Transport around Lanta Island
There is no real public transport, or regulated taxi service in Ko Lanta, although there are some motorbike sidecar taxis around Saladan, that charge per journey - from Saladan to Phra Ae should be around 40 baht. But by far the easiest way to get around is to rent your own vehicle - either a car or a motorycle. This can usually be done through your hotel or resort, or through some tour agents in Saladan.
Since the recent completion of a paved road down to the end of Ba-Kantiang Bay, Ko Lanta is much more accessible than in the past. To get from beach to beach or visit the Old Town, a motorbike is usually adequate, as the distances are short. Important note: unless you have previous experience riding a motorbike or scooter, we do not recommend this form of transport, however, as (minor) accidents happen very easily and there is no insurance provided, nor any serious hospital on the island.
If you're venturing further south west, to the National Park, or along the north-east coast, it will be essential to rent a working four-wheel drive (4WD) car, as the roads are muddy, potholed and often extremely steep. In bad weather, or after heavy rain, it is not advised to travel on these roads at all.
It's also worth noting that most resorts are within easy walking distance of bars and restaurants, and that all organised tours and activities you book here - on or off the island - will include transfers to and from your hotel, so there may be much less 'getting around' (and more relaxing!) than you originally thought.