Koh Lanta, Thailand
Just a short ferry ride away from Thailand’s west coast lies the island of Koh Lanta. Technically two islands make up Koh Lanta, but Koh Lanta Yai is the main island. After weeks of traveling from city to city we were thrilled to finally make it to the islands on February 17th, 2016.
Relaxing on the Beaches of Koh Lanta
With white sand beaches, blue waters, and beach front bars, Koh Lanta is the perfect place for people of all ages to soak up some sun. Several beaches make up Lanta’s west coast from north to south, making sunset walks a very popular activity. The waterfront is also lined with endless open-air restaurants, massage studios, and bungalows.
Volunteering at Lanta Animal Welfare
If you want to do some volunteering while in Koh Lanta look no further than Lanta Animal Welfare. The non-profit organization takes care of stray cats and dogs on the island. While on the island you can get involved by helping to walk dogs in the morning/afternoon; and when you leave the island you can help unite a dog with their new owner by becoming a flight volunteer.
We spent several mornings walking this cute pup named Kraden, our designated dog for the week at Lanta Animal Welfare. The shelter only takes in cats and dogs that are injured in some way; in Kraden’s case, it was her hind legs that were injured. All healed now, she does walk with a limp and would quickly become tired (needing a lift from Brad!).
As it turned out, Kraden had already been adopted and her new owner lives near New York. Since we were flying to New York in two weeks we offered to be her flight volunteers, but she ended up flying back with someone else a week after us.
Beach bungalows galore
Koh Lanta offers a variety of places to stay, from family-style homes to small private bungalows. First, we spent three nights at Fruit Tree Lodge. Our private bungalow was lifted on stilts (helping with air-flow and bug control) and featured a patio with views of the tropical greenery around us!