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Ko Lanta - The destination

How to piss off a sleeping crab...

Morning, shredded wheat hair here.

Well if the past few weeks has been the journey then this place is the destination.

What a stunning place Ko Lanta is. Super chilled atmosphere and laid back vibe. We have just been enjoying doing nothing much it's now like a real holiday, beach, cocktails, snorkeling, eating. At last!

Getting here from Krabi was a bit of a drag. Another minivan dice with death but this time our driver had no concept of what to do with a corner or bend. Well what he actually did was speed up, overtake, NEVER check if any other vehicle was coming the other way.

The only way to get through is was to close ones eyes and pray to buddah for our safe arrival. That's what all the Thai people in the van were doing so we followed suit, when in Rome etc. How we made it to the ferry port is a miracle. Thank you Buddha.

Krabi province is approx 154 small islands with lots of water inlets and ferry crossings. This maps shows what I mean.


We had to take two ferry crossings to get to ko lanta. The ferries are the flat ones you just drive on and off like this.


I get very travel sick, it's to do with the motion. (Yes Aunty Angela I still get car sick at 41!)
So being sat in a diesel van with the engine running on a diesel car ferry, on the sea, going backwards was my worst nightmare. Thankfully it was only a short journey. Two and a half hours from Krabi town. But I was Kermit the Ginge again on arrival.

We got off at the wrong stop on ko lanta so had to take one of the many tuk tuks to our bungalow. That was pretty cool as they are much smaller here than in bangkok and a bit faster so we were there in no time at all.
They pimp the tuk tuks here Westwood style check out this bad boy...


What a setting! We are staying in Klong Do beach which is apparently the best beach on the island. Huge white sandy beach with lovely sea shells and Hot sea, hot! Not warm but hot!

The sea is a bit choppier and loads of fish swimming in huge shoals. We dared each other to stand in the middle of the shoal with snorkel on but both if us were too scared! Especially as there are jellyfish warnings on the beach and specially designed vinegar stations like this...(we've already discussed the golden shower route in previous blog - not an option, although Jason is keeping a full bladder "just in case")


Here is my very own Daniel Craig demonstrating that we had the place to ourselves.


The nightlife here consist of cool beach bars with cushions and candles and chill out music. We watched a fire show which was mesmerizing and drank too many Mojitos.

Found a great way to entertain ourselves on the way home. crabbing, no it's not like dogging don't worry.

Using the torch I bought in Malaysia (best 5 ringgits ever spent) you simply shine the torch into the many huge crab holes in the beach at night and wait for a big one to run out at you. No doubt some animal rights activist will be reading this thinking how terribly cruel or detrimental to the environment - so I apologise now to the crab world.

But my god there is nothing funnier than watching a 42 year old drunken man trying to run away from an angry crab.

Posted by Gingertoad 22:21

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