Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
62Trip End Mar 19, 2009
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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
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
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.