Pale by comparison.
It was hard to leave Lipe, but we had to sooner or later; so we chose sooner as I had the chance to meet up with friends from Sheffield, Anna and Mark, as we crossed paths in Thailand. Koh Lanta failed to impress us, but only because we had just come from paradise. The sand wasn't as white or soft, the sea not as blue or clear and to top it off I came down with a mystery illness that ensured I was in bed by 9pm every evening.
Still, it was great meeting up with Anna and Mark, fresh from India and Nepal and making their way to New Zealand to live and work for a year. And Koh Lanta did have one redeeming feature that made our stay there worthwhile: the most spectacular sunset either of us has ever seen!