50 Shades of Green

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Cliff Cottage Resort

Flag of Thailand  , Trat,
Friday, November 2, 2012

Emerald, lime, pea, chartreuse, jade...how many shades can you name?

A direct correlation existed between the distance we travelled away from Bangkok and the amount of vegetation there was. At first, it was just the odd tree planted. Then the far horizon showed some greenery. But then it slowly started to creep closer and closer.  Until, 5 hours later at the pier, it was reaching out to touch the bus as we passed!
(I wonder what becoming shade of green I turned earlier. Don't know if it was the heat, the jet-lag, lack of coffee, or motion sickness. But I turned green on the first train of the day. Not a great feeling on the first leg of a day of travelling that would probably be 8 hrs +: train, bus, ferry, taxi :P).

Approaching the island of Koh Chang it appeared to be an unbroken mass of green. The ferry port and one stilted shack was all I could see. But as we got closer and closer, the green became much more varied. Several different types of trees made themselves apparent as did many vines climbing over them all. Occasionally the bright spark of fuchsia could be seen. Arriving just after the rainy season, everything is lush and full.

The road on Koh Chang wound through the trees like a child's scribble, but with elevation! Wondering how some of the larger trucks were gong to make it, our open-backed taxi loaded to the hilt with people and bags thrown on top swerves around with a honk of the horn! As I tried to see anything through the depth of green, I saw instead signs like: 'don't feed the monkeys' and 'watch for landslides'.

Occasionally, a few resort villages and backpacker hangouts broke up the green with advertisement for Italian food, and schnitzel. Trying so hard to cater to everyone's needs but their own!  But we were heading to the far south of the island to an old fishing village. Finally the last 'villa' was behind us and the green returned. A stay too far off the beaten track that even the taxi driver would not take us there except for an extra charge, we hiked our packs for the 2km jungle walk. Perched on a cliff-top to enjoy some quiet!

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michellepreston73@btinternet.com on

charley and i loving your blogs and photos, charley wishing she was there!

Bonnie on

Beautiful photography Sharilyn.

Eunah on

Bang Bao, that's an awesome name for a town! Have a banging good time ;)

mark laidlaw on

looks like you guys are having a great time, lovely pictures.
Scotland is now basking in an autumnal heatwave,26C,to hot to work. its expected to last till the new year. Annoyingly the heat has reawoken the dreaded flying ants again which buzz around your head like small children at christmas,maybe there is something in this global warming malarky.
enjoy the trip x

2totango on

Wish I'd had a chance to experience the flying ants, somehow I'd never even HEARD of them until now! Does Riley catch them? I had cicadias banging into my head the other night and another lady staying here had a rinocerous beetle caught in her hair, which Brian gladly rescued.

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