We could’ve rented a motorbike and go around Koh Lanta, but we nestled for three days on our bungalow at Soontreeya Lanta Resort and woke up any time we wanted to. It was one of those times when you get to enjoy sleep and didn’t have to worry too much on what to do the next day. It was our super relaxed stop on our backpacking trip and the chill vibe of our resort was the ideal setting for pampering our lazybones.
We’re in the middle of our Beach Hop Asia 2016 summer backpacking trip and while exploring around Southern Thailand, we came across this quaint island of Koh Lanta. Coming from the party island of Koh Pangan and the vibrant area of Ao Nang in Krabi, we were so longing for some quiet time and found it at Soontreeya Lanta Resort.
|Soontreeya Lanta Resort supports Trash Hero|
Arriving around late in the afternoon, we were greeted by a staff at Soontreeya Resort Lanta. We were given a brief rundown about the resort and the island itself as we were ushered to our villa.
Lush greeneries filled the area and there’s this community feel to it as you’d see every elevated bungalow that surrounds the resort.
|The path to our Superior Bungalow|
Two wooden beds (single and double-sized) rested on one side together with two end tables. Opposite it was an entertainment rack with flat screen TV while a mini fridge rested underneath it. A wooden wardrobe closet and a maroon lounge chair sat on one end.
We passed by Soontreeya Lanta Resort’s restaurant overlooking the swimming pool and reached a dirt path leading to the beach. It was a 2-minute walk that led to a rustic bar that was empty at that time.
|Long Beach is a 2-minute walk from the resort|
The next day, we woke up at our own pace. We had breakfast at the restaurant which is complimentary for all guests. A couple of tables were filled with guests enjoying their plated meals.
|Perfect the art of doing nothing|
We ordered Chicken Satay (THB150|US$4.30), Baked Rice with Pineapple (THB230|US$6.59), Chicken Coconut Soup (THB130|US$3.72) and Strawberry Lassi (THB100|US$2.86). My craving for a nice fried rice was fulfilled as a huge pineapple was filled with rice, chicken, veggies, pineapple bits and cashew nuts. The chicken satay was also good with its peanut sauce as well at the lassi.
|Baked rice with pineapple|
|Chicken coconut soup|
We traced back our way going to the nearby beach and watched the magnificent sunset.
The next day, we did some island hopping activities in the nearby island of Koh Rok which ended around three in the afternoon. It was our last night in Koh Lanta and we were told by the gracious owners, Conor and Sa, that there’s a cove on the other side of Long Beach that’s perfect for chill-out sesh.
It was an uphill and downhill 20-minute hike until we reached Relax Bay. It was quiet and peaceful on that side that we ended up lounging the whole afternoon doing what we do best, to do nothing.
|Chill. All. Day.|
Soontreeya Lanta Resort (check for discounted rates)
111/2 M2, Long Beach, Saladan,
Ko Lanta, Krabi 81150 Thailand
Contact Number: (+66) 75.684.932