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Thai Island Dog & Cat Shelter

Koh Lanta Yai, Thailand

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The Location




  • Getting There

Fly to Krabi, Thailand. O2E can arrange an airport pick up for you.

Another option is an overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Trang, then a bus to Koh Lanta.

Alternatively if you fly to Phuket you can get a bus from the airport to Koh Lanta, or take a bus to the port and get a ferry (Nov-Apr only). The journey time from Phuket is around five hours.

  • The Location

Thailand, officially called the Kingdom of Thailand, is located in Southeast Asia with coasts on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It borders Myanmar (Burma) to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Cambodia to the southeast and Malaysia to the south.

Harbouring a population of around 64 million people, Bangkok is the capital and largest city of Thailand. A fabulous mix of great food, tropical climate, fascinating culture and great beaches attracts travellers from all over the world.

The Centre operates on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta Yai, the largest of the island group on the west coast of southern Thailand. While home to many resorts, bars and restaurants, the atmosphere remains relaxed and tranquil compared to other more developed Thailand destinations.

The island itself is comprised of several stunning beaches, a large protected national park, a historic Chinese fishing village, mangroves and caves. Eating is relatively affordable and there are options for every culinary appetite. Nightlife varies from relaxed bars on the beach to occasional dance parties and live reggae music concerts. Tour operators provide easy and affordable island-hopping and diving/snorkelling trips.

While Koh Lanta Yai is home to a large melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and sea gypsies, this island folk live in peace and harmony with one another. With this kind of mix, Koh Lanta Yai is always celebrating an event of some kind, be it part of Thai Buddhist, Thai-Chinese or Thai-Islamic tradition.

  • Free Time and Travel Opportunities

The island of Ko Lanta Yai has 9 gorgeous white sandy beaches, splendid scenery and coastlines boasting more than 70 small islands with forests, coral reefs and underwater life.

Most people spend one day of their holiday in Koh Lanta Yai driving around the island on a rented motorbike or car. You can simply take a map and drive. Being an island, it's hard to get lost, but if you do, it will be an experience in itself. Inland, you'll find small villages that seem completely undisturbed by tourists, beaches used only by fishing boats, lush landscapes of rice paddies and plantations and great viewpoints on the way to the fascinating Old Town in the south east.

Some of the many things to do include:
*Cave exploring
*Diving, snorkelling and kayaking
*Visiting beaches
*Visit the National Park and Klong Jak waterfall
*Thai language classes
*Thai cookery classes
*Spa treatments and massage
*Eating out
*Enjoying the nightlife
*Visit the surrounding islands

Renting a scooter is an easy and convenient way to get around the quiet roads on the island. The cost is about 150 THB (AUD$5) a day or 2500-3000 THB (AUD$70-90) a month. O2E strongly supports the use of helmets and long protective clothing while riding scooters to avoid serious injury.

Please note: Thailand offers many activities that include animals. O2E recommends that volunteers refrain from riding an elephant, having your picture taken with an animal or visiting a zoo or animal entertainment venue. These activities exploit, abuse and overwork animals and many are considered illegal by the Thai Government.

Any tour, activity or show that involves the use of animals in Thailand falls outside the O2E Policy for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Thailand offers many opportunities to see wildlife roam free in their natural habitat.

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