Krabi, Ko Lanta and Koh Jum

Gabriella Manchester Thailand

So we’re here! 2.5 weeks in and loving life on the road. Granted we’re still getting to grips with managing our time well enough to actually get some work done and not just have fun all the time. Teething problems, we’ll get there…

We began our trip with a relaxing few days in Krabi and the Thai Islands, namely Ko Lanta and the much, much quieter Koh Jum. This was the perfect way to unwind and ease into our new way of life. Jet lag meant we were awake at sunrise, so we made the most of it and did an hour or so of work in bed, before going for a run along the beach and diving in the sea to cool off. I spent every morning wondering how I got so lucky. Most days we’d take our laptops to breakfast and catch up on emails, before heading to the beach for a lazy afternoon of reading, podcast listening and eating all the papaya salads we could get our hands on.

We’d stay at the beach all afternoon playing in the warm sea, combing the sand for special treasures, and going for long strolls from one end of the beach to the other. We drank fresh coconuts, and I made sure never to miss my afternoon pick-me-up pineapple juice. As the sun began to dip into the horizon, we’d get a couple of ice cold Chang beers from the beach seller, and settle in to watch the show. We watched the sun melt into the sea, then played cards (Gin is our game of choice) as the sky turned shades of orange, fuchsia and lilac, until we couldn’t see the cards any longer.

railay beach Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Railay bEACH Gabriella Manchester Thailand

We ate at the busiest little restaurants we could find, that the locals were eating at too, and had some extremely delicious authentic Thai food. We’ve stuck to a vegetarian diet on this trip so far, and haven’t had any issues at all. We found Thailand to be great for veggies and vegans, there are always lots of options. We honestly haven’t had a bad meal yet.

My favourite night was spent having an aromatherapy massage on the beach in Ko Lanta. Getting a massage is one of my favourite things to do, and so paying only £9 for one on the beach at night was a treat. With the gentle sound of the waves lulling me into a deep state of relaxation, it was absolute heaven for me.

Apart from relaxing on the beach and taking endless photos of sunsets, there really isn’t that much to do in the Thai Islands, so this blog post is definitely light on recommendations, and heavy on images. I hope you don’t mind.

My main recommendations are:

Ko Lanta accommodation – Ser-en-dip-i-ty    owned by the loveliest people you could ever meet. Simple, comfortable, spotless bungalows with everything you need, just a two minute walk from the beach and on a quiet street with excellent neighbourhood restaurants.

Koh Jum accommodation – Season Bungalow very basic beachside cabins, wonderfully sweet staff that will make it feel 5 star regardless. We ate at the hotel 3 meals a day, as it really is like a desert island and there are no restaurants or ‘main’ part to the island. You could eat at the other hotels for a change of scenery, but we didn’t.

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Fresh pineapple blended with ice for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Stir fried Morning Glory and fried crispy veg with spicy thai basil sauce.

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The first of many Nutella rotee’s (Thai pancake) on this trip.

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Gabriella Manchester Thailand

*Heart eyes emoji

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A cute beach shack, similar to what we stayed in, in Koh Jum.

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Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Messing around in the warm sea at sunset.

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A calm but moody sunset after a big storm in Koh Jum. I love this shot taken on my iPhone.

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Freckly fresh faced, looking approximately 10 years old (if you can see past the wrinkles).

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Gabriella Manchester Thailand

 

 

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Posing at sunset in Koh Jum.

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Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Mr Serious at lunch

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

 

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

Koh Jum Gabriella Manchester Thailand

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