Hello from Ko Lanta!
We arrived to the laid back island of Ko Lanta yesterday morning and we were pretty sure we had found paradise....well for the first 8 hours or so we had. And then I met my 1st thai cockroach....in our room....which fell out of the aircon unit when I turned it on....which I was standing right underneath. Needless to say I was a bit traumatized. This led to Geoffrey chasing it around with a flashlight only to discover it had friends. He managed (with very little help from me as I was hiding in the bathroom) to get 2 of them out of our room. The cockroach wrangling led to the discovery of many gecko's in the room as well which strangely enough I have no problem with. Any hoo, all this cockroach drama was a direct result of me drinking my first bucket of sand sum rum and coke (you know, to try and relax my frazzled nerves or perhaps it was to get me so drunk I would actually consider sleeping in our room again). Either way it worked. I have since come to terms with the fact that we are sharing (and probably have
been in every room we have been in so far) our sleeping environment with creepy crawly things and that there is not a damn thing I can do about. I am still probably going to scream and run from our room like my head is on fire every time I see a cockroach but at least I am not packing up my bags and coming home. =)
So buckets eh? Leave it to the fun time party people of Thailand to come up with the idea of serving an entire mickey of sang sum rum a bit of coke and some ice in a child's beach bucket. We should have know something was up when we ordered 1 each and our server held up two fingers in somewhat disbelief. And then smiled and walked away. And then the bartender came over to confirm with us that it was indeed two sang sum buckets that we ordered. Come on man! We are Canadians! This may be our first time drinking buckets but it's definitely not our first time drinking! And in all honesty one bucket probably would not have been so bad. Combine it with the beer from dinner and
a second bucket (this time full of mojito) and a shot of JD on the way out and you have the makings of one kick ass hangover! I'm not so bad but Geoff is pretty sure he is dying...or maybe he wishes he would just die already. We have pretty much been sleeping it off in our room all day. Perhaps if his breakfast he ordered was what it said it was he would be feeling a bit better but true to Thai style what they think is western food usually isn't quite so. On the menu it read: The Full Monty - eggs, ham, sausage, beans and toast. Sounds yum, right? What he got was one petrified sunny side up fried egg, 2 triangles of greyish pink ham(?), a hot dog wiener and a small dish of brown beans. Not exactly the best meal for a bad hangover. But the banana shake made up for it.
But seriously, cockroaches and hangovers aside, this is a beautiful place. We went a bit high roller and are staying at a resort style place called Lanta New Beach Resort with our own private beach. There is a pool which is lovely,
recliner lawn chairs and a funky little tiki style bar called Sound Check. Last night some of the staff were spinning fire which was cool. The food is decent (minus the breakfast) and the buckets, although tasty, are far too dangerous so I think we will stick with the cheap beer! Our bungalow is about 1200 baht a night which is around $39 but it has a/c, hot and cold water shower, a tv (which we don't turn on) and free wifi.
The beach is just steps from our bungalow and offers some pretty cool snorkeling and serious chill time under a quintessential palm tree. It is super private which is very nice compared to the busy beaches of Ko Phi Phi. We plan on staying on ko Lanta for about 4 days and then moving on to smaller and even more chill islands. I figure we soon won't have quite the selection of places to choose from so I am going to take advantage of what we have now. With that said, I am off to lounge by the pool with a cold beer and my book.
I think Geoff is going to keep sleeping...
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