06.02.2012 - 15.02.2012 35 °C
After leaving Krabi, which had no crabs, we arrived in Koh Lanta which was full of them… and our stay there doubled from our original plan of four nights to eight! It turned out to be exactly what we had hoped for… absolute beach bliss. We found a lovely little place to stay called Darawadee Resort on Khong Klong beach. As I had been a little bit against staying in a beach hut due to the wildlife people reported on finding in their shacks… the place we stayed was perfect. A ‘proper’ room, right on the beach, and with a pool! We hadn’t expected that sort of luxury on a backpackers budget, though it’s surprising what your money can get you with a bit of haggling! To be honest, there’s not really a lot to report on our time spent on Koh Lanta… it was extremely lazy and mainly consisted of sunbathing, sunbathing and yep you guessed it… more sunbathing Must not forget to mention the resident sea otters who made a daily appearance around the resort, and fought with the million resident cats. Our daily exercise consisted of a dip in the pool and a game of bat and ball, followed by refreshments… mainly beer and noodles. We went all out on a couple of days and walked down the beach, and the daily jaunt to the shop on the beer run is worth a mention. We managed to work our way through the menu at the restaurant which was right on the beach, and binged daily on red, yellow, green, panang and massaman curries whilst listening to either Bob Marley or Jack Johnson. Being on the west coast, the sunsets every night were to die for. Our beach front resort had something we found nowhere else… a book swep. We have seen a similar concept along our travels, though it’s usually referred to as a book swap Katie took part in some swepping which she thoroughly enjoyed, though sadly the laziness took over and I never swepped my magazine. One particular evening whilst waiting for Katie to finish her massage, we were sat on the bed, to be greeted by a man in Speedo’s walking through our patio doors! He’d just been for a massage too, and had got the wrong hotel room, random to say the least! Having not quite had enough massages whilst in Laos, we decided to push the boat out and try a Thai massage on our last night in Koh Lanta… oooh it was lovely
The following day we boarded a boat headed to Phuket, via Koh Phi Phi. We only spent an hour and a half in Phi Phi… and that was more than enough! Ruined doesn’t quite explain the extent of our instant dislike to the place. Given that the island is quite possibly the most stunning of all, the mass tourism it has suffered has definitely taken its toll. If you closed your eyes for a second, you really could be anywhere, and not somewhere as idyllic as Thailand.
The main reason we headed to Phuket was to catch our next flight to Malaysia, so with limited time left in Thailand we only had a day here. We weren’t in quite the same beach bliss as Koh Lanta though we did take a walk to the beach the following day which was still quite nice. We decided to head to the pier and watched some people fishing and some crabs scuttling around, and then popped to a market where you can buy any seafood you like and then at a bar opposite you pay them to BBQ it for you, pretty cool We had our last supper with our ‘homie’ Katie as she decided to boycott Malaysia and spend a month at a Muay Thai Boxing place. Rather her than me, all sounds a little too energetic… After a final game of cards in our room, we had a visitor… who was most definitely not welcome… a flippin HUGE spider. Yes I may exaggerate sometimes, but seriously this guy was the size of my hand outstretched, and my hands are not small. Katie and I quickly jumped on the bed and turned into screaming crazy women who probably sounded like they belonged in a mental institute! Lee then had to play find the spider as this guy was a quick little git and was very good at the game of dodge the flip-flop, and disappeared behind Katie’s bed, much to her delight. I’m afraid to say that the flip-flop won in the end, we were just hoping that he hadn’t brought his friends. Not much sleep occurred after that as I was a nervous wreck!
Thailand has been lovely (minus the spider incident) and we will hopefully head back again one day to discover more of the beautiful islands But for now, we are onward bound for the jungle, highlands and beautiful beaches of Malaysia… I’m not even going to google which spiders they have there…