Koh Lanta will always have a special place in my heart for reasons more than one. We floated in the warm Andaman sea, went on boat trips to the southern islands, swam through caves and explored parts of the island surrounded by lush palm trees.
Our first boat trip out to Koh Rok was a challenging endeavour; the winds were strong and we found ourselves on a speedboat packed to the brim, pounding against the waves. While we were tempted to jump into the sea, we were left too exhausted to do anything more than stretch out on the shore. But even then, despite the poor weather and arduous boat ride, Koh Rok’s beauty is unmistakable. The island, surrounded by varying shades of translucent turquoise and blue remains untouched by any developments due to its affiliation with the Koh Lanta National Marine Park.
Our next trip to the southern islands with Cait however, was entirely different and really made our visit to Koh Lanta worthwhile. With just 7 other people onboard, we had a beautiful time exploring Emerald cave, situated at the west of Koh Mook and Koh Kradan in the southern Trang province. We moved from one swim spot to the next unhurried, had a slow, leisurely lunch on the boat and learned about the marine life indigenous to the area.
One evening, we rented a moped and rode southward to the lighthouse to watch the sun dip into the horizon. We sat on the edge of a low cliff and saw the sky turn from a pale blue to a glowing deep purple as the warm ocean breeze wafted over our faces. Staying along Klong Jark beach at the southernmost tip of the island meant that we had absolute privacy – our nights were quiet, our dinners long and the last few hours before bedtime were always spent just reading and talking about everything.
Dreaming up a life together.
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