Koh in Thai means ‘island’. Lanta is a beautiful island in the Krabi Province. I would recommend both Krabi and Koh Lanta highly for a vacation. The beaches are divine and the crowd is not that thick! I also feel not many Indians go there, which is a pity! Let me take you through my seven favorite things to do in Koh Lanta!
The Beautiful Beaches
Koh Lanta is blessed with many beaches that are truly beautiful. I spent most of my time at Kantiang Bay Beach as it was next to the Pimalai Resort where I was staying. Not too crowded at any point of time, sunsets were special!
Mu Koh Lanta National Park
Mu Koh Lanta would work for you if you are looking for peace. I almost had the entire beach that you see in the picture to myself. I went walking along the length of it and saw just one couple! There is a path leading to a lighthouse, which gives the fabulous view of the park!
You can go kayaking along the mangrove channels. I didn’t had the time to do it, but I can imagine what fun it would be. If you are fond of eating fish I was told that the fishermen cook the fresh catch in the local restaurants that dot the walkway of the mangrove area.
There is a quaint fisherman’s village in Koh Lanta which is worth exploring. You immediately get a feeling of stepping back in time. The inhabitants are said to be sea gypsies and they hardly interact with tourists. But one is free to roam around and walk through the village.
Lanta Old Town
The old part of Lanta town has fascinating architecture. You can walk across the main street end to end easily. The wooden houses are a feast to the eye. There is a pier to walk through as well. It is a place to sit down at the restaurants and take it slow.
After five trips to Thailand i would say the whole of Thailand offers great shopping. The conventional wisdom says the shopping is great in Bangkok. Initially I would also leave stuff that I liked, thinking I would pick it up in Bangkok. But then I would never find the same stuff in Bangkok, or I would not have time! My new shopping mantra is that if the price is reasonable, and if I like it, I would not wait for Bangkok. I buy it then and there. I picked up my favorite t-shirt in this shopping complex at Koh Lanta.
Good Food at the Local Restaurants
I had food at my upmarket resort and I had food at local restaurants. Both were good, but the local restaurants are so much fun. And they always had something for the vegetarian me! I had pizza at the Swedish Pub and Restaurant and veg noodles at Same Same but Different (it was the name of the restaurant) and both were smashing.
So what are you waiting for? If you are thinking Thailand, think Koh Lanta and Krabi. They are great places for a family vacation.
PS. I visited Koh Lanta on invitation of Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi.
In many nations, vegetarianism is not much of a concept. Before I went I classified Jordan in that category. I know being a vegetarian is not too good for traveling but then that is who I am and that is what I am going to remain. I do eat eggs. When push comes to a very nasty shove, I can nibble on fish. But for a meal I look for something vegetarian. If I need to fill my stomach it has to be vegetarian food. And vegetarian food in Jordan was a pleasant surprise for me.
On the other hand, I know the distinction between vegetarian and Indian food. You will never find me cribbing that I didn’t get Indian food on a trip. I am perfectly fine with that. I can eat vegetables and rice, I can eat fruits, I can eat bread. I can eat dessert. In other words, I will never let food stand between me and a trip!
Having said all this Jordan completely surprised me. For one, they make the most amazing salads in the world. And if that in itself was not enough they make the most amazing dips in the world as well, along with the most amazing bread the Khubz or what we know as pita bread.
Once again, I am not a salad person. Given a choice I will take pasta rather than salad as food. But that was before I had been to Jordan. They made amazing, flavorful salads that were completely vegetarian. If there was one, that had meat in it, it was pointed out to me. There seasonings were mild and yet full of flavor.
With the salads they had amazing dips, the most famous being hummus. Then there was mezze which is an aubergine based dip, you read it right, it was our lowly eggplant but even that tasted so good. I was happy with the salads and the dips. But that was not all.
This would be accompanied with Pita Breads, (also known as Khubz) which would make the starters quite filling. I could easily feast myself on all this and not need any main course. But then they always found more food for me.
For one of my main courses at Vis a Vis (Dead Sea, Jordan) they made veg pizza for me which was great. They also had free wifi. The pizza was awesome. I needed help from the other members to finish it off but I would happily order it again. I got vegetables and rice as well, but after the sumptuous starters, I didn’t really need a main course. They often tried to give me the same main course with vegetables which others had with meat. The most popular drink on this trip was lemon-mint!
Overall, for me Jordan was a delight as far as vegetarian food was concerned. And I now have a new appreciation for salads.
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