By Krabi Magazine Jun 9, 2014


Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

There are no fewer than 19 dive operators on Koh Lanta and most of them - if not all - will be qualified to take first-timers out for a fully supervised scuba dive.

Dive sites nearby include the world-famous Phi Phi islands as well as the Koh Haa archipelago - all of which are within easy reach. The price you pay will generally include all equipment rental, lunch, fruits and drinking water and as a bonus, the dive sites and boats will be much quieter at this time of the year.

A lot of the dive operators speak a variety of European languages, so there’s a good chance you can get an instructor that - quite literally - speaks your language.

If you're dead set on staying well and truly within reach of the water's surface, then snorkelling is the way forward and many of the dive boats also welcome snorkellers on board as well as divers.

Thai Cooking Classes

Thai food in the west is generally quite expensive, creamy and "toned down" in comparison to what you find in this country. Here, in contrast, it's very cheap, plentiful and packs much more of a punch. Learning to cook authentic Thai food in Thailand is about as good as it gets, and many of the kitchens are open-air or even on the beach front - just to add to the experience.

Classes are a great way to spend a morning or afternoon if the weather is a little wet for other outdoor activities, and you get to eat everything you make too - so you don't have to worry about what's for lunch!

Rent a Moped & Explore

Mopeds are everywhere in Thailand, and Lanta is no exception. They are cheap, easy to operate and are hard wearing.

In Saladan you can hire them absolutely everywhere. You might have to leave your passport with the rental agency, but don't worry - this is standard practice. Everyone does it. It's an insurance for them that you'll bring the bike back, is all.

Biking around Lanta is the best way to truly explore all it's nooks and crannies, and you might even come across a few surprises along the way.

Have a Massage

If the thought of even standing upright is just to much - congratulations: you have successfully integrated into the Lanta way of life. If you have reached this point in your stay here, then it's time for a massage.

If you have never had a Thai massage, you're in for a treat. Unlike the more traditional notion of a massage, the Thai version does not use soothing strokes as it rubs scented oils into your tired body. Oh no. It uses a "pressure point" method that means lots of hard pressing, twisting and cracking of joints!

But it's not anywhere as bad as it might sound - otherwise no one would do it. It's invigorating and totally relaxing all at once, and after a hour of this, you feel like you've had a great workout and your body will be rid of any niggling aches and pains.

You can have it as hard or soft as you like - and your masseuse will usually ask you if the pressure she is using is ok for you, and will adjust accordingly.

Probably one of the best things about getting a Thai massage in Thailand is it's availability to everyone on any budget. You can choose to luxuriate in one of the breathtaking spas that Lanta has on her shores, or you can find a small massage hut somewhere. While the surroundings will not be on par with the spa's, you can still get a great massage for a couple of hundred Baht, which can't be argued with.

Help Local Animals

Rated on TripAdvisor as the No.1 activity on Koh Lanta, Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) is a non-profit organisation working to relieve the suffering of local animals through sterilization, vaccination and medical care.

It's sterilization and health centre, which currently cares for over 60 dogs and cats, is open daily to visitors who can tour the facility and meet the animals.

Whether you're interested in taking a dog for a stroll on the beach (some of the dogs love to swim!) or are happier cuddling one of the many affectionate cats, LAW is the place where you can get your furry fix while contributing to a worthwhile cause.


Happy travels from Krabi Magazine!

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