Easiest Ways to Get to Lanta
There are many different routes to get to Koh Lanta. It just depends from which city / province you are located. It is true that, if you haven't rented or owned a car then flights are the easiest and often affordable way between states. Instead, if vacation timing isn't a primary concern then taking local transports are also very cheap. Even better, it offers to sightsee beautiful landscapes and meet more local people.
By Sea and Lands
Therefore, mini-vans and ferry passengers are the most common way to travel between neighbor cities or islands. However, Thailand transportation is being part of the worldwide easiest travel patterns as there are hundred of options. Just be patient and calm as everyone knows how those agencies are organized.
Lanta well Connected
Koh Lanta is an island very well connected to most Southern Thailand routes by all transportations. Here, the most commons are car ferries, near Krabi airport, mini-van services or ferry / speedboat passengers. Greatly, Lanta is an incredible base to start your south travel as center of many islands and beaches on southern coast.
Bangkok city and Bangkok airport
Most international flights land in main Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport where all other provinces are offer by local flights. There are dozens of an hour travel daily flights available going to Krabi or Trang airport (Airasia). To know, Krabi is the closest airport to Koh Lanta and recommended to reach in fastest way Koh Lanta. It often as cheap and sometimes even cheaper than local premium class train which takes nearly 14 hours to Trang city.
Bangkok is a huge hub of transportation opportunities! Bag packers and even families love to get a first timer Thailand train experience to feel the local vibes. It is very slow, but, a must to do if you want to enjoy slow motion landscapes and meet fantastic locals.
It is very affordable with different class options. The common one is the bunk beds option discovery and recommended to get your wagon as close as possible to the restaurant. Then your fun will begin! Train is going to Trang only without stopping in Krabi. Bangkok Train Station Ticket.
Do not be afraid of crazy drivers and very loud sound systems in a 10 degrees bus. If your length is more than 1.60 meter then forget about taking the cheapest bus option. But, opt for a premium class bus with larger sittings. The price difference isn't big and you get at least free food and sleeping coach. It takes about 10 hours to reach Krabi bus station with a departure at 6.00 pm from Bangkok bus station. Night roller-coaster ride so don't forget some pills and tight your belt!
It is quicker than Bus or Train and a greatest option if you travel with friends or family. Usually, most tourists use this travel minivan as private transfer. More expensive solutions but best if you want to stop more often while traveling between provinces. Even more, as private you can choose anytime to leave the big city. Even, you could visit the most beautiful places on your way to Koh Lanta.
Phuket city and Phuket Airport
The fastest way from Phuket to Koh Lanta is by passenger ferry. It takes 1h 30m. It costs ฿850 - ฿1700 depending the boat service you choose between large ferries or faster boats. Further more, the standard ferry leaves Pier Phuket to Saladan Pier, Koh Lanta takes 1h 30m. It usually includes transfers from your hotel and departs three times a day.
There is one fast boat company Wavemaster which departs at 8.30 to arrive to PhiPhi at 10.30. From there, a 11.30 Petpailin ferry connects for Koh Lanta.
If you get early at Phuket Rassada pier, there is Tigerline ferry which leaves at 8.00 to PhiPhi. it stops at Koh Lanta and other southern famous islands.
if you arrive later after all scheduled ferries / speedboat, then the one option could be a private speedboat transfer. Best option, if you don't want to spend 5 hours in a private car. It costs around 20,000 THB for a speedboat!
The cheapest way from Phuket airport or Phuket city to Koh Lanta is by mini-van or buses. However, it is long 4 to 5 hours ride but costs only 300 THB. You can book your ticket directly from the mini-van / bus station in Phuket city. Easier. contact any local travel agencies or hotels. As well as from Phuket airport, plenty of agencies are available to book your land transportation.
To avoid waiting with crowds at the airport, we can also reserve a private mini-van for you. It costs 4,500 THB only and this private van can take up to 8 people in.
Koh PhiPhi Island
There are several hour options to leave Koh PhiPhi to Koh Lanta with departure at 09:00, 11:30, 15:00 and 15:30. However, it takes about an hour to reach the main Saladan pier located at the tip north of Koh Lanta.
From there, you can easily find a taxi to take you to your hotel. Fairly. It costs usually between 50 to 200 THB per person depending where you're heading in Koh Lanta. Also, you can find many motorbike rental service around Saladan pier. Best option if you just want to visit around to choose a place to stay.
During high season October to May, speedboats transfer are also available. There is one leaving daily at 9.30 with a 45 min ride to Koh Lanta. Moreover, you opt for a private speedboat or longtail transfer. This is cheaper if you are a group to make this trip. More flexible, this will allow you to choose a more precise timing for your travel.