Koh Lanta was kind enough to welcome me with a romantic sunset. Behind the palm trees, on the beach, I was expecting to see lots of couples cuddling, enjoying the amber glow of the horizon. To my pleasant surprise, there were none. Only a couple of stray dogs and a girl in the distance. I sat on the beach, my feet buried in the warm sand. The breeze was playing with my hair. In front of me the sky was bathing in shades of red, orange, and violet under the soothing sound of the waves breaking gently on the shore. I sat and absorbed. With such a breathtaking vista, it was hard not to feel a dreamy inner warmth.
Romantic sunsets are not only for couples. They are also for the solo travelers who would go 7 500 km away from home for they know that only when you distance yourself from the influence of others, can you hear your own voice. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself – what motivates and inspires you.
When the moonbeams kissed the sea, I gulped down the last of my Chang (Thai beer) and headed back. About 300 m from the secluded sunset spot, my hostel was booming with life. After the alone time in Koh Lipe, I was ready to meet new travelers.
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Despite its miles-long beaches, finding a private sunset spot on Ko Lanta these days requires some local insight. Once a backpacker’s heaven, Lanta today attracts flocks of tourists from Western Europe, North America, and Oceania.