Relaxing on Koh Lanta
We took some much needed down time on Koh Lanta, we ended up staying 5 nights which could have been more as this is a big island, however can end up costing you a little extra in comparison to Phi Phi as you need either transport of a scooter to get around. The island most reflects Koh Samui in size and amount of restaurants and accommodation to choose from, however with no Mc Donald’s, Subway or Burger King in sight it still is holding on to the more laid back, Thai Island style culture. The whole west coast of the island is lined with restaurants, bars, cafe, shops, small markets so much so when we drove the 7km from the ferry to our accommodation, Lanta New Beach Resort (review below) I was really surprised as to how many options there was. Long beach is nice to stay at and we also spent a day at Khlong Nin, which is an amazing beach, one of the best in the world Rob reckoned. If you keep going along the coast line you will find the Pimalai Resort and Spa which looked incredible however well out of reach for your average Joe.
I would highly recommend hiring a scooter for the majority of your stay, we even made our way around to the Old Town, which is an even sleepier fishing town. There isn’t a whole heap of activities to do – just your usual swimming, diving, eating and I also visited the gym for a workout one afternoon. After going from six days a week at the gym to a ten day hiatus I was dying to lift some weights. We had been doing our own mini workouts at our accommodation and I’ve been running but I was missing it – so I researched and found Lanta Sport complex, review below.
We got to Koh Lanta via ferry from Krabi, this cost us 500baht purchased from the airport – bad move! I am certain we got ripped off, I would advise to wait to organise your transport from Krabi to Lanta once you arrive in Krabi. I was nervous that arriving late into Krabi would mean everything would be closed, it wasn’t. There is also a car ferry that goes throughout the day over to Lanta, so should you not make the daily 11am Krabi to Lanta ferry there is still this option.
We stayed at Hometel in Krabi Town for the one night, which albeit noisy (who travels without earplugs anyway) it suited us fine for under $20 a night. They have a booking office on site that is open late and a busy restaurant, which does add to the noise. It is opposite a market to purchase gorgeous fruit and a little balcony if required. Don’t spend long in Krabi Town – there is not much to see at all.
This gym seems to be the only freestanding gym on the island of Koh Lanta, potentially other resorts may offer non-guests a session for a fee but I did not look into this. Prices were ok I thought, 250baht for a one off visit and 800baht for one weeks membership, opening hours 7:30am – 9pm daily (you might want to check on this however as I think the times may fluctuate. I was surprised how busy it was and I wasn’t entirely sure if these were expats living on the island or tourists like myself. There was a real mismatch of equipment and nothing really matched, I attempted one machine but could not budge the weight pin so left it at that. I did a work out using the free weights and kettle bells which were as mentioned a bit mismatched and I was also let down to see only one set of everything which made hard going when trying to work both sides of your body simultaneously.
Towels were on offer free of charge however there was none left and I was only able to purchase overpriced water from the on site cafe that was apparently changing hands so looked like a bit of a building site too.
There was large holes in the walls where weights have not been returned to their benches safely and the Swiss balls were too soft and had next to no air in them so I was unable to use them, I also could not seem to find any mats so I did floor work straight on to the rubbery floor which was comfortable, although a bit dirty!
I was desperate for a workout so it made it worth while however an interesting experience and as long as you don’t expect too much you’ll enjoy yourself.
There are a lot of bad reviews out here for this resort, but we booked it anyway. This is not a place to bring children, the on site bar/restaurant offers “big joints” and “bang lassi’s” and plays a lot of Bob Marley if you get my drift. There is two pools at the resort one being really tucked away and quiet and the other being on the beach. This isn’t a party resort, but this isn’t a party island anyway. We are a couple in our late twenties and we enjoyed staying here – the food was REALLY good from the restaurant, but do not expect luxury. This is a rustic type of place and the accommodation reflects that.
The women working are very grumpy but to be honest the rude people we have seen along our travels reflects her attitude. Poor Thai people have to suffer a lot with the brash and expecting nature of some European travelers.