Thursday, 19 October 2017

Lanta Noi just got a whole lot more interesting

Tiger ATV Lanta only 10 minutes drive from Mook Lanta
 Many people don't know that Koh Lanta is actually 2 islands, Koh Lanta Yai (where most tourists stay) and Koh Lanta Noi (where many Thai's actually live). Lanta Noi is now much more accessible with the new bridge so many new activities are opening up there.
Johann perfecting his 'Easy Rider' look!
Today Johann and Reijer tried out the new ATV company, Tiger ATV Lanta. Aek, the owner, already owns a successful ATV business in Nakon Si Thammarat and decided it would be a great addition to Lanta.
Test run on the track first
Before you are let loose, Aek gives you a helmet and shows you how to ride the bike, then they take you for a test drive along their in house track to ensure you know what you are doing. When you are looking confident, off you go for a hour trek to the jungle.

The boys looked kinda unsure before they got on the bikes, started smiling when they went round the track and came back whooping and cheering with the guys.
Safety was a Priority

But even on their return, the guys were focused on safety and they had a motorcyclist ride with them to ensure the guys could cross the road safely. We drove the car to them, but if you book it with your hotel, they will come to pick you up.
It was a bit muddy!

I think they liked it!
Congratulations guys and of course we wish you luck with your business, but judging by my customer's faces, you do not need luck!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Whalesharks at Koh Haa!

 Koh Lanta Marine Park has been open for only 2 days and we have had our first sighting of a Whaleshark! Koh Lanta Diving Centre took their first trip to Koh Haa and before they had even returned to the island, we all knew they had seen one!

Whalesharks are large, but gentle creatures and any SCUBA diver will tell you it is a real honour to meet your first one. We have Whalesharks over the year around Koh Lanta, but they are a little unpredictable and you have to have a little luck to see one.
Koh Haa, our most popular dive location from Koh Lanta
 Koh Lanta is an excellent location for new and experienced SCUBA divers. Koh Haa has swimming pool like conditions and shallow waters, so it is easy for those diving for the first time, but it also has caverns, caves and swimthroughs for the more experienced. Also close by we have the famous Hin Daeng & Hin Muang (Red Rock & Purple Rock), named because of the colours of the coral on the reefs, a stunning dive, with deep waters and a good chance of the bigger animals (Whalesharks and Manta Rays). Koh Phi Phi is also closeby and most guides love the Bida Islands (part of the Koh Phi Phi islands) for the plethora of fish and aquatic life.
Ko Lanta Diving Center Located in the main town of Saladan
Koh Lanta also has excellent dive schools who offer small group courses and dive teams. In general dive classes/teams have 4 or less people in, meaning you will receive a lot of individual attention and your dives will be mainly diving, not watching others complete skills.

If you need any help or advice regarding Diving on Lanta or anywhere, Mellisa (one of our owners) is a dive instructor, has dived all over the world and used to own a dive centre on the island, so please feel free to email us for advice

Monday, 16 October 2017

Welcome to High Season!

After a long 6 months, Lanta is well and truly open!

Marine Park Opened for SCUBA Diving!
Koh Haa is Open!
All the dive centres are busy planning dive trips to our fantastic SCUBA diving locations within the Koh Lanta Marine Park. Koh Haa, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are fully open since the 15th October. Andaman Dive Adventures are finalising the completion of their brand new dive centre, complete with an in-house bar!
Andaman Dive Adventures Opening Soon!
Bars and Restaurants are busy updating their Menus and Service!

Every year we, at Mook Lanta Eco Resort, review our restaurant menus and try to improve and update our offering to our customers needs. This year we have added a new Vegan/Vegetarian Breakfast, that we designed over the Green Season with our wonderful Vegan guests. We have also added a snack menu for after 4pm and made the lunchtime menu healthier.

 Red Snapper have also been busy updating their menus and challenging themselves to produce new, exciting appetizers, mains and desserts that you will be unable to find to the same quality or price. Joyce is also exploring her vegan side with some exciting results.

The Table has also opened again for the high season. This innovative restaurant offers authentic thai home cooked food, created from locally sourced food, served in a beautiful jungle setting.

Bajen Pizzeria have opened the first fully online delivery service on the island.
And of course the new Harry's Bar is now fully opened and very busy when sporting events are on or they have their Taco buffet!
Harry's Bar in Klong Dao
New Exciting Activity Centres have Arrived!
Lanta Haven has opened near Old Town offering a wonderful waterpark and Crazy Golf for adults and kids alike. 

Lanta Paintball & Bouldering Cafe have now fully opened for the high season, with the addition of a beer garden, slackline and new bouldering wall routes and are looking forward to welcoming all the pre-booked groups for the season.
The Kitty City is nearly finished at Lanta Animal Welfare, so you will be able to enjoy a coffee and a cuddle whilst supporting this wonderful organisation.
And do not forget to book now to avoid disappointment, as we are filling up!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Work up a Hunger!

In less than 72 hours we are launching our brand new menu.
The sausage/bacon & egg McMuffin 
Of course the ever popular McMuffin is still on the breakfast menu, but the full English is even bigger and we have a new tasty and filling vegan/vegetarian breakfast. The Light English is still only 150 baht but even bigger!
Only 150 baht for the 'Not So' Light English!

Vegetarian breakfast 

Full English 
Lunchtime we will be offering some delicious new pitta bread meals (my favourite is the lamb, feta and tzaziki pita), but Nick's popular burger is still there.
Southern Fried Chicken Pita

Lamb, Feta & Tzaziki Pita
Early evening, we will be offering sharing platters and there will be a great curry option.
Indian Curry

Sharing Platter
Come and enjoy it with us from the 15th!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Long Beach

Our Resort above this note!
One of our friends, with their drone, too this awesome photo of Long Beach. Our resort can clearly be seen at the very bottom of the picture in the middle. As you can see we are just a short walk from the beach and the beach lives up to it's name! We are also close to the main road and village, so everything is just a short walk away.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Getting Ready for October 15th!

Deng our Chef
Nick and Deng have been very busy today, learning the new menu for our high season, which starts on October 15th, when we will be offering food from 7am to 7pm.
New Daytime Menu available from the 15th October
Nick has listened to feedback, revamped some current options and, believe it or not, now introduced some vegan and vegetarian meals!

New this year:
- We now offer a more healthy lunch, replacing the baguette and chips with Pita and Salad (with Vegetables, Cheese, Chicken or Lamb)
- Vegan/Vegetarian Farmhouse Breakfast (Fried Potatoes, Peppers, Spinach, Tomato, Onion, mushroom and with or without an egg)
- Sharing Platters, Appetizers and House Specials available until 7pm

Lamb, Feta and Tzatziki Pita
Indian Chicken Curry Special

Cajun Chicken Pita

All the breakfasts and the salads have also had a revamp and look bigger and even more inviting.

Nick and Deng were cooking so much, that we had to invite a few people over to try it and judging by the silence they enjoyed the new menu! But we had to stop because they were all so full!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Reducing our use of Plastics

In an effort to reduce our plastic use, we found some strong, reusable cloth laundry bags that we can use.

Trying to be a bit greener everyday at Mook Lanta Eco Resort

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Marine Parks are opening!

Snorkeling and Diving in the Koh Lanta Marine Park starts this month
During the Green Season, our Marine Parks are closed to snorkeling, diving and other activities, to allow the coral to regenerate. We have some beautiful marine life and whilst we would love to go to these areas at all times of the year, we want to protect them for the future.
Emerald Cave
On October 1st areas of the Koh Lanta Marine Park opened to snorkeling activities. The 4 Island Tour, which visits the amazing Emerald Cave (and some say was the real inspiration for the film, 'The Beach') has now restarted. This is the most popular snorkeling tour from the island.
Diving in the Koh Lanta Marine Park starts on the 15th October

Koh Haa is beautiful, above and below the water!
Turtles are a common site in the Koh Lanta Marine Park
On October 15th the Marine Park will allow diving again at Koh Haa and Hin Daeng/Muang. Both famous for their breathtaking underwater views (caverns, caves and swimthroughs) and stunning marine life.
Manta Rays can be seen at Koh Haa and Hin Daeng/Muang if you are lucky!

We can help you book any of these tours when you stay with us at Mook Lanta Eco Resort.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

The King's Funeral in October

It is coming up, quite regularly in forums, that people are concerned about the impact of the King's Funeral on their holiday in October.

For those that are unaware, the King of Thailand was highly revered in Thailand and his death, many Thai's commented to me, was like they had lost their own father. He is the longest serving monarch and almost all Thais have never experienced any other monarch. So please be aware that for many Thai people, this is a very poignant and sad time.

Please be very respectful of the Thai people's feelings and please avoid asking questions regarding the old and new king. It is easy to offend Thai people in this regard and Lese Majeste (a law prohibiting perceived negative comments and actions) is still enforced here.

Especially in the towns and cities, be respectful with your clothing, at religious venues (as always) and near Royal buildings, wear sober and respectable clothing (cover shoulders and long trousers/skirts).

The plans and what is/is not allowed are changing constantly, but be aware that at most holiday beach destinations there will probably be a lot more lax observance of this period. I fully expect Bangkok to be insanely busy over this period, all the Thai airlines are massively increasing their flights in and out of Bangkok, to accommodate the amount of Thais wanting to be at the funeral. So if you want to get out of the crowds and not experience this historic event, then I would be planning your exit from Bangkok soon (I expect flights to increase in price).

I have just heard today, that the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan is cancelled in October, which is not a surprise, I expect most extravagant parties in Thailand will be cancelled or significantly toned down in respect of the king. Many may still go ahead, but over the funeral week, starting on the 21st October, we believe that all parties and shows will be stopped.

For sure there will be alcohol free days, especially on the 26th October 2017. However, often large hotels are exempt from some of these days and there are always 'mom and pop' shops willing to sell alcohol (7/11 will not).

I think all over Thailand you should expect to see many Thai's wearing black or white as a sign of respect, but as I previously stated, outside of main towns and cities, you should still be able to enjoy your holiday with only minimum impact.

Finally this is a historic event and it does deeply impact many Thai people. Please be aware of this and act appropriately.

Below are 2 videos we made of our islands dedication to the king on his passing. The second one has a speech (in Thai and English) and then the National Anthem, very beautiful to listen to.


Koh Lanta is getting ready for High Season!

The end of September is always an exciting time on the island, as dive instructors are returning, businesses are refurbishing and new businesses are opening:
Open in less than 2 weeks!
Almost all the staff are back at Andaman Dive Adventures and they are busy finishing their brand new shop.

Great new bar for the island
Harry's Steakhouse & Sport's Bar has opened in Klong Dao, a non smoking, air conditioned bar with many large screens for the sport as well as shuffle board, pool and a stage for regular live band nights.

New location, 1st online delivery service 
Bayen Pizzeria has moved locations but has also become the first online delivery service on the island.

New Beer Garden
Lanta Paintball and bouldering Cafe, has a new beer garden, draft beer and a brand new sign!

New Kitty City & Cafe
Lanta Animal Welfare are completing their Kitty City and we are proud to sponsor this new area, which will also house a Kitty Cafe, where you will be able to enjoy a coffee and cuddle a Kitty at the same time.

New Italian Restaurant 
Sole Mare will open again at the end of October, which pleases Nick as he loves their pizzas.

A new waterpark and putting green
Lanta Haven has recently just opened the first waterpark on the island with a small putting green.

For more information on these businesses, click on the photo to be taken to their Web site.

The island is ready for high season, are you? Book now to avoid disappointment!