A perfect day in Koh Lanta (2 Dec)

We spent an entire week in Koh Lanta and managed to have a great day of diving (we saw an underwater cave and spotted an octopus before I got completely seasick!), but did not do a whole lot else. We’d planned a quiet week with a lot of time on the beach and one day spent exploring a seldom visited part of the island by longtail boat, but we ended up with rain nearly every day.

So, by the end of our week on the island, we were more than ready to move on. Ironically, we finally had sun, so we decided to squeeze in as much as we could with the remaining time we had. We rented a motorbike and headed to the southern part of the island, which is less developed and includes an untamed national park.

While we aren’t into elephant riding, we did stop to visit the elephants that were awaiting riders before heading out on our hike to the infamous Koh Lanta waterfall – apparently, in the rainy season it is quite impressive, but they call it the disappearing waterfall – because the rest of the year sometimes you see it, sometimes you don’t! In this case, the rain we’d had was helpful and we were rewarded for our trek (which was reportedly “easy,” but I found rather strenuous) through the jungle with a very nice waterfall and great photo op.

Amazing...right down to the homemade candy they sprinkled on top (I'm not exactly sure what "brickle" is, but I believe that is what it was)

On the way back north, we stopped at Shanti Shanti, where I’d seen a sign advertising homemade ice cream while driving down to the waterfall (I am not one to miss a sign like that!). Shanti Shanti sells imported Indian fabrics and clothes and the absolute best ice cream I have ever eaten in my life. We both ordered Keralan star anise flavor, but, as the ice cream is all homemade in small batches, we only got 1 & 3/4 of a dish, so the owner also brought us a dish of homemade mango sorbet as a consolation – also delicious!

We decided then to check out Time for Lime, a restaurant & bar and guest house north of our own accommodation. We’d heard the restaurant is great, but as it was out of our price range, we opted for their happy hour cocktail specials. We enjoyed incredible lemongrass and chili pepper margaritas on their beach. While enjoying these tasty drinks, we were treated to an incredible sunset. As if all this were not enough, Suhail turned away from the sun and noticed a rainbow had formed to the east. It really was a perfect end to a perfect day.

Click here to walk through our perfect day for yourself (sorry, but you are on your own for the margaritas!).


  1. Tim wrote:

    Hey Kristen and Suhail,
    It’s Tim from the Halong Bay tour. Great blog! I don’t know if you are still in Singapore but if you are you should check out Altitude One for jaw-dropping views of Singapore (same for drinks at the roof of the Fullerton the new hotel not the colonial one, both hotels are called the same thing which makes things confusing). The Skydeck at the Marina Bay is also pretty cool, as is Clarke Quay if you guys want some nightlife. If you guys are still going to Bali, I had a great time. Stayed at this great place called the Villa Bambu Indah near Ubud rather than the craziness of Kuta that everyone seems to hate. Anyways, I’m just back in Toronto after finishing my trip last week, and wish I was still on the other side of the world. It’s freezing in Toronto, and I can’t imagine it being that different in Chicago. Thanks for the tips of Chi-town and if you happen to be in Toronto next, give me a shout. Cheers!

    • kristen wrote:

      Hey Tim!
      Thanks for the tips…we are leaving Singapore for Indonesia tomorrow, but maybe we will get a drink at one of the spots you suggest tonight or when we are back in transit to Hong Kong (mid-March). We will def check out the place you stayed in Bali, though if memory serves, it sounded like it was probably out of our budget for this trip! We are spending this morning trying to get a plan for the next few weeks together. So much to do in Indonesia!

      I hope you have fun in Chicago, whenever you visit (let me know once you have plans set up and if we are there we can do drinks or dinner)…and we will definitely get in touch if/when we are next in Toronto. Hang in there with the cold – spring has to be around there somewhere!

  2. gfsutton wrote:

    Beautiful pictures!

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