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One evening back in February 2022 3 friends were relaxing in The Horizon Bar on Klong Nin Beach discussing how the lack of tourists due to COVID over the past 2 years had impacted on the Islands economy, with all 3 agreeing that due to tourism being more or less the Islands economy, everybody living on the Island, especially the many businesses who relied solely on tourism had been hit hard. The talk then got round to what could be done to improve things now that the tourists were slowly coming back, and that’s where the idea of Koh-Lanta.org was born.

What is Koh-Lanta.org?

They initially came up with the idea of a launching a new website that would help the Islands resort and holiday property owners who’d had no income whatsoever over the past 2 years by allowing them to advertise their properties and take bookings commission free, unlike the multi-national online booking platforms like Air BnB and Bookings.com who typically charge around 15% commission on all bookings – That would certainly help by putting that 15% back in the business owners pockets, (where it would likely be spent on the Island), rather than in the coffers of a massive international company whose only interest in the island was making money from it.

As more beer was quaffed, the plight of our Islands many artisans and craftsmen and women came up, after all they’d lost a lot of income over the past 2 years too as they’d had no tourists to sell the results of their skill and labour to, with one of the friends surmising, “If we are going to have an Island website, couldn’t we have an online shop on it too so that our craftsmen and women could have an international e-commerce platform to sell their goods on?”  And a business directory one of the others chimed up, if we going to have a holiday property booking site with an online shop on it, we may as well have a business directory too for when the tourists come back so they can find any businesses they need?

At the end of the evening all 3 agreed that it was a great idea, a brilliant one even, but surely a website like that would cost a fortune, and as none of them had any experience of website development they couldn’t do it themselves, so they drunk their last drinks and went to bed.

Next morning, Andy Jarret, one of the 3 guys who had been chatting about the website the previous night remembered that he’d a friend over in the UK that was a website developer who’d got a small hosting company who was coming over to visit Koh Lanta in August and decided to give him a call for some advice, and Koh-lanta.org is the result of the call, with Phil, (Andy’s mate in the UK), agreeing to develop the site as a gift, plus host and maintain it for free until it was bringing in enough income,  and that’s how this site came about.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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