Koh Lanta, Thailand

Just a short ferry ride away from Thailand’s west coast lies the island of Koh Lanta. Technically two islands make up Koh Lanta, but Koh Lanta Yai is the main island. After weeks of traveling from city to city we were thrilled to finally make it to the islands on February 17th, 2016.

Longboats docked in the waters of long beach in Koh Lanta Thailand

Relaxing on the Beaches of Koh Lanta

With white sand beaches, blue waters, and beach front bars, Koh Lanta is the perfect place for people of all ages to soak up some sun. Several beaches make up Lanta’s west coast from north to south, making sunset walks a very popular activity. The waterfront is also lined with endless open-air restaurants, massage studios, and bungalows.

A closeup of three longboats in the waters of Koh Lanta
Waves washing ashore at Long Beach in Koh Lanta with trees in the background
A closeup of a wooden longboat with Thai text on the bow in Koh Lanta
A beach with white sand and blue waters in Koh Lanta Thailand
Although there are tons of places to grab a drink and listen to music, Koh Lanta doesn’t have the largest party scene of Thailand’s islands. But we thoroughly enjoyed lounging around on the beach with some friendly stray dogs.
A stray dog sleeping near our towels on Long Beach in Koh Lanta Thailand
Laying back on Long Beach in Koh Lanta
The view of Long Beach from in the ocean in Koh Lanta
A longboat floating in the water as the sun sets over the ocean in Koh Lanta
Palm trees in front of a beautiful sky as the sun sets in Koh Lanta
A rocky beach during low tide with the sun setting at long beach in Koh Lanta Thailand

Volunteering at Lanta Animal Welfare

If you want to do some volunteering while in Koh Lanta look no further than Lanta Animal Welfare. The non-profit organization takes care of stray cats and dogs on the island. While on the island you can get involved by helping to walk dogs in the morning/afternoon; and when you leave the island you can help unite a dog with their new owner by becoming a flight volunteer.

Walking a dog at Lanta Animal Welfare in Koh Lanta
Carrying a dog from Lanta Animal Welfare in Koh Lanta Thailand

We spent several mornings walking this cute pup named Kraden, our designated dog for the week at Lanta Animal Welfare. The shelter only takes in cats and dogs that are injured in some way; in Kraden’s case, it was her hind legs that were injured. All healed now, she does walk with a limp and would quickly become tired (needing a lift from Brad!).

As it turned out, Kraden had already been adopted and her new owner lives near New York. Since we were flying to New York in two weeks we offered to be her flight volunteers, but she ended up flying back with someone else a week after us.

A red sign for Lanta Animal Welfare in Koh Lanta
A cat walking across the grounds of Lanta Animal Welfare in Koh Lanta
A girl sitting with a dog from Lanta Animal Welfare at the beach in Koh Lanta Thailand
A dog from Lanta Animal Welfare siting in the water at the beach in Koh Lanta

Beach bungalows galore

Koh Lanta offers a variety of places to stay, from family-style homes to small private bungalows. First, we spent three nights at Fruit Tree Lodge. Our private bungalow was lifted on stilts (helping with air-flow and bug control) and featured a patio with views of the tropical greenery around us!

Our raised bungalow at Fruit Tree Lodge in Koh Lanta
The deck of our private bungalow at Fruit Tree Lodge in Koh Lanta Thailand
Inside the bungalow at Fruit Tree Lodge in Koh Lanta Thailand
Towards the end of our time in Koh Lanta, we moved further down the island to Pitt Bungalow. Although located across the main street, our bungalow was still walking distance to the beach, and close-by to several delicious restaurants! Pitt includes free motorbikes with each room, so even though we were far away from the main part of town, we could ride anywhere we pleased.
Pitt Bungalow in Koh Lanta Thailand
Complimentary scooters with each room at Pitt Bungalow in Koh Lanta Thailand
A tuk tuk in Koh Lanta Thailand
Baked goods in a display case at Fruit Tree Lodge Cafe in Koh Lanta
The toast with jam and fruit breakfast at Fruit Tree Lodge in Koh Lanta Thailand
A waffle with Nutella at Fruit Tree Lodge and Cafe in Koh Lanta Thailand
A nice table at Ginta bar and restaurant in Koh Lanta
Cool bridge at Ginta bar and restaurant in Koh Lanta

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