When we were backpackers…
Both Jake and I have traveled to Thailand around 10 years ago but this time it was a little bit different. Why? Well, back then we didn’t know each other and we were both single backpackers exploring Asia. We traveled to several places in Thailand; Koh Tao, Koh Phangang, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Chang, Krabi, Koh Samui and Chang Mai. We lived on a budget, ate from all the cheap food stands on the streets and stayed in hostels with several other people in the same room. We spent our time diving, snorkeling, exploring the mountains/forest and partying.
Ten years later as a family…
This time? Since we are traveling with a 10 month old baby, our standards and priorities are a little bit different. We are also 10 years older which might have something to do with it. Anyway this time we decided to go somewhere in Thailand where we would still get the beautiful beaches, good food and great people but with a bit higher standard on our living situation and somewhere we could find international medical help if needed.
Where did we end up and why?
Koh Lanta wasn’t a hard choice for us, why you would ask? Well about 90% of all Swedish families that travel to Thailand, comes here. I am not sure why but it could have something to do with the culture and and the wide range opportunities in terms of work and living situations. Koh Lanta even has two Swedish schools. Several international hospitals, 5-10 different beaches, Swedish, Thai and western food choices etc.
Thai people are definitely some of the friendliest people I have met all over the world!
Basically you feel like home and abroad at the same time. The first week we stayed in a resort by the beach called Nakara Longbeach resort. This was a good choice since we haven’t been spending much time at the beach in a long time. This place was a bit too expensive and touristy for us for long term, so we decided to look for something else. I asked on Facebook for tips on where to stay for a bit longer (about a month) and got in contact with a Swedish guy who just took over a hotel next to a Muay Thai gym, called Lanta Sport Resort. We thought it sounded interesting since we wanted to combine this trip with training.
We booked Lanta Sport Resort for a month but ended up staying for a month and a half because we liked it so much, and we were not the only ones. Several people had prolonged their stay because of the atmosphere, great hospitality and comfortable stay. I have said it before and will say it again, Thai people are definitely some of the friendliest people I have met all over the world. We feel like we are a part of a big family here, so it was with a heavy heart that we had to leave this place.
Everyday we had a smile on our face, we had a great time when training Muay Thai and at the same time got our ass kicked by their champion ship fighters.
Nakara is located on the beach, its a very touristy hotel but with really nice and clean bungalows. There are four different pools both for kids and adults, all located just by the beach. The staff are very nice although their restaurant is not to recommend. In general a very nice hotel but a bit too touristy and expensive for our taste.
Standard room:1,200 – 4,200 THB / night
Beachfront: 2,500 – 6,700 THB / night
Lanta Sport resort is located 10 min walk from Relax beach and Long beach, its a very calm hotel with guests from all over the world; families, couples, sport interested, etc. The atmosphere is great, the rooms are clean and the staff are very friendly. A big plus for us was the Muay Thai Gym around the corner!
5min walk to any restaurant
5min walk to closest store (7-eleven or Minimart)
High season – 2000 THB / night
Longstay (more than 4 weeks) – 1500 THB/ nigth
Low season – 1000 THB/night