27 Kilometres of Serenity 1


When I was planning my time in Thailand, I left a few days open to visit an island that I had not been to the previous time I was here. I ended up talking to some people while in Bangkok and I chose Ko Lanta. This would be a great decision.

The Ferry ride to Ko Lanta brought me through Railay Bay to pick up more passengers. The view from the ship was amazing. The water was perfectly flat for the entire time on the ship and I barely felt it move at all.

As the ship pulled into Ko Lanta harbour, I saw the hundreds of shops and instantly thought “tourist trap”. I love to travel but I cant stand tourists. I do anything and everything to get away from the flock and get way off the beaten path. I will sacrifice comforts such as electricity and hot water because I know that not a lot of people will choose this way to travel.  I picked a hotel that was very far away from the pier, closer to the southern part of the island. This morning I got up early, rented a motorcycle and headed even further south away from the heard. The road went from being paved to looking like a motocross track. This is exactly where 99% of the tourists on motorcycle turned around. I kept on going, eventually being completely covered in a talcum powder type dust when I reached the National park at the very southern tip of the island.

Thankfully that road was not paved as I had almost the entire national park to myself. There was only one car and two other motorcycles in the parking lot. It was fantastic! I was able to shoot the beautiful landscape with not a single person in y frame. Once I was done getting all my shots, I wanted to take a dip in the crystal clear water. The 500 metre long beach was all mine, not a person in the water or on the perfect sand. People dream of a setting like this, and I had it all to myself. It was the definition of tranquility.

My standing order on lunch while in Thailand is traditional Pad Thai, but today it was with a twist. I had my lunch in a restaurant built on stilts on the side of a clif overlooking a small bay. The view while I ate my lunch was out of this world.

As I slowly worked my way back to the hotel, I stopped many times to shoot the local fishing boats and other frame worthy objects. Finishing off my day was a dinner at my hotel restaurant with my feet in the sand, listening to the gentle waves lapping up on the shore. Since my extreme illness in India I have been very careful with what I eat until today. I could not hold back any more and had a Panang curry chicken. I have been craving the sweet and spicy coconut milk based dish since I got to Thailand. I have to say, today was another fantastic day in Thailand!

Railay Bay

Railay Bay

Sitting at the beach having a drink and checking the temperature

Sitting at the beach having a drink and checking the temperature

Terminal Point

Terminal Point

My Lunch and My View

My Lunch and My View

Ko Lanta Gas Stations

Ko Lanta Gas Stations

My Private Beach at the National Park, not a person in sight

My Private Beach at the National Park, not a person in sight

Plenty of beaches to stop at for a swim

Plenty of beaches to stop at for a swim

Local Fishing Boats

Local Fishing Boats

Remote Resorts of Ko Lanta

Remote Resorts of Ko Lanta


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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