KOH LANTA, ITS MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA
The vast beach along the west coast of Koh Lanta Yai is a true gem. Of course, other, smaller ones dot the coast. But if you have a sporty soul, do not limit yourself to beach activities. Think of the Khao Maikaeo cave. Accessible by a guided hike through the jungle, caves and tunnels this complex was created by the monsoon rains pounding over millions of years the cracks and crevices of limestone rocks. There are large rooms like cathedrals, riddled with stalactites and stalagmites, and tiny passages you must sneak through by using hands and knees. There is even an underground lake where you can take a cold bath. A local family armed with torches can be your guide. Nearby, the Tiger Cave (Tham Seua) also has interesting tunnels to explore; you can access it by an elephant trek from Hat Nui. You can also make treks on these magnificent animals from different places. If you are hungry for cultural information, stop by at the Chao Leh (“Sea Gypsies”) museum of Ban Ko Lanta, where you will see a set of tools and traditional utensils and exhibitions detailing their myths, their music and traditional ceremonies.