Lanta Old Town
Lanta Old Town
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Lanta Old Town is a small village on Ko Lanta's East Coast in Krabi Province. Many years ago, Ko Lanta's Old Town acted as the port and commercial center for the island and provided safe harbor for Arabic and Chinese trading vessels sailing between the larger ports of Phuket, Penang and Singapore. Today, Old Town is the district capital; it has a post office, police station, Buddhist temple, Chinese temple and the island's hospital as well as a long pier.
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  • LFC19YNWA
    72 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    Went to old town for a few hours whilst staying in Koh Lanta and it was very pleasant. The Main Street has various shops and restaurants and the prices for clothes/gifts are much better than other places on the island so worth holding off on any purchases elsewhere until you look here. We ate at rare view restaurant and the food was very good and excellent value for money. All in all it’s a nice place to visit even for just a few hours
    Visited February 2020
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2020
  • Mister_FixitBangkok
    Nonthaburi, Thailand130 contributions
    Small but quaint
    We visited here twice in our 5 day trip, because it's rather quaint and slow paced. We arrived the first time at about 11 am, just as a small fresh market was closing. There's a longish pier with a statue of a huge crustacean which we walked along to look at some fishing boats at sea. There are a few tourist-oriented shops and quite a few restaurants of varying price levels. We had a coffee in one, but didn't eat at any although I have read good reviews of a few of them. Worth a few hours at most, maybe more if you had a leisurely lunch. Further south is a small sea gypsy village, but when we went there were major road works on the way where huge water pipes were being installed and I think we may have missed the turn-off.
    Visited January 2020
    Written 11 February 2020
  • peter z
    20 contributions
    Very cool place, full of history, still evidence from the tsunami in '04
    Old Lanta is such a cool place to see, it would seem all of the history of Koh Lanta is condensed into this relatively small area. The old town has many new buildings, and refurbished buildings, statues, markets, and then ravaged structures from when the tsunami tore through the area 15 years ago, it's not easy to describe in some ways because it can be viewed, depending on the person as just piles of rubble, without taking the time to consider the disaster that came through. There are multiple pictures of Old Lanta even before that too, in the 50's or maybe even earlier, hung up and on display by the new pier. They have a few statues/displays made entirely of waste found in the ocean, plastic bottles, caps, straws and other waste and have turned it into a way to keep the area clean for not only the human inhabitants, but also the animals with whom they share the island and surrounding ocean. The place just leaves you in awe, and while your driving away you only want to turn around and go back for more. Definitely visit the old town if you are in Kob Lanta, you won't be disappointed!
    Visited March 2020
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2020
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rbrech
Silver Spring, MD499 contributions
Jul 2023
Really enjoyed a few hours strolling through Old Town, admiring the buildings, stopping for coffee here, ice cream there, etc. The ride across the island by motorobike was also a beautiful excursion. Time well spent.
Written 3 July 2023
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J D
United States164 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
A highlight of Old Lanta is the Koh Lanta Community Museum offers visitors a lovely, interesting and free introduction to the culture of this small Thai Island. Open 6 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Mondays), the museum's three main exhibits focus on the different communities who historically populated Koh Lanta Island -- "Sea Thais", Muslims and Chinese. The museum, repurposed 8 years ago from the building which housed Old Lanta's town government, also honors a small part of the building's heritage -- the sheriff's office.

As entrance is free, visitors are invited to make a donation at the desk outside the entrance to the museum.
Written 16 June 2023
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand1,580 contributions
Apr 2023
We never tire of visiting the old town on Koh Lanta - history, culture, interesting buildings and superb restaurants as well as a very interesting community museum and temple.
There’s plenty of car parking near the main pier and opposite the community museum. Entry to the museum is free but donations are appreciated. Be warned…this is not an interactive museum! Much about the history of Koh Lanta can be learned and there are many interesting artifacts.
When we visited, immediately outside the museum was a display of creatures made by local school children out of rubbish found on the shore line and inland. It was a very creative and interesting exhibition.
The Main Street is particularly interesting to stroll down…don’t forget to look up! Some of the buildings are very old. Along this street are a number of very good restaurants and we certainly recommend the Pinto restaurant. Most of the restaurants are situated on piers over the sea. There are a number of touristy shops and certainly one selling local handicrafts. It does become quite busy with traffic so some care is needed.
For anyone to say that there is nothing worth seeing probably means that they never look up from their mobile phone!!
We will certainly go again on our next visit to Koh Lanta.
Highly recommended.
Written 22 April 2023
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Marie M
Chiang Mai, Thailand413 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
If you like quaint little places to see something different, then this might be for you. You only need two hours to explore the area and eat a meal or a snack. Explore the pier area with the giant blue lobster monument, walk the main street with friendly people hoping you will choose their restaurant or gift shop. Please respect local culture and cover your chests and bathing suits, would you wear a bikini and no shirt and walk down your main street in a city that was not on the beach? It is impolite to go shirtless and we saw tourists without shirts and with skimpy bikinis walking down the street. Bring a sarong and shirt if you are coming off a boat or car ride from a beach.
What to see: A small museum that has Chinese and Peranakan objects and fishing peoples' antiques.
Photos of the tsunami of 2004
Creations of art using recycled plastics Done by children.
Colorful side alleys on the water housing eateries and little places to stay
A Buddhist shrine with Chinese pagoda and dragons by the water
The pier offers long boat access etc.
Yes, it is worth at least one visit when you are in Koh Lanta. Hire a car and he will wait for you in the parking lot.
Written 2 April 2023
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Heather M
Pak Kret, Thailand48 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Beautiful little town with many restaurants and shops. Very enjoyable to wander around and visit. Don’t miss the Community Museum.
Written 6 January 2023
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Yas
Dubai, United Arab Emirates423 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Small and very laid back. I found the old town very lovely and very romantic at night.
There are some couple of cool restaurants on stilts.
Written 3 January 2023
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Ann Fuller
2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Lovely place and well worth a visit. Lots of place's to eat and great for shopping for yourself or presents to take home.
Written 28 December 2022
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Ryan O
Walsall, UK6 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Beautiful place! Me and my girlfriend got a moped down from Long Beach and it felt like I was walking back I time. A real sense of community there with great places to eat, highly recommended.
Written 27 December 2022
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Piyush P.
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Beautiful place, amazing see views, must visit.
Visit there by your own to have plenty of time and convenience to see the place. Tour packages doesn’t allow enough time.
Written 16 December 2022
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Thomas J
Falster, Denmark8 contributions
Nov 2022
We went there and it was ok. Nice situated restaurant with ok prices. Not much to see, but if you are staying on Koh Lanta for more than a couple of days, its worth to trip there. But 1 thing is good there and that is not so much trash everywhere. Would we go again - dont think so. Koh Lanta has much more to offer.
Written 14 December 2022
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