Little Ko Chang..Undiscovered Paradise
Trip Start Jan 25, 2011
14Trip End Feb 21, 2011
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I did not have a reservation at the place I wanted to stay, Sawasdee, a place I read about in a few blogs and my handy Lonely planet guide. This island has very limited Internet, and even though my place had an email listed for booking, very few places check their email very often to receive your request. The phone number listed, I was unable to reach as well, so I was hoping for the best. The ferry made a few stops at a few very remote bungalow "resorts" it’s funny how places call themselves “ resorts”…there is no pool, no gym, no spa, limited electricity, and only cold water in the showers. But I don’t mind, it’s exactly what I’m looking for. A couple of the places had kayaks awaiting the ferry, floating in the water until they could make their approach. The water was too shallow for the ferry to get too close to shore. The supplies were passed down to the awaiting kayaks, with workers from the resorts, and the few passengers loaded into them as well, waiting to be whisked to shore
I arrived at my bungalow resort with two other German guests. I feel in love with this place the moment I saw it, and was lucky that they had a bungalow for me for two nights, for the whopping prices of 350 baht (about $11). And they say that this is the nicest place on the island, I think it is as well. There are many places that only charge 200 baht a night, yes that’s only $6, and I’ve heard you can even get it cheaper than that if you are staying a while, wow.
My bungalow is super cute, with cold shower bathroom, a toilet that you flush by adding a few scoops of water, a canopy mosquito net bed, and of course a great deck with a hammock, which I'm finding hard to ever leave. The restaurant has the best food as well, serving real coffee too, so many places in Thailand you will find only instant. There are mainly German tourists here, ranging from the dread lock hippie type, to the older, I have no idea how you got off that boat, European tourist. I have not met another American tourist yet on this trip.
This island is rustic, with jungles and deserted beaches, and lots of butterflies, it’s beautiful. There is limited Internet, only a few bungalow resorts offering wifi for a small fee, and only one mini mart about a half an hour hike away
On my first night here, I joined those two nice German tourists that I met on the boat on the way over. We shared stories of travel and where they’ve been, and how long they are staying. It wasn’t long before then Gentleman asked me” I see that you are writing,,,I see you on your computer at your hammock.” I mentioned that I do some casual writing in a blog when I travel. He said” you are not writing about this place? You are not giving this place away?” I told him that I was just writing in my blog, sharing my stories with a few friends and stuff..I said with a smile. He glared a little but excepted my answer. Now come on now, as if my little blog is going to make a difference in giving some secret away. This island has been around for years, in fact the owner of the bungalow resort next door has lived here for 30 years. It’s a hard balance sometimes wanting to share these great places that you find with the rest of the world and the ambitious travelers as myself, and wanting success and good fortune to the sweet owners of these bungalows whose very existence relay on travelers as myself to stay in business. But the selfish part is wanting things not to change and stay exactly the same way as you found it when you hopefully can return again. It’s a hard balance.
We also talked about the wildlife on the island and that even though you may not see too many too many monkeys, they're around, and it’s a good idea to take all of your belongings in at night from your deck in case they come around while you are asleep. Monkeys are known for being quite the little thieves
On this island they're are no TVs, no loud bars and very few tourists. The lights go out at 10pm, so with no other lights, you are left with a star filled sky at night. The long tail boats only make the delivery with supplies and passengers twice a day, compared to other islands where the traffic and noise of their arrival and departure is constant and it can take away the peaceful sound of the waves on the shore. This place is still one of those islands that hasn’t made it to the major mainstream of tourism, it’s a very special. If you're looking for peace and quiet , this is your place.
Cost for today…
Lodging - $11
Motorbike ride to pier- $1.50
Boat ride here- $4
Meals- $ 10
Total - $26.50