Koh Libong (9th to 12th March)
Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
87Trip End Dec 29, 2008
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One day we decided to walk across the island to find the largest village - and the pier that the local water taxis use. On the way we walked through many rubber tree plantations (this is the main source of income for residents of Libong and indeed, most of Trang province). We tried to walk past the local rubber processing "factory" ( a corrugated iron roof on some wooden poles!) where they were processing the sap from the trees into latex. The workers seemed delighted to see us and insisted that we take a closer look - the gooey white sap was somehow made into big think squares and then put through a mangle to squash it into thinner sheets and then put out to dry, by which time it looked quite leathery (who knows where it will end up)
The weather here was consistently hot and sunny- in the 30's, but not too humid. It was a shame to leave (and an effort to get the energy together after relaxing so thoroughly), but we did so by local boat back to Had Yao and then caught the Tigerline Ferry to Langkawi. This was a rusty looking boat with no aircon and I think I lost at least 10lbs not so gently perspiring in the first hour on the boat before we picked up some speed and a breeze along with it. The cost of the ferry was about the same as the budget airline Air Asia, but offered the easiest route for us.
Initially, we had intended to come to Libong to stay at the Libong Nature Beach Resort - like the sister resort at Had Yao, this is also supposed to be a nature resort, protecting the environment and supporting the local community, but this was even less eco friendly than its sister resort in Had Yao. Not only were the roofs asbestos, the concrete was even more in evidence (not only as walls, but as square patches in the lawn for sun bathing on), there were also rusty iron grids on the lawn and lots of plastic furniture