Sometimes the lights go out in Paradise...
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
15Trip End Feb 15, 2010
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I wanted to stay somewhere quiet, but not too quiet since I'm traveling alone, and the really quiet places attract the couples and families looking for a remote getaway, I like the in between, so I can try different restaurants, and take walks, get lost, great ways to spend the days
I choose New Heaven Huts, a place pretty unknown, that is a on a private beach called Sai Daeng Bay. There is only one other resort on this beach. I got the coolest bungalow, up on a cliff with the most amazing view of the beach below, its really heaven. My bungalow is only 800 baht a night , and worth a lot more than that, but with its remote location, and Heaven Hut being fairly new, I got lucky.My bungalow is gorgeous, with a sunken bathroom attached, a wonderful canopy bed with a view of the ocean while your lying in bed . And of course.... A great hammock to swing on in the hot afternoons.
My first night there, as I was coming up from the beach, the owner said to me, " I'm sorry , today we have no electricity,,so sorry, later we bring you a torch" I understood, this happens from time to time , and sometimes even in big cities like Saigon, it happen to my friend Sara and I one night we were there, and I'm used to staying in remote places that only have power for a few hours every day anyways, run on a generator. So a torch, usually meaning a flashlight, I have with me already, I'm a prepared backpacker! But another one would be nice too, so I accepted the offer. About an hour later, as it was starting to get dark, I noticed a man, coming up to the stairs of my bungalow, with a real torch! Like on survivor! They placed it at the bottom of my stairs so I could find my way up, and left me a small gas lantern as well, it was very romantic at my hut that night. With no lights really , I could lay in my hammock and stare at the hundreds of stars in the sky , pretty wonderful.
The next day I ventured out to a remote island by boat called Koh Naamg Yuan. Its named one of the top 10 islands in the world. Its unique that its actually 3 small islands attached by sand bars. The boat landing is a long wooden dock that connects to the island thru large boulders, as I walked along the bridge I felt as if I was walking into a ride at Disneyland, ready to board my boat to take me into Pirates of the Caribbean, but this was the real thing, this was not man made at all, this was made my nature itself, amazing
The beaches and water were indescribable...so turquoise blue, and so many shells, and coral covering the beaches, you hardly see this anymore on beaches, everyone always takes them, not here, its not allowed. The water was so clear, you didn't even need a snorkel, you could just walk into the water and the fish would swim all around you.
I spent the whole day there, it was so hard to leave. I had taken a taxi to town, the resort next door had a few daily shuttles for 100 baht each way, but since I stayed past their last scheduled taxi, I decided to walk back , I was told it could be done :)
To hire a taxi on my own is 300 baht, and a cute sun dress I saw in a shop that I passed by was also 300 baht.... so I decided to buy the dress and walk back for free :)
The walk back was nice, hard at times climbing ridiculously high dips in the rough dirt road, some even too hard for a motorbike. I was planning to rent a motorbike on this trip , I have always been the passenger and not the driver, so this trip I had planned to be brave and rent one myself, on most of these islands I visit, its really the only way to get around
So back to the walk home.... I took my time , had water with me, and besides I need to work off the banana shakes as well!
The road took me thru a jungle, filled with large boulders, green fields, and tall palms trees, I felt like I was in Jurassic Park. After the best Tom Kha Kha soup and a Chang beer for dinner , it was off to the hammock again, only a few more days left before I start the journey back to Bangkok, I want to enjoy every last moment.