Enjoy a 360 virtual tour of Koh Lao La Ding nicknamed Paradise island with it’s white sandy beach between towering limestone cliffs.
As part of our day trip from Ao Nang to Koh Hong we also visited Koh Lao La Ding nicknamed Paradise island with it’s white sandy beach between towering limestone cliffs. It’s only a small island with a cove on one side where you can take a dip in the water, sunbath on the soft sand or chillout on the tree swing. At the back of the beach is a picnic area with numerous benches, but there isn’t a shop so you will have to bring your own food, although it did appear that something was under construction, so there may well be in the near future. Walking on through the centre to the other side of the island you’ll find another small beech under a canopy of trees, but the sand here is rough consisting of small stones.
If you can get here early when there’s less people around then it’s a great place to have some time out and chill for a bit, but as it’s only small it will get very busy and fill quickly at peak times.
The next island we were taken to was Koh Aleil.
In October 2013 Koh Lao La Ding hosted the final round of the Red Bull Cliff Diving Competition.
It’s only a small island so there isn’t much else to do but chill
- Back beach
At the back of the beach is a picnic area with numerous benches, but there isn’t a shop so you will have to take your own food, although it did appear that something was under construction, so there may well be in the near future.
- Walk, It’s only small so there is no other way. It’ll only take 3 minutes to walk to the otherside of the island.
The closest destinations are Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi, however it was while staying in Ao Nang we took a day trip to visit the islands. We walked down to the huts on the beach to enquire, however these were quite expensive. One of the boatmen were there and cut us a good deal. Jumping on a longtail took us around 45 minutes to reach the first island Hong Island. If you choose to pay extra and go by speedboat the trip will only take around 15 minutes. There is a 400 baht each national park fee (200 Children), so make sure you take some cash with you to cover this and the other islands entrance fees.
- Longtail boat, be aware that you’re expected to walk out several metres into the surf before getting on a boat (depending on the tide). It might be best to change into clothes suitable for getting wet, or at the very least be sure you don’t have more luggage than you can carry a few metres into the ocean. Getting waterproof bag for your photo, video equipment and phone is highly recommended. They like to have at least eight people to fill a boat before they will depart or you can pay a little extra.
- Speed boat, costing more than double that of the longtail, but it will get you there in 15 minutes. However expect a bumpy ride.
- From Ao Nang, jumping on a longtail took us around 45 minutes to arrive.
- You can hire kayaks from behind the beach. Beware it takes around 30 minutes just to get to the lagoon from the beach.
- The prices are much higher than on the mainland, so it may be best to eat beforehand or take your own to save some money
- When travelling to islands around Krabi, it may be preferable to purchase only a one-way ticket so that your trip can be easily altered and you can easily arrange your departure.
- Longtail boats leave constantly from the beach. There is no pier so expect to get at least your feet wet, probably more. Getting waterproof bag for your photo, video equipment and phone is highly recommended. They like to have at least eight people to fill a boat before they will depart or you can pay a little extra.
- Negotiate with long-tail boat drivers.
- Get a group together and charter a longtail boat. Split between four or more people, it should be cheaper than an organized tour.
- Haggle in the markets, especially if buying in bulk.
- If you eat the street food like the locals, you’ll be hard-pressed to spend more than 200 THB a day on food (maybe not even that).
- If you travel during May through October, you will be missing the peak season, and save quite a bit, even though you might catch some rain.
The dry season is from November-April and corresponds with the tourist high season. May-October is the rainy season with south-westerly breezes bringing rain in between the sunshine. Statistically, the highest chance of rain is during June and September (80% chance) with the lowest chance from November-March (5% chance).