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Lanta  Information
Koh Lanta lies 63 Km southeast of Krabi at the southernmost end of Krabi province. Lanta Yai is 22 Km from north to south. On the west lies the Andaman Sea; the eastem coast is a mangrove forest. A range of forest-coveredn hills runs the length of the island. There are eight beaches along the western side.

 

Lanta Yai Island
is where the District & National Park offices are located. The island geography is mountainous and rugged, especially near the southern tip; some beaches are gravelly, others have fine white sands. A clan of Chao Ley, or "Sea Gypsies" are resident on Koh Yao Yai and they preserve many of their ancient customs and ceremonies; e.g. the setting of ceremonial boats adrift to bring good luck and prosperity on the full moon nights of the sixth and eleventh month. This and other features of their lives are open to view. To visit the island take a regularly scheduled ferry from Ban Hua Hin Pier in Tambon Koh Klahng, Bor Muang Pier in Tambon Sai Kao or Jao Fah Pier in Krabi Town.

Taleng Beng Island
 This island is in some ways a smaller version of Phi Phi Ley; made of Limestone, honeycombed with caves, inhabited by the same swifts whose nests are made into soup. Small beaches and caves appear where the tide ebbs.

Hah island
A group of five islands. Hai Yai island has a field of grass on its ridgeline. Another island resembles in shape a sailboat; one has water that passes from one side to another beneath it. There are some corals in shallow waters.

Ngai island
A fine sandy beach and coral reef run down the east side of this island. It is perfect for diving. Regular ferries and charter craft are available from Pak Meng Beach in Trang Province.

Rok Nai Island
is composed largely of formidable cliffs. On the east side are a fine sandy beach and coral gardens growing around sea rocks. On the northern side are San Jao Bay and Tohng Bay.

Rok Nok Island
The southeast and southern ends of this island have fine sand beaches and shallow water corals. Also not to be missed are Man Sai Bay and Talu beach. Transport to the island is via charter from either Pak Meng Beach in Trang Province or from Lanta Yai Island.  There are tents for rent, contact Lanta National Park Tel.: +66 (075) 629018-9.

Hin Dang
This submerged open water reef in the Andaman features a multiplicity of colorful corals to attract serious scuba divers. 

Local festivals and Religious Rites

The Setting Adrift of the Chao Ley Boats
takes place on Lanta Island during full moon of the sixth and eleventh month in the lunar calendar. This is a religious rite performed by Sea Gypsies who gather on the beach near Ban Saladan Village.
They dance their famous "rong ngeng" round the boats to be set adrift. Ceremonies feature singing and dancing; the reason for the festival is to bring prosperity and happiness to the participants, it is something hard to find elsewhere.

Krabi Berk Fah Andaman
This festival takes place in November and celebrates the opening of the tourist season in Krabi. Watersport competitions, cultural shows and good-natured fun are the schedule.

 
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