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The Island of Lanta was known long ago as Pulau Satak, a name of Malayan origin meaning Long Beach Island. Today’s name is most probably a corrupted form of the Javanese word lantas, that means a fish grill, which is built of wood with a square grill on top where the fishes are set in a circle. This finally gave the island the name Koh Lantas. In 1917, the name was changed to today's Koh Lanta and the two main islands together with 51 smaller isles became a district of Krabi Province.


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Koh Lanta people and parties

Festivals and Events

Last Updated: 20 Jul 2009

In a world where culture and religious differences often divide communities and countries, Koh Lanta provides idyllic proof that people of diverse and varied ethnic groups can live together in peace and harmony for hundreds of years and welcome foreign visitors with their arms open.... read more.

Koh Lanta beaches

Sea Gypsies

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2008

The nomadic Chao Lay (Sea Gypsies) arrived on Koh Lanta more than 500 years ago with their unique language, matriarchal social structure and animist belief system.... read more.

Koh Lanta people and parties

People of Koh Lanta

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2008

Koh Lanta is home to three very distinct cultural groups – the Chao Ley (Sea Gypsies), Thai-Muslim people and the Thai-Chinese. All share the innate Thai warmth that is locally known as 'the Koh Lanta charm'. They have lived together in peace and harmony for hundreds of years in mixed commu... read more.

Rong-Ngeng Dance

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2008

For a true local cultural experience, you might watch a Rong-Ngeng dance. The Rong-Ngeng dance is a folk dance of the Sea Gypsy people living on the islands of the Andaman Sea and on Koh Lanta. It borrows from western old style dance and the accompanying music is played with violins, the Arabian drum and Chines... read more.