Journey from Koh Tao to Koh Lanta took us about 10 hours and had quite a few steps. We bought our tickets from the office at Mae Haad Pier the day before our departure. We decided to try another company – Lomprayah and paid 1300 baht each. The ferry was scheduled for 6 am, so at 5:30 am we were up and ready to go. While entering the boat you are provided with a sticker with the name of your destination. It should be placed somewhere visible. Lomprayah boats are smaller and faster, when you add a very turbulent sea, you will have me suffering from my first motion sickness episode. Trust me it was the longest boat ride I can recall, even though it only lasted about 1.5 hours.
Remember to pack water and plenty of snacks.
Maybe that awesome bun from the bakery I wrote about on here????
After we got to Donsak Pier there were buses already waiting for us. Each of them had a sign with the destination, so it is very easy to find the one you are looking for. Buses were comfortable, with air condition and toilet.
A five-hour ride got us to Krabi where another vehicle switch was made. This time to a minibus, filled with people and bags, that took us farther south to Koh Lanta.
After arrival, the driver asks you for a hotel name and gives you a price to take you there. You do not have to accept that offer, but it is actually worth it as we found out later. Instead of paying 200 baht, we paid 400 to get to our hotel by other means. At least we got richer in knowledge and had a huge fight to talk about later ????
Taxi price on islands are very high.
Remember that even if you might think something is expensive,
it still is cheaper than a taxi.
Koh Lanta’s first impressions
We stayed in a hotel located close to Bakantiang Beach, about a 40 minutes taxi ride, or an hour (which I swear felt like five hours) on a scooter, with backpacks on in the scorching heat. Our bungalow, besides the ant colony building a home in the bathroom, welcomed us with shade and a beautiful view of the Marine Nature Park.
We settled in around 6 pm and after a quick shower we rushed out to see what Koh Lanta has to offer us. Driving around we filled our lungs with fresh air and our ears heard all the noises that a rain forest gives you. On our way we found a pretty well hidden beach – Mai Phai, which translates to Bamboo Beach.
If you are staying in this neighborhood be sure to check out the smallest restaurant Phad Thai Rock’n Roll. It has only few seats, outside kitchen and amazing food and shakes. Absolutely incredible and well worth the wait if there is one.