Ko Lanta Private Longtail Boat Tours

Skip the crowded speedboats and explore the islands around Koh Lanta at your own pace. Simply Life Tours is one of Ko Lanta’s original tour and travel agents. We are a small family owned company specializing in custom private tours by traditional Thai longtail boat. For 20+ years we have been taking visitors to Kantiang Bay and Koh Lanta on their dream private chartered tour. Our experienced English-speaking staff are available to answer any and all of your travel-related questions!

Complimentary transfer is provided from your hotel anywhere on Ko Lanta to your embarking location, either from Lanta Old Town or Kantiang Bay. On arrival, our friendly staff will greet you and escort you to our traditional Thai longtail boat which comfortably seats 10 passengers, all under a shaded canopy. Day trips leave at 8:30am and return to your hotel at approximately 5:00pm, depending on your chosen destination.

Covid on Koh Lanta

Most of the islands permanent population have been vaccinated. Its expected that you wear masks / face coverings in local shops and places such as 7/11’s. Larger restaurants and bars have implemented some social distancing procedures such as wider spacing of tables and most places have hand sanitizer available at entrances.

Although quieter than normal Koh Lanta is very much open for business. There’s plenty of bars and restaurants open, and the beaches are more pristine than ever. Because of the lack of international tourists in Thailand there are less passenger ferries running and most people are arriving via Krabi in a minivan or private taxi or their own vehicle. The normal car ferry between the mainland and Koh Lanta Noi is running as normal between 6am-10pm, the crossing usually takes around 15 minutes.

Availability of private longtail tours

Normally we would be available for bookings every day but due to coronavirus there are a lot less boats running and it can take a bit of time to organise. If you are interested in coming on a private longtail tour feel free to get in touch, however we would need at least 3 days notice to ensure we can arrange the perfect trip for your group.

Talabang & Ko Bubu

Talabang & Ko Bubu

Explore the huge sea cave within Talabeng, dine at a remote beach where the monkeys are your hosts and discover uninhabited islands lying between Ko Bubu and Talabeng. Pick an island… let’s go exploring!

Visit Ko Bubu & Talabeng
Four Islands Tour

Four Islands Tour

Take a private longtail trip on the famous 4 islands tour and visit the majestic emerald cave, snorkel with reef fish with towering limestone cliffs above you, before relaxing on Ko Ngai for lunch, beach walks and swimming in the shallow lagoon.

Private Four Islands Tour
Ko Rok

Ko Rok

Ko Rok is the ideal, pristine tropical desert island for snorkeling and basking in the sun. With the abundant marine life greeting you in shallow waters and it’s long stretches of white sand beaches, Ko Rok is the destination dreams are made of.

Visit Ko Rok
Ko Kradan

Ko Kradan

Quieter than many other islands in the area Ko Kradan offers stunning deserted beaches, aquamarine water and great snorkeling in an unforgettable tropical paradise setting with views over to the limestone karst islands of Trang.

Visit Ko Kradan

Recent reviews

Our boat crew work very hard all day to make sure you have the best experience on your private longtail trip. But don’t listen to us, listen to our customers! Here’s some recent reviews from Trip Advisor.

  • star rating  All round such a great day, we got picked up from the hotel, and taken to the pier and from there to some of the most beautiful and quiet beaches... read more

    Lasma I
    November 25, 2019

    star rating  We had a really nice day with extravagant captain Lek and Sun. We were lucky to get the Emerald almost to ourselves. The Thai food was decent and we generally... read more

    January 17, 2020

    star rating  This was our favourite day on our 3 week trip to Thailand. We are so happy we didn’t get on one of the speed boat tours, several times throughout the... read more

    February 16, 2020
  • star rating  What a brilliant way to explore Thailand. Amazing to have a large spacious boat to ourselves plus a navigated route that avoids the crowds as much as possible. Captain Lek... read more

    February 8, 2020

    star rating  We had the best day , Lek and Sun our captain and mate, couldn’t do enough for us, we missed all the crowds, took us to the best snorkelling spots,... read more

    December 27, 2019

    star rating  We booked a private trip with a longtail boat to Koh Rok.
    On our way to the Island the wind was guite rough and my husband and my little son... read more

    Beatrice G
    May 29, 2019

I have more questions....

If you are like most people, you might have some additional questions, and we understand.  Information on how to book and prices are here. Below are some of the more common questions we have been asked, along with our most helpful answers for you. If you have further queries, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Complimentary bottled water and lunch are provided, you are welcome to bring additional snacks or drinks.

Other items you many want to consider:

  • Swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Beach towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Waterproof drybag

Biting insects such as mosquitoes aren’t typically a problem during the day, but if you have young children you might want to bring some mosquito repellent, just in case!

Ko Rok, Ko Bubu and Ko Ngai/Hai all have small resorts on them, and can provide additional food, snacks and drinks, so bringing a little spending money with you might be useful.

Yes, life jackets are available onboard. Your safety is our priority. Also we understand that some people are more comfortable in the water with a lifejacket, and we’d recommend that young children always wear a life jacket.

Masks and snorkels are available onboard. There’s also a limited selection of fins (or ‘flippers’ for you landlubbers!)

Please let us know in advance of any food allergies or if you have a special dietary requirement.

Absolutely! Children are more than welcome on our longtail. However as always, please be careful around open water and don’t leave children unattended. Although we have small sized life jackets, for young children we’d recommend that you bring your own floatation/buoyancy aids with you that correctly fit.

Our Thai boat captain knows everything you might want to ask about our tours, and speaks some English. However if you’d prefer a dedicated English speaking guide let us know.

Depending on your resort location on Ko Lanta, we’ll pick you up between 8:15-8:45. All day trips leave approximately at 9:00am and return around 4:30pm, not including transfer times returning back to your resort.

There’s no problem bringing alcohol on board and we welcome group parties, but please drink responsibly and be respectful of the boat crew and any other visitors to the islands and beaches.