Koh Lanta - Island tour by scooter

Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
Trip End Jul 23, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Friday, March 8, 2013

We both had a better nights sleep. I had adjusted the air conditioner so it blew straight at me and bypassed Terry, although he said he had got up during the night to turn the fan down from three to one as the noise kept him awake. It didn't wake me, I couldn't even hear it.

After a lovely breakfast we organised the hiring of a scooter for the day. The owner of the hotel looked a little worried when Terry said he had not driven one before, but I had every faith we would be fine. She said that we would have to fill up the tank and showed us how to start it and take it off its stand, then she went back in the hotel. That was the end of the lesson.

We put on our No.1 helmets, they didn't seem to fit well at all. I let Terry turn the scooter round so we would at least be pointing in the right direction, before I jumped on the back.

After a bit of a wobble we were on the road. It became obvious, as we built up speed, that we had not tightened our helmets enough as they slid to the back of our heads acting like braking parachutes.

Unfortunately the garage, which was less than 1 km. from the hotel, was on the right hand side of the road so this meant braking and crossing traffic coming in the opposite direction. I felt we had not yet had enough experience of driving in a straight line to successfully manage this manoeuvretherefore was impressed with Terry's timing (luck) as he managed to skilfully turn the scooter straight into the garage without causing any upset to the crossing traffic. What didn't go so well though was stopping the scooter at the pump, and I noticed the attendant smile when we overshot it and had to walk it back.

After filling the tank (90B = @£2.00) , we drove to the top of the island to Saladan. From here we drove all the way down the east coast to Koh Lanta Old Town, where we stopped for a drink and a look around. There was not a lot to see, although the whole area were preparing for a festival in the evening. The festival lasts for two days and has several contests and themes; the main attraction this evening being a 'Prettiest Ladyboy' contest.

We continued our journey to the very southern tip of Koh Lanta to the Sea Gypsy Village, and this is where the road stopped. We turned the bike around, without me having to get off, then went back the way we had come. After a couple of kms. we cut across the mountains to Klong Nin, where we stopped for a couple of milk shakes and some spring rolls. We sat for a while gazing over the ocean, before jumping back on the scooter and driving all the way up the west coast back to our hotel. By this time, we had gained confidence and were getting up to speeds of 40 mph.

We freshened up and decided to take the scooter out again to a restaurant ranked 3rd on Trip Adviser; L Maladee. It wasn't the easiest of restaurants to find and due to the speeds we were now travelling, alongside the difficulty Terry was experiencing turning the scooter as I refused to lean, we shot past it twice. On our third attempt, Terry started to slow down the bike to pull into the restaurant parking area but then suddenly accelerated again whilst braking, and the bike almost did a wheelie. So as not to admit his mistake, he blamed me for trying to jump off the bike whilst it was still moving, but the people who were watching from the restaurant knew what really happened.

True to review, the food at L.Maladee was gorgeous. I had a very spicy but lovely creamy chicken curry and Terry had sweet and sour chicken. We treated ourselves to ice cream coffees for dessert to cool our mouths down before setting off again on the scooter to the Pilanta Resort, to look at the shops.

Once again my search for suitable sunbathing attire did not materialise, although Terry bought a T shirt. I tried on several different bikini tops to no avail. Here's the problem ladies, they do not seem to know what a cup size is here, if you say bigger, they just get a bigger back size. Useless. Terry was attempting to help by trying to explain my dilemma to various female AND MALE assistants by using hand and body language; embarrassing. By end of the evening I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

We drove back to the hotel and decided that the scooter had given us so much freedom, we would rent it out again for the next couple of days.
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Mum on

I dont know why but I expected you to say,"Terry took off on the scooter too fast and I shot off the back". So my imagination gave me a giggle, but it almost sounded like that easily could have happened. xxx

Lesley Love on

You guys are brave hiring a bike. As soon as I read this I thought of Chris and Lewis's experience in Meganissi albeit they were on a very dodgy moped.

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