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300--Thailand: Koh Lanta, Wild Fires, Wild Nights & Wild Otters
@ CherieSpotting     Jul 09 2005 - 09:59 PST
cherie writes: After weeks of trekking through some of Thailand’s most primitive hill-tribes, the Ciao Tribe: Cherie, Hilda, Diane, Hannah and Leighton (with honorary member Lynn) headed to the shores of Koh Lanta where we scooped up a beach bungalow and did a whole lot of nothing. Koh Lanta (or Ko Lanta) is located in the Krabi province and rests along southern Thailand’s Andaman Sea. That’s what we came to do--rest.

Our days were lazily spent in hammocks, lounging in pools, and soaking up sunsets that defy description. Some days we went SCUBA diving while other days we played with our neighbor’s pet otter and watched the native fire dancers dazzle us with their spectacle of flame. Here is a brief taste simple beauty that is: Koh Lanta.

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A "tribe" is a group of people sharing an interest or habitat.  Meet the Ciao Tribe: Cherie, Hannah, Hilda, Diane and Leighton.

A "tribe" is a group of people sharing an interest or habitat. Meet the Ciao Tribe: Cherie, Hannah, Hilda, Diane and Leighton.

It's not a mirage.

It's not a mirage.

Ready to dive in?

Ready to dive in?

Let's make a big splash!

Let's make a big splash!

These two are singing: "I am a rock, I am an island."

These two are singing: "I am a rock, I am an island."

Cherie and Hilda.

Cherie and Hilda.

Cherie being silly.

Cherie being silly.

In life, sometimes you just have to dive in.

In life, sometimes you just have to dive in.

Hannah's very first time breathing under water.

Hannah's very first time breathing under water.

Hilda ready to go.

Hilda ready to go.

The water is so clear, it's like being in a pool.

The water is so clear, it's like being in a pool.

Attention Ciao Tribe: that beach is calling our names!

Attention Ciao Tribe: that beach is calling our names!

We swim into seclusion.

We swim into seclusion.

Rocks just waiting to rip open the hull of an unsuspecting ship.

Rocks just waiting to rip open the hull of an unsuspecting ship.

Cherie and Leighton, SCUBA monsters.

Cherie and Leighton, SCUBA monsters.

An angel's smile.

An angel's smile.

Hilda.

Hilda.

Diane.

Diane.

Hilda, Diane and Cherie.

Hilda, Diane and Cherie.

Diane and Leighton.

Diane and Leighton.

Hold on Cherie!

Hold on Cherie!

Girls having fun.

Girls having fun.

Cherie in a hammock.  Do I have to move today?

Cherie in a hammock. Do I have to move today?

Hannah disappears into her book.

Hannah disappears into her book.

Catching up on writing in our journals.

Catching up on writing in our journals.

Hannah and the big, bad, nasty bruise.

Hannah and the big, bad, nasty bruise.

It's pool time!

It's pool time!

Cool and refreshing.

Cool and refreshing.

Ladies ready for a beach-side snack?

Ladies ready for a beach-side snack?

The sun's rays paint the sky.

The sun's rays paint the sky.

Leighton, the Ciao Tribe King.

Leighton, the Ciao Tribe King.

Every sunset it its own unique miracle.

Every sunset it its own unique miracle.

Cherie and Hannah.

Cherie and Hannah.

The twins.

The twins.

The night has officially begun.

The night has officially begun.

But the Thai fisherman is still hard at work.

But the Thai fisherman is still hard at work.

Just in time for dinner.

Just in time for dinner.

Now that's a fancy drink!

Now that's a fancy drink!

Why aren't all beverages served in coconuts with orchids?

Why aren't all beverages served in coconuts with orchids?

This plant is delicious.

This plant is delicious.

And the entertainment begins--fire dancing on the beach!

And the entertainment begins--fire dancing on the beach!

We are mesmerized by the dance of the flame.

We are mesmerized by the dance of the flame.

Art flambe.

Art flambe.

Diane playing with an otter.  Kids, don't do this at home.

Diane playing with an otter. Kids, don't do this at home.

The otter's name is Bao (pronounced bow).

The otter's name is Bao (pronounced bow).

Leighton gets splashed.

Leighton gets splashed.

Is there an otter in there?

Is there an otter in there?

Bao likes to play with us at low tide.

Bao likes to play with us at low tide.

Otters are cute.

Otters are cute.

Bao has had enough fun for one day.

Bao has had enough fun for one day.

We'll see Bao tomorrow.

We'll see Bao tomorrow.

Hannah reaps the joys of a $4 Thai beach massage.

Hannah reaps the joys of a $4 Thai beach massage.

Looks like everyone is happy!

Looks like everyone is happy!

The gang's all here for another sunset.

The gang's all here for another sunset.

Diane's big beautiful smile.

Diane's big beautiful smile.

Leighton on a rock.

Leighton on a rock.

The fisherman still hasn't come in.

The fisherman still hasn't come in.

The end of another day in Thai paradise.

The end of another day in Thai paradise.

We're happy.  That must mean it's "Happy Hour"!

We're happy. That must mean it's "Happy Hour"!

Treated like a Thai princess.

Treated like a Thai princess.

Once again, the fisherman outlasts the sun.

Once again, the fisherman outlasts the sun.

When the day ends, the party begins.

When the day ends, the party begins.

A good night for Hannah!

A good night for Hannah!

This photo was taken after Leighton, Hannah and I stayed up all night long.

This photo was taken after Leighton, Hannah and I stayed up all night long.

Good afternoon ladies.

Good afternoon ladies.

Did we travel half way around the world to come to Long Beach?

Did we travel half way around the world to come to Long Beach?

Thai guys.

Thai guys.

My favorite drink: Rum and Diet Coke!

My favorite drink: Rum and Diet Coke!

Diane in the back of a truck.

Diane in the back of a truck.

Leighton with the wind in his hair.

Leighton with the wind in his hair.

A rare and priceless photo of Diane in a dress.

A rare and priceless photo of Diane in a dress.

Hilda and Cherie.

Hilda and Cherie.

Diane and Hannah.

Diane and Hannah.

It's lady's night 7 days a week.

It's lady's night 7 days a week.

What is Hannah thinking?

What is Hannah thinking?

Another perfect Thai sunset.

Another perfect Thai sunset.

Mother Nature out-does Herself again.

Mother Nature out-does Herself again.

Ever pet an otter?

Ever pet an otter?

Always smiling.

Always smiling.

Now that's a dangerous smile, Hilda.

Now that's a dangerous smile, Hilda.

Hannah, you have to let go of the ladder.

Hannah, you have to let go of the ladder.