Destination Guide

Destination Guide to Old Town, Koh Lanta

A must-do while you’re on Koh Lanta is to visit oldest village on the island which is appropriately named, Old Town.

Retaining it’s traditional culture and charm, Old Town is a great destination to stop for lunch at one of the stilted restaurants over the water. After lunch, go for a stroll along teakwood-lined streets and take a moment to enjoy the architecture and pop into the galleries and gift shops.

Southeast Asia Seaview

Sneaky peak of the sea from the street

 

Laanta Lanta Festival

  • The best time to come to Old down is during the annual 3-day Laanta Lanta Festival in March. There’s traditional entertainment and plenty of street vendors. Come hungry because there’s an abundance of food to try!

Pretty pink performers at Laanta Lanta Festival 2017

Where to Eat & Drink in Lanta Old Town

  • Apsara Restaurant: This family run restaurant serves incredible Thai food over the sea in the heart of Old Town
  • Caoutchouc Restaurant: A hidden gem! At the round-about by the pier, go south all the way to the end of the street till you see the water. There’s no menu at this charming restaurant, instead the French owner will recite the fresh drinks and meals on offer for the day
  • Pinto Restaurant: This authentic Thai restaurant is a great place to sit out over the water and enjoy the view of the islands
  • Mango House: Located in a 70-year old Chinese wooden shop house that once served as a legal Opium Den for locals, Mango House serves up quality western & Thai dishes

What to do in Lanta Old Town

  • Buy a Hammock: Hammock House has the largest range of quality hammocks in Thailand. All hammocks are proudly woven by the Mlabri tribe of Thailand, whose original nomadic life-style is no longer an option due to deforestation.
  • Sunday Market: Visit the market in the central square on Sunday mornings for some fresh food and shopping
  • Kayak: North of Old Town is the Thung Yee Pheng village, where you can take a kayak tour through the mangroves (or for a faster pace you can hire a longtail)
  • Ride to the Southern point: While you’re here take the opportunity to drive as South as you can along the main road. There are some breathtaking views along the way

Shoppers strolling along the Lanta Old Town main street

Lanta Old Town Beach

  • There’s no beach in Old Town as it’s a fisherman’s village amongst the mangroves so although it’s not a place for swimming, it’s a perfect place to go out on a longboat to the nearby islands

Old ship on the still Old Town sea

Accomodation in Lanta Old Town

  • While there are places to stay on the East coast in and around Old Town, I recommend staying on the East Coast
By Amy, July 2, 2017 I was born in New Zealand and moved to Melbourne, Australia in my early 20s. There I met my partner Steve. 10 years later, we decided to change our lifestyle and move to Southeast Asia, so here we are!

Amy

I was born in New Zealand and moved to Melbourne, Australia in my early 20s. There I met my partner Steve. 10 years later, we decided to change our lifestyle and move to Southeast Asia, so here we are!

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