Trip Start Oct 15, 2009
53Trip End Mar 12, 2010
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Where I stayed
Lanta Marina Resort
Our journey from Phuket involved a change of boats at Phi Phi. The first boat was a massive ferry, (4 levels of seating), stuffed full to the rafters with very loud and excited Chinese people. There was barely a square inch free. As soon as we hit Phi Phi, we went straight to our second boat, a much smaller one with about 20 chilled-out people on it. Peace.
From the port on Lanta, we took a tuk tuk to the Lanta Marina resort where we quickly ensconced ourselves in a thatch bungalow made for two
Go on then - Lanta Marina is http://www.lantamarina.com/. Like many places in Thailand (or this part at least) it appears to now have a different phone number to that in the guide books.
So the 4 nights we were meant to stay here turned into 6 and then 10. We did think that we should check out Koh Pha-Ngan later in the trip but we'd be searching there for what we have right now, with no guarantee of finding it. Anyway, Pha-Ngan will be rammed because of the Full Moon Party approaching... and going there would cost a day to traveling from an increasingly short time we have left. So, better to be safe than sorry and stay where we are.
And what do we do in Lanta? Well apart from an afternoon at cookery school (Lanta Thai Cookery) making such wonderful dishes as massaman curry and chicken coconut soup, we lie down and read or doze
One blight on it was the bar/club on the corner of the beach called the Korner Bar. Every Saturday they hold a very big party, which is so close and loud you have to join in as you can't sleep anyway. Even with ear plugs it sounds like it's going on right in your room. So one time is fun - we joined in, having our first (and last!) ever whisky bucket - but twice would get boring. There is hardly anyone in the Korner Bar through the rest of the week but the bass from their sound system still kept us and other guests awake. However, in the morning you kinda forget about the noise because the place is so special- Lanta Marina is highly recommended but ear plugs are a must.