For a convenient overview of why Koh Lanta is one of the best places to go diving in Thailand, check out AmazingLanta’s quick guide to the best diving and where to stay on the island
Koh Lanta is my favourite island in Thailand – I’ve been going there for the last five years and while the island has been getting increasingly popular over that time, it still remains largely untouched with fantastic, largely empty beaches and a great, laid-back feel to it. (Mind you, it does get pretty busy over the Christmas / New Year period). Besides the island itself, Lanta is positioned to get to some of Thailand’s best diving – and this is the reason I keep going back.
The dive sites of Koh Haa and Hin Daeng / Hin Muang are spectacular in their diversity and what might turn up – everything from manta rays to whale sharks to tiny, beautiful creatures like harlequin shrimp. You can do daytrips to these sites or go on a liveaboard. My mate Rob, who lives on Koh Lanta, has recently written up a very handy overview of Koh Lanta Diving on his site AmazingLanta.com which is well worth checking out if you’re looking for somewhere less crowded than Phi Phi or Phuket as your base for diving Thailand’s southern dive sites.