For many years there has been speculation of a bridge being built connecting Koh Lanta Yai ( where everyone travels to ) and Koh Lanta Noi ( this is the smaller Island which enjoys fishing villages and farms).
For the last two years posters and signs showing the new bridge and design have been going up. Many important meetings have come and gone and it seems a disaster where funds where needed, new government, machines still in use in Phuket all added to the bridge’s delay and also added to the doubts of many if a bridge would come or not.
The start of March 2012 started seeing some changes tho. On Lanta Noi near the ferry you can see signs of trees been felled and cleared making a new road on each side of the original road. Then on Koh Lanta they broke some of the cement on the pier had a large meeting and celebration announcing the start of the bridge.
In May 2012 large machinery has arrived and started work – so now the bridge is under way no more speculation it is finally happening. They say it will take 2 years to build the bridge and the ferry company has 2.5 years left of there contract so the timing is right. After the bridge is built the ferry will then operate from the mainland to Koh Lanta Noi offering more boats to ferry the cars.
I maybe a true romantic I really enjoyed travelling to an Island by boat. I hope it does not take any of its character and charm away in the future. With more and more tourists arriving on Koh Lanta and its growth will a bridge help with the waiting time from the ferry or will it only congest in another area? Will the roads on Koh Lanta take the strain of more traffic? will crime escalate if people can escape from an island. We can only hope it becomes a better solution and way of life.