At 134 square kilometers, Mu Koh Lanta National Park would be hard for anyone to conquer on a short holiday. But thanks to a spectacular video commissioned by the southern province wilderness area, everyone can now get a drone’s-eye view of the gorgeous white-sand beaches, impressive peaks and the famed Naval Lighthouse.
The marine park, established in 1990, actually spans several islands with Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai being the two largest.
Fly over the park with the drone and you’ll see rugged hills covered with 20 sq. kilometers of rain and beach forest. Minor islands Mai Ngam, South Mai Ngam and Ngu islands are covered with mangrove forest.
While white beaches, trails, viewpoints and impressive caves are the main draw, most people visiting the park spend their time under water, as Koh Lanta is among Thailand’s best scuba diving sites.
In a scene reminiscent of the classic computer game “Myst”, you’ll also fly by the Koh Lanta Naval Lighthouse.
Located in the south of the park, the lighthouse looks out over the Ta Noed Cape and is easier to get to by drone than by land. It sits atop staggering cliffs with concave beaches below, both quite different.
Park Warden Weerasak Srisatchang said the lighthouse and park is an important tourist destination for Thailand, but the lighthouse is also a crucial navigational aid for cargo ships passing through Andaman Sea in the South. The original Ta Noed Cape Lighthouse was built in 1927 but was replaced in nearly the same spot in 1971 with an acetylene gas lamp beaming rays out over the waves. In 1990 the gas-powered lamp was changed to solar power. It flashes three times every 15 seconds at 31 meters above sea level.