By public bus or minivan and ferry it takes 5 hours 30 minutes to travel from Surat Thani to Koh Lanta.
Travel Times: Surat Thani to Koh Lanta
- Click on the ‘Surat Thani – Koh Lanta’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Surat Thani Bus Stop
Bus and minivan services to Koh Lanta depart from both Surat Thani Railway Station and Surat Thani town centre.
Arrival in Koh Lanta
The final stop for services from Surat Thani is Saladan Pier in Koh Lanta.
About Koh Lanta Old Town
Koh Lanta’s Old Town used to be the main town in Koh Lanta before tourism became the major local industry. The Old Town looks a lot like it would have done a few decades ago when the island’s economy was dependent on the import and export of goods through the town’s pier. The main street in the town is relatively small, about 400 metres long, but it is packed with old wooden Chinese style shop houses many of which have small jetties built on the rear of the property on stilts over the sea.
These old wooden buildings have been very well preserved in greater part due to the fact that they have been leased out and are now largely used as shops, bars and restaurants. Some of the buildings still house Taoist shrines and very old businesses, but most have been transformed into boutique shops, cafes and moderately expensive restaurants capitalising on the passing trade from visitors who come to see the historic buildings. Koh Lanta’s Old Town is on the east coast of Koh Lanta Yai (the largest of Koh Lanta’s islands) 16.6 km south of Saladan Town which is now the island’s main town. The Old Town is a popular stop on a tour of the island and well worth visiting when you come to Koh Lanta.