At some point, every traveler needs a break.
A break from hostel dorm rooms. A break from the heat. A break from travel partners. Just a break.
I, too, have hit the wall on more than one occasion while traveling. I get to a point where I just can't stand the thought of another bus ride, another uncomfortable bed, another sweaty day of sightseeing. This isn't strange, though — in fact, I think it's NORMAL for most frequent travelers.
So when I began looking at accommodation options on the island of Koh Lanta (my last stop in Thailand), I decided to throw any concept of a budget out the window. I decided that, instead of a cheap bungalow or crowded hostel on the beach, I would treat myself to something a little more fancy.
And that's when I came across Sri Lanta.
Located at the end of quiet Klongnin Beach, this resort promised a beachside infinity pool, bungalows in the jungle, and a ton of relaxation. It was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
And the price? About $130 per night.
This is ridiculously expensive for accommodation in Thailand; I knew someone staying in a hostel on the same island for less than 1/10 this price. But, sometimes you just need to splurge.
Now, before you start thinking that this is a hotel review, let me disclose that I did NOT receive a free room or anything from Sri Lanta. I found them on booking.com, paid for my room, and enjoyed 3 blissful nights here on my own.
It was JUST what I needed.
Originally, I had figured that I would do a day trip or two while on Koh Lanta. There's a popular four islands tour here, as well as opportunities to go kayaking, rent motorbikes, and hang out at beach bars.
But here's what I ACTUALLY ended up doing:
Hanging out at the quiet beach.
Reading in the comfy beach chairs.
Taking dips in the infinity pool.
Eating seafood and Thai dishes at the restaurants that line the beach with new friends.
Enjoying my wifi-free jungle bungalow.
And just taking time to really appreciate where I was.
Too often I know I get wrapped up in taking photos and tweeting and Instagramming; I get too caught up in sharing what I'm doing with other people that I sometimes forget to take time to just appreciate things for myself. I LOVE being a blogger. But sometimes I need to step back and take a break.
And that's exactly what I did on Koh Lanta.
It was the perfect way to end my time in Thailand.
Would YOU splurge on a place like this on your travels?