Ban Phra Ae

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  • Day10

    Ao Nang - Koh Lanta

    December 11, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Today we would be heading over to Koh Lanta island but not before heading to Lion and Shark for breakfast. I was a bit hesitant at first but I soon fell in love with this place. After climbing a ladder to get into this almost tree house feeling cafe we both ordered a smoothie bowl. I’m not quite sure what’s happened to me but this mango and passion fruit smoothie bowl topped with fruit was a breakfast game changer!! Suitable fed we went back to finish packing and check out. We had to make our way to the pier to catch a ferry so managed to squeeze us, 2 enormous suitcases and rucksacks onto a tuktuk which definitely scraped the floor a lot when hitting bumps and taking corners. We got to the boat nice and early so got a nice spot by a window before heading off on our 2ish hour trip to the island. Once on Koh Lanta we were then squeezed onto the back of a pickup with seats to get to our hotel.

    Chaw Ka Cher came with a recommendation from the Wilton-Kruger's and it was a great shout. The staff literally can't do enough for you and the room, bar area and pool etc. looked awesome and immaculate. Feeling pretty hungry we ate lunch here before unpacking and trashing our bedroom as we always do.

    There was a beach across the road, aptly named Beautiful Beach about a 5 - 10 minute walk away so we thought we’d spend the rest of the day there reading, swimming and sunbathing before grabbing a beer at a rickety beach hut and watching the sunset over the sea.

    Needing a change from Thai cuisine I found a highly recommended Greek restaurant called El Greco back at the top of the island. Our hotel rang our pickup truck taxi and off we went with illumonious blue and purple flashing lights. It was like a silent disco only without the headphones and music. The food was super yummy. I had a chicken souvlaki wrap and Blake had what looked like giant spring rolls but filled with spinach and feta cheese.
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  • Day11

    Koh Lanta

    December 12, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    After a great nights sleep (no jungle noises and excellent air con) we woke to the sun streaming in the through the curtains. If you prefer not to be woken up in this way, you can actually request extra curtians! Our backpacking days are well and truly behind us! I am holidaying with Sergeant Major though so we dont have time for lie ins 😂

    Breakfast is included here so we headed up to the resturant where we got to choose what we wanted from a menu and they cook it freshly for us. The waiters are very sweet although one looks very much like Rowan Atkinson in Blackadder as Simon rightly pointed out.

    Apparently the best way to explore the island is by scooter so after breakfast we spoke to reception about hiring one for the day. Turns out the hotel have a selection of bikes that you can pick from so we settled for a yamaha qbix. I was a bit nervous when they said the bike didnt come with insurance and we had sign to say we would pay £1,000 if the bike was stolen. It didn't mention anything about damage to the bike though and the odds of it getting stolen when everyone on the island owns one were slim. At only £7.50 a day to hire it what could go wrong!

    I didnt feel comfortable driving and Simon is a terrible back seat driver at the best of times so I happily left him in charge of the wheel (or handlebars) but imposed a very strict speed limit. After Si had a quick wizz around to get to grips with the bike before I hopped on the back we headed towards Old Town on the East side of the island. It was a lot more touristy than I was expecting with lots of souvenir shops but we did manage to pick up a couple of magnets. It kind of reminded me of an old town from a old western movie crossed with a Cornish seaside town selling tourist tat.

    For lunch we stopped at a restaurant right on the water called Caoutchouc. It was a cute little place run by a sweet French man who also lived there as we could see into his bedroom. It was a very simple receipe of either a wrap, salad or spaghetti so Si went for the chicken wrap and I opted for a feta salad, both of which were quite tasty.

    After lunch we headed back over to the other side of the island to check out the many beaches lining the West Coast and stopped when we found a nice looking beach for a bit of a lie down and dip in the sea. This was very short lived as it turned out to be ridicuously windy and within minutes of getting out of the water we were covered head to toe in sand! It was very similar to when we were on the beach in Byron Bay with Maddy. We therefore jumped back on the bike in search of a less windy beach which turned out was like looking for the holy grail. After another pitstop on another windy beach I was ready to go back to the hotel and lie on a sunlounger next to the pool!

    For dinner we headed to a vegetarian restaurant I found with amazing reviews and only a 5 minute walk from the hotel. It was so scrummy even Si enjoyed it. For starter we shared a mixed Thai appetizer which consisted of spring rolls, samosas and grilled tofu with some scrummy dips! Then for main we shared pineapple fried rice and massaman curry. Feeling very full we headed back to the hotel for some cocktails in the hotel bar.
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  • Day12

    Day 2 - Koh Lanta

    December 13, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    As I was reminded we were on holiday and not a boot camp I allowed Blake an extra half hour in bed to get her beauty sleep. Another yummy breakfast served by none other than Mr Blackadder himself and we were set to go out for a trip on the scooter again.

    Having not made it down to the National Park and waterfall walk yesterday as we got fed up of windy beaches, we decided to head straight down there first. When we turned off the main road to head to the waterfall start point the two passengers on the bike in front were pulled over, coughing, spluttering and sneezing. As soon as we caught up to them we were exactly the same. Ahead we could see a pickup truck pumping out something which got straight into the back of your nose and throat. Having no idea what it was or wanting to risk driving straight through it to overtake we decided to skip it (having seen a lot of waterfalls last year) and head straight to the National Park. It was a long and windy road with lots of very steep hills which we weren’t sure how easily the bike was going to manage on the way back.

    We bought our tickets, parked up the bike and headed to the start of the National Park walk. The sign said 1.7km taking around 2hrs but knowing this was probably for a one legged man walking backwards we made our way up the giant steps. 10-15 minutes in, very hot and sweaty we considered turning back but decided to carry on as the views were getting better and better the higher we made it up the path. Eventually we made it all the way around in 50 minutes.

    Back at the starting point were two beaches and another short walk to a lighthouse. We climbed up to the lighthouse for a stunning view of the sea and National Park. A well worthwhile trip.

    Having had a delicious dinner the night before at the vegetarian ( I don’t really know what’s happening to me) we decided to go back for lunch. Blake decided this time on a veggie sandwich and I went for the mixed Thai starter for two for a main. Suitably full we went back to the hotel for some more sunbathing and pool time. (It’s a holiday right 😂)

    For dinner, needing some meat by this point we went to a little spot called Patty’s Secret Garden. We ordered two delicious cocktails, one frozen margarita and one caipirinha. For starter we shared a breaded, minced tofu with a lemon and lime mayo like sauce. Sounds odd but was actually really nice. For main Blake went for a noodle dish and I went for a black bomber cheese and bacon topped burger and chips. Mmm meaty!!
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  • Day13

    Day 3 - Koh Lanta - 4 Islands

    December 14, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Today's activity was a boat trip to 4 islands off the coast of Koh Lanta. We were picked up first from our hotel just after 8am and once we had picked up everyone else we were dropped off at a beach to wait for the boat to pick us up. It was a very long wait as the boat was 45 minutes late! When it eventually arrived the crew introduced themselves and we settled in for the 40 minute journey to the first island, Koh Mook, home to the Emerald Cave. Our arrival was timed perfectly with the arrival of 2 ENORMOUS boats full of around 100 extremely loud children. To get to the Emerald Cave you have to swim through a pitch black tunnel which opens up onto a little beach in the middle of the island, completely surrounded by cliffs. It would have been pretty magical were it not for the swarm of screaming children. Fortunately we did manage to swim through before the kids and enjoyed a very brief moment of the beach to ourselves before the masses arrived.

    Leaving the kids behind we swam back through the cave and boarded the boat to head to our next stop Koh Chuck for some 'snorking' as our Thai guide referred to it. There were quite a few colourful fish but having been truly spoilt in Fiji and Australia, it really didn't compare.

    Our third stop was Koh Kradan where we stopped for lunch and a bit of free time on the beach before setting off to our forth and final island Koh Ngai for some more snorking. I decided against the snorking this time but Simon got in for a swim before the 2 huge boats full of kids showed up!

    All in all I probably wouldn't recommend the trip. The cave was cool but other than that it was just a bit too touristy for our liking!

    Back on dry land we headed back to our hotel for a shower before dinner. I had read that the fire shows on the beach were not to be missed so after dinner back at the Greek restaurant, which again was delicious, we headed to Indian Bar which is a cool little bar down on the beach run by a Thai / Indian man.

    As we settled down with a cocktail (the mojitos were amazing), wearing nothing but an indian headress and a brown Indian style skirt, the owner headed on to the beach and lit 2 fireworks which he waved around to start the show! The guy is absolutely bonkers but it was a really impressive show! At one point he had an extra large fire poi which he swang round and round and he literally looked like a human catherine wheel! After he had finished he invited the kids on to play with the fire poi who were also pretty good. We then sat back and drank cocktails for the next couple of hours watching various people with fire poi and batons on the beach. It was a pretty memorable way to spend our last night on Koh Lanta.
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  • Day18

    Thai food cooking course

    April 18 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    This evening I took a Thai cooking course where we first went to the local market to buy fresh ingredients. After that we prepared four courses. Papaya Salad, Golden Bags, Steamed fish and Massaman Curry.

  • Day110


    January 19 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Yoga mit Meerblick, schwimmen im Pool, ein gutes Frühstück und dann liegen wir am Strand.
    Um 4 Uhr werden wir nicht nur zu thailändischen Feinschmeckern, sondern lernen auch noch das ein oder andere Geheimnis der thailändischen Kochkunst. Wir sind im foodheaven!

  • Day14

    Auf nach Koh Lanta

    December 30, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Heute gings gemütlich um 9.00 Uhr los. Ich wurde beim Hostel abgeholt und nach Krabi Town gebracht. Dort in ein anderen Minivan ab nach Koh Lanta. Die fahrt dauerte 2 1/2 Stunden. Auf Lanta gings direkt zum Hostel. Gepäck ablegen umziehen und ab an den Long Beach. Dort hab ich mich mit Jens getroffen den ich in Bangkok kennenglert habe. Nach einem kurzen Sonnenbad, nahmen wir seinen Roller und erkundeten noch die Strände etwas. Assen gemütlich in einem kleinen Restaurant am einen Snäck. Nach dem Sonnenuntergang fuhren wir zurück zum Long Beach. Wir tranken noch was und entschieden uns für Morgen den Nationalpark anzuschauen. So giengs auch ein wenig früher ins Bett da Morgen ja auch Silvester ist.Read more

  • Day108

    Klong Khong Beach und Tauchen Ko Haa

    February 12, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Marc hat sich heute wieder die Unterwasserwelt bei Koh Lanta am Tauchspot Ko Haa angeschaut.....
    ....und ich bin zum und am Klong Khong Beach gelaufen. Zwischendurch habe ich eine kleine Wasserpause an einer kleinen Bucht am Relax Beach eingelegt. Der Klong Khong Beach ist ein sehr schöner Strand mit vielen kleinen Bars und Restaurants, gebaut aus allem was der Strand zu bieten einer so schön entspannten Atmosphä vielen Lampions und Laternen....schon ein bißchen im Hippiestyle....
    Allerdings wird es an diesem Strand bei Ebbe mit dem Baden schlecht....auf meinem Rückweg lagen die Gesteinsfelsen aus dem Wasser im Trockenen.
    Dagegen hat man am Long Beach, wo ich gestern war, immer Wasser und nicht so viele Steine im Wasser.

    Weil es so schön war und abends in der Freedom Bar Fireshow sein sollte, sind Marc und ich abends noch einmal hin....
    Am Abend wirkt der Strand noch wieder anders, wenn die Laternen, Lampions und bunten Lichter alle an sind....Es war ein superschöner Abend.
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  • Day111

    Thailand... und wie weiter?

    February 15, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Nachdem Marc heute vom Tauchen kam und ich wieder voll begeistert war von seinen Fotos von der faszinierenden Unterwasserwelt, war es an der Zeit, uns mal Gedanken über unsere weitere Reise zu machen....🤔🤔🌏🕌🏯⛺....und wir haben jetzt einen Plan...👌🤔🤗👍
    Wir bleiben noch bis 25.02. in Thailand und gehen dann für ein paar Tage von Ko Lipe mit dem Boot nach Langkawi in Malaysia. Von dort fliegen wir wieder nach Phuket, um uns die Similian Islands und die Phang Na Bay anzusehen.
    Am 11.03. verlassen wir dann, nach insgesamt 68 Tagen, endgültig Thailand. Wir wollen uns dann, bis zu unserem Flug nach Japan am 28.03., den Westen von Malaysia mit der Insel Penang, Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh, den Cameron Highlands, Kuala Lumpur und Melaka ansehen. Darauf sind wir schon riesig gespannt....😊😀
    Warum so "kompliziert"...und so viel hin und her...?
    Das hängt mit den Einreisebestimmungen zusammen ...und wir wollten uns die Bürokratie mit dem Visum ersparen....
    Man darf in Thailand ohne Visum 30 Tage bleiben, insgesamt in 6 Monaten max. 90 Tage. Über den Land-oder Seeweg darf man max. zwei Mal im Jahr einreisen, wobei Marc als Schweizer dann nur 15 Tage Aufenthaltsrecht bekommt. Und so haben wir unsere Reise dementsprechend ausgerichtet.....

    ...und wir haben auch endlich eine bezahlbare Unterkunft in Tokio über Airbnb gefunden, nicht in einer einem richtigen Bett...😮 und ziemlich zentral gelegen.....👍
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