27 May 2013 Thailand: Koh Lanta and Koh Samui

Sawadeekah from Thailand! We were able to acquire with no hassle a sixty-day visa for Thailand in the Malaysian City of Kota Bharu, which literally means New City. Armed with our extended stay visa, we were off on buses, trains, vans in search of fantastic Thai food. A fellow traveler, John, told us the best food was in Krabi town. We loved the food at 89 Caféso much we ate there four times in three days. Our stay at A-mansion was perfect. The low season price of 450Baht($15usd) included the fastest internet of the last six months, clean white towels, a sparkling and shiny bathroom and a great place to relax.

Traveling by van and car ferry we arrived on the island of Koh Lanta during Green Season. During the rainy season, we were told the area would be less busy and the prices much more affordable. Together with our new friends, Johnny and Ashleigh, we wandered in the rain and discovered GoodDays Lanta Hotel with a pool, green grass leading to the water’s edge and air conditioned bungalows at reasonable prices of under $20usd. The five sunsets were each more spectacular than the preceding day (see photos above and below). I expected Johnny and George to make a song about it and someday it may appear on one of their ReverbNation Channels! Listen to George’s music on ReverbNation: click here.

For the last two weeks we have been snorkeling, kayaking and tromping about Lamai Beach, Koh Samui. Our lodging is upstairs at Meedej Guest house with a large balcony directly over the sand and we can hear the waves through our two sliding glass doors. The spacious room is cooled by cross breezes and a fan and is a mere 500Baht ($17usd). We have been lucky to meet lots of friendly expats here and our new friend, Marc, took us on our first Hash (H3 or Hash House Harriers) and enjoyed the local Sunday markets.

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Lisa Niver is a travel expert, writer, artist, entrepreneur, and on-camera host who has explored 99 countries. Niver has established a following through her written and video content, garnering over one million video views on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv and Roku. She is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set, the first travel based TV Talk show. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. Niver is the founder of a top 100 travel blog, We Said Go Travel, that reaches more than 200,000 annually and is in the top 1/8 of the top 1% of all sites in the United States. In her tri-annual international travel writing competitions, she has published nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans for a project with American Express and Starwood Hotels. Her recent stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra, Ubud cremation ceremony for National Geographic and scuba diving in the Solomon Islands for Smithsonian. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and is verified on Twitter and Facebook. Niver was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

3 Comments
  • Koh Samui Villas
    Posted at 06:51h, 11 June Reply

    Hi Lisa. You’ve put together a fantastic post here! It sounds like you’ve had a blast in Thailand. The guest house sounds lovely, and the snorkeling in Samui can’t be beat! Glad you gave it a try. Lamai is a wonderful beach.

    Best wishes, Alex

    • Lisa Niver Rajna
      Posted at 08:21h, 11 June Reply

      Alex,
      Hello! We’d love to come and say hello! Thanks for your comments on our post! Lisa and George

  • Sarah
    Posted at 18:51h, 14 June Reply

    I’m a big fan of Koh Lanta – it’s got a slightly different feel to it than other Thai islands.

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