Livin La Vida Lanta!

Trip Start Jul 18, 2009
Trip End Jun 08, 2011

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Koh Lanta Garden House

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hi Everybody-

This past Friday was Makha Bucha Day (Big Buddha Day) a Thai holiday celebrating Buddha, but also where everyone gets the day off from work. So I decided to take a vacation to the beach. As you all know, I love the beach and any chance I can get, I want to go to one. I orignally was going to go to Railay/Hat Ton Sai, but this would have been the 3rd time for me. So at the last minute, I decided to check out a nearby island called Ko Lanta.

I stayed Thursday night on the mainland of Ao Nang, Krabi. That place is pretty rockin' and I may even head back there some time for some good 'ole fashion fun. But the next morning I was on a ferry to Ko Lanta island for some peace and relaxation for myself and my two dates....MY BOOKS  :-).

All of the guidebooks that I read said that Lanta was one of those islands yet to be discovered and was very secluded. Now....unless secluded means a SH*T-load of Scandanavian people, I would have to disagree with the guidebooks. But nevertheless, I was able to find my quiet spots and find my peace and have an amazing weekend (and I was able to finish my books too!).
The highlight of the weekend would have to be when I rented a motorbike on Saturday and cruised around the entire island. Often times in my blogs, or really anyone's travel pictures, all you see is the outter ring of the islands which are, of course, beaches. That is what is on post cards, that is why they are famous. But what about the interior? What about where the natives live and socialize? What if the island is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside (awwww how romantic)? Well I wanted to check this out for myself, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. This really was the highlight of my trip. By myself, sunny beautiful day, crusing on a motorbike through in island in Thailand. Wow. GOD IS GOOD! I came across a really big cave (was closed for repair?!?!), saw a beautiful view of the neighboring islands, had a few drinks with some really cool backpackers, and the best part, was that I stumbled upon a secluded beach straight from a movie and spent my afternoon and evening there. It was incredible! And I still made it back in time to watch the Everton/Chelsea FA cup match at a little hole-in-the-wall British pub. What a great day!!!

The next day, I woke up early, got a last little bit of sun from the beach, and headed back to Ao Nang on the ferry. I caught my flight in the afternoon, and was back in my own bed snug as a bug in a rug by nighttime. It was a great weekend!! Truly what I needed to recharge my batteries and once again, I was blessed with an opportunity to see more of this beautiful country that I live in.

Enjoy the pictures. I would sure love to take you all there some day! And as always, thanks for reading the blog and keeping up with me. I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Take care and God bless.

-Jason :-DD

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