How to get from Ao Nang and Krabi to Koh Lanta?
If you’re making the trip from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta you are in for a treat. Ao Nang is a small town which is very much visited by tourists because the town is very much popular for its sweet beach and restaurants, shops and pubs. However, the next popular destination is heading to the Ao Nang pier and then visiting Koh Lanta. Koh Lanta is also a small beautiful island in Thailand, in the coast of Krabi province and is a backpacker’s paradise!
Once you arrive, there is many top places to stay in Koh Lanta., which there is both cheap accommodation and budget accommodation.
Both of these places are customarily visited by tourists worldwide. People usually travel from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta. The new tourists are always asking about how to get to Koh Lanta from Ao Nang. There are many ways to get to Koh Lanta;
Get The Koh Lanta To Ao Nang Ferry
You can go to Koh Lanta by a ferry. You can take a ferry at the Nopparatthara port in Ao Nang and it goes to Saladan port in Koh Lanta. The ferry also makes a small stop at the Koh Phi Phi Island in Tonsai, which is more exciting because you get to see more than one island at one time. The stop at Koh Phi Phi island is between 2 to 3 hours.
The ferry is a great way to get to your destination as you can also book an advance trip from a local tour company. If you book through a local tour company, you then just sit back and relax you don’t have to worry about the rushing or missing the ferry. On booking an advance trip, the local tour company is supposed to pick you up from your hotel on fix timing and also drop you at the hotel. They also provide snacks and beverages on the ferry if you have booked a reservation, these are included in different packages.
Everyday there are 2 ferries that leave from the port and they have a fix timing. If you do not book any tour reservations, you can also go to the port and if you are lucky to catch less crowd you can get into the first ferry or you have to wait for another one. The ferry leaves daily at 10:30. It’s a 3 hours trip by the ferry from Ao Nang to the island of Koh Lanta. After visiting Koh Lanta we made our way over to Koh Phi Phi. There we did the best things on Phi Phi and the amazing Phi Phi viewpoints.
Travel to Koh Lanta from Ao Nang by Speed Boat
- If you don’t want make a stop to Koh Phi Phi island then the quickest and the fastest way to travel to Koh Lanta is by going via a speed boat.
- The benefit of the speed boat is that you don’t have to worry about the crowd and you can book a speed boat at any time. It takes about 2 hours to get to Koh Lanta by a speed boat. The speed boat costs 2500 Bahts per person but there are discounts for children, age from 2 to 12 will cost 1300 Bahts.
Book Ferry: From Ao Nang to Koh Lanta
Are you staying in Krabi and want to travel the opposite direction? Check out this full guide on how to get from Krabi to Koh Samui by ferry.
Hire a minivan for Ao Nang to the Koh Lanta island
You can also book a minivan to get to Koh Lanta. You can book at the local tour company. The minivan accommodates only 6 people in it. It takes at least 4 hours to get there by a minivan. But if your hotel is far from the coast then it might take additional hour and it also depends how much far is the other tourist’s hotels.
The advantage of booking a minivan is that it will pick you up from your hotel and also drop-off. The minivans are very comfortable and air-conditioned. It will cost 4000 Bahts for the whole minivan so that break downs to 670 Bahts per person. Although the minivan always operates if there are 6 persons in the minivan.
Book Minivan: to Koh Lanta from Ao Nang
Hire a Taxi from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta island
You can also rent a car or book a private taxi. Only rent a car if you have an international driving license. There are many taxis in the market you can ask around for the cheapest one. The taxi charges start from 200 Bahts per person which is a one-way tour. It will take 2 and half hours by the road.
The benefit of the hiring a taxi is that you can make stop at anywhere and at any time to take photos and stay there as much long as you want. You will have to head south towards Trang on Route 4. After some miles you will cross Klong Thom and you will see a navigation signboard turning to right on Route 4206 towards Hua Hin. After this you will have to travel another 19 miles and reach the Lanta Noi and after this you arrive at Koh Lanta.
Book Ticket: Taxi to Koh Lanta from Ao Nang
How to get from Krabi to Koh Lanta?
How to get from Krabi to Kok Lanta? So, another popular root is from Krabi to Koh lanta by ferry. This is a very popular travel route by backpackers passing through Krabi and I would make sure to pick your ticket up a couple of days before you head to Koh Lanta from Krabi!
The best way to book a ticket is online though 12GoAsia, don’t worry I have put the link below for the exact travel route.
Book The Ferry From Krabi to Koh Lanta Here
Check out the Ao Nang princess ferry timetable for more details
Krabi Airport to Koh Lanta
You have the option of taking a minibus or taxi for your journey to Krabi airport to Koh Lanta. A taxi for this journey will cost around 2500 – 3500 Baht.
How long is the journey from Krabi Airport to Koh Lanta? The trip will take around 3 hours so be prepared for that. You can take the minibus from Krabi airport to Koh Lanta if you want a cheaper option. This will cost you around 400 – 500 Baht per person. But, this way till take longer.
Ao Nang to Railay
You can get a 10-15 minute boat ride from Ao Nang to Railay beach. It’s a simple journey to do and it’s worth visiting Railay beach for a day-trip.
Where to book the ferry from Ao Nang to Railay beach? You can book a ferry at the ticket stand next to the Ao Nang beach. Also, your accommodation in Ao Nang will more than likely arrange the trip for you if you ask them.
You can see ferry and taxi transport from Ao Nang to Railay here.
What you can do at Koh Lanta
The town is filled with tons of things you can do. You can see the heritage and cultural arts of the town, since it is said to be the oldest in the whole province. There are small cafes and restaurants that are entirely made out of wood, even the houses are made of wood. It also has souvenir shops and museums where you can see all the history of Koh Lanta. You can also visit the beach and enjoy the sun baths.
You can also visit the Klong Chak Waterfall in Koh Lanta. it is surrounded by rich forest; you can hike your way to the waterfall very easily. The pools near the waterfall has light red colored sand and water clear as crystal which forms a very surreal scene.
Where to stay in Koh Lanta?
Looking for an epic and comfy hotel on Koh Lanta? Long Beach Chalet is a small, cosy, family run resort located within walking distance to one of the private beaches on Koh Lanta. You will receive amazing service here and you will be made to feel very welcome during your stay.
Book Room: Long Beach Chalet
If you want an adult only Koh Lanta hotel, then you should check out the Layana resort and spa. The Layana Resort & Spa is on Koh Lanta Yai Island in Mu Koh Lanta National Park. This top hotel on Koh Lanta has a spectacular beachfront location on a 3-kilometer long white sand beach, situated about 2 hours south of Krabi International Airport.
Book Room: Layana Resort and Spa
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Do’s and Don’ts for travelling to Koh Lanta from Ao Nang
Precautions are always best, here are some useful tips for getting the passenger ferry from Koh Lanta To Ao Nang;
- Be on time for the ferry.
- If you have motion sickness don’t forget to take plenty of water or sodas to prevent vomiting or nausea.
- Some packages don’t worry food and beverages at the ferry it is best to take snacks along the way.
- It is best to leave the hotel 1 hour earlier because you might meet the traffic on the way.
- Carry your passport every time with you.
- For departure, be sure to be at the ferry one hour earlier.
- Due sudden bad weather the ferry might start late or leave earlier.
- The best time to visit Ao Nang and Koh Lanta is in the high season which is between November to April.
Koh Lanta is a cool island to visit in Thailand. If you are visiting Krabi or Ao nang, then you may as well go and check out the island for a night or 2. That leads me onto this question. How long to spend on Koh Lanta? I would just stay for 2 or 3 nights on Koh Lanta, that is plenty.