Thursday, 23 May 2019

We are in the Hall of Fame!


Many thanks to our wonderful guests for voting for us. We have been awarded a 'Certificate of Excellence' by TripAdvisor because of you and because of the hard work of our staff.

We have also been entered into the Hall of Fame of TripAdvisor, because we have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 5 consecutive years!

We love all feedback and we want to continue to provide a great service and ensure your stay is perfect, so please keep feeding back!

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Rainy Season! Nah Green Season More Like


Not 2 minutes ago, I got asked, 'It doesn't rain much in Rainy Season?'

My response:

"I call this time of year Green Season, not Rainy/Monsoon/Low Season, Why? Because all of the other titles mislead people."

"It does not rain everyday, but it does rain, and my gardens are lovely and green because of it. There is sunshine aplenty at this time of year and only yesterday a friend was telling me he had fallen foul to the 'Low Season Sunburn,' because he forgot how hot and sunny it can be at this time of year."


"On a holiday at this time of year, you will have some rain, that could be a storm lasting a few days, a few small showers in the evening or something in between. But this time of year is unpredictable, especially the sea, so you cannot go snorkelling and Scuba Diving everyday."

"But staying at this time of year, is so cheap that it makes up for a bit of rain (which most welcome!)."


Saturday, 11 May 2019

Children Of The Forest


One of the reasons I am so proud to call Koh Lanta home is because of how generous the local residents can be.
First Day on the Beach
This year for the 12th year running, Children of the Forest have given 50 stateless children a holiday to remember on Koh Lanta. Children of the Forest is a fabulous charity, which gives these kids from Burma, who are stateless and as such have no access to healthcare, schooling and legal rights in Thailand.

Sanuk paid for their long trip to the island.
Their journey from Sangklaburi (about 3 hours north from Kanchanaburi) takes 2 days and the Swedish school on Lanta raises the funds to ensure they are delivered safely, fed and have somewhere to stay for this long trip.

Whilst they are here, many businesses and residents give time, money, accommodation and tours to the children.

Scubafish provided a Snorkelling Trip
Andaman Sunflower Resort (next to us on Koh Lanta) have provided free accommodation for 12 years and provide any meals not offered by other restaurants.
First Time Snorkelling
Scubafish took them all on a wonderful snorkelling tour on their boat,
Greek Taverna
The children got their first taste of Greek food at the Greek Taverna and they danced the night away with dinner at Global Local Lanta.

Enjoying the pool at Laguna Beach Club
 Rattana Resort and Laguna Beach Club gave them access to their pools. Time for Lime, gave them beach toys and cooking classes.
Time for Lime
Cooking Class at Time For Lime
I was asked to help Kandi Lounge provide a chilled afternoon with snacks, pool and cartoons.
Pool at Kandi Lounge
It is a privilege to help with this special holiday and it is humbling to see how lovely and polite these kids are despite the harshness of their short lives. 
Fun on the Beach

Tomorrow these kids take the long journey home, we wish them a safe journey home and look forward to seeing them again next year.



Sunday, 21 April 2019

Scorchio!

Need a reason to come to Koh Lanta?

Here are a few:

1. Whalesharks at Koh Haa today! The seas are calm, the visibility is immense and there is so much to see!

2. It is blooming hot, and I mean blooming hot! The guests are starting to pray for rain!

3. Accommodation is really cheap! Contact me to receive our Low Season Prices Now!



Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Upgrading the Cozy Bungalows


F1 the first to be upgraded
Green Season is a time when we review all our rooms, your feedback and have time to upgrade our rooms.
Ya, our  Handyman



Ya, our handyman, with the help of one of our cleaners, Kai, have worked tirelessly for the last week upgrading the bathroom and tidying up the bedroom, in the first Cozy Fan Bamboo Bungalow

Kai, our Cleaner
The bathroom has been fully sealed and brightened up and the wood revarnished. Inside the bedroom, the walls have been revarnished and a new light added above the bed. Finally the balcony has been given a lick of paint. We have also listened to our customer's request for sheets for the bed. The blankets are still available in the room if you need them.
Over the next month, we will be upgrading all the Cozy Fan Bamboo Bungalows and next month we will start our new project...... the Standard Fan Bamboo Bungalows.
A shiny new interior
Many thanks to Kai and Ya for their hard work this week.
Bathroom Sealed & Brightened up!
Stay tuned for all the changes happening this Green Season.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Manta Rays & Whalesharks around Koh Lanta

Manta Ray
Over the past week there have been multiple sightings of Whalesharks and Manta Rays at Hin Daeng  & Hin Muang. However this site is only for experienced divers.
Whalesharks
BUT
The Whalesharks have been hanging around Koh Haa too, perfect for snorkellers and first time SCUBA divers.

Koh Haa, perfect for experienced & novice SCUBA divers and snorkellers
The conditions are fabulous, so what are you waiting for?


Saturday, 23 March 2019

How can you support Earth Hour whilst on Holiday?


Next Saturday is Earth Hour and even though you might be on holiday in Thailand, there is no reason whilst you cannot participate and help support this fantastic Worldwide event.

Thailand has significant energy, waste and water issues and tourism makes issues even more problematic. Sometimes the demand just outstrips supply, but there are some small things you can do to help:
Solar Lights, light up our walkways
Switch off lights
Turn off the lights you are not using, not just for Earth Hour, but every time you leave your room. We use Solar lights for our walkways to reduce our electricity needs.

Air Conditioning
Obviously turn off your air conditioning if you are not in the room, but also shut windows and doors to ensure it is able to run efficiently when you have it on. A well-serviced air con unit will cool a room in minutes. Have it run a couple of degrees higher than you would normally set it. this will also help you acclimatize.
Water
Water is a precious commodity in Thailand and we often do face periods of drought (many hotels use their own wells as do we), so use water conservatively. Have showers not baths. Turn taps off. Ask your hotel if they give free water if you have your own water bottles (rather than buy more plastic water bottles), we only give our guests 1 water bottle each, but we offer endless refills.
Our guests leave their sunscreen etc for others to use

Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle
Dispose of your rubbish in recycling bins if possible, refuse plastic bags and reuse water bottles if you can.

We recycle all our plastics, glass, cans and cardboard at our resort. Our guests don't throw away their sunscreen, shampoos, mosquito sprays and beach toys, they leave them for other guests to use. Ask your resort if they do the same.

Our guests clean the beach for Earth Hour, and we recycled it for them
Beach Clean Ups
Join an organised beach clean up,  we sponsor Trash Hero's on Lanta who do every Sunday on Lanta, or just pick up a bit of rubbish whilst you are on the beach.

A small change in your habits will help us all in the long run.


Friday, 15 March 2019

Agoda


Please do not use Agoda to book our resort. There is a BIG problem with the information held on the App and you may well be misled about what you are booking. If you book with Agoda we cannot guarantee that the information you have been given is accurate and if you are unhappy you will need to speak to Agoda, we cannot resolve this as they are not a partner of ours.

The best way to book is direct with me. Email me at info@mooklanta.com. If you must use an agent, please only use Expedia or Booking.com, which we have a direct partnership with.

This is not just a problem for Mook Lanta Eco Resort, but with many hotels around the world.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Organising a Special Occasion?

Special breakfast organised for a couple's Wedding Anniversary
There is nothing we love more at Mook Lanta, than organising a special event for our guests.
Today I got a email from a mother who wanted to surprise her son and his girlfriend. I asked Jo for more information to help me advise better and it turns our that the lovely couple has not seen each other for 6 months and she wanted to do something romantic for them, maybe a restaurant, but her son was also a vegetarian.

So that made my job easy, Red Snapper Restaurant in Phra Ae (Long Beach) is only a short walk from us, perfect for a romantic date and fully caters for both vegans and vegetarians (as well as doing a mean stake!).
Bed decorated to add to the surprise
So when they come back from the 4 island trip today, they have a lovely surprise awaiting them in their room!

If you need help or just advice on what you can do on Koh Lanta to celebrate a special day, talk to me directly. We have helped organise weddings, birthday surprises, cakes,flowers, dinner reservations, private tours and much much more!

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Lanta Laanta Festival

Are you on Koh Lanta this week? The annual Lanta Laanta Festival is being held in Old Town from the 7th to 9th March 2019.
Lantt Laanta Festival
This is a great event, when Old Town becomes the 'go to' place on Lanta. There will be parades, all types of music (most live), plenty to party to, great street food and stalls to shop at.
Cheap taxi ride to Old Town
Getting there has just got a lot simpler too, because one taxi driver is offering to take you there for just 100 baht per person! He is picking up at the 7/Elevens around Lanta throughout the late afternoon/evening.

Nick and I will be there on the 8th March, to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. Hope to see you there!

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!