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Nov 11, 2009 - Remembrance Day

Having spent the last 9 days on Ko Lanta on a really nice beach, it is hard for Cory and Elaine to wrap their minds around the fact that it is November. Today is November 11, and we have not seen a poppy except on Facebook, or on some TV newscasts from either USA or Britain. Back home everybody is probably putting on their hats, gloves and winter jackets. It looks like we are remembering those who died while we gaze out at the crystal clear blue water. It is ironic that news is covering the deaths in the USA at Fort Hood by a Muslim, while...

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Nov 10, 2009 - Fire Dancer

Plans have been made and on November 12, we will be leaving Ko Lanta and going to Ko Samui. It means we have spent 9 days here, and really have done very little. We haven’t rented scooters, or toured around at all. We have spent some time talking with fellow travellers here, and enjoying some of the local cuisine. One day Cory was contemplating contacting his mother in law, Rose (remember her, I met her in Spain) to complain about Elaine. You see she was checking out this fire dancer at one of the other restaurants right in front of Cory....

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Apr 6, 2009 - Time to chill

We arrived in Ko Lanta, the bus driver didn't understand that we wanted to be dropped of in the cheap area, which we were pointing to on the map!! So instead he dropped us at a really expensive looking resort, then he went in and told the staff that we wanted one of their rooms, we had to try and explain that this was out of our price range which was a mission. They seem to think that we are really rich which is quite ironic seeing as we are backpacking!!! In the end we found a really nice place to stay which was run by a lady boy (it took...

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Feb 17, 2009 - Koh Lipe & Koh Lanta explored

We have spent the last 2.5 weeks on the islands of Koh Lanta and the far-smaller Koh Lipe (pop. 700). Both of these islands are predominantly Muslim and on Koh Lanta, we have become accustomed to being woken with a call to prayer at around 4.30am. Luckily, the local Imam has a tuneful voice, which gently merges with the sound of the sea lapping close by to our bungalow. For the first part of this time, we stayed at Fisherman’s Cottage on Koh Lanta, unusually run exclusively by young tattooed men and, particularly, Kun, Oh and Lap with the...

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Jan 23, 2009 - Ko Lanta

It took a 14 hour overnight bus trip which was inevitably cramped for anyone taller than a midget, but somehow I managed to get some sleep and thus emerged at Krabi in a reasonabe state, prior to the final leg of our journey to Ko Lanta. And my oh my is it hot here. I've onlyu got factor 50 suncream on me, a leftover from my Nepal trek, and it looks like I'm going to need it. We booked ourselves into a surprisingly neat and tidy beach hut at a place not in any guidebook, at least neither Lonely Planet nor Rough Guide (a recommendation in...

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Where's Malcolm?

Jan 5, 2009 - Koh Lanta

We took the ferry from Ao Nang to Ko Lanta on the 5th. Ride took about 2 hours, boat was full but the scenery was beautiful. Many island with limestone cliffs dotting the water. Some looked uninhabited while others have small resorts along the white beaches. I found a hotel on line and booked it thinking that being the busy season we'd have a hard time finding a place. When we finally got there (taxi driver took us to the wrong hotel to start - Lanta Thip sounded just like Lanta Cliff to him) I was a bit disappointed. The hotel was along...

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Nov 24, 2008 - Ko Lanta

Hopped on a ferry from Krabi and headed on over to our first island in the Andaman Sea - Ko Lanta. Six fun filled days of adventure along with some much needed relaxing and napping on hammocks on the beach with reggae music in the background. Checked into the Full Moon Resort right on the beach and into our small little backpacker bungalow. Had a great time walking through the jungle and exploring the Mai Kaeo caves. Had to walk down man made ladders and grawl through areas on my belly. If I was any bigger I wouldnt have been able to fit...

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Mar 19, 2008 - Thailand - Koh Lanta

The next place on our itinerary was Hat Yao & Koh Libong, some quieter destinations in Trang province. We were going to head back to Krabi and travel overland to Hat Yao but discovered you can get a ferry directly from Koh Lanta so decided we'd island hop our way over instead, stopping for a few nights in Koh Lanta. Koh Lanta is much more laid back & much larger than Koh Phi Phi. It reminds us a little of Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. We settled on a slightly out of the way beach so we could afford a pool & we've only left that poolside to...

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Feb 2, 2008 - Koh Lanta, Thailand

Hello Again. If we thought being in Phuket and Phi Phi were relaxing, then being in Ko Lanta was like being dead. We stayed in a great spot on Long beach and had our own bungalow. THe beach itself wasn't incredible as there was coral just a few feet out so swimming wasn't the best. The good part about the beach was that there was essentially nothing around us. Our resort and the one next door were only people we saw for a few days. To make up for the swimming situation our place had a great pool on the beach looking out over the water. The...

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Dec 31, 2007 - Koh Lanta

After few peaceful days on Koh Muk we decided to take the speed boat up to Koh Lanta and find a bit more action for our New Year's Eve celebration. While Koh Lanta is definitely more developed than most of our previous stops, the long west side of the island is a continuous sandy beach so there is plenty of space to find some privacy. We joined a few fellow travelers from our guest house at a beach bar called "Chocolate" for New Year's Festivities. It was a mighty laid back affair as the "Rock and Reggae" band that was scheduled to begin...

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Thailand 2007-08

Nov 9, 2007 - FR : Sud de la Thailande

Arrivee nocturne a Hat Yai, premiers sourires thai. Notre hotel est douteux mais apres une nuit dans la train on se sent comme dans un 4 etoiles. Nous filons de nuit vers le centre et arrivons en plein marche nocture, les rues petillent et sont en pleine ebullition. Un peu plus tard, la face cachee ( ou pas si cachee que ca ) de Hat Yai : des rats ecrases, des rats vivants et des cafards plus gros que mon pouce. Voila une ville ou il fait bon porter ses chaussures de marche meme s' il fait plus de 30 degres. Au petit matin, on saute dans...

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