Pimalai Resort & Spa in Thailand is highlighting the crucial existence of mangrove swamps in filtering and purifying water and providing essential nutrients, taking guests into one of these fascinating settings.

The location for these three-hour tours is Yee Peng Village on the east coast of Koh Lanta where, a bridge will welcome guests and on the other side, a path takes one deep into the mangroves.

The mangroves provide breeding conditions for most species of tropical fish, absorb massive amounts of carbon and pump oxygen into the skies. They even provide a natural barrier to erosive powers of the ocean.

You can spend around 15 minutes exploring the mangrove on your own, then jump into a gondola or longboat to go through small canals sneaking into the mangrove.

The gondolas were used to transport mangrove timbers to charcoal factories. When mangrove forests became protected, Tung Yee Peng Villagers reinvented their boats for eco-tours and stopped cutting the trees.

Lanta Old Town was originally a sea gypsy settlement. Over the decades it transformed into a village influenced by trade. Now one can enjoy many shops, restaurants and homes built on stilts above the sea level.

The Old Town has a distinct Chinese influence and a very slow, laid-back feel. Walking around looking at the lanterns provides a sense of days gone by. There is no charge to visit Old Town Lanta Community Museum – a converted former Sheriff’s Office that was built during the reign of King Rama V presenting a flashback to the beginning of community life in Koh Lanta.

Koh Lanta Lighthouse or ‘Pat-Cha-Chote-Wa-Chi-Ra-Pa’ inside Koh Lanta National Park was in service to warn mariners of dangerous shallows and perilous rocky coasts. Visitors can climb a cliff to see the lighthouse closely and enjoy the stunning view over the two bays of the Mu Koh Lanta National Park.  The lighthouse and National Park Nature trail are only a 15-minute scenic drive from Pimalai.

Pimalai conducts three-hour day and sunrise mangrove tours by gondola including transfers, tour guide, snack, tea/coffee and drinking water and three-hour tours by longboat including transfers, tour guide, kayak and drinking water. Tours are priced at THB1400 (approximately AUD57/NZD63).

Pimalai is also offering Early Bird Promotions with discounts of 10 to 30 percent on bookings through to 31 October 2023.

Early Bird rates commence at THB5,820 (approximately AUD240/NZD265) per night including daily breakfast and a roundtrip Krabi Airport transfer for two people.

For more information, rates and bookings contact svetlana@uniquetourism.com, your preferred travel specialist or visit www.pimalai.com

Pimalai is one of only 26 global properties to form part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s (SLH) Considerate Collection, an exclusive community of socially responsible and eco-conscious five-star hotels.

The Unique Tourism Collection represents Pimalai Resort & Spa in Australia and New Zealand.


About Pimalai Resort & Spa

Koh Lanta’s first five-star resort, Pimalai Resort & Spa has been redefining luxury hospitality on this idyllic Andaman Island since it launched almost two decades ago. The property cascades through 40 hectares of tropical jungle easing its way towards one of Thailand’s best beaches – Kantiang Bay. It is here that guests while the days away lounging on what often feels like a private beach or spend action-packed afternoons out in the cerulean sea scuba diving, snorkelling or simply relaxing on a sunset cruise. A smattering of local bars and restaurants line the beach, but it is Pimalai’s onsite eateries that tend to steal the show. The legendary Rak Talay beachfront bar and restaurant is as loved for the sumptuous Thai-style seafood as it is for its sunset setting, while nestled in the resort’s jungle interior, Seven Seas serves up Michelin Chef-conceived menus throughout the evening. Guests can also indulge in an array of onsite wellness experiences, ranging from traditional Muay Thai classes to early evening tennis matches and pampered afternoons at the signature Pimalai Spa. With no immediate neighbours, the 121-room resort is a serene sanctuary where guests can feel completely at peace in their private surroundings. From Hillside Ocean Pool Villas that command vistas of the stunning scenery through to the Beachside Villas, situated only a few short steps away from the shoreline, rooms at Pimalai cater to all tastes with spacious layouts and designs that seamlessly integrate with the natural surroundings. In keeping with Koh Lanta’s low-key, laid-back mindset, Pimalai Resort & Spa offers guests from all corners of the globe the opportunity to savour a truly authentic Thai island experience in their very own private sanctuary.

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