Published: August 12th 2008August 12th 2008
After four days of riding buses (4 hrs to Pai, 4 back from Pai, 11 to Bangkok, 7 to Trat), we arrived on Ko Chang, an island off the eastern coast of Thailand, close to Cambodia. We have been in search of a crystal clear blue beach, but have found none. June through October is the wet season, so although the water is slightly more clear than that of back home, it's still not the picturesque beach we were hoping for before arriving.
On our first day of arriving we just wanted to eat and rest. Before traveling this summer I thought the bus rides would be something to look forward to, a time to turn on my iPoa (fake iPod name), reflect and relax. Now we cringe and gently rub our bellies at the thought of ALL moving vehicles.
On our second day we sought out another living accomodation as a man there seemed to be too interested in us and left us feeling as if we would be better off to be far from his wondering eye. We settled in to the Garden Resort on Kae Bae Beach. Finally, a place that has a flushing toilet that
can handle toilet paper, clean sheets, hot showers and even a pool. Seeing as it is our last leg of the trip we all were in agreement that spending $16 a night at this place was well worth the price after many nights sleeping with one eye gently open.
On the third day Eric, or President Paci, joined our group. It hasn't stopped raining since.
So here we are, on a deserted island, with almost nothing in the world to do but play a card game we were taught while sitting on a roof in Kampot.
To be honest, this has been the part of the trip I have looked least forward to. I'm not a beach person. I don't like the ocean, I hate the sun and the feel of wet or dry sand on any part of my body makes me feel dirty. I'd much rather be at my little AIDS Orphanage in Chiang Rai that we never made it to. BUT, I am open minded and with good company. If the weather clears we plan on snorkeling, scuba diving, island hoping and combing the island for waterfalls. We are here until Friday, then head
Ice cream with corn
back to Bangkok to begin our jaunt back to the States.
I was able to respond to the comments so if you left one, I wrote you back. Hope you are all well. Thanks again for checking in on us. Can't believe it's almost over!
Thai KHo and Crew
PS We all tried riding a motorcyclce today. We ended up taking a cab, getting stuck on a beach in the pouring rain and after a short walk found a gentleman willing to take 5 soaking wet Americans back to where we started. Not a successful day, however, quite memorable.
There are more photos below