Ko Lanta, Thailand
Trip Start Sep 23, 2005
14Trip End Jul 31, 2006
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Alright so while everyone has been getting adjusted back at work after the holidays Sue and I have been lounging on the beach in South West Thailand drinking fruity shakes. I know, I know it's a tough life but somebody has to do it and if not us who, and if not now when??
We have spent our last month in 3 places: Ton Sai Beach, which is the next beach up from Railay Beach; the island of Ko Phi Phi and the island of Ko Lanta.
Ton Sai Beach - This place is a climbers mecca. Sue and I may have been the only people staying there that weren't there exclusively to climb. We did manage to squeeze in some climbing and WOW it was amazing
Ko Phi Phi - When we first arrived to Ko Phi Phi it was the first time we could see any effect of the Tsunami. There were luxary hotels right on the beach that we were walking through that are basically ruins. People living in tents next to there still recovering businesses. Just walking along the main beach you can see that they got hit hard and still haven't rebuilt much
Ko Lanta - We got to Lanta, found the cool beach which was also named "long beach" and got what seemed like the last bungalow on this beach as well. This beach must be the most chill place in the world. Everyone is kicked back in hammocks drinking cheap cocktails enjoying the sunshine; we liked this place right away. We played a ton of frisbee on the beach, swam everyday and just mellowed out for 11 days!!! Unfortunately I managed to get food poisoning so I was down for 3 of those days but nevertheless it was pure heaven! We also went scuba diving at a dive site named Ko Ha and it was incredible!!! We have never seen water this clear in our lives, the colors of the coral were sick (yellows, oranges, reds, blues, purples, etc...), visibility of 25 meters and water temperature of 29 degrees celsius! This was by far the highlight of Ko Lanta for us!
Overall we both loved Thailand. The locals on the beach are the coolest people you have ever met in your life, they don't worry about a thing. Everyone is super friendly and I wouldn't hesitate for a second if I had the chance to come back.
We have one more night here in Bangkok and then it is off to Africa!
~Timbo & Sue