Aaaah. To be by the sea, in ma bikini with a spread of beaut Thai food in front of me with my chums. The current situation is looking out the window to a grey, rainy London, having just burnt my tongue on my tea, sucks to be me ey?!
It has taken me a lil bit of time to sort through all my snaps from Thailand. I took around 189239 pictures and we have been reminiscing over them for the past week. We haven’t even unpacked yet. I KNOW, propa nawty lol. I think we are secretly hoping to just, y’know, book another flight and pick up our backpacks and leave again. A gal can dream!
Our holiday to Thailand was a dreeeam. After a week spent in the north, we continued our venture down to the islands with a few pals. I want to show you every snap, but ya would be scrolling for hours, so I will show you my faves.
Ko Lanta is a gem of an island. It hasn’t got the full moon party vibes, the beaches are quiet and there aren’t shops selling elephant print baggy trousers / elephant print errythaaang on each corner.
We slipped into island living pretty quickly. We started to walk a little slower, shaking off that weird London mentality of needing to be first all the bleedin’ time. We took each day at our own pace, remembering to stop and appreciate the beauty around us. It is crazy how many moments we miss because we are too caught up in our own worries, woes, tight schedules, phones and whatever other things we are probably much better without.
Before we jetted off to Thailand I was SO excited to create all the blog content. Shoot a bunch of posts, pull together lists of recommendations, have a sassy lookin’ Instagram feed full of dreamy beaches and ice creams and I couldn’t wait. As soon as I stepped off the plane, all of that didn’t feel so important anymore.
^ The defining moment I realised taking cliche blogger shots on an inflatable doughnut probs wasn’t for me.^
The way of living is so different in Thailand. People are thoughtful, helpful and respectful. The work ethic is unstructured and personal to whatever you find comfortable. Most rise early to work whilst it’s cool, and as the heat of the day gets too much, they retreat back home to chill. There isn’t a sense of urgency, there is a hammock in almost every gaff and people just seem happier.
There’s definitely summin’ we can learn from that.
There were things I missed about home. The lack of mozzies, comfy toilets (hole in the ground struggle was real), a good cuppa T. But all those things aren’t really that important.
What’s important is pushing yourself to experience the unknown, making new friends, taking a risks and trying something completely new. That kinda stuff is what really keeps us alive.
I guess my perspective changed when I was away. I realised I want to do more. Get out into the world and experience, experiment and set challenges for myself. I will talk more about this in another post, I ain’t gonna go all gap yaaaar on ya I promise!
My time in Thailand taught me to step back a bit more. Realise it ain’t all about documenting each moment, it certainly ain’t about Instagram followers and all of that crazy jibber jabber.
Cheers Ko Lanta for giving my mind the lil break it needed. And all the Cuba Libres, Mojitos and spring rolls. >:)
If you are off to Thailand soon (SO JELL) or already there (SO BLOODY JEL) then I recommend the following places to stay / things to do / eat / see:
Supposedly our budget option, but bejeebus these lil bungalows are so caaaute! Obviously it isn’t a 5* hotel situ, but they had everything we needed. Air-con, fridge (life saver), mozzie net, hammock, a hot shower and a two min walk to la playaaa. Sawwwted.
We ate here on our last night. The palm trees are wrapped in fairy lights, the tables and chairs are on the beach and the fish is freshly caught that day. Each member of staff (there’s a whole army of em) are lovely and we just had the most wonderful evening. Definitely make sure ya check it out!
Rent a moped
Yaaas a littttle riskay, but so worth it as long as you are careful. Ballin’ round the island on a moped is super fun, easy and cheap. Most places rent out mopeds for around £6 a day (!) Just watch your mirrors, wear a helmet and look out for pesky pot holes!
Find the Waterfall
Find the sign for the waterfall and go find it. It is pretty n all that, but the 45 min trek there and back through the jungle was my favourite part. Mostly coz I SAW A MONKEY! So bloody chuffed.
Visit Lanta Old Town
We went on a big ole moped voyage to the other side of the island and found Lanta Old Town. Originally a sea gypsy settlement, it has remained pretty old school. Traditional wooden homes built on stilts, shops and markets all looking out to sea. Beaaaut.
Eat Street Food in Saladan
When in search for grub to eat one night, we grabbed a tuk tuk and headed to Saladan. We found ourselves gobbling ALL the street food we could muster, it was dreamy. Make sure you order a frozen mango mojito from the cocktail stand, top notch.
Uh, Ko Lanta I LOVE U.
If ya fancy seeing more, I have popped a lil travel vlog up on my YouTube <3