Koh Lanta

Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
Trip End Mar 19, 2009

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Thursday, November 20, 2008


After 14 hours of taxi, ferry, bus, tuk-tuk, mini-bus, car ferry, minibus, car-ferry we arrived in Koh Lanta, unsurprisingly tired.  We checked into our humbler cabin and explored our surroundings.

Situated at the far end of the 2km Phra-ae beach we had great view of Phi Phi Islands to the west.  Koh Lanta is very much an island on the up -still beautiful and traditional but with more and more developments each year turning it into a larger tourist attraction - hopefuly it wont over do things, lose it's charm and end up a concrete island.

Chantal and I immediately made friends with the friendly local staff  at our stunning resort by the beach.  The next morning Chantal had a Thai cooking class, where she learned to make 5 Thai dishes including Phad Thai, Paneng curry, stir fried chicken with cashew nuts and curry paste; so you're all invited to a dinner party when we get back! 

After this we set about exploring the island.  Due to it's size the best way to explore is to hire a scooter, so after a 30 second motor cycle lesson we were off!  As the island is so chilled out the pace of the traffic is so slow that scooting around felt very safe.  We explored a few deserted beaches and visited the traditional old town on the East side away from the tourists (except us).

We managed to find an Irish bar (they get everywhere) with a free BBQ, and as you never look a free BBQ in the face we went to explore and what do we find? - Strongbow on tap (& bulmers in the bottle) all for the bargain price of 4 pounds 40p per pint (have a word Tim!).  The taste of home was so good that we're going back tonight to watch England beat South Africa in the rugby.

Today we were treated to a day on a speed boat.  We motored to a stunning deserted island called Koh Rok for 3 snorkelling dives and a gorgeous Thai lunch.  You'll all be happy to know that Chantal managed to find Nemo - he's happy and playing hide and seek in the coral with lots of his friends.  We spotted many colourful fish and coral and even came face to face with a huge Moray eel, as well as a hungry monitor lizard (Monty) who gobbled down our leftover chicken bones.

We'd better go now to taste some more apples, watch some world cup pay-back then maybe have an early night - we're off to Koh Jum early in the morning, for 2 days, then hopefully to Railey beach before heading back up to Bangkok.

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