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I continue my journey in the south of Thailand. After the very pretty, but very crowded and very expensive Koh Phi Phi, here I am at Koh Lanta, much more peaceful.
How Koh Lanta gave his name to the TF1 show
Koh means "island" in Thai, so we get it. Koh Lanta gave its name to the well-known TF1 game, which only filmed the first of its programmes in this corner of southern Thailand, and kept the name afterwards. I've always found it a curious idea...
Be that as it may, Koh Lanta is not at all a desert island for adventurers, there is everything for tourists.
At first glance, when you get there, nothing spectacular like Phi Phi. No dizzying cliffs around. The charms of the island will be revealed later ... We docked in an arm of the sea almost lagoon a bit melancholy, with pontoons and restaurants on stilts, between the two islands of Lanta (there are two Koh Lanta, in fact, the l one is a peninsula, which gives access to the second).
The port, Ban Saladan, is a big T-street with the usual jumble of shops, food stalls, hotels, exchanges, etc. not forgetting the inevitable tangle of motorcycles and taxis upon arrival.
More and more beautiful beaches to the south
In fact, you have to follow the road along the coast on the west side about twenty kilometers to better discover Lanta. What I did today, after renting a motorcycle. A very nice walk.
Yet, when you do not know the corner, it's not easy to find your bearings at first. All bungalows, hotels, resorts located on beaches are at the end of dirt roads perpendicular to the main road. It is therefore necessary each time to engage in one of these small secondary roads to go to see ...
And there, we are not disappointed. The main beach south of Ban Saladan, Long Beach, where I finally chose to stay, history of being close to amenities of all kinds (internet, restaurants, mini-markets, dive shops etc.) is a huge strip of sand blonde, very beautiful, very good for to swim.
But the most fun is to push the ride further south.
We discover, by chance of these famous small transversal roads, heaps of creeks and handles more wild, cute as all, and yet not cut off from the world, since there is each time a row of bungalows or a nearby resort ... Ideal for breaks watermelon shake and other fruit juices.
The people here are more charming and less "commercial" than in Phi Phi. Everybody gives you a big Thai smile and greets you kindly as soon as you stop somewhere.
A nice lady who served orange juice along the road, at an overhanging spot, with a beautiful view of the sea, helped me negotiate the steep descent to her little bamboo bar by coming even driving my bike ...
We also meet elephants on the road. The poor beasts are obviously still used as a working tool, here, with heavy chains on their feet.
The guy who was on it with his son stopped his imposing mount in the middle of the road so I could take the souvenir photo at my ease. The people of Lanta are really nice.
Tomorrow, I go back to diving Hin Daeng and Hin Muangbut I will take advantage of the following days to explore the interior of the islandOn the jungle and mountain side, with waterfalls and caves, then the east coast... Lanta is huge compared to Phi Phi !!!