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Koh Chang Beach

Lonely Beach

Rebecca's new friend Booboo

Born to be wild

The sea was angry that day, my friends

We took a double decker VIP bus from Bangkok to Trat, and then a ferry to the island of Koh Chang. Koh Chang is a hilly, forest-covered island just off the coast of Cambodia. It is Thailand’s second largest island, and has been the recent target of investment and development. Unfortunately, much of the development has been haphazard and consists mostly of strip malls along the islands main roadway. After a small dispute with the cab driver over the fare, being threatened with a big stick and finally paying the amount quoted, we decided to stay in the village of Lonely Beach, situated on the south west side of the island. Lonely Beach is little more than a few bars and restaurants, dozens of bungalows, and a couple of souvenir shops. It is a little less developed than the other villages on the island, and in that way attracts more of the younger, backpacker crowd, as opposed to families or visitors on short, packaged tours.

We stayed in nice air conditioned bungalows at Kachapura resort. The bungalows were separate units with TVs, DVDs, and an open air bathroom and shower, which was kind of a unique experience. We received a discount for staying for one week. For our one week in Koh Chang, we had a very ambitious list of activities to do and sights to see, including a 4 island snorkeling trip, deep sea fishing, kayaking to deserted island beaches, elephant treks, jungle treks, zip line high rope course, and hiking to some of the island’s many waterfalls. After six days and seven nights, we were only able to cross one waterfall off our “to do” list. However, our failure to complete our “to do” list cannot be completely blamed on our own laziness. Koh Chang was hit by severe thunderstorms and almost constant rain during the last two days of our stay – maybe the remnants of the typhoon that hit Burma a couple of days ago. It actually rained every day we were on the island although some days only for an hour or two. Despite the rain, we were able to put in some quality beach time on the beautiful Koh Chang beaches, which were rated 3.5 and 4 on the Thailand Beach Index. We also managed to tour most of the island on mopeds over the course of three days. With the exception of one brief stretch of driving on the wrong side of the road and a few instances of popping wheelies while climbing the steep hills, we think that we are finally starting to get the hang of this whole moped thing. We consider ourselves to be better than the average tourist, considering the countless moped-related injuries and couple of accidents that we have witnessed.

Another reason for the failure to complete our “to do” list was Rebecca’s eye. Rebecca came down with a nasty case of pink eye and also suffered corneal abrasions apparently caused by salt and/or sand being stuck underneath her contact. Rebecca has now been told “No contacts for at least 3 months” and was forbidden from swimming for the last four days in Koh Chang. Luckily, as we mentioned earlier, these were the four rainiest days anyways, and we were able to pass the time with the help of our hotel’s DVD library.

Despite the rain and the pink eye, we feel that Koh Chang gave us the time and opportunity to recharge our batteries and prepare ourselves for the more difficult and lengthy upcoming journeys through Cambodia and Vietnam.

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