Koh Lanta, Thailand

Our 10 days of island life came and went as surely and smoothly as the ebb and flow of the cerulean ocean on the soft-sand beach just behind our bungalow. We rested, we ate, we basked in sunshine, we explored, we examined washed-up shells and coral, we laughed… We relaxed! The only thing better than a beach vacation is a beach vacation without the dread of going back to the real world. Damn, we are lucky.

A “typical day” in pictures:

bungalow

7 am: Wake up. Sit on bungalow porch and listen to the roosters.

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8 am: Share a banana pancake breakfast at The Living Room

8:30 am: Take a quick dip after the occasional jog on the beach

9 am: Hop on a motorbike to explore the island

10 am: Hike down a small mountain to the almost deserted Ao Nui beach.

11 am: Explore another quiet beach — Khlong Khong

pattys

12 pm: Chat with the owners and eat awesome (if expensive) Thai food at Patty’s Secret Garden

1 pm: Stroll through Old Town Lanta

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2 pm: Cool off with frozen fruit shakes in shacks on the beach

3 pm: Swim inside of a limestone karst, through a cave with emerald-colored water, and onto a hidden beach.

3:30 pm: Sneak in a few more afternoon rays on the nearest beach

4 pm: Cruise through jungles on way back to hotel. Avoid hissing monkeys on road.

4:30 pm: Drop off dirty clothes to be laundered for $1

5 pm: Sip on a lemongrass margarita (or two) at Time For Lime’s happy hour

6 pm: Watch the sunset on Phra Ae (Long Beach)

… and the fishermen steer their longboats home for the day

mays

7 pm: Dine on anything for dinner at May’s Kitchen, the best and cheapest restaurant on Koh Lanta

8 pm: Order a mango sticky rice dessert at one of the restaurants on the beach

9 pm: Slip into our bungalow’s queen bed for night of deep sleep

Next day: Repeat

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