I went down the beach to have a long walk. And yeah I found lots of interesting scenary. haha. This place is quite. Good to relax realy. I thank to one of the traveler whom we met on the bus recommending me to this place.
BTW, forgot his name.
Jump on your bike and scoot on over to Lanta Old Town, located on the East side of the island, it is one of the region’s most culturally diverse with Chinese merchants, original Thai and Muslim fishing families and an ancient Sea Gypsy community who have lived in harmony for over a century. Today, the same daily activities and traditional structures, such as traditional markets, longtail fishing boats and Chinese shop houses built over the sea remain as they did when the town served as one of Thailand’s busiest merchant hubs. It has a variety of very good restaurants both Thai and western all with in walking distance.
Don't forget to stop in Hammock House for Hammocks and Batiks, Book a Longtail to outer islands like Ko Bubu, with Lanta Longtail, and visit the newly opened Islander's Museum.
"Time for Lime" cooking school, is a very pretty place where you can do a cooking class in an open air pavillon kitchen right next to the beach. There is a beach bar and a dining area (time for lime is also a restaurant) and they also offer bungalows to stay (but i can't evaluate them).
We spent a very relaxing afternoon at time for lime, tasting, smelling, cooking, decorating our self-cooked dishes and feeling the breeze from the sea while drinking lemongrass-margharitas. perfect!!
Two classes daily: 12:30-17:30 (intro, curry paste+4 dishes)
18:00-22:15 (intro+3 dishes)
babysitting arrangable for parents
everyone gets a cooking apron to take home.
dining everyday from 6 pm
+++ There is also another cooking school on ko lanta, the lanta thai cookery school. also nice, outdoor kitchen, not on the beach though. less "staylish", more tradiotional, very nice chef!!www.lantathaicookeryschool.com+++
In what it seems to a ritual when I come to Koh Lanta, I once again got another tattoo. Well actually it was part my oldest tattoo getting recolored and then getting more added to it. Over the course of 10 days I ended up getting 3 seperate tattoos in the same area, to finally make 1 larger version of my old tat. Each session took on the average 3 hours each to complete, and cost me only around 8000bht.
It was great seeing my old friends at Bamboo tattoo and meeting up with some new ones as well. The artist that did my tattoo this time around was only 15 years old. I was a little shocked when I heard it was going to be him doing my tat, but after seeing him do some work, I knew it would be OK.
I already have plans for my next one and can't wait to get it on my next trip. It will be an addition to my first bamboo tattoo design, just with more shades of color added around it. I enjoyed my whole stay on Koh Lanta this time, but as always getting a new tattoo makes it that much better for me. On that note it was quite funny to see my picture hanging on display in the tattoo shop, it was from my previous trip when I got my name done in Thai.
This was a really great experience. We "rented" an elephant (with her mahout) and went through the jungle.
Afterwards, we were allowed to feed her bananas. I don't remember her name, but I still know she was 40 years old!
It was also great to see how the mahout talked to the elephant and she "answered". The man raised her since she was a young one.
There are a couple of elephant treks you can go on. We went on one which took about an hour, through the rubber plantations.
The elephants are apparently not native to Lanta, they are ex-logging elephants which were shipped over to tourist areas after a ban on logging was brought in by the government, resulting in jobless elephants all over Thailand. If this is true (which I suspect it is as my trusty guidebook tells me so!) then at least the tourists are providing the elephants with a better lifestyle than hanging around busy streets begging for food.
The great thing about elephant trekking is that it is so quiet and peaceful - you don't imagine that elephants move about so silently, being such large animals, but as they walk through the forest, they are actually quieter than the average human!
The guides took us down a couple of quite steep banks which was weird as you feel like you're going to fall off, and we walked along a stream that was quite shallow as it was the dry season, however, they do the same route in the wet season and I saw photos of elephants in the stream up to their heads in water, which must be quite good fun.
We'd done an elephant trek once before in Ko Samui, but this one was better as it was longer and the land wasn't as flat.
The only thing I didn't like too much was the baby elephant show afterwards. When you get back to the centre, they bring out the baby elephant and it does some tricks like kicking a ball and putting a hat on the kids' heads, which is OK, but they also get it to balance on its trunk and things more suited to Disney's Dumbo film in my opinion - but apart from that, the whole trip was a good one.
This is the sign at Bamboo Tattoo describing what the benefits of getting a traditional style tattoo are.
The person getting the tattoo done in the shop was me, not that you can see me because I'm lying down.
After getting a tattoo with the gun(machine) and now the traditional way, the sign is very accurate and truthful. I will try it again on one of my next trips to Koh Lanta for sure.
This cave was one of those "I-have-to-conquer-my-fear" adventures. Our friends came to this island the year before and told us to go to the cave, but then he proceeded to show me some pictures....of the spiders INSIDE the cave.... I was far from sold on this cave thing.
I did it though, and I don't regret it, although I did come VERY close to having a panic attack when I saw the spiders up close....... they are BIG. (getting the chills just writing this) blaghhh.....
some of the thing you can anticipate if you decide to do this are a good hike to the entrance, some very tight squeezes through some parts of the cave, muddy clothes, spiders, Bats, a pool in the pitch blackness of the cave if you want to cool off, and a really cool Stairway/ladder on your way back. It is worth it though. I am really glad I did it. Hope you enjoy if you plan to go!
Picture is of some of the bats that we saw....
One of the main reasons for returning to Koh Lanta on my last trip was to get another tattoo. I returned to Bamboo Tattoo to meet up with many of the same guys and a new artist. I have had the idea for my tattoo(my full name in Thai) for about 8 months and finally got it a day after arriving here.
I got the right spelling from my girlfriend and got the artist to expand it to fit my arm. It was just as painless, but still took about 3.5-4 hours to finish. Mind you I did take a few beer breaks during the whole process and this slowed it down a little. The tattoo cost me 3500bht and a bottle of whiskey, so again this was a good deal for me.
I plan to go back and see the guys again on my next trip, but still don't know what my next tattoo will be yet.
Well if you are tired of swimming and dont know what else u want to do.. here's a great suggestion : READ! im sure most of you carry along a story book or something.. so why not hang around the beach side and read that book of urs.. and finish them up.... im sure while enjoying the scenario... u got good reading time spent....
There are actually two islands called Koh Lanta, Ko Lanta Noi and Ko Lanta Yai. Yai is the best and where you can find the nicer beaches. Here you can relax in paradise and get a cheap massage. Highly recommended!
There are a number of snorkelling tour operators. We ended up taking Opal. They overbooked and the boat was too packed when it started to rain... so a number of people got very cold in the driving rain. Plus there ended up being only enough fins for half of us.
Snorkelling is a serious tourist trap with 4-6 boats moored at every location we visited. The snorkelling itself was quite disappointing - not much sea life except for the feeding frenzy of fish they lured to the boat with food. The coral, like most in the region, were bleached and devoid of color.
We went in late December... so perhaps the visibility is better at other times of the year.
We rented some SUP stand up paddleboards from the people at Lanta Paddlesports and had a great time. They were very friendly and gave us tons of free advice. We rented SUP boards one day and then took a tour to an island later that week. The water was clear and we could see lots of fish during our paddle. The kids had a great time as well. They are highly reccommended.
This is the beach were we stayed. As the name says it´s a very long and big beach and for that reason you never have the feeling that it is crowded and when we were there it was very calm but maybe it had something to do with the fact that the season was almost finished (end March).
This beach is very clean, nice blue water and seats are available for free!
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