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.

Thank you to everyone who has shared our journey literally on the road with us or by reading and commenting on our newsletter and website! AND for watching our YouTube videos: Our channel just went OVER 80,000 views!

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Recent posts to enjoyGeorge’s article about his father’s birthday and the start of our Independence Writing Contest,  a video from Mandalay, Myanmar a day of extreme heat and crazy rain! and George and Lisa in wikipedia.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

3 responses to “Thailand: Koh Lanta and Koh Samui

  1. 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

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