Monday, 21 January 2008

Getting around Koh Lanta

It would be a shame to spend time on Koh Lanta and not explore the coast line with its myriad of restaurants and bars, all of which offer a different view or a different vibe. You can get taxis and tuk-tuks, but it works out much cheaper to hire a moped.

A moped can cost between 200 and 300 baht per day to hire, or between 2,500 and 4,000baht for a month.

If it’s a feeling of freedom you’re looking for, not many things will top riding along the winding coastal road of Koh Lanta with the sun beating down on you and the wind blowing in your hair – yeeeahaaaa! I love it! Just beware receiving the common moped tattoo on your right calf, courtesy of the burning exhaust.

It is the law to wear a helmet, though it isn’t enforced to any great extent. Occasionally the police have a clamp down, and if you get stopped for not wearing one you could be charged between 200 and 500 baht.

Drink driving laws seem nonexistent here as well, enabling party goers some wobbly rides home from the various beach bars. There is a high chance that regular snake and ladder journeys home from the bar will eventually end in a skin grazed arm or leg at the very least – so naturally it is recommended that common sense is applied, and if possible – get a taxi home from the party, or stay in a bungalow near by.

Here’s a picture of our first moped (the lower end of the market)...

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