Mornings with the Monkeys in Koh Jum

Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
Trip End Feb 08, 2012

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Ao Si Bungalows

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Friday, January 20, 2012

This is another one of these islands in Thailand where things are developing, but there is still a Robinson Crusoe type of feeling that you are still off the beaten path. On this island , you take a ferry heading to Koh Lanta from Krabi, and then you stop off at sea near the island, and long tail boats come out to meet you from the various " Resorts" and you then proceed to climb in the the awaiting long tail and whisked away to your bungalow. I still am amazed to see travelers complete this task with their large roller board suitcases, not lifting a finger themselves of course, and expecting the boat captain to be the one to slump his over packed suitcase down to the boat. Then the basically motorized canoes take you to shore, and if you're lucky and the tide isn’t too far out, a small ladder is placed in the water and you and your backpack (at least for me) climb into the water, and walk along the beach to your bungalow. Now, the fat cat, as I like to call him, is usually always booked at a fancier bungalow operation where some poor underpaid Thai worker who is the bellhop/ cook/ taxi service and now has to schlep this guy’s bag. There are a few of “those” kind of places on this island, that cater the fancier crowd, but most of it is very simple, with dirt roads and no cars or ways to withdrawal cash. So you have to be a little more prepared when heading out to these more remote islands.

Our bungalow here is pretty basic, but includes a bathroom and an amazing deck with a million dollar view and is the fanciest bungalow at this resort for a bargain price of 700 baht ($23). Michael was nice enough to hang my hammock that I brought with me on this trip out on our deck, and I wasn’t informed later that he wasn’t ever in the boy scouts and was his first time tying up some strong hammock knots in which to put it up.  I learned this after I was already laying in it, but he was kind enough to test it first for me, and I’m happy to report it works great! And my million dollar view is even sweeter laying in it. I know you are soooo  jealous Sara D.!

Our first morning here we were greeted by a by a large pack of wild monkeys running down the beach towards our resort. The monkeys we found out love the mornings around here, and sometimes like to start the day by running across your bungalow roofs and playing in the trees, eating the fruit that grows in them.  So at breakfast I’m watching them play and notice that they are getting closer and closer to our bungalow at the top of the hill, in which I left all the windows and deck door open. It lets in the nicest breeze! Another couple at breakfast commented that it would be a really great idea for me to close it up since they love to come into play sometimes and as I know, are quite the little thieves. Since I didn’t want to see a monkey playing on the beach trying to figure out how to turn on my IPod later that afternoon, the open breeze will have to wait until I’m laying in my hammock, so locking up the bungalow when we leave is the best idea.

Michael has proven to be a man of many talents. This morning after breakfast , there was a older  German woman helping her friend try to fix a metal piece on one of her braces in her mouth that was poking into her cheek causing her a great deal of pain. The woman lay down on a bench while her friend proceeded to try to reach the pesky sharp metal with a tweezer. Michael always looking for an opportunity to help out offered his assistance. “Are you a dentist?” she asked him  in German. Michael somewhat understood what they were saying. “No “he replied “but I have a pocket knife and some large toe nail clippers, and would be glad to help out” so off to the bungalow he went to gather up his tools and proceeded back down and  fixed that woman’s braces and bent back that wire inside her mouth that was bothering her, and she sat up with a largest smile on her face after being cured of her predicament.  So this guy can do it all, nice to have around on a remote island. So, that leads me to a little story that I wasn’t sure if I would tell. And  there are a couple people out there reading this that won’t be so thrilled knowing this little part of my journey, ( Mom, Dad, Sarah) but I love to share my stories of adventure, and all the things that happen to me on such ventures, good and bad, and this happens to teeter on the bad side. Okay, I will come out with it….I had a little fall off the motorbike one day in koh Phayam. I was riding on the back with Michael driving, and  the girls following on their bike, on our way to watch the sunset, and I motorbike with a side car was approaching us on the path, and as we were trying to clear it, the sidecar slammed into my knee and I was knocked off the bike. It happened so quickly and luckily I landed in a pile of leaves on the side of the road to cushion my fall. It knocked the wind out of me at first, and before I knew it, Michael was standing over me, grabbing my leg to see if It was broke and the girls were frantically calling out my name as they ran up to see if I was okay. I am happy to report that my leg isn’t broke, my knee is a little scraped up along with my foot and I have a hell of a large bruise on my leg. This was the time I discovered that Michael knows how to stitch up a cut as well,  which he quickly offered, and luckily did not need to perform on me this time. So, I received a lot of sympathy and cold beer to help with the swelling on my leg (one for me, and one to use for a cold compress for my leg) and I have and a little story to tell, but all is good, and I am going to be just fine. No worries! Lol.
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maureen mason on

Thailand tatoo! ha ha ha ha great title for your runaway bestseller.So happy you have a man's man as your traveling companion.You so deserve it. You may even be home as I write this so i sure hope to see you soon. xoxoxo

Sarah on

Well I am glad your okay! It will be a good story though if someone says, "is that a scar on your knee? Where did you get that?"

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