Transport on Koh Lanta (Thailand)

Many tourists who travel to Koh Lanta (Thailand) for their holiday are wondering how to get around the island. How to get from the pier to the hotel, from one beach to another, and how to get to the night market or other shops. In general, such inquiries can be covered in one, broader question: What types of transportation are there on the island of Koh Lanta, and how much do they cost? For an island that is more than 20 km long, the range of transportation options on Koh Lanta looks very limited. There are tuk-tuks, taxis, bicycles, mopeds and cars for rent. But let's consider each of them in an orderly fashion.

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Public transport on Koh Lanta

When it comes to public transportation on Koh Lanta everything is simple - there is no public transport on the island. Locals drive their motorbikes and cars. Judging by several Sonteos (buses with benches along the side), which I was lucky to see on Ko Lanta, there have been attempts to organize public transportation, but there has been little success.

Taxi on Koh Lanta

Taxis on Koh Lanta are represented by three types of vehicles:

  • Traditional cars with air conditioning.
  • Tuk-tuks in the form of converted pickup trucks (they can fit up to 8 passengers).
  • Tuk-tuks in the form of a motorbikes fitted with a sidecars (good for 3 - 4 passengers).

Тuk-tuk in the form of a motorbike with a trailer | Transport on Koh Lanta | Travel with AsiaPositive.com
Тuk-tuk in the form of a motorbike with a sidecar

Taxi prices, just like in other tourist destinations in Asia, depend, first of all, on the taxi driver's greed. If there is only one taxi driver left at the port, then he will most likely offer tourists a sky-high price, just for a transfer to their hotel.

To help you navigate Koh Lanta taxi prices, here are some examples of typical fares:

  • from Saladan pier to Klong Dao beach (2 km) - 40 - 80 baht,
  • from Saladan Pier to Bakantiang Beach (20 km) - 300 - 400 baht,
  • from Klong Dao beach to Klong Khong beach (8 km) - 100 - 200 baht.
Тaxi on Koh Lanta (Thailand) - pickup with seats along the side | Travel with AsiaPositive.com
Тaxi on Koh Lanta - pickup truck with seats along the side

If you want to just cruise the beaches and other interesting places on Ko Lanta, you can negotiate with the taxi driver for an hourly rate. For example:

  • 1500 baht for 4 hours
  • 2200 baht for 6 hours.

But I advise you to have a clear agreement about the full price of the trip and the route, in order to avoid an unforeseen price increase. Otherwise, the driver might be tempted to say he never agreed to drive “so far.”

As of the writing this article, it is not possible to order Grab Taxi on Koh Lanta. It's a pity, as the Grab Taxi application helps a lot to reduce transportation costs in other regions of Thailand (link to the Grab Taxi application at a discount).

Motorbike for rent on Koh Lanta

Motorbikes for rent can be found in many hotels and wherever tour and excursion tickets are sold. Prices start from 200 baht. The cheapest options are usually in poor mechanical condition.

Be prepared to pay around 300 baht per day for a technically sound motorbike that doesn't look to battered.

The cost of transport for rent on Ko Lanta (Thailand) | Travel with AsiaPositive.com
The cost of transport for rent on Ko Lanta (click to enlarge)

To ride a motorbike, theoretically, you need a category A driver's license. In practice, however, I never saw any police on Ko Lanta, even though I traveled around the island a lot.

But the police are not the main thing. The most important thing is that insurance companies will refuse to pay for treatment if you drive without a Category A license and get into trouble.

Be warned in advance! Despite the fact that the roads to Koh Lanta are not overloaded with vehicles, you can hardly call them safe!

On the roads, there are some very impressive potholes. One hit with the front wheel could flip you over the handlebars. It is also not uncommon to encounter agressive drivers who love making dangerous manoeuvrers (I personally witnessed such behaviour).

At night, the roads are plunged into darkness. Street lighting can only be found at the northernmost part of the island, near the Saladan pier.

If you are not experienced at riding a motorbike, then there is a high risk of having a most unpleasant experience and spending your entire vacation in bandages.

Safe alternatives to motorbikes include bicycles or cars.

Roads on Koh Lanta island (Thailand) | Travel with AsiaPositive.com
Roads on Koh Lanta island

Rent a bicycle on Koh Lanta

Bicycles can be found for rent for 100 - 150 baht. Although, I confess, finding a bike for rent is more difficult than a motirbike. Therefore, when booking a hotel, it is worth paying attention to whether there are bicycle rentals available at your hotel.

The filter will help to book a hotel in which there is a bicycle rental. | Transport on Koh Lanta (Thailand) | Travel with AsiaPositive.com
This filter will help to book a hotel in which there is a bicycle rental

Car for rent on Koh Lanta

The cost of cars for rent on Koh Lanta starts from 1200 baht per day.

If you plan to travel a lot on the roads of Thailand, and you want to see the sights of Krabi and visit the interesting places on Koh Lanta, it is much more profitable to book a car in advance and get it at Krabi airport (you can drive it all the way to the island).

There is a large gas station on Koh Lanta, just a few kilometers away from Saladan pier. It is located on the main road that runs along the west coast. There are gas stations in the form of self-service machines and racks crammed with bottles of fuel, practically at every corner. As elsewhere in Thailand, it is most advantageous to refuel at a gas station, because their prices are always lower than in vending machines and bottles

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