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Lanta Old Town

May 28, 2008
This old town of Lanta in the old days was like an Ampher Muang-prosperous with overseas freighters that usually stopped over at the pier in Tumbon Koh Lanta Yai making it the freighter - center between Phuket - Kantang of Trang and Koh Lanta's center point. Later after Petchakasem Road was cut, this pier was fallen in to disuse until 1997 the District Office and important governmental offices were moved to Koh Lanta Noi. Talad Saladan Pier built as the main port for all passenger boats to stop. Saladan market has become Koh Lanta's new center point.

Nevertheless, that was over 100 year ago, today Lanta Old Town in Tumbon Koh Lanta Yai has come back to life and become more attractive with its significance in history and culture that remains for tourists to experience one again.

Long - stay tourists are so fascinated with this small town, as they may choose to do any activities they like - eating, sleeping, going out to the sea fishing or driving to tour the city viewing government offices and old district office built in 1901. At present, the old building in blue made the Office of Sanitation District. Going out pay homage to the Statue of HRH Prince Chumpon Khet Udomsak and staying overnight at huge local wooden houses with things from oversea freighters are pleasurable.

Never to miss is diving for corals viewing at Koh Por and Koh Bu Bu or the "Blue Pearl of the Andaman" that can be done by local boats at the pier in Tumbon Koh Lanta Yai as a half - day or one - day tour including a visit to the islands of the Trang's Sea. Coming to Koh Lanta without a visit this Lanta Old Town is not worth the travel a long way...

Koh Lanta Yai

Koh Lanto Yai has two Districts - Saladan sub District and Koh Lanta Yai sub District. In the old days, Koh Lanta Yai sub District was the island's hinterland with important pier for overseas freighters to pass, making its economy prosperous.

In high season, it is not surprising why Koh Lanta Yai is so crowded with tourist, as it is easy to tour either by hiring motorcycle or by jeeps. If still enjoying, just drive to see the local life styles of the Lanta Old Town and further to the original sea gypsies at Ban Sang Ka - U, now that the island is done.

Koh Lanta Noi

In the old days, Koh Lanta Noi was just a pass way for travelers from Krabi and Trang on their way to Koh Lanta Yai by private cars or vans.

Koh Lanta Noi, with on resorts, luxurious restaurants and other facilities as good as Koh Lanta Yai, though, has one thing better that is the prosperity with a perfect nature and real islander life styles - rubber tearing rice growing and fishery.

If not satisfied yet, try another round of adventure by motorcycle in the next morning tour in the longest and most beautiful beach on Koh Lanta Noi -Long Sord Beach - and end it by taking a fisherman boat to see the abundant mangrove, this is almost what should be done at Koh Lanta Noi.
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