Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Laanta Lanta Festival

Old Town
Every year on Koh Lanta, on the 7th, 8th and 9th of March, the Laanta Lanta Festival is held in Old Town.

Everyone sits out on the street to enjoy the bands and parades
Old Town is located on the southeast coast of Koh Lanta and is very different to the west side. It was originally the main town on the island and many of the buildings are made of wood with most extending over the sea. It has the feel of the 'Wild West' as you walk through it. 

Normally Old Town is a quiet little town that is much less touristy than the west coast and is usually very quiet by 5pm, however all this changes for these 3 days.

Different groups parade through the town
The town is decorated, the road closed and many stalls, bars, restaurants and shops turn the main street into a vibrant Walking Street. There are bands, competitions, dancing, parades and lots and lots of people partying. We thoroughly recommend that it is on your itinerary if you are in Koh Lanta during those days. Try to arrive late afternoon, as this is when the parades start and plan to stay till late. This is one of the few times of the year that there will be many taxis in Old Town to bring you back, so no need to ride a motorbike.
Lanterns adorn the main street
Nick and I will be there on the 8th as that is also our Wedding Anniversary.
The stage where dancing and beauty competitions are held

Hope to see you there!

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