We left our beach paradise at Nai Yang, and took a long boat ride over to Ko Lanta, via Railay. Here’s a photo of Railay’s famous karst formations, taken from the boat:
It was quite a journey, and there was a snafu with our pre-arranged ferry pickup on arrival, but after a long day we eventually arrived at Sri Lanta, on Khlong Nin beach. Sri Lanta even offered us free massages to compensate for the ferry pickup mishap!
Khlong Nin is a quiet beach, with beautiful jewel-blue water. Sri Lanta is located south of most of the hotels and beach bungalows, on a particularly secluded, scenic stretch. We haven’t seen a tout or heard a jet ski for days. Rocks in the water make the swimming slightly less than ideal, but they are avoidable during high tide or if you step carefully. The water itself is warm and the waves are calm.
The dining options here are not as incredible as they were at Nai Yang, but there’s a very good Thai seafood spot called Roi Thai, a 15-minute walk up the beach, and we had a good meal at Cook Kai, out on the main road.
Overall, there are many worse places to be a beach bum, work on your tan, and hone your Scrabble skills.