spent on Koh Lanta is mostly defined by idyllic days of swimming,
snorkeling, diving and any other water-related activities. But
inland, one is stimulated in different ways and the following
offerings are the next best ways to get to know the rest of the
island at a more local level.
Khao Mai Kaew Cave
As you make your
way to the east coast of the island, right in the area of Baan
Klong Nin, the road to Khao Mai Kaew Cave will show up on the
right. Itís a dirt road, but itís easy get to the cave from the
main road. Between the few kilometers leading to the cave, the
mountainous scenery on both sides includes that of a green plateau,
small Muslim villages and rubber plantations. An information house
that looks more like a hut serves as a dead end; to give a general
signal that every vehicle should stop at this point. The people
sitting in front of the house will gladly inform you that you
will need a guide to take you to the cave. The fee is BHT200 per
person and you should come prepared to walk at least 30 minutes
to get to the cave. A pair of trainers, a T-shirt, shorts and
a flashlight should be on your checklist for the Khao Mai Kaew
Cave experience. Waltzing through exotic forest, climbing up the
hills and listening to the birds are what you will encounter before
entering the cave. Once inside (claustrophobes beware!), the sensational
experience comes from the beauty of the stalagmites, stalactites
and other dramatic rock formations. Donít be surprise if you come
out sweating and covered in mud.
Mu Ko Lanta National
are so many reasons to visit Mu Ko Lanta National Park but to
come here you have to think of transportation first. If you donít
plan to drive around the island a lot, itís not a problem as your
resort can arrange a three-hour tour for you. It is worth staying
for a few hours in the national park as the road to get here is
bumpy. Pack some food and cold drinks for a picnic by the amazingly
beautiful sandy Tanod Beach. Sunbathing and swimming should be
included in your program but what you can also do is to climb
up to the Lighthouse to have a birds-eye view of the neighboring
islands and the turquoise water. Afterwards you can do some jungle
trekking for one hour and hire a boat to go to Koh Ngai, the island
facing Tanod Beach. Thereís a quiet beach thatís mostly frequented
by sea gypsies. There, youíll see a path that leads up to a viewpoint
that offers spectacular and panoramic views of Koh Lanta. You
know youíre there when you look below and see rocks forming what
looks to be the back of a crocodile. Itís a rough and uncleared
walking path so put on your hiking shoes and boots for the occasion
since youíll need a firm grip on the ground as thereís a bit of
climbing involved, through high grasses and weeds. But it will
be well worth the effort.
Massage and Spa
recognized as one of the countries that offer the best massage
in the world and while there arenít too many stand-alone spas
in Koh Lanta, up-market establishments offer various year-round
massage and spa treatments in luxurious and relaxing surroundings.
You are in Koh Lanta to relax so donít miss the opportunity to
treat yourself and check out places like Lanta Residence
Resort & Spa, or the luxuriously new Rawi
Warin Resort and Spa, Royal Lanta Resort & Spa, Lanta Marine
Park View Resort & Spa.
couples, the Twin Lotus Resort & Spa is offering
an ďIn Love with BussabaĒ package, which involves
4 hours of pampering body treatments, complete with drinks and
desserts. Itís best to call the hotel and book your time slot.
Even on more remote islands like Koh Ngai you can be pampered
at the Koh Hai Fantasy Resort & Spa where
couples can indulge in spa treatments designed for two.
the moment, there arenít any independent centers for yoga or any
holistic disciplines. But if youíre interested, Travel Insight
can arrange group tours offering yoga, meditation, Qigong, relationship
counselling for couples, families and much more. This Swedish
approach to a quality lifestyle is meant to inspire people to
take some time out from their stressful and hectic life at home
and encourage a longer stay on Ko Lanta. Information is available
on www.travelinsight.net or contact Time for Lime on the island
at 075 684 590 for more information.
Itís good luck
for Thai people to walk under an elephant. The symbol of the elephant
signifies the Royal Power. But itís also fun to ride them. Elephant
Trekking is limited during the green season on Koh Lanta as the
elephants move around the country where there are tourists. But
at Klong Jaak Safari (Tel: 06-278-3709), you can ride elephants
all year-round although it is a bit difficult to get to. Maybe
try other places such as Sumate Koh Lanta Yai Safari (Tel: 01-895-2272,
07-280-9543). While riding, the elephant will take you to a promenade
in the jungle to see rubber plantations. The fee is usually 800
baht per hour.
A recreational and flying
sport, paragliding is closely related to hang gliding. It creates
the feeling of a bird as you sit in a harness suspended below
a fabric wing. The shape of the wing is formed by the pressure
of air entering vents in front of it.
sitting in a paraglider and viewing Koh Lanta, its scenic mountains,
cliffs and surrounding waters. How fantastic!
Paragliding is suitable on the east side of the island from November
to April and on the west side from May to October.
A license is required
for those interested in the free-flying sport.
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