Thailand – A country that has always called out to me ever since I started traveling. With its tropical islands, beautiful beaches, lush green jungles and stunning mountains, Thailand is that one destination that fueled my wanderlust and inspired my journey in many ways. It was perhaps befitting for me to start the most beautiful journey of my life by going back to this very special destination. As much as it was a sort of homecoming for me, I was even more excited to embark on this journey with my wife and travel buddy Ruzin. I could not wait to introduce her to the people, culture, food and landscapes of Thailand with a hope that she would relate to the reasons why this place holds a special place in my heart. Within a space of nine days, we were to explore the capital city Bangkok, the idyllic island of Koh Lanta and the popular beach destination Phuket. In this feature, we bring to you a short guide to Koh Lanta island and its surroundings over a duration of three days of our stay there.
Koh Lanta is a district comprising of four groups of islands – Koh Lanta, Koh Klang, Koh Rok and Koh Ngai. The Koh Lanta islands are probably the most visited by travelers with Koh Lanta Yai being the most popular although the smaller island of Koh Lanta Noi is home to a beautiful ecosystem of mangroves and wildlife. We stayed at the Lanta Fevrier resort along the southwest coast of Koh Lanta Yai which was a bit away from the lively Saladan area. The entire west coast is dotted with nine beautiful beaches while the center of the island comprises of hilly terrain, caves, thick forests and a small waterfall. There is plenty to explore in and around this island and we surely made best use of our time here.