Monday, 31 October 2016


The longer we have the resort, the more things we see here that we would like to update, upgrade or rebuild. However this leaves us with a dilemma of what to do with the old parts we have replaced.

Our old TVs have now found new homes
Over the last year we have made a number of improvements to the island, but we try to ensure we keep our waste to a minimum, here are some of those activities:

Our new TVs take up little space
Replacing our old fashioned poor quality big TV's with slimline new TV's in our Family Bungalows, Air Con Bungalows and Cozy Bungalows, left us with 17 TVs going to waste. However we were able to rehome these with people who could not afford the more expensive ones.

Our Old Bamboo Roofs were all beginning to leak

The new Roofs are much stronger and will last a long while
We have changed the roofs on our Cozy and Standard Fan Bungalows to much stronger and reliable roofs. This left us with many wooden poles which were good, but not strong enough to hold up the new roof. Our gardener made us a new beautiful fence for our Car Park from the remains and the left over roof was used to build a shelter for bikes.

New fencing made from old roof poles
New Bike Shelter made from old roofing

We replaced the shutters in the Cozy and Standard Fan Bungalows with mosquito netted windows. Some of the shutters were refashioned into tables for the Air Con Bungalows (something our guests had been asking for) and the rest were given to Lanta Paintball to use in their Combat Zone.

New Windows on Fan Rooms with Mosquito Netting
New Tables on Air Con Balconies, made from old shutters

Our Recycling area (where we keep all recyclable glass, cardboard, plastics and cans for collection) is 100% made from waste from the old roofs.

As an Eco Resort we think it is incredibly important that we contribute as little as possible to the rubbish on this beautiful island. I think most people would be surprised at the tiny amount of rubbish that is taken to the tip from this 24 bungalow resort.

Even the scraps from the kitchen are tiny, and that is not just because we make a great breakfast! The dogs get all the scraps from the breakfast and the old bread is taken by our chef to feed animals. Even the oil from the kitchen is collected for recycling.
Our animals are always happy to finish your breakfast for you!

Friday, 28 October 2016

Koh Lanta says Goodbye to King Rama 9

Yesterday, we were very honoured to be invited to, and get involved with the people of Koh Lanta's memorial to the King.

At 5pm, a group of local people designed the symbol of the number 9, representing the King, in the sand at Kaw Kwang Beach. it was hard work to get it finished before sunset, but with great determination they achieved it.

With candles placed throughout the design, as one of the darkest nights set in, the memorial came to life.

Bee said a dedication to the King, including the words in English, 'We may not be the best country in the world ,  but we had the best king!' This was followed by a beautiful and heartbreaking singing of the King's anthem and 9 minutes of silence.

Over 400 people, Thai and tourists attended, all wearing black or white, and I believe everyone was moved by this beautiful event

Something else will never forget and we are very thankful to have been invited to witness it.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Business as Usual

We thought it was important that we inform our guests of the current situation on Koh Lanta, since sadly, King Bhumibol Adulyadej died this week.

Obviously we are all saddened by his death and the Government has asked for a period of 30 days of quiet reflection.

Many international news agencies are reporting that effectively Thailand has shut down. This is, in fact, just not true, especially for Koh Lanta. To the average tourist, Koh Lanta will appear pretty much as normal, the hotels, bars, restaurants and shops are open as normal. Bars are required to shut at midnight and have been requested to have no parties and loud music during these 30 days.

The Thai Government and their Tourist Association, are asking tourists to respect how their people are feeling and do the following:

1. Refrain from lewd behaviour and dress respectively, especially in temples, palaces etc.
2. Respect that Thai people are in mourning and this is a difficult time for them, so refrain from asking questions about the King.

Apart from that, your holiday should run as normally, you can still drink beer, enjoy great food, go SCUBA diving and sunbathe on the beaches. If you are looking for a bit more action! then Thailand is not right for you for the next few weeks!

If you are unsure or concerned, please contact us directly for more up to date information.

The Mook Lanta Eco Resort Team

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Rest in Peace Your Highness

It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand.

King Bhumibol Majesty's is a much loved king and the Thai people are very upset, for many considered him as a father figure and the majority of the population have never known any other King.

He is the world's longest serving monarch, coronated at 18 years old, he served as King for 70 years. After his education in Switzerland, he returned to Thailand and devoted himself to serving his people and developing projects that helped the poor. Because of his good work, the Thai population have come to worship him and he is seen as almost divine.

Officially Thailand is now in mourning for one year. There has also been a request that entertainment is curtailed for one month. However, for tourists, there will only be a small impact, bars and restaurants are still open but entertainment venues may be stopped for a short time.

Please be aware that this is a difficult time for most Thai people, we recommend the following if you are coming to Thailand:

1. Refrain from discussing the King and the monarchy in general.
2. Ensure you are appropriately dressed, especially in temples, royal residences and government offices.
3. Follow the news and the advice of local authorities.

God Bless The King

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Someone turned the lights on!

Well we normally say High Season starts on the 1st October, whilst many others will say late October or beginning of November. This year we were all wrong, it started with a big bang on the 31st September.
Air Con Bungalow - Mook Lanta Eco Resort
With beautiful sunshine, tourists began arriving to the island and the hotels and resorts are filling up! It took us all by surprise, because normally the season starts slowly gradually building throughout October and November, and we have all been enjoying the relaxing Green Season.

November is already looking good, the end of December is nearly full and January and February are looking very busy, so please don't wait till you arrive to find accommodation, please look to book now, to ensure you are not disappointed.

Don't forget that as well as Mook Lanta Eco Resort, we now have a villa to rent in Old Town, Lanta New House, as this has only been added to the market in the last couple of weeks, we still have availability.
Lanta New House

Wishing every other business on Lanta a great High Season and we hope to see lots of lovely tourists throughout the next 6 months.

Mellisa & Nick