Day 258 – Off to Koh Lanta with a very aggressive hotel sales guy

After lazing around on our hammock in our hut in the morning, we packed up and took the long boat to meet the ferry to take us to our next island, Koh Lanta. It appeared as though the ferry was late so we were stranded on the long boat for a while so I took the opportunity of catching some more rays until it arrived.

Waiting for the ferry

Waiting for the ferry

It finally arrived and we boarded a rather packed ferry. However, we managed to find a some spare seats. During the journey, a sales guy was going round to all the passengers to see if they had pre-booked accommodation. If they hadn’t, he would try and book them into the hotel he was working for. When he got to us, we stupidly said no we didn’t have any accommodation and then he showed us pictures of this hotel and told us the price. It was an okay hotel but as a general rule, we tend not to book accommodation without seeing it or without reviews.

Before we had a chance to respond to the guy or even breathe a word to each other, a girl (another backpacker) turned around and whispered to me not to book it. Immediately, I became weary and was a bit nervous as my first thought was that this guy was a con man. She explained to me that there was plenty of accommodation on the island and to always be weary about booking, handing over money without seeing the place. These thoughts had already popped into our head.

The sales guy had overheard our conversation and just went mental at me and the girl, shouting at us, pointing and waving his finger at us, calling us gossipers, and “bad people”. He then tried to take John aside to tell him to not listen to me and kept telling him that he shouldn’t be with a “woman like me”. Poor John didn’t know what to do with himself. Needless to say, we didn’t book the hotel with him. And for the rest of the journey, every time he had to walk past us, he couldn’t help but have a dig at me and the girl and it was like he had to have the last word, even though we weren’t even retaliating much. We figured there was no point in retaliating to such an aggressive guy. Even when we walked off the ferry, he saw us among the crowd and shouted aggressive words at us. We had a few other passengers coming up to us and saying what a dick the guy was! Glad to know it wasn’t just us!

We jumped into a tuk tuk to Long Beach along the middle of the island and went on a hunt for accommodation. After an hour of walking, we decided the first place we saw was best. It was only 50 metres from the beach and we had another little hut to ourselves. By the time we checked-in, it was late afternoon so we headed straight to the beach to make the most of the sun for the day.

Our accommodation on Koh Lanta

Our accommodation on Koh Lanta

In the evening, we ate on the balcony of a nearby restaurant overlooking the beach. A nice relaxing evening!

Restaurant overlooking the beach

Restaurant overlooking the beach

A few beers after dinner

A few beers after dinner

About Julia Chan

I’m Julia and I've just returned from the adventure of my life. I went travelling around South America, the South Pacific and South East Asia for 12 months, and I'd do it all over again if I could! Julia on Google+
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