Hello there! The sun has been playing hide and seek here in Bangkok and that got me thinking about our last break from the city. I firmly believe that everyone should just go detox amidst nature at least once a month. The sun, sand and sea water did wonders for all of us and our week long trip to the islands felt like paradise. We visited quite a few islands in southern Thailand to snorkel, swim and relax. I must say, it was one of the most wonderfully bonding experiences we’ve had as a family.
We took a ferry to Koh Lanta from the Rassada pier as soon as we landed in Phuket and eagerly began our island holiday. You can also get ferries to Koh Lanta from Krabi pier.
You need to take a ferry from Rassada pier to Phi Phi and then from Phi Phi to Lanta. It should cost you about 750 THB in total per person. We booked with Chao Koh travels for the ferries.
On the way to the hotel we inadvertently drove through a Songkran water party on the road and were soaking wet before we even reached the hotel. The soft white sand and the relaxing ambiance at Nakara Long Beach Resort was just what we needed. I only wish the food was better. We ended up having all our meals at the restaurant at Eco Lanta resort just next door. Great food, wonderful service and the fluffiest grey cat to cuddle with was a definite plus.
We rented a scooter for the day for 250 THB and rode to some of the most beautiful beaches along the Lanta coast. My favorite was Secret beach with its beautiful rainbow colored fish in the shallow water. Buy some snorkel masks for about 300 THB from the shop on the main road and you’re good to go.
Tours are abundant and we knew we wanted to snorkel as much as we could. So we booked the ‘Four Island tour’ at the hotel and got a good deal at 1400 THB per adult and 800 THB per child for a full day tour. The speedboat picked us from the hotel itself and we were on our way gliding across the calm mirror like sea at 9 am. Koh Ngai was our first stop and the minute I jumped into the water near the rocky island I felt like Ariel from the little mermaid, singing her song to the sea instead of the land. Oh! How I really wanted to be part of that world. Bright green carpet like corals spreading out like mossy hills next to the hair like pink tubular corals waving in the water with clown fish and other brightly colored tropical sea life playing happily among them. Bright purple furry corals and orange brain corals among the giant clams , baby sharks and alien like fish going about their lives in peace and happiness in the quiet turquoise water.
Koh Chuek was even better and Koh Kradan showed me the most beautiful gnarled tree I’ve ever seen.
Finally, we reached the most exciting part of our day. Koh Muk and Morakot cave. The Emerald cave as it is commonly known, is a pirates cove that is only accessible by swimming through a narrow cave into the center of the rock island to a tiny beach cove of immense beauty with a ceiling open to the sky. Unfortunately we couldn’t go into the cave this time. The tide was too high and we were advised that children may feel claustrophobic in the darkness for the 10 minutes it takes to swim inside. We snorkeled outside the caves instead and saw that the island’s rock face actually extended way deep down into the sea like a submerged mountain with valleys and ridges below. It would be interesting to know if this was once a volcano and the cove formed in the crater.
Koh Lanta is a wonderful relaxing and thrilling holiday destination all in one. I highly recommend going to see the islands nearby and enjoy the beauty of southern Thailand. What a difference in perspective one day can make. We came back full of awe and excitement to have witnessed such untold beauty on such an alien landscape right here on our planet. Mother Earth is mighty. We’ve seen plenty of white coral chunks all over beaches everywhere but didn’t fully understand the impact of climate change on them until I saw these live corals in all their glorious fluorescent and vivid colors and shapes out in the open sea. I now understand and see why they need to be protected. Next time you reach for that cool drink, please refuse the straw. Start small. Lets preserve the Earth together.