So after being two months on Koh Lanta to basically avoid winter in Austria, I had the hardest time leaving this place, especially because of the best people I’ve ever met. A big shout out to all those amazing people with their individual strengths and characteristics, that make you so damn special. Be aware when going to Koh Lanta and spending time at KoHub — you may indeed fall in love with the place and with the great KoHub community there.
Why is the community so important?
Going for a longer period to a place you don’t know and you’ve never been to is always easier, when people who live there or have spent some time there are willing to connect with you and are willing to assist you in different circumstances.
Knowing that you are not alone with anything you do or experience and knowing that you have people around you, that maybe had been in your situation before is a comfortable feeling. It gives you the secure feeling that no matter what will come, either people have managed it before or will be willing to help you out.
Not only in “emergency” situation, it’s nice and convenient to have people you can rely on.
Imagine working the whole day on your projects, managing to keep some deadlines, writing your emails to your clients and finally finishing the last meeting with your colleagues. What could be more satisfying than going for a beer at the beach with a couple of like-minded people, who had a same, same but slightly different day?
Working on your projects up to 7 days a week from KoHub is maybe super efficient and productive. But at some point, you will have the deep urge to escape your computer, wifi, and your working schedule. And here again, you can definitely rely on the KoHub community to be the perfect distraction. No matter if you join a 1-day Koh Rok trip, a communal breakfast, a cooking class or just a relaxing day at the beach … it is much more fun and a nice change in hanging out with KoHubbers and enjoying beautiful sunsets, fresh coconuts and a good Chang beer.
There definitely is a difference between people who are willing to help you out in situations you need assistance and the special and unique KoHub community on Koh Lanta.
I’m not sure if I can fully describe the vibe that comes with becoming a part of this specific community, but I will do my best.
What kind of people can you expect?
In my opinion, the KoHub community is a very special mixture of different people who in many things are like-minded but also differ in a ton of domains, which is one of the reasons why I love this special compilation of different personalities.
Don’t be fooled by thinking that you know what to expect upfront. Because there will always be people who will surprise you. Not only concerning their profession but more likely when it comes to their personality. Maybe it is because I live in Austria, Vienna since I am four, but the openness and friendliness are, at least for me, damn overwhelming. I have never met so many awesome and great people in one place.
Overall you can say that KoHub is more likely to be a hotspot for techies, but especially this year I was taught a better one. Walking each and every day by Caroliens desk has been a daily shout out to my tiny and deeply hidden artist within me. In contrary to the regular equipment which contains a laptop, a keyboard, a mouse and maybe a Roost stand, her table was mostly covered up with beautiful drawings, pencils and a cup of tea.
What I want to say is that between all the software developers, project managers, and other techies, you can definitely also find, if you are really lucky, people who don’t rely (solely) on their laptops to earn money.
One of the biggest benefits of having such a diverse community at KoHub is the possibility to learn new stuff almost every single day 😉 If you have any questions concerning YouTube, WordPress, Shopify, Instagram, e-commerce, or any other topics, just shout out into the KoHubbers facebook group and you will probably get an answer back to meet for a coconut shake on the deck and talk the topic through. And if a lot of people react to your post and there is enough interest within the community, it might even end up as a workshop 🙂 I attended some of the workshops that have been held by KoHubbers for other KoHubbers and it always has been really good and enlightening.
Workshops I attended that have been organised and held by KoHubbers:
- Laura Wozniak: Behind the scenes with Instagram
- Pascal Costa: AdWords Essentials
- Gerwin Brunner: Build an eCommerce Shop with Shopify
- Polly (KuHub staff): Folding Pandan Leaves
- Alex Kazan: Intro to Information Security, or How to Hack for Fun and Profit
- Jessica McCarthy: Sunset Mantra Meditation
- Hazel Teng: Yoga with Hazel
- Olli Locke: 7 min workout on the beach
- Mike Taveirne: SEO 101
But not only workshops have been organised by KoHub members, but also other events you could take part in:
- Gaming Day
- Koh Rok Snorkeling & Diving trip
- Communal Breakfast
- Sunrise in Old Town trip
- Let’s do Songkran together
- Volleyball on the beach
- Muay Thai Intro for KoHubbers
- Pool Party at Lanta Sport Resort
- Karaoke Night at Funky Monkey with Kevin
- Pub Quiz at Irish Pub
- Batik Class
- Cooking Class at Thai Cookery School
- and tons of other cool events
This specific and very special mix of personalities, abilities, professions and attitudes is what makes the KoHub community on Koh Lanta so very outstanding.
And the special Shout-Out goes to …
Kyla & Robert
Thanks for being an amazing and super nice person and for having struggled with similar things, as I am struggling now concerning the creation of my online course. It is always super easy to talk to you and exchange some experience. You always have a smile for all the people you meet, which makes you an adorable person. Thanks for all the smiles and for all the nice chats. And also thank you for kicking me in my butt and convincing me to just move on with my online course; step by step.
Thanks for putting my world into perspective when it comes to Karaoke. The first time I heard you singing you chose “Circle of Life” (while drinking shots ;-)). And it would be a horrible understatement if I would say that you blew my mind. OMG … that was like the best performance ever. Thank you also for all the smiles and also for being there and taking over every time, when KoHub had some power issues and no one from the stuff was available *hero*.
Mark (aka March)
Thanks for being an absolute charming part of our Communal breakfast group and spending our lazy Sundays with us. Thank you for being an engaged part of our gaming group and trying really hard to explain “circumstantial evidence” to your team — although in the end the other team (thanks Sara) guessed it right 😉 And last but not least thank you soooo much for “The Face” during the Easter Egg Hunt 😉 — love your engagement. If you want to re-live the Easter Egg Hunt experience, check out what happens on an Easter Sunday at KoHub: https://youtu.be/xU9ZA1-t-nk
Olli & Maya
Thanks for taking me in as I approached you the first time on the beach, while you were doing your 7 min workout. Thanks for being a constant part of our Mon-Wed-Fri 7 min workout on the beach routine and for making it sooo much fun. And Maya, thanks for being a part of the amazing KoHubbers Muay Thai team — look how badass we look 😉
Pascal & Alex
Thanks for being the other Austrian guys at KoHub 😉 Thanks for the great and fun Kayak Trip. Special thanks for the really great and well prepared Ad-Words workshop you held at KoHub.
Thanks for being a fun person and having such a beautiful accent. Thank you for the Instagram workshop and all the information you gave us, during the really great prepared talk. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures you took and shared with us. Thanks to you I am eager to get better at photography.
In addition to one of my pictures I have to share one of your amazing pictures you took during our Sunrise tour to Old Town on Koh Lanta 🙂
Thanks Matt for being a fun guy, smiling so often and giving me reasons to laugh so hard. At least after I finally grabbed some of the stuff you were saying after two weeks of adjusting to your accent. Loved it! Thank you for sharing your humor with all of us and making us lol.
Thank you, Hazel, for doing all those yoga classes I really wanted to join. Somehow in two months, I didn’t manage to attend one single class. Shame on me! Let’s try again next year 🙂
Thanks for being the other polish person on Koh Lanta — I’m always happy to find countrymen during my travels. I wish we could have done the scooter lesson! Thanks for organising the Muay Thai KoHubbers intro session and the pool parties at Lanta Sports — OMG that was sooooo much fun — loved it.
Thanks Vaclav for being part of our amazing Kayak Trip and for taking some pix of all the people who were too frightened to bring their own cameras or even phones with them 🙂 It was great meeting you at KoHub.
Kamil & Adela
Thanks for being great neighbours at the Escape Cabins and for being fun people to hang out with. We still owe you a dinner! What do you think about Red Snapper, 10th of March 2018, 6pm? Sounds good? Just let us know 😉
Lyudmyla (aka Myla)
Thank you for being part of our Communal Breakfast event, joining us for our gaming night and surviving Cards against Humanity, heading over for a massage after breakfast, and for all the great moments we had together.
There is still one more person I definitely have to mention. I know that I didn’t meet him on Koh Lanta, but he still is a big part of the amazing KoHub community on Koh Lanta.
You are my calming consciousness, when I lose my mind.
You are my pushing force, when I would chose to hide.
and for loving all of my curves and also my edges.