Fuel… check; helmet… check; bottle of water…check; sunscreen…check. All ready for a motorbike tour around Kantiang!
Kantiang itself is a small village and after a few days on its amazing beach, you might be ready to venture elsewhere. Motorbike trips are one of the most popular ways to see the island. From Kantiang Bay, the best motorbike tour is the scenic winding road towards the deep south.
Head south down the main (only) road in Kantiang. The road is quiet and narrow and meanders through thick green jungle. Ko Lanta’s natural beauty is right in your face. Pass by massive banyan trees and see the gnarled branches form arches over the road and their vines hanging nearly to the ground.
A few points along the journey, the jungle clears to reveal dramatic grassy slopes with spectacular views to the Andaman Sea and the nearby islands and dives sites of Ko Rok and Ko Haa. This is a perfect stop to take a few photos!
What To Do
There are several beaches south of Kantiang. The first beach is Nui Beach, followed by Klong Jark, Ao Mai Pai and then finally the beach at the National Park. Any motorbike tour of the south should take in one of these true tropical paradises. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, they are all just as beautiful as the next; however, if its solitude you’re after, head all the way down to Ao Mai Pai, where, depending on the time of year, you might not find anyone!
If your keen to head all the way to the southern most point of Ko Lanta, then stop off at the National Park. The park itself is rather small but boasts an amazing beach and great photo opportunities. You can climb to the top of an old lighthouse and get a good look at Ko Lanta’s rocky landscape and coastline.
(Note: As of 2014, the entrance fee to the national park is 100THB/person)
After climbing hills with the bike and swimming at one of the secluded beaches, stop at one of several small roadside restaurants or one of the beachside resorts for a snack or a refreshing fruit juice or coconut.
Need To Know
The road out of Kantiang is mostly quiet but there are other motorbikes and cars on the road. Be sure to travel slow and with caution even if its been a while since you’ve come across someone. Also, some of the hills are steep so you should be comfortable on the bike before attempting this tour.
The trip all the way to the National Park from Kantiang Bay is about 8km and can definitely be done in an afternoon.