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Published: February 2nd 2020
A clutch of sun beds, get there early to get a mattress!
Basically, my days have been get up at 7.30, breakfast and buy a picnic lunch, go to the beach and stay there all day. Having been here before and after an overview of the other (rockier) beaches further south, Long Beach is just perfect for relaxing, swimming and reading a book. The best I ever is 8am, not too hot, people doing yoga type things, so peaceful. Although there are mainly backpacker type huts here, some rather wonky on their legs and with shared bathrooms, the average age of tourist is around retirement age and Swedish, with a few intrepid parents and babies. The Aleena Minimarket is the best social space to meet people as you can just get a cheap beer from inside and sit there all night chatting, always someone to engage with. And Mr Pad Thai, with his immaculate wok, feeds people for 80B if you don’t mind eating off a piece of paper. Sadly, all thoughts of heading further afield dissipated and my health tracker is saying well done, you lazy arse, 1.5km a day, and that’s only because I strolled up and down the beach a bit.
The only slight problem with the sea is
that there are a few jellyfish, easily spotted as they are large, 20cm across, and the water is clear. Not as easy when the wind gets up in the afternoon. Apparently all jellyfish can sting, although sometimes not enough to feel it. Best avoid in case. It’s very quiet, tourism being way down this year, for some unexplained reason. Also quite a few people have mozzie bites. Not me with aircon, 2 plug in things and a good spraying every night before going out.
And so to onward travel plans. After not being impressed with the advertised taxi fare of 350B for a 7 mile journey, I resolved to do better, so I went into a travel agent further up the road and asked about a van to Lanta Old Town for Tuesday. Cannot! Not giving up so easily, I pointed to the list of ferry options which include a pick up from your hotel and said hotel to pier, no ferry, any time. A lightbulb illuminated and she got on the phone and then it was can! I have to go to the office at 8.30 with my bag, then I can have a lift in a songthaew
for 200B. I will be horribly early at the next place, but never mind. It’s not clear if I will get dropped at the accommodation or at the pier and have to walk. Apparently there is a public songthaew along the main road for 40B which you can flag down. That will be Plan B.
So one more day on the beach. Some people come here for weeks on end and I can see why, if, like me, you are not easily bored. There are so many books to read and it is wonderful being outside all day with feet in the sand. Next year, for sure.
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