We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our two and a half week tour of Thailand. We were shocked with Ko Lanta, not as described in the guide books. Dirty beaches, dirty streets with trash everywhere and muddy water, not clear or greenish blue as pictured in the guide books. I would never swim in the water or walk the beach without shoes due to glass! To get to this hotel, you must walk about 5-7 minutes from the main road down a lane filled with garbage, sewer smells, old building materials and miscellaneous junk. So disgusting. All that to be said, the resort was OK but very expensive for Thailand, we paid close to $90/night USD. It was filled with Swedish families who come to Ko Lanta for extended holidays after having babies. We were so surprised to see dozens and dozens of young Swedish families all over the island, hard to believe they are able to look past the trash! Apparently, there's a direct flight now from Stockholm to Krabi for the Swedes, they even have two schools on the island for their older toddlers and young kids so they can continue school during their long holiday/maternity leave! The resort was OK, bathroom was old with floorboards that let in cockroaches. The restaurant breakfast was very good and plentiful and the staff seemed very nice. Just be aware of the island conditions! Ko Lanta is very, very poor and almost totally Muslim. Would never go back to Ko Lanta, would choose an island with beautiful beaches and water. Phi Phi? I don't know...none of the islands are undiscovered. All are filled with tourists during the high season! Not impressed with Thailand overall!
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