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Koh Lanta – A Photo Essay

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta in low season is a sleepy island with so much to see.  Staying here a full month, I was able to immerse myself in Koh Lanta and explore the island without a lot of other tourists around. You can drive the whole island in 90 minutes by motorbike. I stayed in Old Town, which is a cute fisherman’s village on the East side of the island.  I rented an overwater bungalow with a motorbike to get to places on my own. Here’s is my month on Koh Lanta, in 40 photos.

 

 

Ferry Terminal - Koh Lanta, Thailand
 Riding in on the ferry from Koh Phi Phi you’re welcomed by shops on stilts at Saladan Town Pier

 

Sunset at Koh Lanta, ThailandThe sunsets in Koh Lanta are beautiful. Everyone goes over to the west side of the island to Diamond Cliff Beach to “see the show”

 

Koh Lanta, ThailandDiamond Cliff Beach is also beautiful during the day

 

Koh Lanta, ThailandWatching the morning sunrise from my bed

 

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Even in low seasons choppy water you can find locals out with their rods trying to catch fish for dinner

 

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Even in the rain, fishermen will push their loot home across a low tide

 

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Long-tail boats and fisherman bungalows in Old Town during low tide

 

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It looks vastly different in high tide

 

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Hermit crabs are one of the many sea critters you’ll see hanging around the bungalows

 

Koh Lanta, Thailand Klong Dao beach is on the west side of the island a rocky beach with a beautiful view

 

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Most locals own long-tail boats that are used for fishing, tours and transport

 

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The locals fish everyday, using homemade crab pots

 

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The ribbons on the front of the boats are sacred, they have been blessed by monks for safe sea travel

 

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Saladan during low season you’ll find most shops boarded up waiting to open again in high season

 

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Tugboats are used to carry barges across the water to Lanta Yai

 

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A little salesman manning his food cart at the car ferry holding area

 

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One of the parks on Lanta Yai

 

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Many tress are surrounded by water during high tide

 

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The life of an elephant on the island is a sad one, babies are chained to the side of the road to lure tourists into signing up for a trekking tour

 

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At the bottom of the island is the national park and home of the lighthouse

 

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At the top of the lighthouse is a breathtaking view, go early in the morning before the tourists arrive

 

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From a distance they looked like birds, but once up-close you’ll find super-sized dragonflies

 

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One of the many monkeys at the lighthouse eating fruit that looks like candy corn

 

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On the drive back from the lighthouse, you’ll find long-tail boats docked anywhere there’s water

 

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Old Town is a one road street where you’ll find fisherman houses on stilts

 

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The street down Old Town is bustling with restaurants and shops

 

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From souvenirs to fruit stands you can find anything you need in Old Town

 

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These garbage receptors are every few feet on the street and are picked up by the trucks nightly

 

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There are many kids playing on the street in Old Town

 

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And ducks farms are common

 

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In low tide you’ll see families digging for clams

 

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Some families have cows which are kept on nose leashes

 

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Soccer is a big sport out here

 

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Fishing boat docked in Old Town

 

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Another fishing boat anchored in low tide

 

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Sunset over Old Town pier
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Many fishermen keep their boats tied just outside their bungalows and during high tide you can see them floating with the tress

 

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The most amazing sunrises I saw were right from my bed during low tide

 

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While everyone else is at full-moon parties, I was out capturing the moon on film

 


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