Koh Lanta: Happy Birthday Bob Marley!
From February 6-13th, we stayed on yet another lovely island, Koh Lanta, 100 miles or so north of Thailand’s border with Malaysia. Koh Lanta, we learned, is a very chilled out island, near Jamaica-like even, and we happened to stumble upon Koh Lanta ironically enough on Bob Marley’s birthday, February 6th.
Admittedly, the relaxed atmosphere, combined with our splurge on a $40 per night ‘posh’ hotel room (including a toilet that flushed without us having to pour in water from a bucket for once), lulled us into a sense of complacency. We had intended to visit Phuket (or Koh Lipe) for a couple of days prior to heading back up to Bangkok; but, like we said, Koh Lanta is a very very chilled out island, and we kind of got stuck (too lazy/content to go anywhere else). We could have worse problems we recognize, or as they say First World Problems. Honestly, we thought spending almost all of the rest of our time in Thailand in Koh Lanta was perfect.
That said, we actually did do more than wake up, eat, walk on the beach, eat, take naps, eat, and go to beach bars every night for free pool and table tennis, at least on some days.
Check out this clip when we, with our newfound German friends, went out one night to see Thailand’s national sport: Muay Thai fighting/boxing. This was the highlight of my stay in Koh Lanta.
We went on a Friday night which is when the locals go. It was a lot of fun to see the locals bet each other and get really into the matches. We also blew our budget by getting VIP ringside seats, but it was well worth seeing the experience up close.
Kiran, unfortunately bet a dollar against the Germans on “Big Red,” you can hear her cheer for him at the beginning of the clip. DEFINITELY watch the whole video, it’s only 63 seconds.
Muay Thai! Game Ova!!!
Here was the highlight of Kiran’s stay in Koh Lanta. Please note that I feel it is wrong to pay to ride or even feed an elephant, it merely supports elephant imprisonment. Kiran’s favorite animal is the elephant and she really wanted to see them so Happy Wife = Happy Life. We did not ride any elephants but did pay $3 to feed this beautiful elephant some bananas
A sunset one night
A sunset another night
A sunset a different night
Still a different sunset
Well, you get the idea. Here’s the best set of sunset photos from our last night on Koh Lanta. Note how the sky changed colors in just a few minutes
We did do some other things as well. We rented another motorbike and visited old town Lanta, a Chinese port which hasn’t changed much in 100 years (pretend the powerlines and scooter aren’t there).
We visited an encampment where sea gypsies have been living for 500 years (taking pictures did not seem appropriate). And I took our motorbike off-road into the jungle hills (AWESOME!!!). However, we are a few posts behind, and I’m sitting writing with my phone (such a painful process), in bed in Siem Reap, when I should be at Angkor Wat! I’m signing off in this one.