Beach Bungalow

Trip Start Jul 20, 2006
Trip End May 10, 2007

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

My beach side bungalow in Hat Kaibae had a view of four small islands off the coast.

When I arrived mid-afternoon at the Kaibae Hut Resort, the tide was high and the bay felt more like a bath than ocean water. But, when I awoke the next morning, the tide was low and I was able to walk to the largest of the off shore islands . Call me Jesus, I was walking on water. Over dead coral and brilliantly colored live clams, I inched my way toward the island, looking back at Ko Chang and its jagged peaks covered in green foliage.

The tide came in before I knew it and there I was, completely surrounded by water in what felt like the middle of the ocean. My only way of returning was to start swimming. It took me about 1 1/2 hours to reach the shore, but much to my relief, I arrived on the white sand beaches, safe and sound.

It took a 6-hour bus ride from Bangkok and a ferry to reach this enchanting island, which is the second largest island in Thailand, after Phuket. On the ferry crossing, I met Brad, a 40-something man from Canoga Park, California and he became my travel companion for the next two days.

After my Jesus experience, Brad and I set out to visit To Mu Ko National Park. Ko Chang is known for its cascading water falls and after a 10 Km hike, we reached Nam Tok Khlong Plu, which cascades down a narrow drop off and into a cool plunge pool, where I enjoyed a refreshing dip in the sweet water.

Brad left Ko Chang early the next morning to set off for Cambodia and I was left alone to venture. I found that the road that led from the main street to my Bungalow resembled a zoo. A contained cage of 20 or so crocodiles, boars, and roosters lined the pathway. While I was walking, I met Salgo, an Italian engineer, and he and I spent the morning having breakfast on the shore. He went off to ride his moto around the island, and I grabbed my book, i-pod, and writing tablet, and spent the morning relaxing on the beach. While there, I had the pleasure of having a sea side Thai massage, which was very invigorating. It was then that I met Christian and Marc, two French nationals on holiday, with whom I spent the rest of my time in Hat kaibae.

I was sorry to leave this beautiful island, but my stay here was well worth the journey from Bangkok, but it was time to go up north to my new home, Chiang Mai.
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