The Ko Lanta Things To Do list is surprisingly long if you’re looking for a break from relaxing and want some adventure during your holiday
Sit on the beach, soak up the sun, enjoy the gorgeous views of the sea, wander from cafe to bar to restaurant along the beach – simply enjoy just being on Ko Lanta with no commitments and nothing to do. For many people, this is what Ko Lanta is all about. A laid-back, no hassle place to relax and rejuvenate and forget about the stresses of everyday life back at home.
Ko Lanta 4 Island Tours By Speedboat Or Longtail Boat
The four island tour is one of the most booked activities on Ko Lanta. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see some of the regions uninhabited islands, spending the day snorkeling, taking in the sun and sights.Most tours include insurance, snorkelling equipment, food (lunch and fruit), water and non-alcoholic beverages. Tours can be arranged via tour boat or by longtail boat if you desire a smaller more intimate group setting.
Ko Lanta Cooking Schools
Certainly one of the must do activities while visiting Thailand is attending a cooking course. Learn how to create your favourite Thai dish just like a professional. There is essentially a cooking school located in every village and most offer multiple sessions during the day. Check out our list of cooking schools on Ko Lanta. Make sure to make a reservation a day or two in advance, especially in high season.
Ko Lanta Scuba Diving
Ko Lanta is one of the best places in Thailand to go diving, thanks to its proximity to some of the country’s best dive sites. There are plenty of dive schools on Ko Lanta, with boats taking divers out to amazing dive sites like Koh Haa and Koh Bida. (It’s usually a 2 hour journey on a big boat to the dive sites). You can do a simple “try dive” or complete a course to become a certified diver.
Ko Lanta Yoga And Keep Fit
There are quite a few options for physical exercise on Ko Lanta. Yoga, Muay Thai, Hiking and Caving are available and easily accessible. See our Yoga on Ko Lanta and Keeping Fit On Ko Lanta pages for more info.
Ko Lanta Thai Massage
Sometimes called “yoga for lazy people”, Thai Massage is the ideal way to help your body’s muscles fully relax after a long journey to Ko Lanta. It’s hugely beneficial for both body and mind and if you’ve not tried it before, there are plenty of places on Ko Lanta.
Explore Lanta Old Town And The East Coast
Lanta Animal Welfare
Surely an activity animal lovers and the whole family can enjoy is spending an hour or two visiting and volunteering at Lanta Animal Welfare. The company is a UK registered nonprofit and provide much needed care and sterilisation to the islands animal population. Stop by for a guided tour (starting every hour from 10am-4pm), volunteer to take a dog for a walk or simply stop in to donate much needed funds. The organisation is also in great need of veterinary supplies that can be unavailable or very expensive in Thailand. If you are able to bring supplies from home, email them in advance to see what they currently need. Many visitors fall in love with the animals and decide to adopt. Flight volunteers are desperately needed, so if you are flying home to the US, Canada or Europe, let them know! They take care of everything and you can help a family connect with their newly adopted pet.
Ko Lanta Stand Up Paddle Boards, Windsurfing And Sailing
For those who fancy more than a swim or lazy float in the ocean, head to Klong Dao Watersports located at Noble House in Klong Dao. They offer rentals and lessons if you need them for Stand-up Paddle Boards (SUP), Windsurfing, SUP fitness classes and Small sailboats. Rentals start at 300 Thai Baht per hour and the price doubles if you would like a professional guided lesson in the watersport of your choice.
Attend A Muay Thai Match
For those not adventurous enough to try their strength in actual Muay Thai training, catching a bonafide match is easy to do. The matches take place every Monday night. No need to worry about remembering; a few days prior to matches, trucks drive around the island announcing the next Muay Thai match coming up…impossible to miss!
Ko Lanta Kayaking
Handfuls of beachfront establishments have a kayak or paddle board available for rent for those looking for a leisurely paddle along the beach shores. For those looking for more comprehensive experience, A guided tour may be what you’re looking for. There are quite a few kayaking tour companies on the island; just pop into the nearest travel agent and they will have scores of brochures for different companies and adventures. Companies offer a couple different programs; full day or half day tours, tours of neighboring islands, mangrove tours and various other combination tour offers.
Ko Lanta Waterfall
If you head down to the south of the island to the remote Klong Jark beach, there’s a hiking trail that leads to a waterfall. It’s a fairly easy route which you can do without a guide, and is a great way to explore Ko Lanta’s jungle before returning to the beach for a well-earned drink.
Get A Bamboo Tattoo!
Getting a tattoo while visiting Thailand is on a many a to-do list, especially the Thai famous Bamboo Tattoo. What better way to have permanent reminder of your holiday than with a tattoo? There are many tattoo shops on Ko Lanta; some are free standing shops, many are located in/near resorts and even bars because what better time to decide on a tattoo than after a few drinks.
Bamboo tattoos are an extremely popular way to get a tattoo in Thailand for many reasons; they tend to hurt less than when done by machine, the tattoos heal faster and of course the added exotic element of being stabbed with a bamboo stick 1000s of times. Just as at home, there are precautions you should take before deciding on a tattoo shop/artist. Ask around for recommendations, Have an idea of the design you would, take a look at the artist’s previous work, inspect the cleanliness of the artist/shop and if you have any doubts or reservations, don’t do it! Tattoos are costly, timely and if you end up not happy with the final product, it will cost even more time and money to correct or change it.
Ko Lanta Butterfly Farm
Ko Lanta’s Butterfly Farm is part of the Lanta Orchid Nursery, a landscaped tropical garden showing living butterflies from all over Thailand.The have many photos complimenting the garden which explains the butterfly life cycle from egg through the process to stunning butterfly. It also has a hatching area where you can see some of the bizarre caterpillars eating the leaves of the different food plants. The Lanta butterfly garden is found by following the connecting road from Long Beach to Old Town. See their official site for more details.
Ko Lanta Golf Driving Range
Keep your swing in or enjoy some practice with Ko Lantas only golf driving range which is located in Klong Dao. Shoot the balls forward with a forest backdrop. Open daily from 09:00 18:00 a tray of 40 balls cost 60 baht. After 18:00 when the lights come on 40 balls cost 80 baht per tray.
Ko Lanta National Park
Ko Lanta is famed for its natural beauty. At the very far south of the island, which is mostly uninhabited, is the stunning Moo Ko Lanta National Park, with a lighthouse and two beach areas – one with large pebbles and one with very nice sand and breathtaking views of the natural rainforests and other surrounding islands. This area is also famed for allowing you to see wild monkeys, but note they are hungry and will jump on any bag you carry – so watch out!