When I first landed on Koh Lanta, which is in Thailand’s southern region (just east of Ko Pee Pee island and a few hours drive away from the Malaysian border) in January of 2002 I was about to give up on the idea of living on the beach. All the places I had tried out so far were either too touristy, too isolated or too expensive. But then I got lucky and found Koh Lanta — along with a fun and gorgeous little resort to spend the initial months at (Bee Bee’s Bungalows). I eventually came to the realization that if I were to keep working (websites), I’d need a more stable (technically and socially) environment to live in. Then, a simple, available, phone line (for dial-up Internet access) was elusive on the island’s west (tourist) side. Anyway, that need steered me over to Lanta Old Town, on Koh Lanta’s east side.