The Sundowner Cruise is a magical cruise departing from Layana beach (or from Saladan Pier between May and October or if rough seas) at 4:30pm through the untouched mangrove forests lying between Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi around the north and down the east coast of Koh Lanta. You can see many Macaque monkeys and a variety of birdlife. A fabulous way to enjoy the evenings sunset behind the hills in the very peacefully tranquil mangrove area. The trip includes delicious snacks prepared by our chefs, refreshments, wine and beer. Disembarking after dark at Saladan village, 5 kms from Layana Resort, where we return by minivan around 7:00pm.
Depart Layana in 4WD jeeps traveling approximately 40 minutes to the Marine National Park. Leave jeeps and follow a trail into the lush and dense jungle. Enormous majestic trees, trailing liana vines and giant palms shade the trail and the sounds of birds and forest wild life can be clearly heard. Total walking time approximately 1 hour. Rejoin jeeps and drive via a Sea Gypsy Village back to Layana. This walk involves scrambling up and down quite steep slopes and a degree of agility is necessary. Insect repellent and sensible walking shoes recommended.
Sightseeing around Lanta Island by jeep or minivan. Visit Sea Gypsy Village, Lanta Old Town, elephant camp, observes a rubber-tapping demonstration and go shopping at Saladan. Trip duration is about 4 hours, leaving from Layana at 9:00am and returning by 1:00pm.
Cycle on the evergreen freshness route with the Leisure staff, nice and relaxing especially for all levels of fitness and cycling ability – duration approximately 1 hour.
Mountain Bike Tour (Afternoon)
Another way to see Lanta Island close up is by cycling through unspoiled scenic areas. This trip is easy to moderate with occasional challenging sections. Approximately 2 hrs.
Leave from the elephant camp situated 3kms from Layana for elephant trekking in the natural grasslands and low-lying tropical forest. Typically five programs of differing lengths are possible including visits to the Mai Kaew cave and/or lunch in a local Thai restaurant.
Sunday Market Tour
Enjoy a trip to see the Local Sunday Market at Saladan Village. Observe colorful local life, leave from Layana at 10:00am and return at 11:30am.
Golf at Pakasai Krabi
Leave Layana early morning by minivan, cross ferries and return to mainland. Travel approximately 70kms to Pakasai Golf Course. Enjoy an 18-hole game. Transfer back to Layana in the afternoon. Between November and April the travel time can be shortened by using Layana’s speedboat to the Baan Hua Hin Pier. Only for dedicated golf addicts.
Mangroves & Kayaking
Kayaking in the Mangrove Forest (Half-day Trip)
10 minutes transfer from Layana by car to Sea Gypsy pier. Board 3 kayaks (1 guide and 4 guests) and paddle with the tide to enter the mangrove canals. Depending on tidal levels, see a variety of colourful crabs, birdlife and possibly monkeys too. Paddling time around 1 1/2 hours – moderately strenuous. Water and cool drinks provided. Remember hats, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Explore the Mangrove Forest by Longtail Boat (Half-day Trip)
Be collected from Layana at 9.00am and board the long tail boat at Thung Yee Phaeng. Travel through the small canals and view different varieties of crabs and wildlife. See fossils on a small island before exploring a local village on Lanta Noi.
Hot Springs and Emerald Pool
Leave Layana by minivan, cross ferries and return to mainland. Travel approximately 50kms to Hot Springs. Enjoy a 15 minute soak in the naturally therapeutic hot spring waters. Take a further 13km drive to the National Park. Walk along a nature trail through dense rainforest to the startling blue Crystal Lagoon (also known as the Emerald Pool). Swim and relax in the refreshingly clear water. Fruit and cool drinks provided. Walk back to an authentic Thai restaurant to enjoy a Southern Thai style lunch. Drowse during a somnolent 1 hour drive back to the ferries to Koh Lanta. Recommend hat, sun screen, insect repellent, swimming costume and a dry change of clothing.
In House Activities
Enjoy a leisurely round of Croquet. Rules, mallets, hoops, pins and balls available from the Library. Best enjoyed with gin and cucumber sandwiches.
Beach Volleyball is available on the beach.
The complimentary fitness room with an elliptical trainer and various weight training equipment is open from 06:00am to 7:00pm.