After travelling for nearly 30 hours by car, bus, plane, train, minibus and ferry, we finally arrived at Maya Hotel on Koh Lanta (http://www.mayalantaresort.com/). Our hotel was on the beautiful Klong Dao beach, sandy and gently sloping with warm water. Great location and excellent facilities and the sunsets were truly amazing.
Ko Lanta is a large island with 6 km wide and over 30 kms long, 9 beaches lie from north to south along the sunset coast. The island boasts stunning scenery, fantastic white sandy beaches, coastlines dotted with more than 70 small islands and plenty of forest, coral reefs and under water life.
Koh Lanta is a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims, and sea gypsies (Chao Ley – people of the sea) . The majority of the population in the rural areas is Muslim. Unlike the UK, Koh Lanta does not suffer from any religious tension and the folk live in peace and harmony.
Being an island, seafood was plentiful and was on the menu in many restaurants and was relatively cheap compared to Chiang Mai. Getting a decent cup of coffee was nearly impossible, in the week we were there, we only found one decent coffee shop.
Our time on Koh Lanta soon passed and it was time to pack the cases and head north. Our ferry journey to Krabi took 2.5 hours and en-route we passed some beautiful beaches and stunning coastal scenery. Our night in Krabi town was unexciting. It rained and we had Thai food in ‘Grace’s Irish Bar’; not very adventurous but there was aircon and cold beer.
Next stop Chiang Mai.