On beautiful Ko Lanta, Thailand, the sun sets into the ocean with Phi Phi Islands on the horizon. I decided to have a romantic dinner and watch it… Alone.
Sunset on Long Beach, Ko Lanta, Thailand
It was 6pm, and the sky was relatively clear – which had been rare so far during my time on Ko Lanta. Most afternoons had a storm, and clouds covered the sky from about 2pm onwards.
I decided to make the most of it, and have dinner at one of the restaurants on Long Beach. Official sunset is 6:30pm, so I set off straight away, getting to the beach about 6:20pm – just in time.
There were a number of people on the beach, and the park next to it, enjoying the beautiful spectacle that is sunset on this Thai island. Still nothing like the crowds you get on other Thai islands like Phuket or Phi Phi – and it is still easy to find space to be alone.
The sun was about to touch the horizon. You could actually see it moving. The colour and brightness getting more intense by the second – blinding, but beautiful. The bright sunlight reflected off the ocean, with the ripples on the water adding to the depth of the scene.
Once the sun had actually dipped below the horizon, I walked along the beach and found a cute little restaurant. Tiw Lay Restaurant was rustic, but beautiful.
I picked a table that was right on the sand.
With the sun below the horizon, the sun has officially set…
…but the colours continue to change, and get even more intense. Red, orange, yellow, blue and more.
The bright sunlight, from below the horizon, still reaches the clouds in the distance. The light reflects off the bottom of the clouds with a deep orange and pink. Phi Phi Islands below them, floating in the ocean and looking like shadow puppets on a screen.
I can hear the sound of the waves, just metres away from me, gently crashing against the sand. The restaurant is playing gentle music, perfect for this scene.
As the ocean gets darker and turns black, people jog along the beach
They’re enjoying the temperature drop that comes with the sun going down.
Although the sky is mostly dark now, looking further south you can still see blues and greens in the sky and clouds, slowly fading away into the darkness. Lightning plays in the clouds, illuminating them for moments, before disappearing back into the night sky.
Looking along the beach, I can see the lights from other restaurants scattered along the beachline. It’s very quiet – apart from the waves and soft music from my restaurant, I hear very little else.
This was possibly the most romantic dinner I’ve ever had (I’m NOT a romantically inclined person in general!), and I enjoyed it alone.
Aah the joys of solo travel 🙂
Have you had a romantic meal at a restaurant alone? Did you enjoy it or feel uncomfortable?
What do you find are some of the downfalls of solo travel?