Sunday, 15 April 2018

Songkran on Koh Lanta

Just a short video showing how we spent most of our Songkran (Thai New Year), 13th April 2018.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Lanta Noi Waterpark

Well it took 5 months, but having 2 families with us, with 3 young kids each, gave us the excuse we needed and we took them all to Lanta Noi Waterpark.

Absolutely fantastic, 200 baht for an adult, 100 baht for a child.

Highly recommended (for young and old)

Scuba Diving at Koh Bida

I don't often get the chance to go diving, so it was lovely to be invited along with Andaman Dive Adventures on Friday.

Normally if I have a day to dive, I usually choose Koh Haa with the brilliant blue and clear waters and the caverns and caves. However this time Andaman Dive Adventures were going to the new wreck (scuttled for diving) at Koh Phi Phi and the Bida islands, where there is always plenty to see.

Half way to the first dive, the boat suddenly comes to an abrupt halt, which usually means there is an issue with the boat or there is something interesting in the waters. Luckily for us, it was the later, and we had 10 minutes watching a 4 metre Whaleshark from the surface.

This was my first time using a Go Pro and my first time editing, so excuse the obvious mistakes but you can see that whilst the water is much greener at the Bida Islands (just off of Koh Phi Phi) the plethora of food means there is loads of aquatic life. There were many large schools of fish, as well as a tiny Pipefish, Blue Spotted Rays, Puffer Fish and a lovely baby Leopard Shark.

Whilst is was my first dive for over a year, it was Rebecca's first dive ever! And as you can see she loved it.

Many thanks to all the crew at Andaman Dive Adventures that made it such a great day, probably should not leave it so long next time!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Countdown to Songkran

Only 9 more days until Songkran!

Possibly the most fun holiday of the year (in any country), Songkran is Thai New Year and is traditionally celebrated by blessing your loved ones with water. With time this has developed into a full blown waterfight on the streets!

Lanta only celebrates 1 day, which for most is more than enough (places like Chiang Mai celebrate for many days) and gives everyone the chance to celebrate this important and fun Thai holiday.

Most of the bars along the main road running from North to South in Koh Lanta, will order in more water (and some will add ice) and the party really starts around midday and last until the sunsets. Expect to get wet! Many cars will drive all the way up and down the island with people on the back with a large supply of water. If you cannot get on the back of a car, park yourself at a bar where there is a large supply of water.

 Make sure all your electronics are left at home or in a dry bag and make sure you have the best water gun on the street. Don't forget the sunscreen!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

And they are sticking around! Manta Rays, Whalesharks and More! (Video)

 Matt & Manta Ray
Being an ex dive instructor (and dive centre owner on the island), I have a lot of friends on the island who are dive centre owners, instructors and Divemasters, who are making me so jealous at the moment as they are filling my facebook with photos and videos of amazing dives at all 3 of our major diving areas:

1. Manta Rays at Hin Daeng/Muang (Red Rock/Purple Rock)
2. Whalesharks at Koh Haa and Palong Wall
3. Eagle Rays at Koh Haa

Manta Ray
So it appear it doesn't matter where you go diving from Koh Lanta, or how experienced you are, at the moment, you are almost guaranteed to see something special.

Leopard Sharks are regularly seen
Big Thanks to Andaman Dive Adventures for these great photos and the wonderful selfie, by instructor Matt Pearson, with a Manta.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Earth Hour

We think now, more than ever, it is important that we stand up for the planet and start protecting it.

Picking up Trash from the Beach on Earth Hour Day
We go to considerable efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever we can. We already:

- only use paper straws (and you have to ask for one)
- we use reusable shampoo and bodywash dispensers in the bathrooms (so no tiny plastic bottles)
- we provide only 1 bottle of water per person, but offer free refills and sell the Trash Hero bottles
- we upcycle wherever we can, reusing old shutters to make tables, old roofs to make a bike shelter
- we recycle all glass, plastic, cans and cardboard
- our animals eat the left over food!
- we support Trash Hero's beach clean ups
- we have boxes our guests can leave unfinished products (suntan lotion, shampoo, toothpaste) and unwanted toys (Inflatables, fins, masks, buckets & spades) for other to use
- we have reusable laundry bags for the rooms.
We ask our guests not to throw away reusable items but give to others.
We are not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but we consciously strive to always improve.
Reusable Laundry Bags
As with all previous years, Mook Lanta Eco Resort, will not only be supporting Earth Hour, but going further. Mook Lanta Eco Resort is asking all our guests to switch off all unnecessary devices between 8.30 to 9.30 tonight (24th March) but also shutting our electricity down completely for 1 hour at 12pm. 
Any leftover toys and inflatables are given to the Children of the Forest at the end of the season

We are proud to support such a wonderful event, we hope you will too!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Manta Rays and Whalesharks spotted at Koh Haa

Manta Ray
Diving in the Andaman Sea, just off Koh Lanta, is always good, as our waters are crystal clear and as well as a plethora of aquatic life, we also have caverns, caves and swim-throughs to enjoy.
Koh Haa 3
But yesterday was a little different at Koh Haa, the most popular of our SCUBA diving and snorkelling destinations, when several dive centres reported sightings of both Manta Rays and a Whaleshark! Whalesharks are huge (over 4 metres long) and plankton eaters, so everyone wants to get in the water with them when they are here.
Koh Haa (5 islands) is comprised of 6 islands! (yes that is not a typo) and is ideal for both experienced and new divers, with swimming-pool conditions in the shallow lagoon between the islands, but we also have much deeper areas with cathedral like caves
Learn to Dive and maybe see a Manta or Whaleshark!
If you are coming to Thailand to dive, be sure to add Koh Lanta to your itinery.
It is possible to see them snorkeling too!
 Both the owners of Mook Lanta Eco Resort are divers, Mellisa is a diving instructor and an ex dive centre owner on the island, so if you need any help or advice please feel free to email us.

Leopard Sharks (not dangerous - check out the mouth) are also seen regularly