves.
We rented a moped because tuk-tuks were 200TBH each way, and you could rent a moped for an entire day for that much. I was a bit nervous since they drive on the opposite side of the road than we do, and also drivers there tend to be a bit erratic, passing each other constantly, even when other drivers are coming, so there are quite a few near misses.
On our first night, we set off on our moped, looking for a restaurant on the southwest side of the island where we planned to eat dinner. Over an hour of cruising later, we realized we had hit a dead end. It was starting to get dark outside, and we were clearly lost, so we turned around and headed back the way we came. When we finally found a map on the side of the road, we realized we’d taken a wrong turn, and had ended up on the complete opposite side of the island from the restaurant we were looking for.
Other than that little incident, it was pretty much smooth sailing. Quite a few of the restaurants on the island were closed because we were there during the low season, but the island was so gorgeous that we weren’t too upset.
We did visit the national park at the very southern tip of the island, which was crazy-gorgeous, with monkeys and monitor lizards running around everywhere, a lighthouse, and a nature hike that takes about two hours to complete.
One tip if you are going to visit Koh Lanta, we liked being there in the low season because it was cheaper, and it was nice to just relax after a few days of partying in Phi Phi, but the one downside was that some of the islands near Koh Lanta are designated as being part of the national marine park, and they aren’t open during the low season in order to give the reefs time to recuperate.
There are lots of diving, snorkeling and tour trips to the other islands advertised everywhere, but you can’t go during the low season, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your trip.