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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang February 6th 2015

Plan was to do a bit of walking today, see some waterfalls, maybe a beach or 2 and fingers crossed for a sighting of a monkey! Shared my first taxi with 2 American girls who are on holiday from china learning Chinese! After about a 20 min taxi ride and a walk of 2km to a national park, quite a pleasant walk past mangroves, an elephant sanctuary and a local village. Had to pay 200 baht entry ( locals its free or 20 baht) and then a further wooded walk to a beautiful waterfall with a plunge pool where people were swimming and cooling off. Headed back to the main road and walked out to the local beach where i sat for a bit and soaked up the sun. Taxi number 2 was shared with 2 ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang February 4th 2015

First full day in ko Chang started a bit impulsively by hiring a moped for the day! Was gonna do it with Anna - a girl from Sweden - also in the dorm room, but after trying a few places she was unable to hire one ( all because all you need to hire one is not a driving licence but a passport - and annas had been stolen in Sri Lanka! She has a replacement - but for some reason this wasn't good enough!!) so, after pottering around the local area on mine (Anna headed down the beach instead with Kelly - from yesterday - who we ended up bumping into!) i took it back and got a refund. Maybe it was a good omen anyway as some of the roads are pretty hairy on ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang February 4th 2015

Today was to be taken up with a boat tour of 5 islands, snorkelling, kayaking and eating! A tour costing 600 baht ( £12!) which id booked yesterday. After a good nights sleep made my way down to the end of the pier to catch the boat - i was the first on it followed by about 100 other tourists! So the large wooden boat made its way easily to the first island where it anchored and most of us did a spot of snorkeling - the fish were beautiful colours and as intrigued in us feeding them as we were in them. Lunch was served as rice, a veg and a chicken dish - really tasty ( the boat has a small kitchen and a chef on board!) off to the next island and did ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang July 11th 2014

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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang October 29th 2013

Gett om vi koser oss. Hotellet vi bor på er et lite hotell med 17 rom, vi elsker jo slike små, intime hotell. Å har av den grunn for lengst byttet ut store upersonlige "fabrikk" hotell med disse små koselige hotellene. Her blir man tatt så godt vare på, kommer lett i snakk med personalet og man føler seg ivaretatt på en fantastisk måte. Vi hadde booket 3 dager her, men valgte å forlenge oppholdet med 3 dager til. Hva vi velger å gjør i morgen er vi ikke helt sikre på enda, her er jo så mange fantastiske områder både på øyen og små øyer rett utenfor Koh Chang. Vi får ta det opp i familierådet over et glass vin i kveld tenker jeg. Vi trives fantastisk på dette hotellet, så man skal ikke se ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang August 20th 2013

After a very interesting land border crossing from cambodia to thailand (bad experience on thai side) and almost 12 hours of travel, we arrived in koh chang......the island of elephants! We came with a open mind as the island didnt seem to get glowing reports from a few people we spoke to, but we needed to be fairly near to bangkok to keep travelling time down? Very very pleasantly surprised, its lovely! Either the people we spoke to are picky or we have very low standards?.......whichever its all gravy........ After a few weeks of moving on every 2 to 3 ish days we have settled here to stop and smell the flowers. Got ourselves another moped and loving scooting around the island. In a beautiful bungalow on a resort which quite honestly is way too posh ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang November 13th 2012

Multicolored umbrellas cast shade upon the beach chairs below. A rainbow of frozen beverages locked into death-grips are slurped up by their consumers in a race against inevitable melting. Bikinis, speedos, flip flops, sunglasses. Forgotten smudges of creamy sunblock cling to unflattering body parts. Hot sun, scorching sands, boiling sea water. Lobsters turn belly up right in the surf and offer themselves with a side of melted butter... It's officially the first place in Asia I've been where there are visibly more foreigners than locals. As if a virus-induced zombie apocalypse has hit Europe and a lucky bunch escaped only to rot away on this island. And like the doomed populations they left behind, the escapees drag their limbs down the sand grunting for piña coladas instead of brains. But isn't that why we traipse off ... read more
Paradise...?
Sunset
Elephant headshot

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang October 24th 2012

Soon it is time for my long journey home. One thing I have learnt is that my ipad speaks a totally different type of English to me so for this last blog I am not going to correct any of the changes it makes or the suggestions it gives me! Here goes... On the plane to Thailand I had a few little worries, mainly, what if I got lost, what if I cannot find where I am staying? Being alone made that feeling bigger as I knew I would have noone to ask but I surprised myself... Not once was I lost; perhaps misplaced a few times, but that was it! That was my biggest worry sorted. What if I got bored with myself? That didn't happen either - I had anticipated feeling a bit alone, ... read more
Careful! Poipet warning
Our amazing world
The bridge over the river Kwai

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang October 22nd 2012

I realise that 2 out of the three headline words could be titles for the most recent panorama production but don't get excited. All I am discussing here is elephants. Traveling alone can make for some very strange feelings and none more so than trying to decide what to do,or where to go. Days out normally involve discussions with friends or family... Here,the closest I have to a friend is the Russian lady who was having problems with judicial happenings and tits. So, when it came to wanting to spend a day with elephants I had to try to decide myself if me visiting these elephants was going to harm them in any way. I found another traveller who had been and he described his visit as a journalist; he was encouraging,so I went. Before arriving ... read more
Splash!  Elephant vs. Me in the water
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Downhill

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ko Chang April 3rd 2012

After a pretty full on week since arriving on the island, we decided the second week would be all about swimming, lazing on the sand, reading and just basically watching the days go by. Our days were spent with leisurely breakfasts, sun all day and then dinner from one of many restaurants on the sand or from a street side vendor. You don’t always feel like going out to eat every night, so on a Friday night we noticed a decent Matt Damon movie on TV, so it was takeaway pizza and soft drink on our bed and it was sensational. This also gave us the chance to see our first Cabaret show, which was performed at our hotels beach side restaurant. The show was made of 5 or 6 Lady Boys who put on quite ... read more
Beer Delivery Service
A dogs life
Off the beaten track




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