and an awesome Lanta Lanta fest
03.08.2009 90 °F
So we were told to check out the Lanta Lanta fest in Lanta old town- sort of sounded like a mini jazz fest/school fair with a blend of many cultures (the island is 70% Muslim). The festival was great. After getting lost due to a not so great map, we made it to the festival. Walked around eating delicious and cheap foods and drinking watermelon shakes and frozen mojito smoothies. Delicious food from Pad Thai to beef curry like thing to Thai beignets that we dipped in a sweet coconut sauce and on the way back to our moto, we played a carnival game. The point was to throw a basket at a group of different drinks (cokes, lemionade) and if the basket landed upside down, totally covering a drink then you won that drink. Kelli and I each got two baskets and we both missed our first. After Kelli missed her second one, I nailed one right on and Kelli had to balance holding a 1.5L thing of coke as we made our way up and over the mountain, back to our side of the island.
This morning Kelli and I rented a motorbike and borrowed some snorkeling equipment and we set off down a road that ran along the beach looking to do some snorkeling on our own. We stopped at a pretty big beach with some rocks at the end. After Kelli used her girl charm to get a couple of locals working at a fancy resort to let us rent some life jackets for cheap, we set out to find some fish. We didn't snorkel for very long, maybe 30 minutes and the visibility wasn't great but we saw lots of beautiful fish, made even more beautiful by the fact that we found them by ourselves. Hung out and read on the beach before going to a Thai restaurant on the beach called Same, Same but Different where we split a fish fried whole (sharp teeth and all) and swapped sips of a lemon and a coconut shake. We wanted to make it down to the southern point of the island where there is a national park, but it as too hot so we came on back to the pool and now we are heading back to the Lanta Lanta festival tonight.
It is hot as blazes here!