I lived in Phuket, more precisely Patong, for 4 months before moving to Koh Lanta. I had already explored everything I wanted on the island and decided it was time to meet a new place and have a different experience. And it is a very different experience.
Well, while Patong is filled with foreigners and people trying to sell you things, Koh Lanta is exactly the opposite.
I was very excited about this move because I have never lived in such a quiet place and I was not sure that it was my thing, even though I truly believed that a place like Koh Lanta was what I want for my future. I basically went there to figure that out.
How to find a place?
On my first day, I stayed at a hostel as my intention was purely to find a place to rent for 1 month. To do so I had already some options in mind cause I searched on Facebook groups. Facebook groups are such a big help on this matter. I had seen some proposals on the group, so I knew where to head. I was lucky enough that it is Covid-era otherwise I don’t think I would have this price for such a nice place as the one I ended up staying.
Where to stay?
Well, the busiest area of the island seems to be the very north part. The area around Long Beach is the busiest one. There are local markets and the traffic appears to be normal.
But I stayed in Klong Khong and there is a big difference that can already be seen by the rare amount of vehicles seen on the streets.
I also know about another apparently popular area for digital nomads which is Klong Nin.
Well, I can only speak about Klong Khong and how I loved it. Koh Lanta is usually a way less busy island in Thailand, and you can imagine during Covid it got even quieter… It is March 2021 and the streets look so deserted OMG. So many businesses are closed and I barely see tourists on the street. There were a few restaurants open and nothing going on.
Moving from a place like Patong to Koh Lanta was kind of a shock. For the first hour, I thought that it had been a bad idea cause the place is much too quiet, But it didn’t take long for me to start to get used to the silence again and the empty beaches. A few hours later I knew I was in the right place.
Koh Lanta is just so chilled, peaceful, the silence, the birds, it was my paradise. If in Patong I was happy to live 10 minutes away from the beach, in Koh Lanta I stayed in a Resort 1 minute away from the beach! It was literally at the beach! And later I realized that Koh Lanta is pretty much like that: resorts a few meters away from the water.
I stayed in this beautiful bungalow in Lanta FaRung Resort surrounded by beautiful trees, ducks, chickens and their chicks, cats, and countless bird sounds, my paradise! I can totally see myself living in such a quiet place.
This is the cutest bird. It mimics human sounds and before I realized it was a bird I was very confused haha. He is so beautiful and wouldn’t shut up sounding like someone was talking nearby. It is a common bird to see locked up in cages in Southeast Asia. Loved to hear him tho. He could mimic my laughs. Spent some time around him.
I found a local restaurant that had meals for 50bh (about 1,40€) 2 minutes away from my bungalow and that’s where I was going pretty much every day. Its name is Cha Cha halal restaurant.
Now I know that living in such a quiet, calm place where there isn’t much going on is a lifestyle that would suit me.
The internet on the island is ok and I could do my job easily. There wasn’t much going on when I lived there, but depending on the place, you can find many beach bars with music, which would be a great place to meet people. My hobby on the island was collecting seashells. There were so many in the Klong Khong area that I left the island with more than 2kg of seashells and broken corals haha.
There are no grab or motorbike taxis around the island. The way to move around is renting your own motorbike, the best option, or there are these adapted motorbikes with a side compartment that can fit a few people. You will see a lot of them around and they seem to be the major mean of transport in Koh Lanta.
Check the areas I explored on the island that are worth a visit HERE!