Our last day in Koh Lanta was one without any plans.  That changed quickly though.  We had booked a stay and scuba package through the scuba shop originally and somewhere along the way, our reservation got screwed up and they overbooked our sea view bungalow.  I received an email the day we were boarding the ferry for Koh Lanta, stating we were going to have to change rooms on our last day.  They were very apologetic and offered to give us the last night free AND throw in two free Thai massages.  Sold!

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It really wasn’t a big deal to change rooms.  So our last day in Koh Lanta began at the hotel spa, which is an open sided outdoor hut on the beach, where a nice Thai lady who spoke no English gave me a wonderful Thai massage for an hour!  Anyone who knows me knows I’m not really a fan of massages, but this one was heavenly!  I think I started to fall asleep during it!

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After our massages, we switched rooms and then decided we would rent a scooter for the day (150 bht or $4.22.).

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We found a gas station and filled her up for $1.69.

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Now I know why scooters are so popular here!  They’re so cheap to drive!

Our first stop was in Kantiang Bay at The Drunken Sailor for coffee.

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I had an iced coffee which was really good.  They can’t seem to make good hot coffee here, but the iced coffee was pretty darn tasty.  When it’s 85-95 degrees each day, I suppose iced coffee is the way to go!

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There were lots of kitties at the Drunken Sailor too for my viewing pleasure.

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A lot of Thai kitties have short, balled up tails.

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Our seats were hammocks which wasn’t easy for eating out of, but I could’ve sat there all afternoon just relaxing. 

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Coffee done and off we went to check out the National Park on the very south end of the island.

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The attraction there is the light house, the beaches, and the monkeys.

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Monkeys are wild on the island.  I was looking forward to seeing them at our hotel but I found out that the week before we arrived they had the monkey relocation program remove 28 bikini-stealing monkeys from the resort property.  They still run wild abundantly at the national park, willing to get into anything they can and steal anything not tied down.

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After lots of photos and a little hiking we were back on the scooter and off to check out there other side of the island.

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We made our way to Old Town which is really a neat little area on the east side of the island.

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Shopping and restaurants rule this area.

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Buildings are on stilts out over the water.  Great views with lots of islands close by – great photo ops!

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Found more kitties to play with.

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Bought a few snacks for our ferry ride and a few smoothies to tide us over.

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Then it was back to our hotel.  My butt was quite sore from that scooter so it was time for a dip in the refreshing (cold) jacuzzi to end the night.

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We opted out of the hotel BBQ that night.

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On our way to the ferry pier in Koh Lanta, we met a couple from Kuwait.  They guy was schooled in the US and spoke good English.  He asked us how we heard about Koh Lanta.  I told him, and he said that in all the years he’s been coming to Lanta, he’s never met any Americans.  This is an island that’s frequented by a lot of Europeans – Scandinavians, French, Germans…. He made mention that if the Americans find out about the island, that it will ruin it.  Interesting to see how Americans are viewed by other cultures.

Next we are off to Phi Phi island!