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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Somewhere along the rocky west coast of Koh Mook lies a secluded cave whose entrance leads to an emerald green pool surrounded by towering cliffs and lush vegetation. Swimming through the first half of the partially submerged entrance in complete darkness felt a little frightening at first, but as light seeped into the cave, the water started to glow a bright, emerald green. We had never seen anything like it.
Upon entering the cave, we sat in the shallow emerald waters and basked in the sun. Nothing much needed to be said – for beauty is best admired in quiet.
See more of the what to do in Ko Lanta or head over to Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, where you can go on day-long excursions to the beautiful island of Ko Nangyuan and the Angthong National Marine Park.
It’s been well over three months since Ry came into our lives. Time stood still as I held him in my arms for the first time; our eyes locked and in that brief moment, nothing else mattered. Giving birth is as humbling as it is empowering, and I know that there aren’t many moments in life when one experiences both these emotions at once.
After five hours of labor, our son was born in water at 2.38am. It was the 9th of October. I traced the gentle creases on his forehead with my finger and examined his features like little parts of a puzzle. I watched him burst into little smiles and counted every yawn, as I held him close and nursed him well into the night.
His coming into our lives meant that we had less time for ourselves but more time together as a family. It meant that we had to give up some parts of our old lifestyle in order to make way for new habits and traditions. Watching him grow has been such a rewarding experience and we can’t wait to take him with us on our travels!
Every evening we’d take a slow walk along the shore, past Rawa Safaris and along the boardwalk to see the other side of the island.
Just us, a few peacocks and the wind gently rustling through the trees.
Daisy the resident Beagle, lazing on the beach.
Finally, watching the sun dip into the sea right back from where we started.
More on Rawa here.
Let me take you to a favorite place; Rawa, a gem of an island nestled cozily in the South China Sea. A wonderful place to spend your days in quietude, lounging under the large evergreen leaves of palm trees. Rawa is a private island that isn’t overly remote (it’s a mere 25 minute boat ride from the Mersing Jetty) and accommodates just two resorts, situated at each end of the island. The island is so private and prepossessing that we made our way back in just a short span of three months.
We spent our mornings having breakfast on the beach with our feet buried in the sand, basking in the warmth of the sun and combing the shoreline for little gems.
We rented the outermost A-frame chalet for the best view of the sea and left the window open each night, allowing in the cool night breeze.
In between the two resorts is a jetty installed with an enormous slide for children and adults alike. Each morning, we arose to calm, crystalline waters and nothing but the sound of waves gently lapping the shore.
When it got too warm in the afternoons, we napped and read in the cool shade of a nearby palm tree.
There are many beautiful islands in Malaysia to choose from but for us, Rawa will always be a piece of heaven we’ll keep returning to. Don’t forget to take a stroll along the wooden boardwalk at sunset.
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