On January 8th 2017 heavy rains and strong winds caused some problems on Ko Lanta. Transport services to and from the island have been cancelled or delayed. Services will resume as normal on Tuesday 10th January.
This photo was taken at on Ko Lanta at 10:30 am on 9th January 2017. It’s taken from Saladan Village looking out towards the sea. Blue skies are back!
There Is No Flooding On Ko Lanta
Please note – there is NO flooding on Ko Lanta. There is flooding further south in Thailand but Ko Lanta is OK.
Some trees and electricity cables were pulled down by the strong winds, which meant some areas of the island were without power for most of the day. The electricity was restored in the evening of the 8th.
Ko Lanta Travel Advice 9th January
If you are travelling to or from Ko Lanta today (Monday 9th January) please note the following:
The Krabi Airport to Ko Lanta Transfer Express is not running today, Monday 9 January 2017. (The Transfer Express uses a speedboat between the Krabi mainland and Ko Lanta). The Transfer Express has been cancelled due to big waves.
The Transfer Express will resume on Tuesday January 10th
Ferries to and from Ko Lanta have also been cancelled today (9 January) due to the waves.
Ferries will resume to and from Ko Lanta on Tuesday January 10th
Taxi transfers are still running as normal to and from Ko Lanta. The car ferry is operating at maximum capacity. Please be aware that there are significant delays for vehicles getting on and off the car ferry. If you can postpone your journey for a day, we suggest you do so.
If you have travel plans for Ko Lanta arriving on or after 10th January your journey should be unaffected. You do not need to cancel or change your travel plans.
What Caused The Storm?
The storm was caused by a large low pressure system moving across from the Gulf of Thailand (where Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are located) over Krabi and Trang and now onto Phuket and into the Andaman Sea.
It is extremely unusual for there to be any kind of stormy weather on Ko Lanta at this time of the year.