After our relaxing time on Ko Phi Phi we took a ferry down to Ko Lanta. Ko Lanta is a larger island with one main road and the main form of transportation is moped! We checked into our little hut and headed off to our cooking class. The class was VERY interesting and was timed nicely since it was pouring outside the entire time. We learned the different ingredients in Thai food and when or when not to eat certain ingredients in the dishes. We then got to make our own food. Our favorite was the green curry, we have since whipped up a batch at home and it was delicious! Our only complaint about the class was how long it was. We were on our feet for about 7 hours, barefoot on cement floor. My feet were swollen and my ankles turned into cankles.
The next day we rented a moped and cruised around the island. We stopped at huge cave and had a guide take us through. They didn't tell me before hand but the cave was full of spiders the size of my hand! The guide got a kick out of pointing out the spiders whenever he saw them just to see me freak out.... We saw at least 10 spiders. I probably wouldn't have gone in if I would have known about the spiders but it was fun anyway. Alden was brave and swam in a pool at the bottom of the cave. His words were... "How can you pass up the opportunity to swim in an underground secret lagoon in Thailand?"
We had planned to go to a national forest after that but it began to rain. We stopped and had lunch and enjoyed the view. We made a stop at a beach on the way home and collected shells until the storm started up again. The next day we loaded up and headed on to the next part of our adventure. It was a short trip and we didn't really get to take advantage of Ko Lanta because of the lack of time and the weather but we enjoyed the change of scenery and driving the moped around on the other side of the road!
*If you are planning a trip of your own to Thailand, we stayed at Lanta Castaway. The cooking class we took was through Time for Lime.