It is causing me a lot of discomfort to write this blog. I am currently typing just with my thumb… I feel like I’m writing a text on an old Nokia 3310 phone. But my right hand is currently out of action.
I didn’t burn myself during a fire show and no I didn’t get in a thai boxing fight (although that would have been a good story to tell). I got bitten on Koh Lanta by potentially a spider and it’s reacted weirdly and blistered across two fingers and is continuing to get bigger and bigger. It’s really disgusting and it is very sore. 😦 Gross pictures available on request. 🙂
Phi Phi to Koh Lanta:
When we travelled from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi, a girl we met was on her way to Koh Lanta – just one girl out of a bus of 36. None of us had heard of this island but she said it was supposed to be very beautiful and so with it being just a couple hours ferry from Phi Phi we thought it would be a good chance to see a different kind of island, less touristy.
At the pier before our boat from Phi Phi to Koh Lanta, we booked accommodation at New Beach Bungalows. I usually ignore accommodation sold to me before arrival, it’s annoying when locals hound you for taxi’s/hotels etc… but we actually were really happy with this place. It had two pools, one looking out on to the beach. The price also included a free and a private room with en-suite.Eventually we got this down to £5 for a fan room but when we turned up and after a little chat with the receptionist we got air con!! Happy times!
Koh Lanta island is a lot bigger than Phi Phi and so you can’t just wander around for a place to stay. You would need to get a taxi or tuk tuk around, but in this heat searching for a place to sleep? No way! It is one of those islands, a lot like Bali, that you do need transport on, which is a shame because we love to walk. But there’s no paths so you’re quite isolated without a bike or hiring a driver.
As we arrived on Lanta we were taken over to our taxi bus and a new thai guy jumped on to escort us that worked at the resort. He was a friendly happy man in a bandana and was getting everyone’s spirits up and telling jokes about how it’s too hot in Koh Lanta for a girlfriend. I don’t blame him, it’s like an oven here and who wants to sit in an oven let alone cuddle in one? He asked everyones names and where they were from then looked to me and told me “Anne, I like you, you are my everything… after my mother.” I expected he was saying this to get a tip or something. But I’ll fill you in more about him shortly.
We were really happy at New Beach… lots of sweet little terrors running around and playing in the pool. The sea was just steps away from our resort.
Manny (the ex April Fools Day husband) took us surprise by joining us on Koh Lanta (it’s over Manny, accept it and move on!) We couldn’t be happier with his conpany – he’s such a sweetheart, like a little brother and he did good that evening by finding Kwan’s Cookery Restaurant on Trip Advisor.
When we arrived, Kwans restaurant was packed out, and when we finally sat down to eat we could see why. This is the best Thai food I have had in my life, ever!!! They took us by surprise with free Chicken satay appetisers as well as free Watermelon deserts. Too too kind. The flavours were out of this world!!!! All you heard at our table during the appetiser were moans and groans of pure food enjoyment. Then it came to the main course… for all meals, you choose a spice level. 2 is spicy/normal, 3 is spicy and 4/5 is Thai Spicy. This is where Manny and I got ahead of ourselves/cocky. Manny is Mexican and I’m half Asian… Give us level 4! We can handle it!
The Red Curry I had, flavour wise was AMAZING. Absolutely fantastic! But I was struggling… it was too spicy. But with food that tasted that good I had to keep trooping. Manny struggled too and had the staff in stitches of laughter ordering 4 bottles of water for himself. We finished our meals but it was hard work, I definitely won that food battle against Manny… no water necessary!
There was no question about it… we NEEDED to know what was in this food. We signed up for a cooking course the next day. To our surprise it was the cheapest course we’d heard of in Thailand this far. It cost us 825 baht each (under £17) to learn 8 dishes of our choice and eat them all after. The cheapest we’d seen otherwise started at 1200 baht for just a small breakfast class. This was too good to be true!!
Kwan’s Cooking School is owned by a married couple. Marcus (a Swiss-German gentleman) and his lovable Thail wife Kwan. Kwan immediately reminded me of my own mother… small, asian, absolutely bonkers, but lovable and always cooking up a treat. They are just genuine happy people with top class service – we loved them and the cheery staff that worked there!
The class we did was private for the 4 of us and lots of fun. The recipe’s were simple, the food was fresh and the flavours were perfection. We eagerly took notes the whole way through. We all can’t wait to cook it when I come home!!
We loved this place so much that we came back… everyday. I wouldn’t usually recommend sticking to one place when on holiday/travelling but when you find food this good, that your group enjoys, you should work your way down the menu. If you visit Koh Lanta and do not visit this place, you are missing out. We did try other places during our stay… but it wasn’t the same.
The next day was pool day… we had no intention of moving. It was unbeatably hot, too hot.
Thai guy found us again that day… “Hello Anne, I wrote you a song. It’s called I always look at you. Will you hear it later in my room?” He sounds a bit creepy but he was actually a sweet guy, swore way too much for my liking though. But he just wanted to make everyone happy who stayed here… but there was no way any of us were going to his room, instead I read the lyrics. What girl doesn’t appreciate a song written about her? Especially about my ‘golden hair’ and ‘blue eyes’. Hmm… not falling for this.
We had a lovely day and also caught up with Kerrie in China.
On the last day on Koh Lanta we wanted to see the island. So with the help of Latitude (the thai guy who’s name we eventually found out), we hired a van and we were off – drive us anywhere and everywhere please. First stop ‘Monkey School’ – no way we watching monkeys perform on bikes. Back in the van please!
We saw pretty much the whole island including a few beaches, view points, Old Town and the National Park. On the journey around we saw lots of elephants and monkeys too!
To end the day we climbed a hill to watch the sunset…
Koh Lanta is very different from any of the thai islands I’ve seen. If you do ever pop by here… the south seems to have most of the accommodation and bars. We were in the middle on Long Beach but we were happy and had the best time!
Next stop Phuket…