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Koh Lanta, a small island district on Thailand’s Andaman coast, was to be our final stop in Thailand. We spent a total of four days on Ko Lanta Yai, and this stop was about slowing down and relaxing.
From Koh Sok National Park the journey to Ko Lanta Yai involved a minivan journey to just outside of Phuket, where we changed vehicle, and then finally a boat to cross to the island before getting dropped at our accommodation. This took roughly 3/4 of a day but it was pretty easy journey really.
Clean Beach Resort located on the east coast of the island just opposite Klong Nin Beach was our home for five nights, in a Deluxe Double Room with Garden View and it was perfect for us during our stay. As it was September, it was quiet on the island which meant we had the pool to ourselves and it was very quiet around the hotel, which was just what we wanted.
This hotel is located away from what is classed as ‘the centre’, but if you are looking for somewhere to spend some relaxing time like us then you should have no qualms about it.
We were in Koh Lanta during low season which also coincides with the start of monsoon season, we knew this before booking and were expecting mixed weather, seasonal closures and few tourists. This didn’t put off us and in all honesty was meant to help us with some R&R, and not be constantly out and about exploring!
The hotel pool is where our time was spent on the morning of day one; either in the pool or on a lounger soaking up the sun before the lunchtime downpour ensued. We took shelter in our villa and spent the rest of the day reading or blogging. For dinner we walked to local restaurant Sai-naf before turning in for a movie.
With it being low-season there weren’t a lot of transport options on the island other than walking so we decided to hire a scooter so we could explore fully. As a first time scooter rider I was nervous about the new mode of transport and stuck fairly local to Klong Nin Beach at first.
By lunch time I had enough confidence to take us over to Koh Lanta Old Town for a spot of lunch overlooking the water before a huge rain storm ensued and we had to take shelter inside before risking the ride back to our accommodation to dry off! In the evening we rode up to the more central region of Long Beach for a bite to eat.
With another day to explore the island via bike we took the opportunity to pay Lanta Animal Welfare a visit and learn all about what they do around the island to help local dogs and cats who are sick, injured or just in need of neutering.
There is lots to see and do on site, and we made it in time to visit Kitty City followed by a guided tour around the premises where saw adoptable dogs, vets in action, and also some of the sicker animals which are being very well looked after by a mixture of staff and volunteers.
Before we left we picked up a couple of presents for our family in the shop where the proceeds help the team continue their work in the centre and on the island. We spent the most wonderful few hours here and really did not want to leave.
For dusk we ventured out to a new bar called Relax Lanta Bar & Restaurant, that we’d been told about by another hotel guest which overlooks a beach and would have been perfect for sunset had it not been cloudy!
Another pool day for us, of course with interval of rain where we took shelter in our villa to read, write or FaceTime family.
So that’s it, four relaxed days on Koh Lanta, which were much needed because the next couple of weeks would be busy with sightseeing, exploring and seeing friends.