Ko Lanta Old Town
Located in the South-East of Ko Lanta is the oldest town on the island. 50 years ago this was the main town on the whole of Ko Lanta, now it is a small window into the traditional history of the island. The Old Town is an eclectic mix of wooden shop houses, restaurants on stilts over the sea and quirky accommodations.
Getting There: the easiest way to get to Ko Lanta Old Town is by motorbike, it is about a 40 minute drive from Long Beach.
Costs: free to walk around, ฿100-150 for the motorbike rental
Nearby Attractions: if you head to the Mangrove Forest for a morning kayak then head down here after and do a loop of the island
Heading over to the East side of the island the drive down to Old Town Ko Lanta is incredibly pleasant; the roads are well paved and the scenery is beautiful making the 40 minute drive from Long Beach or wherever you’re staying at to be very enjoyable.
Upon arriving in Old Town you’ll see that there is one main street that runs through the Old Town, with a vast number of restaurants and tourist souvenir shops. You’ll quickly realize it’s not going to take a long time to explore the town! Have a wander around the old wooden shop houses, walk along the sea front and down the pier and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants overlooking the sea.
There’s a distinct Chinese influence to the place and as you walk around you’ll notice lanterns and Chinese lighting and sense a slow, laid back vibe to the place. The town still retains its heritage as a fishing village and you’ll see the fisherman coming and going throughout the day although most of the income in present day comes from the tourism brought in by the shops and visitors to Old Town.
This destination is good for an hour or two to wander of wandering around picturing life on the island before it become modernized and a tourist destination, after you’ve seen all there is to see, hop back on your motorbike and head back to Long Beach, or Khlong Khong Beach to rejoin the hustle and bustle of the island.