Now that our time in Koh Lanta has passed we can reflect on what it was like living on beach for a month. Our original plan was to to stay at a hotel or resort for one week before transitioning to longer term lodgings. What we expected to do versus what we actually did changed after spending a week on the beach.
We had initially planned to come into Koh Lanta and work at a local co-working space called Kohub (which has an excellent community and even though we spent only one day there, we got to meet some very cool people). However, after being exposed to the beach, we decided living on a tropical island wasn’t very special if we could not see the beach as we were working.
We became a regular at a restaurant called Kieng Lang where we ate daily. We would get things like pad thai, fresh coconut juice, and pineapple fried rice. They always smiled when they saw us and their food was consistently good. On the subject of food, the fresh fish was spectacular; neither Carolina or I really like fish in general, but fresh fish is amazing.
Our local town was called Baan Saladan and during the hot days the city would be very quiet, but it became full of activity during the cooler nights as tourists left their resorts.
On The Beach
Carolina and I would often laugh about how we spent an entire year in Toronto living in a condo that had a pool and never once used it. Maybe its the fact that we stay in places for a much shorter period of time, but we almost always take advantage of the water. We went to the beach almost every other day and while we had some amazing adventures like our monkey boat trip, I think our highlight was our time spent on the beach.
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We went for a sunset walk on the beach. Obviously. Cliches aside, this was the closest we got to the neighbouring island that we see everyday from our balcony. The tide was so low this evening that the sandbar extended all the way to our beach line. Hopefully we can swim up to it next time. #sunset #beach #island #wanderlust #travel #thailand #digitalnomad
On our beach in particular the water would get so low that it would create a sand bar that you could walk out on for about 10 minutes. On one day in particular, Carolina and I walked out to the end where there was this particular spot with shallow water coming in from two directions and this created water that felt like it was at the temperature of a hot spring. We both just sat there for awhile appreciating life as the warm water brushed up against us. It’s these little events that really inspire us to keep travelling. Not every day is amazing but when you have these little moments it makes you appreciate life and you realize why travel is worth it.