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May 6, 2005 - Ko Lanta, Thailand

We brought Bill and Heather to the Last Beach Resort on Ko Lanta, which was one of our favorite places from the beginning of the trip. All the same cool people were working there, although the place had changed quite a bit due to the Tsunami. Apparently no one on Lanta died, but the main buildings by the water were washed out and had to be rebuilt. One day Bill and Heather and Becky went on an elephant ride through the interior jungle to a cave. Our guide was very talkative and informative. (He called the elephant Monica Lewinski). At night...

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Jan 2, 2005 - Koh Lanta - The Tsunami

We woke up on Boxing-day morning a bit earlier than usual, especially since we'd had a lateish night on Xmas day. In hindsight this turned out to be very fortunate considering the morning's events. By about 10.30am we were having breakfast by the beach, commenting on how far the tide was in when usually at this time it was well on its way out. A short while later we noticed a large wave way out at sea. Seeing as there were rarely any waves on this beach, let alone large ones, everyone got up and wandered over to the beach to see what was...

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Dec 13, 2004 - Ko Lanta, Thailand

Sasha and I settled in. Sasha hung out on the beach, I ate and took a long overdue nap on a very hard bed. Rather I think it was a box spring but comfortable enough to sleep on. Beds are traditonal really hard in SE asia as I have begun to realize. They are very hardy people. Note: Not sure if this place still exists after the Tsunami.

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Dec 12, 2004 - Ko Lanta, Thailand

After taking an overnight train, minivan, and ferry, we are finnally on the island of Ko Lanta! (Ko means island). We've been enjoying the beach, although the weather has been stormy most of the time. We rented a motorcycle one day and explored the island. We went on a tour of a cave in the middle of the island (bats!), we hiked around the national park at the south end of the island, and we road out to a sea gypsy village. Most of the people on the island are Muslim (except for the sea gypsies, a few buddhists, and the tourists). We've...

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Nov 19, 2004 - South Thailand

We've just spent the past week or so relaxing in the paradise that is South Thailand...and it was beautiful. We left Bangkok the day after our last posting on a government run night bus for a 13 hour trip to Krabi, a little fishing village that serves as a jump off spot to connect to the islands on the east side of South Thailand. Let me tell you, this bus ride made Greyhound look pretty sad in comparison! Not only did we have seats that just about fully reclined, and a blanket and a pillow, we also got snacks (pastry, water and pop upon...

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Nov 11, 2004 - Ko Lanta

Although Phi Phi was beautiful it was very busy and the accommodation was increasing to high season prices so we left Long Beach for the island of Ko Lanta which was supposedly quieter and less touristy than Phi Phi. We were approached by 84 touts on the boat over who made it hard to make a decision about where to stay. We changed our mind every 4 or 5 minutes as the touts offered us more discounts and gave us more promises about how good their rooms were and how fabulous the beach was by their resort. We had been recommended a place that...

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Trip Journal

Our Big Adventure

Dec 30, 2003 - Happy New Year

We are in Ko Lanta now and have just finished day three of our four day diving course. We are really enjoying it and both passed the exam yesterday (S 96 percent, D 98 percent). The island is really peaceful and despite all the hotels being full on the island there is no-one around - there are no rows of sunbeds on the beach, no obvious loud discos (though hoping to find one for tommorrow night) and gorgeous sunsets. Sadly there are no fast internet connections on the island, so we have not taken any photos of them yet. Also, as we don't...

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