My last couple of days exploring Thailand before my study abroad program starts is slowly coming to an end, so I’ve been trying to make the most out of the trip by exploring a new place every day. After a lovely visit in Koh Phi Phi (where I was supposed to spend 2 nights), I decided to just cancel my second night at Koh Phi Phi and head out for Koh Lanta. Koh Lanta is a lot more quiet and peaceful in comparison to the party, touristy vibe of Koh Phi Phi, so I thought it would be a nice getaway. I thought right.
I mentioned before that one of the guys I talked to on the airplane had been talking about Koh Lanta, and since I didn’t do much previous research prior to the start of my trip, I kinda just played it by ear throughout these past couple of days, talking to people I’ve met in my hostels about any recommendations they had. Since I heard quite the number of people talking about this island, I decided to spend a night here and I almost wish I had more time to explore the rest of this island.
One of the guys I met at Pak-Up in Krabi told me how he literally just spent the whole day riding on a motorbike around the entire island, and to head south, which is where all the beautiful beaches are. So, I took his advice, rented myself a mo-ped for 250 baht (~$7) for the whole day and just decided to kind of get lost and go wherever the road took me.
Couldn’t help but pull over every couple of minutes because there were so many beautiful viewpoints overlooking the ocean along the way. Thank goodness the streets aren’t too busy otherwise I probably would have crashed…it’s so hard to keep my eyes on the road when all I want to do is stop and stare at these BEAUTIMOUS ocean views.
Many of the beaches in Koh Lanta are a lot more quiet and secluded, which is nice if you’re just looking to escape from the crowds and relax, enjoy your peace and quiet. Here’s Kantiang Bay:
This was one of my favorite beaches I visited. I definitely would not have found this place if it weren’t for the brief conversation I had with a couple visiting from the US and mentioned something about seeing “blue pipes” near the entrance of the beach. Sure enough, I had a 2 second glance of some blue pipes lying near the side of the road and had to do a 180 in the middle of the road to get back to the hidden entrance of this beach. This is Ao Nui, and I was the only person to be found on this entire stretch of beach.
Also Ao Nui Beach.
Once I got down towards the bottom of the island near the entrance of the national park, I literally gasped when I looked to my right and saw this view.
WORDS CAN’T EXPLAIN how mesmerized I was by this view. If you look closely, you can even see some monkeys just frolicking around on the road a short distance behind me.
Then I decided to stop by this random restaurant/bar on the way home that had a beach entrance, and I came to this brilliant view of Diamond Cliff Beach. My goodness.
Update on how the rest of the trip went: I stopped by some random Indian restaurant on the side of the road owned by a lovely family from Nepal and ate some onion naan and yellow chicken curry. Then, it started pouring. After the rain died down a little, I tried to start my mo-ped and I had a serious crisis moment because it wouldn’t start up for a good 3 or 4 times of trying. Then, after finally getting it to start, I had to head home, but me being the no-sense-of-direction person I am, I had no idea where my bungalow was relative to where the restaurant was. Also, it was still raining, so the rain that kept hitting me against my face which kinda hurt. Basically, I kept riding with no idea where my hotel was but eventually made it back to the parking lot, God knows how. Anyways, this is where I stayed.
Nice beachfront resort, and no worries about loud banging/couples yelling and fighting at the top of their lungs (happened in Phi Phi…) at 2 am in the morning. Also decided to wake up early to hopefully catch a sunrise, but since the weather has been quite gloomy and cloudy lately, I just sat by the ocean for a refreshing start to my morning.
I still have so much that I wanted to see on this island, especially places like Old Town. Either way, I would 100% recommend renting a motorbike and just riding down the island for an entire day, and treat your eyes to some gorgeousness. All right, that’s it for now, good night world! ♥