Storm Watching on Koh Lanta

Trip Start Jan 16, 2012
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Trip End Jul 11, 2012


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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Koh Lanta (Lanta Island) was reputed to be laid back and quiet in the off-season, and this was no lie. Most businesses along the road leading to our "resort" hotel were shuttered. On the beach, the smaller guesthouses and bungalows seemed to be falling apart under the assault of wind and rain.

We had a discounted bungalow next to a pool cleaned daily; just beyond was the sea crashing on the beach. Storm winds came straight onshore from the west and the skies changed constantly; Koh Phi Phi was visible as a smudge on the horizon.

Walking on the long beach in the full-on warm wind from the west and watching the darkened skies turning the churning seas gray reminded me of being in Tofino in November for storm-watching, but without the need for boots, sweaters, or rain jackets. Also, the storm events only occurred about once a day: the sky darkened, the wind roared, and rain fell as if God had poured buckets on us; ten minutes later it was over. We could still hang out in deck chairs and swim in the pool. Our three days here provided a good chance to actually rest, and this we actually did, in backpacker style.
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