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    • Jan8

      Koh Lanta

      January 8 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Die Doppelinseln Koh Lanta – Lanta Noi und Lanta Yai - liegen an der Südwestküste von Thailand. Während Lanta Noi nahezu unbewohnt ist, ist Lanta Yai von einer sehr entspannten Atmosphäre geprägt und die Zeit dort ermöglicht uns eine sehr gemütliche und wohltuende erste Woche im neuen Jahr.

      Am 2. Jänner machen wir uns von Rai Leh East auf den Weg dorthin. Nachdem pandemiebedingt derzeit keine Fähre verkehrt, steigen wir in ein Longtailboat und fahren zum Ao Nam Pier, von wo es mit einem Minivan zum Busbahnhof in der Nähe der Stadt Krabi weitergeht, ehe wir von dort mit einem Kleinbus nach Koh Lanta weiterfahren. Etwa viereinhalb Stunden nach dem wir Rai Leh verlassen haben, beziehen wir im Mook Lanta Eco Ressort unseren Bungalow für diese Woche.

      Wir verbringen die Woche mit Yoga am Meer, viel meditieren, viel schreiben und gemütlichen Inselerkundungen mit dem Moped.
      Wir besuchen das charmante „Old Town Lanta“, sehen uns Stelzenhäuser und einen Friedhof der Moken (Seenomaden) an und in einer Doku erfahren wir mehr über ihre frühere Lebensweise.
      Die Moken pflegten unzählige Jahre eine halbnomadische Lebensweise. Ihr Leben spielte sich überwiegend auf dem Meer ab, lediglich zur Monsunzeit zogen sie in ihre Stelzenhäuser in den Buchten der Andamenküste. Sie lebten ausschließlich vom Fischfang, den sie freitauchend mit einem speziellen Speer bewaffnet, vollzogen. Eine ihrer Kultur entsprechenden Lebensweise werden in der Gegenwart allerdings – so die Erzählungen in der Doku – gesetzliche Vorgaben in den Weg gestellt.

      Und wieder einmal fasziniert mich eine Lebensweise, die so gänzlich anders ist, als das Leben das wir kennen. So wird der Friedhof von den Moken als „Pigayilaynuyuberlai“ bezeichnet. „Piga“ bedeutet “gehen zu“, „Yilai“ bedeutet „Friedhof“ und „Nuyuberlai“ – „Herkunft“. Was frei übersetzt so viel bedeuten könnte, wie, dass der Friedhof ein Ort ist, wo wir zu unserem Ursprung zurückkehren und somit der Tod vielmehr eine Art Heimkehr bedeutet.
      Die Moken begraben ihre Ahnen nahe dem Meer. Sie möchten, dass ihre Ahnen auch weiterhin den Wellen des Meeres lauschen können – eine wunderbare Vorstellung. Und einmal im Jahr veranstalten sie ein Fest am Friedhof, wo sie essen mitbringen und den ganzen Tag über fröhlich tanzen. Sie glauben, dass, wenn sie fröhlich und glücklich sind, dass auch ihre Ahnen fröhlich und glücklich sein werden.
      Eine faszinierende und sehr schöne Bezeichnung für einen Friedhof, eine sehr schöne Art und Weise seinen Wunsch Ausdruck zu verleihen, dass wir den Verstorbenen und uns lieben Menschen wünschen, dass es ihnen gut geht.

      An einem anderen Nachmittag nehmen wir an einer Thai-Cooking-Class teil. Nachdem Genuss der vielfältigsten und sehr leckeren und oftmals unglaublich scharfen Gerichte wurde unsere Neugierde ausreichend geweckt, um uns auch selbst mal als Thai-Köche zu probieren.
      Neben Panang-Curry, bereiteten wir eine vegetarische Kokossuppe zu. Wir erfuhren, wie man eine Currypaste selbst macht und genossen neben einem „Deep fried“-Papaya-Salat auch noch einen würzig-scharfen Kräutersalat mit Süßkartoffeln.
      Mai, unsere bemühte und sehr unterhaltsame Lehrerin, lebt mit ihrer Familie im Süden Thailands. Sie erzählt uns darüber, wie die Thais lernen würden zunehmend schärfere Gerichte zu essen. So könne ihre sechsjährige Tochter mittlerweile drei Chilis im Curry essen und ist somit definitiv den allermeisten Europäern einiges voraus. Erwachsene Südthais essen Currys übrigens gerne mit zehn Chilis in einem Curry. Mai differenziert bei den Schärfegraden auch gerne zwischen „little spicy“, „spicy“ und „Hospital“ :-D

      Und so neigt sich diese Woche langsam ihrem Ende zu. Wir organisieren unsere Weiterreise und packen unsere Rucksäcke…

      … auf nach Koh Samui!
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      Traveler

      Ich hoffe auf ein Original Thai Menü von euch gekocht wenn ihr wieder da seit 😜

      1/10/22Reply
      Traveler

      original von zwei Österreichern gekocht 😅

      1/20/22Reply
       
    • Day16

      Day 15 - S̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ wạn khris̄t̒mās̄

      December 25, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      No presents to open on Christmas Day. We had already exchanged cards last night & Jackie’s was embarrassingly much better than mine to her.

      No one was up at our Lanta Happy Hills so we didn’t have the opportunity to say Merry Christmas to any fellow guests. We had breakfast at Yawee, then hit the beach.

      We had a few beers at lunchtime, then returned home at sunset for a shower & did the rounds of Christmas wishes by WhatsApp video calls & messages.

      Our big Christmas dinner was Pad Thai & Fried Chicken with garlic on the beach & a little bit of Christmas cake brought from home. It was nice, but not the Roast Turkey & all the trimmings that Chris & Angela had kindly laid on for us before we left.

      Song of the Day - All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan by Kenny Chesney.
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      Traveler

      Merry Christmas

      12/26/19Reply
      Simon and Jackie Annals

      And a happy new year

      12/27/19Reply
       
    • Day13

      Day 12 - Lanta Happy Hills Resort

      December 22, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      I had a fitful night sleep of about 2 hours, Jackie had not much more. We had a scare at 5.00am, when the train stopped & loads of passengers got off, but it wasn’t our stop.

      At 7.00am we were forced out of bed by the steward insisting he come in turn the beds back to a seat. At 8.30am we pulled into Trang Railway Station & went to a travel agent opposite to arrange our onward travels. We purchased 2 tickets for the 9.30am mini van departing from
      Trang Bus Terminal costing just 350 Baht each.

      We left our rucksacks with the ladies in the travel agent & went in search of breakfast. We ended up in the same ‘1952 Cafe’ that we visited in similar circumstances about 10 years ago. We ordered coffee & a baguette each.

      Returning to the travel agent, we boarded a Tuk Tuk to take us to Trang Bus Terminal. Before we departed, the girls insisted on taking a photo of us in the back of the Tuk Tuk, whilst Jackie held their company sign!

      The Tuk Tuk delivered us to the Ko Lanta bound mini van & checked us in....all part of the service. Not long after 9.30am we departed in a virtually full mini van for the 2.5 plus hour drive, which included a ferry ride. It was an uncomfortable ride, particularly as we were tired.

      Not long after midday, we were dropped off at our Christmas destination, Lanta Happy Hills Resort. The girl who greeted us was so lovely & provided us with lots of useful information. She didn’t actually tell us, but we suspected she & her family were Muslims......the hijabs & burkas gave it away!!!

      She kindly recommended Yawee Restaurant for lunch, which we soon discovered didn’t sell alcohol. Yawee Restaurant was very popular & we now know why, the food was excellent. I had chicken in coconut sauce & Jackie had a crispy chicken salad. There was water on the table, but we ordered a Diet Coke each, which didn’t actually arrive with our meal. When Jackie informed them, the waitress insisted we have them free. Probably put a bit of Hong Thong in them!

      After we walked the couple of minutes down to our local beach, Relax Beach. As we walked out on to the beach, the nearest bar owner shouted over to visit his bar. One of our pet hates!!! We walked along to the southern end & found a tiny sandy cove called Bamboo Beach for a swim.

      The afternoon ended with us visiting 2 bars for a beer in each, unfortunately the 2nd belonged to the shouty man & guess what it was the most expensive!

      We returned to our room, got ready & then went straight out for dinner to the sounds of the call to prayer at the local mosque. Tonight was the Mushroom Restaurant where I had a Penang Chicken curry & Jackie had chicken & cashew nuts, followed by a naughty banana pancake each.

      We were back on our balcony by 9pm. After failing to get the television working to watch the Man Utd game, we called it a night.

      Despite Booking.com showing that Lanta Happy Hills Resort is fully booked in the days after we are scheduled to check out, Jackie has already sweet-talked the young girl at reception in to letting us stay longer & (a big AND) letting us keep our room. It is in the prime location.

      Song of the Day - Slow Train to Dawn by The The.
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    • Day12

      Day 11 - Heading South for Christmas

      December 21, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Dragged ourselves out of bed at 9.00am & I popped next door for 2 Americano Frappes. There is no such thing, so I ordered a hot & an iced Americano. We sat on our balcony & had some dry doughnuts with our coffee.

      It was boiling hot already so we returned to our air conditioned room to stay cool whilst we packed. At 11.50am we checked out of our Homestay & laden down with our rucksacks we ventured out into the midday sun.

      Luckily we only had to walk 400 metres to our van pick-up point & we had an hour and a half to get there. Halfway we stopped for a beer. At 1.10pm we arrived at the van pick-up point & got mobbed by Tuk Tuk 🛺 drivers. After explaining we had a pre-booked van, they herded us to a waiting van. It turned out to be a 9 seater luxury van & we were the only 2 passengers scheduled to travel on it, so we departed immediately. Not bad for just 300 Baht each, particularly when the driver had to pay 140 Baht at a toll!

      We were soon heading south towards Makkasan Station in Bangkok on the Super Highway. During the journey we explained to our driver that we were heading for Hua Lampthong Railway Station. He told us that he couldn’t take us, but we could get a taxi. Thank you, we hadn’t thought of that!

      As we made our through the outskirts of Bangkok, our driver suddenly pulled over at the side of the road outside a petrol station & said you pay 50 Baht toll. We didn’t really know what was going on, but a taxi pulled up behind & we jumped in.

      Ten minutes later we were delivered right outside Hua Lampthong Station for just 100 Baht & the 50 Baht toll. After Jackie had picked up our tickets from an office across the road, we set up camp in a Black Canyon Coffee cafe, where we treated ourselves to a sandwich, a croissant & a coffee.

      At 4.35pm we boarded our night train for the 15 hour journey down to Trang in the south of Thailand. We had a First Class sleeper cabin that resembled a prison cell, a grey metal box that contained a seat that doubled up as 2 bunk beds, a sink with a bar of soap & a floppy table. The toilet was a hole in the ground at the end of the carriage.

      We sorted all our bits & pieces out, then with less than 15 minutes to departure, Jackie shouted “Oh shit, they didn’t give me my passport back in the ticket office”. With a volley of expletives, to the effect she had better run back to get it & Jackie saying she didn’t have time, she frantically rummaged through her document folder & found it.

      Our hearts were still racing at ten to the dozen as our train pulled out of the station at 5.06pm. We settled back for the long haul, but at 7.20pm, the steward insisted on making up our beds. We finished our bottle of Hong Thong, ate our crisps & lay down on our beds.
      It was a jerky old train ride & at gone 2.00am, I was still awake.

      Song of the Day - Night Train by The Kills.
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    • Day15

      Day 14 - Santa Hat Selfies

      December 24, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Who’d be so cliche’d & immature!

      Today we were awoken by an enormous gecko in our room squawking. We got up & hired a scooter from our lovely lady. She found us the best available bike & gave us a couple of ill-fitting helmets.

      The plan was go for a recce further a field & spend the day on the beach at the southern end of the island where the Same Same But Different Restaurant was situated. We recall that the beach was nice, but more importantly the restaurant did the best chicken & cashew nuts we had ever had.

      We set off on the coast road heading south, when after about 10 miles we found a French bakery that took our fancy. We got off the scooter & went to open up the seat under which was my bag & all our money. Hunting high & low, we couldn’t work it out, but a little old lady came over & showed us that it was the button next to the ignition. She tried it several times but still it didn’t work.

      In the end we had to get back on the bike & return to Lanta Happy Hills where our lady opened in a second, it was the switch next to the ignition, but the ignition key had to be at a certain position. So easy when you know how!

      We drove back again on the quite frankly terrible roads & stopped at our intended stop. We had half a homemade fresh baguette & coffee. Lovely, but naughty.

      On we continued to where I thought Same Same was. Every hundred yards or so, Jackie would pipe up ‘You sure we’ve not just gone past it’. Another 10 miles down the road, we arrived at Mu Ko Lanta National Park, where I thought Same Same was. Now there was an entry fee, 420 Baht (over £10). We paid it & very soon realised I was wrong. We had been here before when it was free & in-fact went for a jungle trek that turned into a nightmare for Jackie. She wasn’t wearing the correct footwear and fell over. Luckily Jackie didn’t say I told you so about a thousand times or say that it was a waste of money.

      Mu Ko Lanta National Park is a jungle swarming with monkeys & has a decent beach. We sat on the nice sandy beach for about an hour to try & justify the entrance fee, then we left. This was only after monkeys had raided another couple’s belongings whilst they were swimming and then returned a second time & actually opened their bag & stole a 100 Baht note & their wet wipes.

      We returned to the scooter & as we did on our previous visit, Jackie had to walk up the hill as it was too steep for both of us on the scooter. When Jackie finally reached me at the top of the hill, she got back on & we headed back the way we came. We stopped at another beach, thinking it was the one, it wasn’t, but we had a beer.

      Same Same turned out to be another 1.4 miles up the road. We stopped & both ordered the chicken & cashew nuts. It was nice, but not as fantastic as we remembered.

      After spending the rest of the day on the beach we returned home, not before stopping to buy a Santa hat & some reindeer ears for a selfie. That night we went out for a curry, then sat on our balcony & managed to stay up, just, to see Christmas morning in.

      Note the beaches & restaurants were full of tourists wearing Christmas headwear & taking selfies. I wouldn’t be lying if it was more than 50%.

      Song of the Day - We’re Not The Same by Wolf Alice.
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      Traveler

      Merry Christmas. It looks idilic. Px

      12/25/19Reply
      Simon and Jackie Annals

      Hi Pam, hope you & Tony had a great Christmas 🥳😎

      12/25/19Reply
      Traveler

      Mum and Dad lovely to hearing from you and that you are having a good time x

      12/26/19Reply
       
    • Day21

      Day 20 - Rude & Disrespectful

      December 30, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      We had breakfast at the canteen, we both ordered muesli & coffee. It was then back to Beautiful Beach to secure our usual spot.

      Our usual route took us down to Relax Bay Beach, then across to Bamboo Beach & on to Beautiful Beach. As we passed Bamboo Beach, we saw a western man in his 70s walking stark bo£&%ck naked along the sand & enter the sea. Now we are not prudes, but there is absolutely no need for that behaviour, there are signs everywhere requesting that people dress modestly, including no topless sunbathing, let alone bottomless.

      By the time we reached Beautiful Beach we were all hot & bothered, it was an exceptionally hot day, so we chose to sit under the palm trees. At lunchtime we went liquid at the beach shack.

      In the afternoon we returned to the palm trees 🌴, but before long we had been invaded by ants, our mats were crawling with them. We vacated back to the sand, unfortunately taking a lot of the little buggers with us. Not the relaxing afternoon we had envisioned.

      That night we took a beach stroll & used my phone to identify the really bright star that from our location shines directly below the moon & half way between the moon & the horizon. It was the planet Venus.

      We ended up in Yawee Restaurant for dinner, which doesn’t serve alcohol. We were really hungry, which was bad news, because we started ordering comfort food. I had fried chicken for starters & main. Jackie had fried prawns. After we had finished our 2nd starter arrived, vegetable spring rolls which were also fried. We left feeling a bit sick.

      Song of the Day - Venus by the feelers.
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      Traveler

      Happy Newyear to you both hope 2020 will be a good oneand healthy xxx

      12/31/19Reply
      Simon and Jackie Annals

      Happy Birthday Dad😎. Have a lovely day & we will see you in the New Year xxx

      12/31/19Reply
       
    • Day38

      Koh Lanta & soort #100!!!!!

      November 7, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Ik zag dat ik de footprints alleen als concept had opgeslagen en niet had geupload, dus vandaag extra veel fotos. Gister ben ik met de boot van koh phi phi naar koh lanta gegaan, laatste dagen een beetje grieperig op bed gelegen, de vanmorgen toch maar een bloedtest laten doen, geen Dengue, wel te weinig witte bloedcellen en daardoor een lage weerstand. Vandaag gaat het gelukkig weer wat beter dus maar weer op pad gegaan.

      En oja, gister op de boot dan eindelijk soort nummer 100 mogen noteren, de brown-headed gull 💪💪💪
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    • Day23

      Day 22 - Looking Like Michael Jackson

      January 1, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Woke up at 9.30am, slightly hungover, but grateful for a full 8 hours sleep. We couldn’t drag ourselves out of bed until 10.30am, then we went all veggie. Not a New Years resolution.

      We had breakfast at Happy Veggie next door. I had a standard scrambled eggs, baked beans & toast with jam and an Energising Smoothie, which was effectively a liquid Snickers Bar. Jackie had an iced latte & a spicy hummus sandwich, which tasted like a curry sandwich!!

      We then headed to the beach, but half an hour later, we were having a ‘hair of the dog’ in the form of 4 Changs each at the beach shack. Back on the beach for Part 2 of a our sunbathing, I looked at the tube of our sunblock & noticed that it contained whitening properties. Brilliant, we are sunbathing, but bleaching ourselves at the same time. We are going to end up looking like Michael Jackson!!

      We had an early bath from sunbathing & returned home for a couple of Hong Thongs on our balcony. We went out to Ni Restaurant for a Massaman curry each, which we had been fantasing about all day. It was nice but not as sensational as the previous night.

      The Ni Restaurant owner told me that I drink a lot (2 large bottles of Chang) & also that I’ve had too much sun. Luckily he didn’t know that we had 4 Changs each at lunch & had pre-dinner Hong Thongs. During our conversation he also told us the his wife, the chef, was called Ni and their child was called No!!

      After dinner, we got some more cash out & then returned home, where Jackie fell asleep. I listened to some Justin Sullivan podcasts. It was an early night.

      Song of the Day - Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ by Michael Jackson.
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    • Day67

      Koh Lanta

      October 24, 2021 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Koh Lanta war die Insel der Sonnenuntergänge, Hängematten und einer gemütlichen fancy Strandbar. Die Sonnenuntergänge jeden Tag waren aber definitiv das Highlight, jeden Tag gabs komplett neue Farben sobald die Sonne dem Meereshorizont näher kam. Alle Leute versammelten sich am Strand und genossen die Farben.Read more

      Traveler

      Malstunde in der Reggea Bar (die einzige Bar die nach 10 uhr geöffnet bleiben durfte, da der Barbesitzer liebe Freunde👮 hatte)

      10/31/21Reply

      Happy you! [Gigantus]

      11/2/21Reply
       
    • Day60

      Ko Lanta

      February 23 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      In Ko Lanta landeten wir eigentlich nur wegen Empfehlungen von reisenden Bekannten und wir sind froh haben wir auf sie gehört. Die Insel ist weniger touristisch und weitläufiger, dafür auch sehr authentisch und ruhig. Unsere Unterkunft war zwar nicht am Strand aber dafür mitten in der Natur. Das "Green Pepper" war ein kleines Juwel, welches von Mayaan und Mon liebevoll geführt wird und wunderschön eingerichtet ist . Mit dem Roller erkundeten wir von dort verschiedene Teile der Insel, wie den "Diamond Beach" oder "Old Town", ein kleines Fischerdorf, in welchem nur Einheimische leben und Handgemachtes verkaufen.Read more

      Traveler

      Wie ein abstraktes Bild! Sieht so aus, als ob ihr die einzigen Glücklichen seid, die diesen Traumstrand geniessen könnt!😎

      2/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wir waren auch die Einzigen. :)

      2/27/22Reply
       

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