After temple-hopping and jungle-zipping it was time for sea and sand! Our trip from Chiang Mai to Koh Lanta involved a plane, bus, boat and tuk-tuk ride until we arrived at our hotel. But no need to worry, there was plenty of time to recover from the strenuous journey: Contrary to its much busier neighbour Phuket, the beaches weren’t as commercialised and still kept a hippie vibe, although the local population is mainly Muslim. Apart from that, there wasn’t much to do on the island, but that was exactly we were looking for! And we actually found more: A little bamboo shack on the road named “Shanti Shanti” served amazing crepes and burgers and the soft, golden sand made Khlong Nin Beach ideal for a swim.
Touring on a scooter was a nice change from our pool/beach laziness and took us to quaint Lanta Old Town and a charity-based animal shelter, where street dogs and cats found a new home or might get adopted by travelers. The shelter is completely run by volunteers and depending on donations, so you can do something good buying some souvenirs there. The evenings are best spent at one of the beach side restaurants as Koh Lanta has some of the best sunset views!