Koh Lanta, Thailand

Trip Start Jan 17, 2010
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Trip End Mar 04, 2010


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Lanta Paradise Beach Resort

Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Sunday, February 28, 2010

Well the Islands and our whole trip is coming to an end! We were excited to leave the hectic and busy Phi Phi for the relaxing and quiet Koh Lanta! We joined our new Danish friends who were also heading to Lanta. After being bombarded by "touts" on the boat trying to sell us on staying at their resort we settled on staying at Lanta Paradise Beach Resort. Once we got there we were shown shitty huts for 400B/night or a family room for 1200B/night. We decided
that the extra luxuries in the family room was well worth sharing(we had only known each other for 2 days at this point, but we hit it off!).
 We did a 4 Island tour (of course with Michelle and Michael), the first stop was Koh Ngai where we snorkelled and saw some cool fish and no jellyfish eggs(Yeah!!)! Then we went to Kraden Island which is famous for its mass annual underwater weddings. It had a beautiful white sandy beach with really shallow water. The next stop was Koh Muk which we were all looking forward to, because of hearing about the Emerald Cave(Morakot Cave)! We had to swim into the cave which at one point you are in complete darkness for a couple of minutes until you get to the opening on the other end. You come out into a lagoon with a small beach(the sand was so soft it was like chalk!) and its like you are standing in the center of a volcano! The final stop was at Koh Cheuk where we did some more snorkelling, we saw some cool soft and hard coral and a Trigger Fish!  We chilled out the following day and helped our new friends figure out their bus to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the following morning. They are traveling for 6 months(and are only 2 months in)! It was sad to say goodbye, but was so nice to meet such a great couple and good roommates, ha ha!
 The day before we left Koh Lanta we did a cave tour to Mai Kaew Cave. It is on a local family's property and you pay 200B/person for them to guide you through the caves. The cave was amazing! It was huge, but it didn't look very big from the outside. Some of the rooms were at least 20 metres high! It was discovered by one of the family members only 30 years ago when he followed a bee to it(looking for their honey)! It had some bamboo bridges and ladders, and some tight spots to crawl through(don't know how big people do this tour). Near the end of the cave was a cavern that had about 100 bats in it! It was the "Bat Cave", we didn't venture to far in, just far enough to take a picture(we don't have a rabies shot and didn't want to turn into a vampire).  We left Koh Lanta after staying there for a total of 5 nights. We really liked this island, more then we were expecting. The bus ride to Bangkok was long. Luckily we ended up with pretty good seats this time, with no one in front of us. We like to pretend that we are in the amazing race sometimes to get a better seat on a bus or get thru the crazy lines of other travelers. We have been pretty good at it!
 Only 3 nights in Bangkok before we head home! We plan to do some shopping and soaking up some more of the sun while we can!  Some of the interesting things we have come across in Thailand:
1. A family of 4 can fit on a scooter, and no one wears a helmet. 2. You don't put toilet paper in the toilet, but in the trash can.
3. Public bathrooms might have soap to wash your hands but never any towels!4. U-Turns on the roads are part of the every day travelling, even big buses(they don't have overpasses).5. Truly amazing how they can transport so much stuff on a scooter!
6. Massages, Suits, Food and almost everything is cheap in Thailand... except for Sunscreen! I guess the locals don't use it(need it) so they gouge the tourists!What we are looking forward to when we get home:
1. Our own bed.
2. Our clean bathroom.3..... and of course seeing all of you!See you soon! R&R
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Pat on

I have truly enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate the
time and effort you have put in so we could be a part of your
trip. I love all the pictures. Thanks for sharing this experience
with us. It has been a fantastic adventure for both of you and
the memories will last a lifetime.
You've had the opportunity to meet new people, see new
cultures and share your smiles with all.
I can hardly wait to see you, so have a safe trip home.
Lots of Love,
Mom

Koh Lanta on

I like to travel to Koh Lanta So much.

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