|Koh Lanta has turned out to be a surprise for me. I had some pretty big expectations before I came, which is absolutely the worst thing to have when travelling. So, of course, as the ferry pulled up to the pier I wondered exactly what I had gotten myself into.
What I had initially saw as a blah beach and dirty streets has turned out to be pretty much exactly what I was looking for when I came to Thailand.
Koh Lanta is a small island, so it's very nice a quiet. Strangers aren't piled up towel to towel on the beach. And the water is warmer than most showers I've had here.
There are loads of cute shops with all of the typical trinket and white cotton shirts, not to mention the odd Tiffany's and Vuitton knockoffs, but there's also an awesome bookshop and the best chicken baguette I've had so far. (I've had quite a few in the last few weeks. Side note: I think the best thing I've eaten so far is meat on a stick from a cart on the side of the road! I know, never thought you'd hear that from me did you?)
In the morning, when the tide is out, a long sandbar reveals itself. There are several stray dogs (black labs and golden retrievers maybe?) that roam the beach and it's so sweet to watch them play in the water and chase eachother along the sandbar. They seem very happy.
Listening to a little Damien Rice and enjoying the slight sea breeze, this almost feels like paradise. Now, if I could just get my "Deluxe" fan room below 30 degrees, it would be perfect!