The Thai island of Koh Lanta Yai, commonly referred to as just Koh Lanta, is located off the coast of Krabi and is one of the more laid-back islands along the beautiful Andaman Coast. With enough tourism infrastructure to make getting around and having fun easy, but without the huge crowds of its more famous neighbour of Koh Phi Phi, it is no surprise that more and more people are starting to visit.
Koh Lanta’s sandy beaches are a major draw, with the beach resorts exuding a little more sophistication and class than those on other popular islands. You can easily access the beach in just a couple of minutes when you stay at Lanta Sunny House. With varied bungalows and chalets to meet different requirements and budgets, combined with good onsite facilities and services, here’s what you can expect from a stay at Lanta Sunny House:
Choice of comfortable rooms, ranging from basic to fairly swanky
All rooms at Lanta Sunny House have a private bathroom. The cheapest rooms have an electric fan to keep you cool. They can accommodate two people in a double bed and cost around 950 THB (approximately 27 USD) per night. You can sit on the balcony and listen to the sounds of insects buzzing in the trees. There are larger fan-cooled rooms for two, with a choice of a double bed or two twin beds, available for around 1,250 THB (approximately 35 USD) for a night.
If you need air-conditioning to help you sleep, there are double rooms for around 1,650 THB (approximately 46 USD) per night. These rooms have a private balcony, with an outdoor seating area, as well as a TV and refrigerator inside the room.
There are also rooms for three guests, with a single bed and a double bed. They have a private balcony and a TV. The prices vary as to whether the rooms overlook the swimming pool or gardens. Prices also change for all rooms according to the time of year, length of stay, and method of booking.
Whilst all rooms are clean and well-maintained, rooms with air-conditioning are more modern and attractive than the fan-cooled rooms.
Good resort facilities for a pleasant stay
Lanta Sunny House is a fairly large resort, spread across land that was formerly a cashew nut orchard. There are leafy gardens between the different buildings, and you’ll see an assortment of beautiful blooms as you wander around.
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the resort. The signal was very strong and reliable, although my bungalow was very close to the main reception area; connectivity could be problematic for rooms that are farther away.
Members of staff were very friendly and helpful at the time of stay, providing lots of useful information about nearby attractions and activities. Transportation tickets and tours, such as boat trips, visits to the mangroves, and island discovery trips, can be booked at the resort, and you can also rent scooters to explore independently.
There is an onsite restaurant (closed at the time of stay) and a large swimming pool. We did not visit the swimming pool at all, preferring to hang out at the beach, but other people have spoken favourably about it. Laundry services are available.
Very close proximity to the beach
With just a narrow strip of grass between the resort and the golden sands of the pretty Phrae Ae, Lanta Sunny House is set far enough back from the beach to be quiet, yet close enough that you can feel the sand between your toes in a jiffy!
Phra Ae (Long Beach) is the biggest beach on Koh Lanta. Clear sparkling waters gently lap the sandy shores, and overhanging palm trees provide plenty of shade in the heat of the day. It is easy to find a relatively quiet spot on the beach, revelling in the peaceful vibe far from the tourist masses. There are many laid-back beach bars and restaurants close to the beach’s edge, and it is a great place to sit and watch the impressive sunsets.
Things to see and do on Koh Lanta
Although holiday-life on Koh Lanta is largely focused around the beaches, that doesn’t mean that you won’t find a few things to do away from the seaside. Pay a visit to the smaller Koh Lanta Noi and see the local way of life, and head into Lanta Old Town to admire diverse architectural styles, a couple of temples, and shops that showcase local products such as handmade hammocks. You could also visit a traditional village of Chao Leh (Sea Gypsies), where wooden houses built on stilts sit over the water.
There are interesting caves in the middle of the island, and mangroves that can be explored by kayak. A recommended place to visit if you want to help out the local community, in particular the island’s animal population, is Lanta Animal Welfare. Rescuing stray animals, re-homing cats and dogs, and running sterilisation programs are just a few examples of the great work carried out by the caring and tireless staff.
Book your stay at Lanta Sunny House to relax and explore the lovely Koh Lanta.