After an overnight at a Bangkok airport hotel, we set out for the real start of our vacation with a short flight to Krabi, then a 2-hour car transfer from Krabi to the southern end of Koh Lanta, where our wonderful boutique hotel The Houben was located. From the moment we arrived at The Houben, we were treated amazingly well – everyone was friendly and helpful, and our room was spectacular.
The view from our porch was out of this world, and we spent a lot of time lounging out there and admiring the scenery.
We were pretty tired after all the travel time, so we stayed in at the hotel and ate a delicious dinner (with several rounds of cocktails – 2-for-1 during Happy Hour!). I think I had the best spring rolls of my life, and the Massaman curry was served with a stick of cinnamon that really added to the flavor. And of course I had to get my favorite, pad see ew.
We didn’t plan anything special for our first full day in Koh Lanta. In the morning, we walked down to Kantiang Bay beach, a short 10-minute walk down the road from the hotel. It was lovely but since neither of us are beach people we didn’t linger long.
We ate lunch at a local restaurant, the Drunken Sailor, and it was very tasty. It also had a couple resident cats, as did our hotel. In the afternoon, we had very lovely massages and relaxed until dinner. We decided to check out Noon Sunset View restaurant, which kindly picks you up and drops you off (via songthaew – definitely a fun ride if you’ve never tried it!). I’m sure it’s in their best interests to offer the ride – then people tend to drink more, I expect! The restaurant was good, and the appetizer we had was a deep-fried beef dish that was my favorite. I had chicken with cashew nuts and Domingos had Panang curry. As promised, the sunset views were pretty spectacular.