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Published: November 3rd 2012
Today was a very mixed day, having said goodbye to Fez, it was now time to say hello again to a dear friend, Guus that I met on Koh Tao. He only had 9 days to go before heading back home to Belgium so we decided to meet up again and spend his last days together. We met in town and boarded the bus to Trat where we would pick up the ferry to Koh Chang. Koh Chang is the second biggest island in Thailand and is a national park, so unlike Phuket (The largest island) it is covered in jungle that inhabits monkeys and apparently wild elephants. We arrived at the resort he had stayed at previously on Lonely Beach and got ourselves a bungalow that was only 2 minutes’ walk from the beach. Koh Chang was so different to what I had experienced previously on Koh Tao, it was much more chilled out and the average aage wasn’t 18 so this made me rather content. Everyone was much more a ‘backpacker’ as opposed to the spoilt teenagers we had come across on Koh Tao. WE spent 3 nights at this bungalow until we found one for even cheaper a
little further up the road at the Lonely Beach Resort. We secured ourselves a bungalow for only 300 baht per night (6 pounts) between us and settled in for the remaining seven days. As we both have a rational fear of mopeds, we set out to hire a car and finally found one that we could rent from the owner of a bar. It was so good to drive again but the roads were very challenging! I very cautiously cruised us around and we decided that the next day we would explore the waterfalls on the Island. We started off at Klong Plu which is the largest waterfall. After a trek through the jungle for about 40 minutes, we made it and the views were spectacular. Definitely worth the trek. After this we sought out the other waterfalls but unfortunately they were either closed or we were unable to reach them due to the flooding on the island. So instead we carried on driving until we hit part of a road that I have never seen anything like before. We turned a corner and all of a sudden saw a sign that said “road is broken, it is dangerous”. What
an understatement, the road had completely collapsed over a river and there was not a single chance that I was going to drive over the makeshift wooden bridge to get around it. So were marveled at the sight and headed back to the resort. Unfortunately rain continues to poor heavily through the night and many of the roads and resorts were shut off due to flooding. For the next 7 days, the rain continued to fall and we were confined to the bar in the hotel or on the hammocks at the bungalow. Our days were spent playing pool and chilling out. It was much needed after the mad 17 days I had just experienced and it was a great way to readjust to backpacking again. On the 19th
September it was time for me to leave Guus and head onto a new country….Cambodia here I come!!
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