a slow and controlled dance
this beautiful little girl was dressed in traditional costume, and did a dance. she was just so adorable, and beautiful! she danced with such poise and grace, and her performance was very controlled. the thai dance was done very slowly and methodically, with graceful flowing moves. balancing on one leg, this girl wouldn't even wobble, such control she had! the music in the background was lovely as well.
the thais are a peaceful calm lot, and this is reflected in this beautiful traditional dance!
we then also saw fire twirling, another popular past time on the beach! as the sun sets all along the beach you'll see glowing fire, twirling through the darkness. young and old, they do it! one of the local guys at our 'resort' was teaching a young italian guy how to do it. i had a go, without fire.... luckily without fire! because i kept hitting myself, including my culo one time! lol
Catch at least one Beautiful sunset...
make it a point while you are here to see a beautiful sunset. We usually wound up eating dinner right about that time so we made it a point to eat out in the sand and watch the sun go down. I love the silhouette that the long tail boats made against the sunset...
This was my favorite part of ko lanta
Why Ko Lanta ?
"A walk on the wild side ...."
I was faced with some tough decisions to make ~ I had come over to Phuket and have absolutely no idea where to base myself. All I know is that I did not want to spend my entire time in Phuket !
In the ferry from Phuket to Ko Phi Phi, I came across a whole load of young very rowdy holidaymakers (as oppose to travelers). After evesdropping a little, I found out that they are going to board over at Ko Phi Phi. Asking about the people working on the ferry, I found out that I could actually make it to another island, Ko Lanta ~ its just another hour or so of boatride ... anything to get away from the rowdy crowd, I instantly agreed.
Here is the thing ~ I have not really read up enough about Ko Lanta during my planning stage but Rough Guide convinced me that its not too bad of an island. Plus, Rolf (VTer R.Dettmann) told me that it was a glorious place .. wonderful for diving and relatively quiet. But, too much planning is not good ~ so, I hopped on the ferry to Ko Lanta !
"Impressions of Ko Lanta"
I was very surprised with Ko Lanta. I thought it would be really quiet, just like Ko Libong which I was on a few weeks ago. Man, I was wrong !
Saladan, the main town on the island, is a hive of activity. There are only a few streets but they are filled with shops ~ restaurants, dive shops, retail outlets, bars (!!) and a local market. Lots of tourists milling about on the (dusty) streets and on motorcycles.
The condition of the roads here are not that good. Nearer to the town area, the roads are tarred but furhter on, its all dirt road. Also, lots of signs along the road, proclaiming where the latest and bestest (is there such a word ??) parties are.
However, I also did manage to find some really (surprisingly) cheap places to stay. And did things which I've planned to do - visit Ko Jum and go for sea kayaking :-)
The best thing about this trip was meeting the people. Going to a totally foreign place without knowing anyone there before hand is such an exciting venture for me. The people there are really varied ~ the good, the bad and the ugly. I realise that not everything is pink and rosy, and there's a good and bad side to everything. One just has to deal with it as it comes, thats all. I totally adore the sheer anonimity and the fact that I can do anything I want whenever I want. Traveling is such an amazing life journey :-)