Bangkok and Koh Lanta
This past Sunday we landed in Bangkok and stayed for two nights before flying to Koh Lanta for some island time. Bangkok was enjoyable since we got to do some things that we don’t get to do very often in TZ, like go to a movie (The Jungle Book). We also had a mission to find and buy some semi-nice binoculars for bird-watching, and it was fun figuring out how to get to the tiny store that sold them. We even got to meet up with our friend Kory, also from PC TZ.
Me getting my butt kicked in Connect-4 by a 7 year old. Andrew, Kory, and I each played him several times, and could not beat him. Little genius.
Bangkok was fun, but too pricey to stay long. Of all the islands of Thailand, we chose to go to Koh Lanta because of its low-key vibe and the fact that it is big enough to do some exploring. Getting to Koh Lanta took a while though. It was a 1 1/2 hour flight to Krabi, then a shuttle from the airport to the city, then a 2 1/2 hr ferry to Koh Lanta, then a tuk-tuk ride to our hotel, which is actually a cluster of little bungalows on the beach.
We were tired from all that travel and were looking forward to lounging on the beach, but we couldn’t find anyone to receive us at our hotel when we arrived. We walked around the place, waved at some guests who were sitting on their porch, and were pouring sweat and getting a bit frustrated. We wandered around, confused. Then finally, one of the guests we’d said hello to reluctantly came down from her comfy porch seat and asked us if we wanted to check in. Turned out that this was the owner of the place. What did she think we were doing, just taking a stroll through her hotel with all of our bags?? Then she gave us our key, showed us our bungalow, informed us that their restaurant and bar were closed, and that was it. No suggestions about what to do on the island. No recommendations for where to eat, what to eat, how to get around. Nothing. Thanks for the warm welcome, lady!
We got over our displeasure with our reception though and proceeded to spend ample amounts of time on the beach and on the motorbike looking for more beaches. We rode alllll over this island, seeking out the best curry and occasionally pulling over on the side of the rode to look at birds. We went to the 7-11 up the street about 10 times, enjoying the luxury of snacking with a book in hand and our toes in the sand. We went scuba diving and drank lemon shakes several times a day. Overall, Koh Lanta was a great success.
Next stop, Chiang Mai!