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From Koh Lanta you will have the opportunity to discover many other islands both north and south of this island. Aside from islands you can also explore the east coast and on the way from east to west you also find some caves.
Here under you find information about islands and we start from north and heading south but first some information about the National Park.
Othaian Koh Lanta National Park
On the south end of Koh Lanta you find this park. It is a natural park with some forest, one rocky beach and one very nice high class 300 meters (100 foot) long sand beach. A light house is found on a hill on a creek and also a small tunnel leads in under this hill. Behind the beach is a trail leading into the forest where you will find a small river and some spectacular trees with extremely big roots and other strange forms. If you are lucky you might be able to see a bunch of monkeys who live far up in the forest but sometimes comes down to greet some tourist welcome. To get here you only have to follow the west coast. Parts of the road will be steep and in very bad condition making the ride on a motorbike a challenge for the un-experienced ones. The last part has been done in concrete some years ago making the very steep downhill towards the park very easy to drive compared from before.
30 km (20 miles) north-west of Koh Lanta this magic pearl rises above the surface. Bamboo Island is 600 meters (2000 foot) long and has beach line all along the east coast. As many of the islands in this region this too is stunning with the crystal clear water, white sand in contrast to the green forests on the mountain.
Phi Phi Island
About 28 km (17 miles) from Koh Lanta you find Phi Phi Islands which are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. With amazing beaches and scenery as a postcard with the classic rock formations rising up from the water this destination is one of the most amazing places there is. This famous island got a big buzz after the movie The Beach with Leonardo Dicaprio and this is with no doubt the most famous island in this area. The biggest island, Phi Phi Don, offer a wide range of resorts restaurants and also a big night life. The island has plenty of beaches and great mountain views. Phi-Phi Dons most famous beaches are Ton Sai Bay, Loh Dalam Bay, Loh Lana Bay and Loh Ba Kao Bay but there are plenty more wonderful beaches. The most famous sites on Phi Phi Leh are Maya Bay and Pileh where the last mentioned one is not a beach but a lagoon situated 500 meters (1700 foot) in from the open water with high mountains along the sides. At the most narrow part it is only 60 meters (180 foot) between the walls.
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Koh Ngai (Koh Hai)
11 km (7 miles) south of Koh Lanta you find Koh Ngai, a small fantastic island with a 2 km (1.3 mile) long beach running along the east coast. Here you will be able to spend some nights at one of the resorts and the island is great for diving and snorkeling and there are shallow reefs just some meters away from the island where you will be able to see a fantastic marine life. The resorts are few and you will be able to find you own spot on the long beach without worrying about salesmen walking the beach one after one. The island is very natural and there are no roads and no power lines leading here.
Koh Muk (Koh Mook)
This Island reaches 250 meters (more than 800 foot) over the sea level and is a popular tourist destination. Koh Muk is set about 20 km (13 miles) south-east from Koh Lantas south end and only a little more than 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the mainland in the Trang province. You can spend some nights on this island either at the more exclusive hotel, Sivalai Beach Resort, on the eastern part of the island right on narrow low land cape or at the south-west side at Charlie Beach Resort.
Koh Muk is famous for the, Tham Morakot (Emeralt Cave), which is set on the west side. The entrance is very small and you will have to swim the almost 100 meters in to a magnificent lagoon embedded in the mountain. The lagoon has a small beach and the walls are rising straight up in the air. There are many trips to this location and you will be able to use a rope and life-west to make your way to the lagoon along with a local guide. It is only possible to enter this cave when the tide is low making this place even more magical. Among other caves this one has most certainly been used to hide treasures a long time ago. At the south-east side there is a small fisherman village housing most of the locals.
6 km (3.7 miles) west of Koh Muk you find this small paradise island which is 3.8 km (2.35 miles) long but less than 900 meters (3000 foot) wide at the widest part. Along the east side you find a perfect beach with some housing opportunities and beach bars. At the south part there is a flatland with a trail leading to a small beach on the west side which is just over 100 meters (360 foot) long with cliffs framing the beach at the sides. The water is perfectly clear all around the island making this a great place for snorkeling.
This is a set of two islands Koh Rok Nai just north of Koh Rok Nok. Koh Rok Nai has a wonderful reef and an awesome beach. Koh Rok Nok also has great beaches and reefs at very shallow waters in the south. The marine life is just enormous and also giant Comodo lizards are housing the areas as well. These islands are set 25 km (16 miles) south of Koh Lanta and each of the islands are about 2 km (1.25) miles long. At Had Man Sai a wonderful beach at Koh Rok Nai you can rent a tent and feel like a real jungle explorer.