Thailand: Koh Lanta and Koh Samui

 

Sawadeekah from Thailand! We were able to acquire with no hassle a sixty-day visa for Thailand in the Malaysian City of Kota Bharu, which literally means New City. Armed with our extended stay visa, we were off on buses, trains, vans in search of fantastic Thai food. A fellow traveler, John, told us the best food was in Krabi town. We loved the food at 89 Caféso much we ate there four times in three days. Our stay at A-mansion was perfect. The low season price of 450Baht($15usd) included the fastest internet of the last six months, clean white towels, a sparkling and shiny bathroom and a great place to relax.

Traveling by van and car ferry we arrived on the island of Koh Lanta during Green Season. During the rainy season, we were told the area would be less busy and the prices much more affordable. Together with our new friends, Johnny and Ashleigh, we wandered in the rain and discovered GoodDays Lanta Hotel with a pool, green grass leading to the water’s edge and air conditioned bungalows at reasonable prices of under $20usd. The five sunsets were each more spectacular than the preceding day (see photos above and below). I expected Johnny and George to make a song about it and someday it may appear on one of their ReverbNation Channels! Listen to George’s music on ReverbNation: click here.

For the last two weeks we have been snorkeling, kayaking and tromping about Lamai Beach, Koh Samui. Our lodging is upstairs at Meedej Guest house with a large balcony directly over the sand and we can hear the waves through our two sliding glass doors. The spacious room is cooled by cross breezes and a fan and is a mere 500Baht ($17usd). We have been lucky to meet lots of friendly expats here and our new friend, Marc, took us on our first Hash (H3 or Hash House Harriers) and enjoyed the local Sunday markets.

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

3 responses to “Thailand: Koh Lanta and Koh Samui

  1. Hi Lisa. You’ve put together a fantastic post here! It sounds like you’ve had a blast in Thailand. The guest house sounds lovely, and the snorkeling in Samui can’t be beat! Glad you gave it a try. Lamai is a wonderful beach.

    Best wishes, Alex

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