Koh Lanta consists of several islands, the two largest of which are Koh Lanta Noi (เกาะลันตาน้อย, "Small Lanta Island") and Koh Lanta Yai (เกาะลันตาใหญ่, "Big Lanta Island"). However, Koh Lanta Yai is where all the tourist action is, so this article will refer to it simply as "Koh Lanta". Koh Lanta is a large island with 6 km wide and over 30 kms long, 9 beaches lie from north to south along the sunset coast. The island boasts stunning scenery, fantastic white sandy beaches, coastlines dotted with more than 70 small islands and plenty of forest, coral reefs and under water life. The geography of the island is typically mangroves; coral rimmed beaches; and rugged tree covered hills. Koh Lanta is popular with tourists seeking a holiday away from the parties. It's popular with a significantly older crowd than nearby Ko Phi Phi: more walking on the beach and watching the sunset than drinking and dancing. However, there are plenty of bars and the longer term stayers are friendly and know how to party! It is also popular with families with young children, and of course, with divers. Koh Lanta can provide a party if you know where to look. Koh Lanta is a little less well-known than Ko Phi Phi, which has become more commercialised and corporate. The several beaches on the west coast of Koh Lanta Yai are each strung with a line of resorts and bungalows, although the farther down the island you venture, the less this is true. And even when the island is at it fullest, there will be a quiet place for you to relax - the beaches are never full. Don't expect to find "hidden places", lonely beaches or a paradise-like place.