Sunday, 17 February 2019

Saturday, 16 February 2019

She said Yes!

The Happy Couple
We would like to not only wish a very Happy Birthday to Yuan Yuan Li, but also a huge congratulations on her engagement to Calvin!
Bed Decorated for Yuan Yuan's Birthday
I heard a whisper yesterday morning that it was her birthday, so the girls were ready and waiting to decorate her room to surprise her, but Gin was helping her boyfriend organise a bigger surprise and  she helped him purchase a bouquet of flowers for the big question.
We hoped she would say Yes!
I wished him luck for his sunset proposal and got a bottle of fizz in anticipation that she said 'Yes!'

The Moment She Said Yes!
Luckily for him, and us, she did.

We wish them a very happy future together and hope to see them for the honeymoon!

Friday, 15 February 2019

Thank you Daisy & Patrick

Thank you Daisy & Patrick for this lovely review (the English version is not up to date yet - but luckily google translate helped). Many thanks for taking the time to write this about our special resort.

If you want to read it, click here.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Coming to Koh Lanta from Krabi Airport

Arriving at Krabi Airport
If you are coming to Koh Lanta from Krabi Airport, there are a number of things to consider, when choosing the best flight and the best transfer option.
Koh Lanta is 2 islands, Koh LantaYai & Koh Lanta Noi
Koh Lanta is comprised of 2 islands, Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi. There is a pier at Hua Hin (about 50 minutes from Krabi Town) that connects you to the car ferry to Lanta Noi. There is a bridge between Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai, where most tourists stay.

The Car Ferry connects the mainland to Koh Lanta Noi
There are a number of options, but most people choose either the public minibus or a private taxi but please consider:

A bridge connects Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai
1. The public minibus is the cheapest but the slowest, runs hourly (only during the day) and can easily be booked at the airport.
2. The private taxi is faster but more expensive (but a great option for a family or group of friends) and can run at any time.You can book this at the airport or with your hotel.
3. The car ferry, which both the minibus and taxis use, runs constantly from 6am to 10pm. It takes about 15 minutes on the ferry (but there can be a queue for the ferry at busy times).
4. If you arrive after 10pm, you will need to pay for a private ferry (about 1,500 baht)
5. The airport is about 45 minutes from the ferry for Koh Lanta, so you need to ensure your taxi collects you by 9pm to ensure you do not have to pay for the private ferry.
The Passenger Ferry is a good option if you are coming from Krabi Town
6. There is a passenger ferry and a taxi/speedboat option, but the ferry runs only once per day (so is not so convenient for those arriving at the airport) and the taxi/speedboat option is expensive (charged on a per person basis)

So when choosing your flight times, please bear this in mind, a cheap flight, that arrives late a night, could cost you a lot more than an earlier flight.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Got to get up early for Children's Day!

Gin giving the kids cakes & donuts
Yesterday was Children's Day in Thailand and every year on Koh Lanta an event is held in Casuarina Park, Long Beach, Koh Lanta, for the children of the island.

Gin organised the event
All the local businesses are invited to come and support the event and there are many competitions, games and activities for the kids to do. 

But you have to get up early, as the event starts at 8am and our stall was sold out by 9am!
Ya & Sao eating the kid's donuts!
As with every year, we participate in this event and Gin, our Hotel Manager, took the lead and ordered the cakes and donuts for the kids and managed our stand with our Head Cleaner, Sao and Handyman/Gardener, Ya.

A big thank you from us guys and I am sure there were plenty of kids enjoying the sugar rush you gave them!

Thursday, 13 December 2018

A Unique Dining Experience

So for Debbie and Stuart's last night they thought they would try something different, so they booked 3 seats at The Table, 1 seat for me!

Debbie & Stuart's Last Night
The Table is a unique dining experience, there is just one table (that seats up to 12 people) and there is no menu. Dew, the owner and chef, visits the local market finds local fresh ingredients and cooks some traditional thai dishes from all over Thailand.
Range of Craft Beers available
The diners arrive around 7pm and are welcomed by Dew, and her partner Peter. Peter is your wine and beer expert and advises you on what will suit the meal tonight.

Tonight there were 4 dishes and as each was presented, Dew explains the dish and it's origins.
Me, Dew and Debbie
Tonight we dined on:

A very sociable event
- Seafood Miange (fish and shrimps served in a lettuce parcel and with a spicy chilli dip
- Seabass curry and fried chicken livers and rice
- Slow cooked chicken in a red curry with young bananas and fried pork belly and rice
- Fresh local fruit 
Slow cooked red chicken curry
Debbie and Stuart really enjoyed the chance to try new thai food and the amount of food provided.
A great chance to meet new people
They also really enjoyed meeting other people from all over the world

I would like to thank Debbie and Stuart for sharing their photos and experiences with me, wish them a safe journey home and hope we see them again soon!

Farewell to an Old School friend!

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Monkeying Around!

The monkey's jumped on the Longtail for food & a lift along the mangroves.
So Debbie & Stuart wanted just a half day tour for their last trip and chose the Half Day Kayaking in the Mangroves Tour with Lanta Eco Tour.
A Tradtional Thai Fishing Boat (Longtail)
After being picked up at our resort, they were taken to a pier on the east coast of the island, where they jumped on a longtail (Thai fishing boat) which took them through the mangroves to Koh Aung. On the way there, they were greeted by some cheeky and hungry monkeys who jumped aboard and checked out the food on the boat. Debbie was quite taken aback at how picky the monkeys were!
They left Koh Aung by Kayak and made their way to Koh Talebeng, where they stopped for fruit and drinks. 
Kayaking in the Mangroves
On the way back from Koh Talebeng to Lanta, they saw yet more hungry monkeys.

This cheeky chappie was not going to take just anything from Debbie
What did they like?

The Mangroves are beautiful
- That we recommended the half day tour, it was a hot sunny day and that was enough sun for them.
- The monkeys, very friendly and not aggressive which they were surprised about.
- Practically a private tour, as they only shared the longtail with one other couple.
- The guide who took photos for them and explained the local plants and fruits.

Friendly Captain and Helpful Guide
Last adventure tomorrow, when Stuart and Debbie try a different dining experience tomorrow at The Table.