A rough start, softened by paradise

Trip Start Dec 22, 2011
Trip End Jul 04, 2012

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LaLaanta Hideaway Resort Ko Lanta
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

.It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. (Apologies to Messrs Dickins and Groening.)

Our trip started rather inauspiciously, something that Sam mysteriously foretold in the previous blog. After some teary farewells, we headed through the departure gates towards our Jetstar plane, eager for the journey ahead. What fools we were.

Not to labour the point, but Jetstar is an embarrassment. Seriously. We boarded the plane and sat there, on the tarmac, for two hours. The announcement came over the loudspeaker to disembark, so we did. Our first cocktail for the trip came not on a beach in Thailand but in the international departure terminal, putting our 15 dollar vouchers to the best use possible. In hope, we boarded the plane again, and this time the  Jetstar staff got through their safety spiel and then... we stopped again. This time we waited for about an hour on the tarmac, and at this point there were some ticked off, and rather nervous, passengers threatening mutiny.

Take off finally took off, and 8 hours later we arrived in Bangkok in one piece. No, that's not quite accurate, missing a couple of pieces. Our luggage. Not a Jetstar staff member in sight, we and about 40 other passengers were left to figure out the mess ourselves, thankfully with the help of some lovely Thai airport staff. We filled in some paperwork and wandered off to fill in 6 hours before our connecting flight. No point in heading to our airport hotel (thanks again Jetstar.)

The uncomfortable hours passed and we boarded our AirAsia flight to Krabi without any issues at all. See, Jetstar, this is what competency looks like. Making our way to Koh Lanta took some time, between buses and ferries, but it was fine.

After a stopoff for emergency supplies, we made it to our resort. Paradise. 20 cute little bungalows leading down to a gorgeous beach. Out of the main tourist trap that Thailand can sometimes be, it was the perfect place to unwind.

Unwinding would have been a bit easier with our luggage. Too much of our time was spent trying to talk to Jetstar (impossible) and sort out what was happening. It took 3 days in the end, and assistance came not from those who had made the mess but some really helpful people from the airport and our resort.

We ended up having 4 glorious nights in Koh Lanta, including a lovely Christmas. The place is peaceful and we enjoyed not doing too much. Sam enjoyed the surfski, I enjoyed my mojitos and we both enjoyed our books. After a hellish preceding week, it was the right place to be.

So lessons we've learned:
1. NEVER fly Jetstar.
2. Deodorant can be quite a luxury after 3 days.
3. Skype is a godsend.
4. The Thai people are incredibly kind.
5. Koh Lanta, and specifically LaLaanta Hideaway Resort, is paradise.

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Leigh on

Sam cried?!

Stephen Graves on

Sorry to hear about the BAD start.....I fly JetStar regularly between Newcastle and Melbourne so know the feeling...but pleased you are now underway and enjoying the start of THE GREAT ADVENTURE !
We are all well but of increasing girth due to Xmas offerings of the culinary kind. Back to the gym next week !

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