Koh Lanta, Klong Dao beach
Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
181Trip End Jul 23, 2013
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We decided to try to walk into what we thought was Old Lanta Town but which we found out later was on the other side of the Island. We walked past various mini resorts for about 2 km. but saw no sign of any bustling town. We saw a sign pointing us to a Bakery 1500km ahead, but even that couldn't convince us to walk any further. The morning heat was unbearable, so we stood under a tree and decided to hail down the next Tuk Tuk that came along, to take us back in the direction we had come, past our hotel on to Saladan Pier, where we knew there were shops.
I should say at this point why we were spending so much time searching for shops
Anyway, I digressed. We were standing under a tree waiting for a Tuk Tuk when we saw one coming, so flagged it down. Tuk tuks in Koh Lanta took on a slightly different form again; they were like covered side cars on motorbikes or scooters, quite unique. The driver was a lady and there were two children asleep on the seats. She pulled the smallest child, a boy, on to her lap but then realised that this is probably dangerous so handed the boy to Terry. The little boy did not flinch ; I think he must have been used to it.
We had told her where we wanted to go and had agreed on a price. As we were heading toward our destination, she suddenly turned right up a muddy path into the jungle, and signified that she needed to drop the children off
After dropping the children off at a hut in the jungle; she tried to turn the Tuk Tuk in a too tighter circle and we heard something snap. Not to be beaten, she carried on down the muddy path out of the jungle on to the road, but by this time, the whole contraption was making hell of a noise. She stopped the Tuk Tuk and got off - a spoke was sticking out from the wheel. We had to disembark and catch another one.
We spent a couple of hours at Saladan Pier but many of the shops were not open, so we caught a Tuk Tuk back to the hotel, got changed and headed to the beach for a couple of hours.
We stayed until sunset, but it was not as beautiful as the previous days. We had a beer at a beach bar before going back to the hotel to get changed for dinner.
We decided to try the Bamboo Restaurant, very near to our hotel, for dinner. We had Chicken Satay for starters, which was wonderful, and Pad Thai with Chicken for our main. The servings were huge, but the food not as nice as we had had the previous evening. What we weren't expecting though, was to be entertained by a Fire Juggler the whole night, for free. We were watching him for quite a while and he seemed to know exactly what he was doing until one of his fire strings suddenly flew off into the direction of the audience. I don't think any body got hurt and he was courteous enough to say 'Thank you' as he ran over and picked it up. For the rest of the time, he seemed totally in control.