Island hopping in Thailand

Trip Start Oct 03, 2009
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Trip End Feb 28, 2010


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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This is the second time on this trip that I find myself in Thailand and as I am making my way to Malaysia I decided to take as many ferries to get there as I can. the easy ( and cheaper)  thing is to take a flight from Phuket to KL, but that is not for me.

So it was aferry to Phi Phi Don which was an hour away and said to very beautiful. We were given free tea and cakes on the trip so that was nice. As we pulled into the bay there were boats everywhere. Its a U-shaped island and the bottom of the U is an isthmus. This bit is flat but the legs of the U are steep. During the tsunami all the houses were flattened and most places have been rebuilt. There are no roads and no cars. Its a bit like Capri and everything has to be transported by hand cart. 

Most people come here for the day from Phuket and there were lots of tourists and accommodagtion was expensive so I decided to take the afternoon ferry to another island further south. I arrived Ko Lanta which was a lot quieter. I had prebooked inotthe resort and discovered that it was about 8 kms from the towm. It was great for chilling as it was right on the beach. 

I negotiated a motor bike hire for 24 hours and went into town which had the usual shops. I had a bit of a problem on the wasy back at night as I could not find the entrance to the resort in the dark and had to go up and down the road a few times. At that there was no one ot ask.

The next day I got up early and bought 2 litres of fuel and set off to explore the island. There seemed to be only one road but I was told that I was to turn off it at the 2nd 7 Eleven mini market as that would take me along the coast.
 
There was hardly any traffic and in many places I was able to stop and enjoy the scenery. Most of the area was covered in forest but every now and again there were holiday homes. I followed a sign for Mu Ko Lanta National Park and I some monkeys feeding by the roadside so I guessed I was getting close. I arrived at the gates and as the only tourist there. They said that if I was lucky I might see wild boar, dusky langur mouse deer and monitor lizards. I saw none of these. There was a a lighthouse on a hill and I climbed it and got a good view on the coastline.

At the Park entrance they told me I could go no further on this road and would have to go back to the mainroad. Progress had been slow with all the ruts and the bike got a good workout on the way back.
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