We were yearning to return to a carefree-barefoot lifestyle after our time spent in the cities of Thailand. As soon as we arrived in Koh Lanta, we knew we'd made the right choice for New Year. One of the hard parts of travelling to Thailand is choosing which beach to go to! There seem to be endless choice; all offering golden sands and glittering turquoise water. We chose Koh Lanta because we like more low-key places that lack the tourist crowds of places like Koh Samui.
After we chose Koh Lanta (or perhaps before, I can't remember) I came across this CN Traveller article which basically summed up what we were looking for from a beach destination; Barefoot Chic with a hint of Hippy. Yes please.
We chose to stay in the Southern part of Koh Lanta as we'd heard that's where we'd find the best beaches and the least people. Typically, we spent our days sleeping late in our Bamboo hut and then walking (or driving) to discover one of the many beaches on the Island.
Usually we'd swim in the morning and then head to one of the amazing Thai restaurants for a spicy Thai salad for lunch, before heading back to our Bamboo hut and reading as we waited for the sun to set and cocktail hour to begin :)
Our days here passed in a sunny daze and before we knew it, it was time to pack our bags and head to Myanmar.
We really enjoyed wandering the quaint Old Town, a small village made up of old teak houses on stilts in the sea. There are lots of restaurants, cafes and shops crammed into this teeny place but they are all well-executed and it doesn't feel overdeveloped at all. It was a wonderful place for a peaceful lunch overlooking the ocean.
Our favourite beaches were Bamboo Bay, Kantiang Bay and the rugged Klong Hin (at the very tip of the Island.) We spent New Year's eve on Kantiang Bay, sipping champagne (sparkling wine) as we said our goodbyes to 2017 and welcomed 2018.
We really liked the food and atmosphere at the laid-back Drunken Sailors in Kantiang and we loved Diamond Cliff restaurant for the wonderful view of Bamboo beach below. Pinto restaurant in the Old Town is the best place to stop for lunch when you're exploring this part of the Island.
We're both very excited to welcome a new year, and it's already off to a good start with travels through Myanmar. We have three more countries left before we pack out bags for a final time and head back to the UK.
2017 was a year full of amazing adventures and I can't wait to see what 2018 brings.
I hope it's a good one for all of you following my journey. Thank you for coming along for the ride.
p.s- if you like cats, then this is the place for you, there are hordes of friendly kitties all waiting to be fussed over.