However we have come away with a very set opinion of Lanta; an island that should definitely be explored, with beautiful jungles, incredible white sandy beaches, great bars and restaurants that overlook stunning beach scenery and the quintessential Old Town of Lanta.
After days spent in cramped dormitories and party hostels we decided we needed a bit of time out away from the tourist spots and in need of some home comfort. This is where we came across our lovely Air BnB hosts of Lanta, Dan and Juanelle, at Firefly Lodge.
A fantastic set up in the middle of the jungle, yet not too far from local amenities and the beach; they have their beautiful home overlooking stunning views of the jungle and stream. At first we were a bit sceptical, with our driver not knowing where we were going, but eventually we found the travel agent mentioned by Dan to show us the way. It is so worth the extra payment to the mini bus driver.
Unfortunately we only stayed two nights, so would highly recommend spending more time relaxing on the beaches and exploring the island on a scooter.
Anyone that is looking to really stay in a home (not a hotel!) and live amongst your hosts, which is exactly what we were looking for, Firefly Lodge is the perfect place.
Our two short days we had were spent lazing around in the hammocks with their cute cats and neighbour’s dog 🙂 and our host Juanelle kindly spent the day with us whizzing around on mopeds across the island. She was great at showing us the best spots on the island and awesome company!
Make sure to check out the southern beaches, especially Khlong Nin where you can take a warm morning dip before enjoying breakfast on the beach. Long Beach, the famous beach where all tourists flock, we had heard is overcrowded and dirty so perhaps avoid! Drive 40 mins to the other side of the island and you’ll reach the Old Town of Lanta. At the time there was a festival on; locals set up shop on the streets selling quirky handmade crafts and delicious delicacies. My favourite being mango sticky rice, and Tom’s the roti pancake with banana!
Click here to link to Dan & Juanelles’ AirBnB page 🙂