Life's a beach
Trip Start Apr 30, 2011
66Trip End Dec 08, 2011
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We found a taxi driver and showed him the address where we wanted to go. We agreed on the price, and jumped into the back of his van with our backpacks. About 15 minutes later he stopped outside a hotel which he thought was ours. We told him the name and address again, and we continued on. A few minutes later he stopped again, saying it was somewhere in this area....! We weren't happy to be dropped in the middle of nowhere, so he asked one of guys nearby where it was. He told us it was 'just' a 2km walk up the road, and went to drive off! Cue 2 angry tourists. In the end, we convinced him to drive us all the way to the hotel. Bless him, he hadn't had a clue where it was! We parted on good terms, and gave him some extra money for driving us that bit further.
We checked into our hotel, a small family run place where all the staff were lovely. We seemed to be right in the middle of Koh Lanta, but also slightly in the middle of nowhere. The island was much bigger than we expected. The hotel had mopeds for rent, so we didn't have much choice but to hire one for our 3 day stay here.
Once again we picked the beach every day as opposed to many of the other activities on offer here such as cookery classes and elephant trekking. We ventured up and down the whole East coast of the island, and found many lovely secluded spots. Because Koh Lanta is so big, it means that there is a very high ratio of beach to person and you can find some wonderful small coves with no more than a handful of people there.
We decided that we would spend our last few days before our flight to Kuala Lumpur in a place called Railay Beach. We spent a short amount of time there back on our 4 island trip from Ao Nang, and it was beautiful. We booked our travel through our little hotel. Because it was still low season, there were no ferries across to Krabi or Ao Nang from Lanta. So we would get picked up in a minivan and be driven to central Krabi. From there we would have to take a taxi van to Ao Nang, and then catch a longtail boat from Ao Nang over to Railay Beach. It would be a long day of tavelling!