What we got.....Tents on the beach, with beds that were basically box springs, covered with a sheet, and a ramshackle restaurant, with buffet style bland food that seems to be leftovers redone on every meal, indifferent staff that seem bored and uninterested, and a group of 30 college students from Canada sharing all this luxury with us, drinking up every Chang in site, and staying up and partying into the wee hours of the night.......ahhhh, Paradise for weary
. The website listed pictures of luxurious tents with sitting areas with cute tables, lamps and cushions for lounging, a beautiful bar area up on stilts overlooking the ocean, and a beautiful restaurant with wood chairs with soft cushions and pretty lights.... ahhhh, not! Of course you could try to sue the website owner for false advertisement, but of course that would get you no where. The best you can do is laugh it off,and know that you've been totally had.
Now all of this is not to be missed because disappointing promises and rowdy kids keeping us from much sleep anyway on our rock hard beds. I will not be the one to not not try to find the good in everything...
This island is beautiful...its small and its beach is a powder white sand , surrounded by beautiful limestone cliffs...( that part is true)
The view and the scenery are gorgeous. Christine and I decided to get away from the madness and from tripping on all the Chang beer cans that were piling up from the young Canadians who were starting early on their all day drinking binge that day, and Kayak off to a private island behind Laoliang, only inhabited by some sea gypsy fisherman and surround by some of the prettiest crystal clear blue water i have ever seen. We pulled our kayak on to shore and had the beach to ourselves. Now this is the paradise i am looking for. A local fisherman came by to show us some of his daily crab catch and offer for us to purchase one of his crabs. They were too cute to eat! Their faces reminded me of an old Chinese man starring at us with those Innocent eyes. How would we get him back with us on our kayak anyways? we declined and he set a few free by our sarongs laying on the beach, and was entertained watching us get up very quickly in order to avoid them pinching us.
The crowd is strange,,,a mixture of different travelers, mostly rock climbers, who come here for its amazing climbing up the striking limestone cliffs. The rock climber crowd are very clicky, like a bunch of snotty yogis that only mingle with their own. The Canadian kids were definitely not on our list of people we wanted to hang with, and then there were a few families with bored young children and parents scratching their heads on why they would take their kids on a family vacation on a ramshackle island in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do. And then there is Christine and I , feeling like we don't fit in with anyone here. It felt like we were in a lost episode with a bunch of characters and new strange scenes accruing when we least expect it. Its impossible to keep clean camping on an island,,,they had some decent shared outdoor bathrooms and showers ( cold water only of course..) but the minute you got out the shower, you stepped back into the sand and dirt. I felt like a hillbilly with my dirty feet, I gave up keeping them clean, we tried to brush them off with this hard cleaning brush left outside our tent, but we always tracked a pile insde to bed with us. But we have a out of this strange island, we are heading on a boat in a couple of days to Trang, and then back to Bangkok. Hopefully before the smoke monster gets us.....all you Lost fans will understand.
This was my last island on this adventure traveling with Christine before she flies back to the cold of Chicago ...so we were both looking forward to staying on this island far south in the Andaman sea of Thailand, an island hard to get to which makes it more mysterious and unique, and the advertisement of luxury tents set on a pristine white beach, with jagged limestone cliffs bolting out from the turquoise sea. Nightly seafood BBQ, and quiet starlit skies, and a wonderful quiet place to spend a couple of days.. This island is called Laoliang, the only resort on this small island is a "luxury tent resort, with all inclusive meals and quiet days spent enjoying the feeling of staying on a remote, quiet island.