Oh dear, I’m waaaaay behind schedule on posting. I was in Koh Lanta about 7 weeks ago, so yep, I’m a bit behind. Forgive me dear readers for I am a serial blog post sinner……things have been a bit of a whirlwind since we got back, but I am well and truly back on track now. So, let’s begin shall we?
Ah Koh Lanta, my first foray to the Andaman coast (despite about 9 visits to Thailand). I’m not entirely sure why it’s taken me so long, but I have no regrets because I’ve enjoyed some amazing times on Samui, Phangan, Tao and Samet. Not too shabby.
So back to Koh Lanta then. We hit the ground running following a pretty full on trek from Koh Tao, involving a 5am wake up call, a boat & bus over to Krabi followed by another bus and a couple of car ferries. We finally arrived at Saladan pier (the main entry point from Krabi in the north of Koh Lanta) at about 4pm. Plenty of time to catch the famous sunsets, which I have read about so much right? Hmmmm let’s see.
Saladan isn’t much to write home about, and it’s not an inspiring place to wow first time visitors to Lanta but it really comes alive at night and if you’re looking for local Thai vibes, this is your place. I digress. We had the amazingly bright idea of renting a scooter on arrival and driving it to our first stop in the Old Town, this way we would save money in the long run and it would be a great way to see the island straight away. Clever right?
Oh contraire. After approx 45 mins of driving, asking for directions and driving some more we were n Sangka-U in the far, far South of the island where the sea gypsies live. Oh, and he sun was setting……..bad times when there are ZERO LIGHTS ON THE ROAD.
We decided to head to the Old Town main street and find somewhere else to stay (we had booked our first night already). We popped into a restaurant hoping for one final and correct set of directions and to our surprise, the owner immediately invited us in and called her daughter to drive us to our guesthouse. That’s just how people are in Koh Lanta, incredibly nice. It was a great end to a bonkers journey and an even better start to our trip.
Oh yeah, and we were greeted by puppies in our guesthouse. PUPPIES! Enjoy this photo essay of Koh Lanta’s beautiful old town.
Have you been to Koh Lanta? What are your favourite islands?