Sunday, 1 December 2019

It is a Small World!


Us and some previous guests at the Noel Gallagher Gig
Every now and again, Nick and I, go to see bands in Bangkok. Bangkok is a great place to see big bands, because the gigs are smaller, the VIP section is cheaper and you get really close to the band.

This week, we went to see Noel Gallagher's Flying Birds, before going in to the gig, we sat at a table just outside and had a beer or two! A lovely couple asked if they could sit next to us as they were the only seats available. Of course we said yes, and the Thai lady, who spoke wonderful English introduced us to her Japanese boyfriend.

As we chatted more, we discovered they had been to Lanta, so we asked where. She could not remember the name but showed us a picture...... Of our gardens!!!! Turns out we met 3 years earlier. 

Check out how close we got to Noel.

He's Back!

Christian (left) with Ssontara (right) at Korner Bar
Our first ever booking when we took over Mook Lanta Eco Resort, was from Christian, who was already a longtime repeat guest at the resort.

Since then, he has returned twice a year, every year. Loved by our staff and by many Thais and expats on the island, you truly know the high season has started when he arrives.

Luckily we took his demand for the bar to be expanded seriously, because it was his first question when we met him!

Friday, 22 November 2019

A New Smarter Look

The Ladies all look very fetching in their new Shirts
Over the years, we have made many changes to the resort, but the t-shirts we all wear have always been the same.
Out with the old style T-shirts
We felt that the t-shirts were not that smart and most desperately needed replacing.

So last week we received our new Polo shirts and they are fantastic and look very smart. They are proving so popular, we have just had to order 30 more!
Lanta Animal Welfare got our old Shirts
But we did not just throw our old shirts away, they have been gifted to Lanta Animal Welfare to comfort the sick cats and dogs that are there.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A Very Welcome Surprise!


Last Night with the Danish
October is a transitional month for us, we are moving from low to high season, so the number of customers can increase, but, as it is still busy over on the east coast of Thailand, we tend to be quiet around Full Moon.

So Full Moon was on the 13th of October and we were quiet, so we told the staff that the end of October was a good time for them to take some holiday before it starts to get really crazy. So our new receptionist Kob, was gathering all the holiday dates and waiting for just one check in that day.
Kob's message to me!

As it was an easy day, I was chilling at our house, when I suddenly get a message from Kob. "Please you come here, Please!" Now this usually means an official visit from immigration or the police, so I went straight up to reception.

I was really not expecting to see 9 Danish people, with luggage smiling at me!
Expected 2, Got 9
So it turns out our little 1 room booking was actually a 5 room booking, which would have been a crisis if we had made that mistake in a month's time, but in October it was a very pleasant surprise! We go through our high season bookings regularly to stop mistakes like this!

So suddenly we are full in the air con bungalows, breakfast is busy and the bar is full of our local expats and some charming Danish people. Our new G5 was booked for the first time since it has been upgraded and I think we did a good job, as the lady we put in that room hugged me to say thank you! 

Whilst they were only with us for 2 days, they made the most of their stay; hoping on bikes for their first day, eating at May's Kitchen (which they loved), snorkelling at the newly opened Koh Rok & Koh Haa and drinking the bar dry on their last night.
A Sad Goodbye
They were such a lovely group and we are so sad they have left already, but they have promised to come back.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Hello High Season!


Swim through Emerald Cave on the 4 Island Tour
I love the start of high season, it feels like someone just flicked a switch and bam it is here.

1. The winds are changing and the seas are calmer, meaning our beaches are cleaner and the sea bluer. The Sun is shining, there is still some rain, but it just keeps it cooler.
2. Seasonal workers are returning, to open the dive centres, tour companies, restaurants and bars. The roads are busier and everyone is putting boats into the water, cleaning and painting. 
3. There are people on the beach! even at 7am when I walk the dog! Yes there are people here all year round, but in the low season, it can feel like you have the beach to yourself.
4. But most importantly the Marine Park opens and 3 of the most popular tours are started.
Snorkel in clear, blue waters at Koh Rok
The 4 island tour, probably the most famous tour from Koh Lanta, opened on the 1st October and explores some of the islands to the South of Koh Lanta, This tour in the Low Season is unable to go to Emerald Cave, on Koh Muk, because it is closed. Emerald Cave is spectacular and the swim through it, is the only way to see a completely hidden beach. Some say this was the real inspiration for the film, 'The Beach.'
Koh Haa Lagoon
The Koh Rok & Koh Haa Snorkelling tour starts on the 15th October, when the rest of the Marine Park opens. Snorkelling in beautiful clear, blue waters and offering white sandy beaches at Koh Rok.

Dive into the Cathedral Cave at Koh Haa
Scuba Diving at Koh Haa and Hin Deang/Muang is open from the 15th October, In the Low Season we can only go to islands near Koh Phi Phi. Koh Haa (5 islands) has Caverns, Cave and swim throughs, but is a perfect location to learn to dive, because it usually has swimming pool-like conditions. More experienced divers can access the stunning underwater Cathedral. Hin Deang and Hin Muang (Red Rock and Purple Rock) are for the more experienced divers, offering much deeper waters, but the opportunity of maybe catching sight of some of our larger aquatic animals.
If you are lucky, you may see a Whaleshark!
Now is a great time to come to Lanta, because the prices are still relatively cheap and plenty of accommodation (we are sold out for New Year and much of January and February!)

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Welcome Kob!

Our New Receptionist, Kob
We would like to introduce you to our newest member of staff, Kob, Koh is our new Receptionist and replaces her wonderful friend, Teang. Kob speaks great English and has spent a couple of days learning the job, but today is her first day in charge of Reception.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Kob. We are sure that she is going to be fantastic at the job.