The rain cleared as we neared Ko Lanta, a beautiful island in the Andean Sea on the west coast of southern Thailand. As we stepped off the ferry I knew I’d be much happier here than in Ton Sai. Ko Lanta is clean, has beautiful long beaches and has plenty of accommodations for all price ranges – and all levels of taste, apparently.
While we were there, we did a “Four Islands” snorkeling trip. Basically, you are taken in a longtail motor boat to three snorkeling locations and one sea cave you can swim through to a hidden beach. There were tons of fish to see at the first location and the boat driver through bread in the water, causing the fish to swarm around us. There were so many that they ran into me, which was a slightly disconcerting experience.
There were hundreds of stinging jellyfish in the water, so Pat and I decided to skip the cave. Some of the other snorkelers came back with welts all over their body, so I think we made the right decision.
Pat’s mom was concerned that we weren’t relaxing enough, so we decided to upgrade our accommodations for the last two days in Ko Lanta. Thanks to the great exchange rate, we could afford to stay at two beautiful places – The Houbin, a modern, sleek boutique hotel and Baan Lanta, which has luxury bungalows on the ocean. Both were amazing.
Other than the snorkeling trip, our three days relaxing in Ko Lanta were spent eating, laying on the beach and eating some more. Thanks for the suggestion Mrs. H!