Chris the Phenomaly and Farang Fong are back in Thailand! We got into Koh Lanta, an island on the Andaman Sea off the southern coast of Thailand, Wednesday afternoon. With so much going on in the world and especially after the tragic, terrifying bomb in Bangkok a few days ago, I’ve decided to do more up-to-date posts on our location so you can rest assured that we are safe and sound.
We got into Koh Lanta, Thailand Wednesday around 3:30pm after an 11-hour journey from Penang, Malaysia. Our travel included three mini-van rides – from Penang to Hatyai, from Hatyai to Trang, and from Trang to Koh Lanta – two ferries, and a tuk-tuk driven by a Muslim Thai woman with her young son sitting on her lap.
For the first time during our travels, we booked a nine-day stay at one location. Typically, we don’t book more than a few days at a time since we like to be flexible – we want the freedom to up and go as we please; but, in Koh Lanta we have a specific goal: Learning to fight! In addition to booking nine nights at Lanta Sport Resort, we also signed up for a 7-day Muay Thai course at the gym connected to the resort. Starting tomorrow, we will spend a few hours a day learning Muay Thai boxing techniques.
Total cost for the week-long course is $50 USD per person, plus access to their outdoor gym with weights, benches, a few stationary bikes and of course, a lot of punching bags. For cost comparison I used to pay $80 for a single 50-minute personal training session at 24 Hour Fitness (and that’s on top of monthly gym fees!). I burned through $50 after 31 minutes and 15 seconds working out with a trainer. So safe to say that our $100 bucks will be money well spent. At the very least – we’re learning to fight…best couples’ therapy yet, we joke!
I’m super excited about Muay Thai, but I’m ecstatic out of my freaking mind about nine days at the hotel we’re staying at! The hotel is called Lanta Sport Resort; it is a small resort that’s connected to the Muay Thai boxing school/gym. We have a 2-room suite with a bedroom that opens to a lanai and a large living room that opens directly to the pool.
And best yet, we have a kitchenette with a humble set of kitchen supplies – toaster, pots, pans, hot water boiler, fridge. I’m excited about the idea of “cooking” at home. We stopped off at 7-11 to pick up our first set of groceries – six eggs, a loaf of bread, peanut butter, jam. We also stopped at the local market for fruit and more fresh eggs – handed to us in a plastic bag which I had to carry in hand as we motorbiked home.
Hotel cost is a splurge for us at $20/night, about $7 more than our average daily spend on accommodations. The other places we were considering include a $7/night basic room with a fan, mosquito net, mattress on the floor and a shared bathroom ,and a $15/night basic room (fan, net, mattress) with free breakfast. We decided to splurge on Lanta Sport because of the private bathroom and pool, and so glad we did! Well worth the extra few bucks!