30 Nov '14, 5pm

We are kicking back on Koh Lanta: Thailand's most chilled-out island

It's not as if Lanta is some hidden secret paradise, an untouched spot where no one but the most intrepid backpacker has ever set foot. In fact, it's quite big. Lanta Yai, the main island (there are more than 50 marine-park-protected little ones in the archipelago), is 30km from top to bottom, with a sandy fringe all along the west coast, a jungly spine down its middle and dramatic rockery to the east. But it is, in the grand scheme of Thai islands, deliciously unspoilt. And there are reasons for this. Firstly, it's a trek to get here. Krabi only has international flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Hong Kong is on the cards, but still. Your average journey looks like this: long-haul flight, short-haul flight, taxi, car ferries (plural), more taxiing, perhaps a speedboat straight to the sand in high season. So those visitors who do finally end up splashing in the gin-...

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