Koh Lanta is 2 islands actually. Smaller Koh Lanta Noi and bigger Koh Lanta Yai, but people usually call the bigger one just Koh Lanta, so we do the same. Koh means an island in Thai. Island is within borders of Krabi province, 60 miles south from our last stop, Aonang in Krabi. Place is visited by tourists looking for a quiet place to relax, away from crowds and noise.
The whole west coast is covered with sandy beaches and the island is 18 miles long, so it was easy to find a quiet spot for yourself and felt like on a deserted island.
The island was a peaceful place and good to chill out, so decided to stay there for longer. Phra Ae, or just Long Beach, was our new spot. Perfect for long walks and with easy access to the sea (some places have reef). Below picture of our beach:
We could find on the beach plenty of “walking shells” occupied by small crabs. 🙂
On the north part of Phra Ae we discovered a path leading through bushes to a hidden rocky beach. It was our favorite place and we could spend the whole day there, chill or catch up with the blog.
When we weren’t on the beach we were in our wooden house, with banana trees in the garden and the cat on the balcony. 🙂
It’s really easy to travel from one to another end of Koh Lanta – an asphalt road links both ends. We took a scooter to check other places on the island.
On the east part of the island you will find a small town, Old Lanta. When visiting the town visitor has feeling like time stopped in that place. Fishing is the main source of income and small trade as well.
Go 2 mīles to the south and you will get to the land occupied by sea gypsies. They have nothing in common with gypsies who came from India to Europe. Sea gypsies in Thailand are Aboriginal Malay. They can be found in places such as: Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Jum, Koh Lipe or Koh Lanta. „Sea Gypsies” is generally the name for coastal dwellers in South-East Asia living this way, and those in Thailand belong to the ethnic group called Urak Lawoi. Their population reaches about 6k people. A language they use is a mix of Thai and Malay. They were very friendly and didn’t mind we were walking around and watching their everyday life. Most of their houses are made of wood and are located on poles above the sea. When it’s a high tide water isn’t far from entering the house.
For last two nights we moved to the north of the island, Saladan. Better choice of shops and restaurants and near a ferry terminal. We had one favorite restaurant with the best food we’ve eaten since we travel and the nicest guy we met in Thailand so far. Below it’s a paper with his writing he gave us and other guests too to say thank you for visiting his restaurant. When you read his writing try to imagine his hospitality. 😀
And more pictures with surroundings of our hotel in Saladan.
Nice, fantastic decorated shops and restaurants in the town:
But not all Thailand is like paradise – we found poorer part of the town. It was hard to believe that people could live in houses which literally were falling apart.
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