Island relaxing

Trip Start Jun 21, 2014
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Trip End Jul 01, 2015


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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Friday, July 18, 2014

We arrived to Koh Lanta on the morning of the 18th after a short hour and fifteen minute plane ride over from Bangkok. Once we collected our bags, we were greeted by a Thai woman holding a sign and ushered us into an air-conditioned van that proceeded to take us to the first ferry. It was a car ferry, so we just stayed in the van and drove on and then had another hour ride to the next car ferry. Overall, it took about 2 hours to get to the hotel. Once we were there, we were greeted with hibiscus juice and a fan. They showed us to our rooms, which were very nice, and explained how things work.
Our room was one of the "pool access" rooms that allowed us to walk out of our sliding door and directly into the L-shaped pool. This was lovely and relaxing...except when a Chinese family of 20 were in the pool screaming and talking at an obnoxiously loud volume.
While in Koh Lanta, we decided to take a boat tour to some additional islands to snorkel, swim, and see the much talked about Emerald Cave. We went on a longboat with 18 other people and stopped a small island with no beach and snorkeled around for about 30 minutes. Next, we arrived to the Emerald Cave. There, we put on lifejackets and jumped in the deep green water. The guide told us to swim towards the giant rock/island that was in front of us and once at the entrance of the cave, form a line. Some went back to the boat as we began the trek into the cave because they realized....it was pitch black. The guide had a small light that he shined while in the cave to lead us through, but as we could not reach the sea floor, we just held on to one another's life jacket and swam. We reached the other side and were pleasantly greeted with a small sandy cove with palm trees and other tall trees as a backdrop. On one side, we were surrounded by tall rock and on the other, trees, palms, and beach. It was beautiful!
After spending some time to take pictures and relax, we put our jackets back on and held on to one another to get back through the cave and swim to the boat. Once boarded, we went to another island to snorkel and then ended our trip on a small island with lunch and picture perfect beach and water. They had prepared a lunch of green curry with chicken, rice, and veggies. Great way to end a tour. We headed back to Koh Lanta after spending an hour and a half on the small island. 
The next few days on the island were spent exploring and relaxing. Wes got his first mani/pedi and we tried out several massage places since they cost $15 for a 90 minute full body massage! One was a great massage but professionalism was absent, and the other was a great massage and great atmosphere. Afterwards, we were treated with mangosteen, watermelon, and tea.
On the 23rd, we flew back to Bangkok and got our vaccines at the most beautiful hospital I've ever been to! It was a one stop shop: dental, surgery, dermatology, pediatrics, pharmacy, restaurant, and pretty much everything else you could want. Wes got a dental cleaning for $32, I had a consultation with the dermatologist and got some creams that would be easily over $500 in the States all for $40. Our vaccines were inexpensive and quick as well and they spoke very good English. Little did I know that Thailand happens to be known for their world class hospitals. We enjoyed our stay at the hotel and the views of the city before we met up with our group the next morning.
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