Weds 29th April – Sun 3rd May
We had a change of plan after Penang and instead of heading to Langkawi decided to get ourselves to Thailand. Choosing which Islands to go to was tough, everyone who we asked had varying opinions depending on personalities, preferences and how much they wanted to party… In the end we decided we would travel to the more relaxed island of Ko Lanta to chill for a couple days and then onto Phi Phi for a night of partying.
So we got our watermelon for the journey and started what should have been an 8 hr journey…it took at least 14.
4 nights later and we were still on Ko Lanta…awesome place. So beautiful, definitely relaxed but enough atmosphere and backpackers around to have fun. We stayed at the aptly named ‘chill out house’ in sunset room. The place was a multi level treehouse with hammocks, books, board games and awesome hosts. Just what we needed. It was a really nice surprise when we actually expected things to be much more resort like and quiet with maybe more holiday goers, honeymooners and families.
We hired bikes for a couple of days and cruised around the Island, basically covering the whole thing; the Old Town, National Park and a little secluded beach. They also have a great animal welfare centre which allowed you to come and walk the dogs so of course we jumped at the chance and took 3 gorgeous dogs – Ollie, Izzy and Storm – out one morning with our friend Joze from the Netherlands.
At night, you’d get invited to a number of parties all at places such as Mushroom Bar, Monkey Bar, Tree House Bar…except no one ever went because everyone was sat outside the minimart where you could get a large Chang for 60 baht! We spent a couple of nights eating at the night market and was the first place we found Sushi! For either 5 or 10 baht a piece it was a no brainier. We tried our first Thai style salad too which was awesome, probably the spiciest thing I’ve had so far as well!
We seriously considered the opportunity to volunteer at Chill Out House, a great way to extend your travels on a budget with free accommodation and breakfast, but mostly for the chance to get to know Matt, Rosie and the rest of the team along with all the people who walk through the door! It’s still in our minds so we’ll see… ?
The peaceful stay on Ko Lanta actually ended up being pretty active with plenty of socialising as well as our first ‘Changovers’ and it’s been great. Next stop is Phi Phi. We’re travelling with Joze and will meet up with Michael from Scotland who left a day ahead of us.