February 3 - 8, 2009
2/3/09 - 2/8/09 90 °F
We extended our stay in India by 2 wks so that we can catch the Tibetan New Year celebration in Leh, Ladakh, India (in the Himalayas). To take a break from India, we decided to backtrack and head to Koh Lanta, Thailand, to enjoy its white sand beaches and good food. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the beach, especially a white sand beach? By the first afternoon, lounging in the bar on the beach with a nice cold beer, we had decided that somehow we have to own property on a beach somewhere.
6 days of lazing around on the beach and swimming in the calm cool waters of the Andaman Sea... oh and let's not forget the $8 per hour Thai massage everyday.... Pure bliss!
We did get our butts out of the lounge chairs to explore the island one day.... on a scooter.
It was Ashok's first time and talk about trial by fire - it looked easy enough except that the one road around the island was hilly and unpaved and filled with potholes. We saw one couple turn back half way through, but we fearlessly plowed on.
We also took an excursion to a nearby island, Koh Ngai (pronouced Hi), which is even prettier than Koh Lanta. It looks like it's straight out of a postcard. We only wish we had more time to spend a few days there.
The Thais has got tourism down. They make it so easy to go and relax there: information about accommodation/ transportation is easily available on line, people are friendly, and the price-value relationship is great. Our simple but clean beach front bungalow was only $23 a night, and I've already mentioned the $8 massage! In comparison, a similar room in India would cost around $50, with no wi-fi.
The first night at the hotel the beachfront bungalows were not available, so they put us in this RV-converted room parked next to the pool on the street side. This has to be one of the most unusual rooms we've ever stayed in:
Given what we had to go through the next couple of weeks, it was a good thing we got this week of rest.