Living on an island never gets boring!

The fact that I can swim, do yoga and explore new things makes Koh Lanta a relaxed island for me. The perfect location for a nomad if you ask me.

This is going to be a big blogpost full of my best tips about living and working as a digital nomad in Koh Lanta, Thailand. Enjoy!

 

Koh Lanta, the pretty tropical island.

Koh Lanta is an island in Thailand. It has definitely a lot to offer. From relaxing, sports, shopping, culture and until a lot of nature. Koh Lanta has different seasons.  The dry one (November till May) and the wet one (October till April). 

In this guide, I will tell you more about the (work) lifestyle in Koh Lanta, because this place is worth to see!

Why you should go to Koh Lanta

  • The weather is good.
  • Thai food obviously 😉
  • The beaches are really nice.
  • There is  a lot to discover, beaches, national parks and the underwater world (also the northern island is a definite must-visit!)
  • There’s a nice nomad community.

  

Because this review is an honest one, I also will give some reasons why Koh Lanta is maybe not your place to be. Don’t get me wrong, I love this place, but there are some things worth to consider if you are going.

Why you shouldn’t go to Koh Lanta

  • If you’re a surfer, this is not your place to be.
  • Koh Lanta is a really relaxed island, with a small nightlife and a couple bars. But if you like big parties and stuff, you probably get bored fast.

That’s all I could think of for now.

Getting to know Koh Lanta:

Visa’s

First of all, you need a valid passport for a visit to Thailand. Most of the countries have a visa on arrival for one month, but it’s also possible to get a 2-month tourist visa. You have to arrange the 2-month visa at your Ambassade in your home country or you extend your visa at the embassy in Thailand. (you can do it in Krabi (close to Koh Lanta). Make sure you have a return ticket when you’re coming to Thailand.

How to get in Koh Lanta?

The easiest way is flying to Krabi. From Krabi, you have 2 options:
1. Take the boat from the pier, that takes 1,5 hours and costs 300 baths.
2. Take the minivan, that will take 2-3 hours and will also cost 300 baths, most of the time this is with a drop off at your guesthouse/hostel.

Accommodations

There are a lot of places you can stay, guesthouses, hostel, hotels or Airbnb. It totally depends on the kind of budget you have and how you would like to travel. Overall, the prices online are quite high, definitely in high season. It helps if you book something for a couple of nights and talk with the owner if you can make a cheaper deal if you stay long term.

luxury: Morakot hotel close to Preah ae beach. Not the cheapest option, but I tried it myself and it’s nice! The place had a fridge, a big swimming pool and a nice room for 25 euros a day. So, if you’re travelling with your friend it’s only 12,5 euros a day! 🙂
Average: Grand house, close to Preah ee beach. I loved this place. The rooms were nice, there is a fridge and the shower works pretty well (also warm water!). It costs me 15 euros a day for a big room.

Other nice and cheap options: Alif apartment (1 and 2), Lanta sky house & Lanta Smile inn resort.

If you want to book something with Airbnb? Use this code and you will get a 25 euro discount (To give more information about the link, it’s an affiliate link, I will get 15,- for booking and you will help yourself with 25 euro)

DISCOUNT LINK

ATM’s 

There are a lot of different ATM’s. Didn’t find one with the best rates, there are pretty much the same for my dutch card (ING). But make sure you take out as much as possible because there is always a couple of dollars fee when you take out money.

Sim cards 

I highly recommend buying a sim card in Krabi, before you take the ferry. You can do it at the AIS shop. It will cost you around 6euros for unlimited internet for a whole month! (LINK). Otherwise, you will find them at the 7eleven in Koh Lanta.

Transport:

Renting a scooter or bike:

The most common transport is renting a scooter. I can recommend Dachanat service car & motor rental. This place has scooters from 3.000 a month (where other places ask easily more than that) It’s close to Prae ae beach.
Make sure you have your internal driving licence with you if you rent a scooter

Scooter rent in bath: daily (150-250 a day), weekly (+/- 1.000 ), monthly (3.000-5.000).
Of course, the amount of money depends on the kind of motor, but also on the scooter rentals. There are a couple of places that don’t ask fair prices, so make sure you don’t pay to much.

Tuktuks/ scooter taxis/ taxi’s
These taxi’s you will find everywhere in Koh Lanta. So don’t worry if you don’t want to drive.

    

Laundry

Laundry places are all over Koh Lanta, I haven’t tried all of them, but most places offer service from 40 baths a kilo. So make sure you don’t pay more than that. Most places offer btw a daily service, so you bring it in the morning and you can pick it up again in the afternoon.

Hospitals

I really hope you don’t need this information, but I’ve been to this one and was really happy with the service:
-Andaman International clinic

Popular beaches:

Prae ae beach (also known as long beach)
Klong kong beach
Secret Beach

 

Internet

Most cafes and accommodations have good wifi. It can be handy to buy a sim card for data.

Co-working places:

In Koh Lanta, you have one coworking space: Koh Hub. You can buy a day pass, weekly or monthly passes. The co-working spaces are also offering co-living.

If you’re curious how it is to work in a co-working space in Koh Lanta,  Stay tuned! There will be a review coming on my blog about my experiences. I already made a talking review/vlog about it, click on the picture to check it out.

Ko Hub Working space

  

The best places to eat in Koh Lanta:

Breakfast:

Uncle (cheap breakfast)
Bularn Lanta (good french toast and coffee)
Captain Bakery (cheap breakfast)
Living room (a bit more expensive, but decent food including glutenfree and vegan options)
Suza hut (beach bar with lots of breakfast options)
Aleena minimarket (offers a lot of breakfast items, also banana vegan bread and pastries).
Drunken sailors
Peak cafe

 

Lunch/Dinner:

– Samanta (vegetarian overload):
Eco cafe (best green curry and yellow curry of your life) :
– OA Restaurant
 (Cheap local food, but don’t go here with a big group, they are pretty slow, but fast when you are just with a couple).
– Mays Kitchen (bbq items and thai food) : long beach

Nightlife & beach bars

  • Freedom bar: shakes and chill vibes.
  • Pangea: Music nights on Tuesday and Sunday
  • Fusion bar: open till late),
  • Monkeybar: Friday nights karaoke, also pool tables at the place.
  • Korner bar: Nice music parties on Saturdays
  • Irish embassy: Monday pub quiz
  • Lyms: nice for sunsets (happy hours drinks 3.30-6.00)

(Every night there are fire shows on the beach, mostly on Long beach)

  

Shopping:

You will find small minimarkets everywhere. But if you really search souvenirs or cheaper items go to the old town, there are are a lot of options there. If you need a decent mall or something specific, you probably have to go to Phuket or Bangkok.

Yoga:

If you’re up for a yoga class, there are a lot of schools where you can buy a lesson or weekly passes. I collected a couple based on budget.
($) Oasis yoga, Lanta Yoga.

Awesome Things to do in Koh Lanta:

1.Snorkelling/diving/island tours

Definitely, do a snorkelling tour and a 4 island tour. But, please check the weather, because it can be a bit bumpy haha. The price for a tour is normally between 700 and 1000 bath. I made a vlog about my snorkelling trip, so if you’re curious, click on the picture and have fun watching!

2. Visit the national park.

The fee is 200 bath (a couple of euros), the place is full of monkey, a pretty beach and the ride to the national park is also full of pretty views. I also made a vlog about that, feel free to watch!

3. Last but not least, visit the northern island of Koh Lanta. (Koh Lanta Noi)

A quiet, less touristy island of Koh Lanta, full of pretty views. I loved to drive around and see another side of Koh Lanta.
Check out the vlog to see more!

My conclusion:

Koh Lanta, Thailand as a digital nomad place: 8,5/10
Based on:
+ High-quality food places, nature, amazing local food restaurants, islands vibes &  Thai cultures.
–  Accommodation is a bit more pricy than in other places in Thailand, you need a scooter to get around (a bike is also possible), shopping is more souvenir than proper clothes.

I hope this guide will make living a Koh Lanta a bit easier. Let me know if you have some tips for me of places I missed and have to discover.

Suzanne Schuringa

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