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The Continuing Story of Bungalow Micah

December 6th, 2009 at 21:22

Saddened by the Beaver’s loss to the Ducks, I drowned my sorrows in the clear blue ocean waters off the coast of Koh Lanta. The beaches have been beautiful and the days have been relaxing.

Friday Afternoon: I arrived at my accommodations around 4pm and had just enough time to stroll down to the beach for a quick dip. Upon returning to my rugged bungalow, I noticed that I had no running water. Alerting the staff caused them to errupt in laughter. I joined in, though mine was of the nervous variety and not a joyous chuckle like the theirs. The room was already not the prettiest of sites, but now I was beginning to wonder whether it had been condemned and the yellow tape was removed before my arrival. A man went under the structure and was able to turn the water back on, but the shower pressure was a mere dribble.

A few other notes: the bathroom door was too big for the doorway and didn’t close, bathroom had many openings for leaves and things to fly in, no electrical outlets, and the roller chair/stool had only 2 wheels. The complex is placed up on one of the hilly outcoppings which made walks to the beach and shops a bit of a hike.

sun down go

sun down go

The bar/restaurant did have a sweet view of the sunsets and surrounding coves. I am just stating things and actually would have stayed if the shower would have been decent, since it was dirt cheap.

Saturday: After a full day spent on the beach, with the entire town powerless due to wind, I decided on a new venue. I booked a slightly more expensive bungalow in the next cove south, to spend my final 3 nights.

Sunday: The new place is better, shower dribbles harder, and I am satisfied. The beach is only about 50 skips away, smaller, quieter, and more swimmer friendly.

view good

view good

I spent the whole day snorkling and although it was only average conditions, had a blast. Another stunning sunset and scrumptious meal at a beachside eatery.

I can't get enough

I can't get enough

I have sightseeing trips planned for Monday (Koh Phi Phi, setting for “The Beach”) and Tuesday (Koh Lanta National Park 4 island tour).  Both should include snorkling, caves, and rejoicing. The weather has been perfect the past 2 days and I am slightly sunburned.

I had stressed most about this part of my trip, hoping to find a nice beach for a reasonable price, while not missing out on the best that Thailand has to offer. After about 3 days, I have to say that I am at peace with my choices. รักษา สิ่ง ที่ มี น้ำ เกลือ – เหงื่อ, น้ำตา หรือ ทะเล

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2 Responses to “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Micah”

  1. Miriam Hoelter Says:

    Sounds lovely, Micah. I hope your body can readjust to the below freezing temps. we are having today, coupled with a strong East wind. But we are going wiith Chris and Allison and Jackson to cut down our tree anyway this afternoon. Looking forward to your return.
    Love – Mom

  2. Peter Hoelter Says:

    Jealous of the beaches and all of the snorkeling, Micah. Hope you enjoy the last days of your trip.