THAILAND ISLANDS: KO LANTA AND PHUKET
Hop onto a crowded ferry with us for about four hours, and land in paradise on the island of Ko Lanta. A laid-back place to chill that’s secluded from the crowds.
The ocean view from our porch makes it hard to pull ourselves away to explore the rest of the island. So, let’s take another Thai massage, which is similar to Rolfing but only costs $10 an hour.
Time to rent a scooter and ride (wearing bathing suits) around the entire island in about five hours.
“Keep left and slow down!” Mare says. “Absolutely.” Although I appreciate the constant reminder to ride on the left side of the road, I miss my Harley, which is so loud it prohibits talking…
Gold and white-sand beaches surround the many turquoise bays that appear, as we emerge from the curvy, jungle road. Stilted villages remind us that we’re far from home.
When the road twists into town, the scent of delectable Thai street food, fried and barbequed prawns, squid, chicken, tofu, pineapple, spring rolls, etc., lures us to stop for a feeding frenzy, along with a cold beer.
A visit to a Reggae Bar can really top off a sunset…Yeah, man.
We ferry from the paradise of Ko Lanta, to another bliss on the popular island of Phuket. It’s a bit more crowded, but still laid-back, and offers more options.
Since our room in Phuket has a kitchenette, we scooter to a seafood market and purchase humongous shrimp…four of them weighing one kilo! I sauté those beauts in coconut oil and garlic, for a romantic dinner on our balcony.
Mostly, though, we just kick-back on the beach.
Our one and only organized tour thus far, “Hong by Starlight,” floats us on kayaks through caves that emerge at low tide, from beneath jungle-covered limestone cliffs.
Talk about tranquility…at sunset we kayak into the darkness of a cave, where we first make a wish, and then light a candle that is on a little flower-floating-thing (Krathong) before releasing it to drift on the water into magic of Hong.