50 Shades of Green
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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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 ½ 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 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!