11:00AM – On the way back from the beach we pop into 7/11 for some supplies. Beer, chips, juice, and a hair tie (my last one broke and I seem to magically lose them all the time). 230 TBH ($6.65)
11:30AM – Relax on our balcony while deciding how we’re going to spend the rest of our days here. A snorkeling tour is at the top of our list because Chas has never been.
1:00PM – Lunch time. Walk to the place where Chas got dinner from last night. He thinks I’ll like the ambiance. He’s right. It’s a giant treehouse on a beautiful plot in the jungle. We’re the only ones there so it feels like we’re in a giant wooden playroom, fit with hammocks and Jenga. The place is run by two guys who have given it a very laid back island vibe (it’s called Chill Grill House). Chicken with rice, glass noodle stir fry, and two drinks. 290 TBH ($8.40)
4:00PM – Cool off in the hotel pool. It’s been a while since I’ve exercised so I force myself to do 10 laps. I’m surprisingly winded and tell myself I need to get back into shape. I’m not as comfortable in my body as I used to be so it’s time I do something to make me feel good again.
6:30PM – Edit photos and catch up on some reading before catching the sunset on our balcony.
7:30PM – Walk back into town for dinner. I have the chicken fried rice and pineapple juice. Chas tries a specialty chicken dish from southern Thailand, with a local beer. And we get spring rolls to share. 530 TBH ($15)
9:30PM – We walk around a bit to see what’s what. The one and only non-hotel bar on the beach is pretty popular so we make a plan to come back tomorrow night.
11:00PM – In bed. Catch up on social media and a few more readings before knocking out.
Daily Expense: $30.05
Day 3 – Koh Lanta, Thailand
6:30AM – Alarm goes off but I hit snooze because I am on vacation. But as I lie there half asleep I remind myself that I wanted to seize the day and be productive so I finally pull myself out of bed. Start by catching up on readings I’ve been leaving open in tabs on my browser and then work a bit on the blog. I sit out on the balcony while I work because the ocean view makes it more enjoyable.
8:30AM – Chas wakes up and we head down to breakfast. While we eat we finalize a postcard we’re sending to his mom – instead of buying one from here we decided to make one out of our own photo using an iOS app. It’s more expensive but the personal touch will mean more to her. $2.99
10:30AM – Today is all about relaxing and catching up on the things I’ve been putting off. Plus, we still need to arrange our snorkeling trip. Take a break to go to the pool and bust out my 10 laps!
1:00PM – Lunch time! We walk into town to this local spot that’s very popular with expats. It has these adorable hammocks everywhere which gives the place an extra beachy vibe. Massaman curry, sandwich with fries, and smoothie to share. Neither of us finish so we get a takeaway bag – I love how here they put soups and curries into small plastic bags instead of plastic containers. 410 TBH ($12)
2:30PM – Working on the latest project for my blog. I ask Chas to read it over and we talk through some ideas I’ve been mulling over. I appreciate that he doesn’t mind having lazy days like these occasionally – especially since I’ve been working lately.
5:45PM – After getting a bit more blogging done, we head back down to the pool for another swim. It’s so nice out and we enjoy the sunset from the pool.
7:15PM – After I shower I ‘heat up’ leftovers (hotel room trick: use your hot water boilers to warm food or bowls that have been sitting in the mini-fridge). With some of the chips we bought the other day, it’s enough for dinner.
8:00PM – We head to the best/only bar in town. Why Not? No – that is literally its name: Why Not? Bar. It’s an edgy but elegant beachfront spot. We plop down into one of their giant beach beanbags and order a round. Pina colada and Long Island ice tea. I also have a flyer that they were giving out yesterday which is redeemable for one free shot – the bartender is so nice and gives us one each. They have live music every night and I’m loving the singer’s set of eclectic American hits that stir up some nostalgia while we enjoy our drinks. 340 TBH ($9.80)
9:00PM – We’re front row to the bar’s nightly fire show. It’s so much fun to watch and I’m amazed that these guys’ don’t burn themselves more easily. There is one guy who is a little less sure handed than the others so when he gets close it is a bit nerve wracking. But that’s all a part of the show. When their hat comes around for tips we give a little something. 40 TBH ($1.16)
10:00PM – Back at the hotel. A little pillow talk before falling asleep.
Daily Expense: $25.95
Day 4 – Koh Lanta, Thailand
6:30AM – Alarm goes off. I really love waking up early and organizing myself before the day really starts.
7:30AM – We finally decided on a snorkeling tour for Sunday. The company emailed me the invoice for payment and I pay online. $181.90 For most trips, Chas and I divvy up who pays for what. It’s not an exact science but it generally works out to 50/50. We’re comfortable with this and since we generally operate on a what’s-mines-is-yours mentality, we treat our cash while traveling as communal. It’s generally how things work at home as well, where we take turns paying for things. Neither of us takes advantage of this and we’re cognoscente of how much we’re spending overall. It helps that we talk openly and honestly about money too, which I think is one of the great things that traveling does for a relationship in general. Even now that Chas isn’t working, we’ve cut back to accommodate for the fact that we’re operating on smaller joint income (though our finances are currently still separate).
7:35AM – As I check my bank account to make sure the payment went through, I see that the autopay for my student l0ans and phone bill hit my account, as does my bimonthly paycheck! Transfer $600 to savings.
8:00AM – Breakfast at the hotel. I sneak a few pastries on the way out as snacks for later.
9:00AM – Jamming out to Bruno Mars and the best of 2016’s top 40 while we get ready for the day! Just as we’re about to put our pinky rings to the moon, we get a phone call that the scooter we rented for the day is here. It’s a three-wheeler (because neither of us has ever drove a scooter before and Chas thinks we could use the extra balance support) so it’s a bit more expensive. A regular scooter would have cost us half the price. 550 TBH ($16)
10:00AM – We head out for the day. It takes us nearly 20 minutes to figure out how to turn the scooter on/get it started, and then another 20 getting acclimated to it. It’s heavier and not as stable as Chas had expected. After a bit of a rough start we finally get the hang of it. We drive around town for a bit and then stop for gasoline at a self-service pump. 130 TBH ($4)
11:00AM – Koh Lanta is pretty easy to navigate, as there’s one main road that runs north to south. It’s a beautiful ride along the coast. We head north.