By public bus or minivan it takes between 5 hours 30 minutes to travel from Surat Thani to Koh Lanta. Bus and minivan services from Surat Thani travel to Koh Lanta via the short car ferry crossing to Khlong Mak Pier on Koh Lanta’s north island. Bus and minivan services complete the journey by taking passengers by road onto Koh Lanta’a main island terminating in Saladan town.
Bus Timetable from Surat Thani to Koh Lanta
- Click on the ‘Surat Thani – Koh Lanta’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Bus stop in Surat Thani
Bus and minivan services to Koh Lanta depart both from Surat Thani Railway Station and from Surat Thani’s town centre bus station known as Talad Kaset 1 Bus Station.
Arrival in Koh Lanta
Bus and minivan services from Surat Thani terminate in the car park in front of Saladan Pier on Koh Lanta Yai.
Beaches in Koh Lanta
The first three things you need to know about the beaches is that: 1. They are all on the west coast of Koh Lanta Yai, the main island. 2. There are lots of different beaches along pretty much all of the 30 km long stretch of coastline. 3. That the further south you go from Saladan town (located on the northern end of Koh Lanta Yai) the quieter the beaches become. A popular option for visitors to the island is to hire an automatic motorbike (a moped) and travel around visiting different beaches.
One of the great things about Koh Lanta as a holiday destination is that the variety of beaches on the main island means that there is beach to suit nearly everyone. Klong Dao Beach, which is the most northerly beach on the west coast is walking distance from Saladan town and is the popular beach on the island attracting families. Klong Dao Beach is one of the longest beaches on the island with lots of shops, bars and restaurants conveniently located in the beach front. By way of contrast Ao Nui Beach is one of the smallest beaches on the island 15.9 km from Saladan which attracts very few visitors and has only a single ramshackle bar on the beach front and no resorts.