Chang Bang

Trip Start Nov 03, 2009
Trip End Jul 15, 2010

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

After a week in BKK and finally meeting up with our new travel cohorts for 6 weeks Simon & Phil, we booked a bus and boat ride to the predominantly rain forested island that is Ko Chang, situated on the eastern side of the gulf and not a million miles away from Cambodia. We missed the beach so much, these guys were also very keen to get to the sun & sea after enduring a nightmare winter in London and we still had 10 days still to run on our Thai visas, so figured it was a good move and would make it easier (we hoped) to jump into Cambodia within a day.

A fairly painless journey by all accounts and we found a great little bungalow complex for a tenner a night on the west side of the island; Kai Bae. Beautiful spot overlooking a series of off-shore islands which we later explored via a Kayak & Snorkel on our last day there.

So we arrived on the 27th January, conveniently Si Browns 39th birthday and tucked into cake, decent red wine brought from the UK (Rioja! lush!) and good times. This went on for the next 2 nights and we all lazily saw the days away on our bungalows private beach.

Not a great deal to report really over the course of our 10 days stay I'm afarid, we got out mopeds for the duration and shot around the island visiting different beaches, waterfalls and such. The island is quite large, the second largest in Thailand after Phucket and the roads surprisingly well maintained and easy to drive on in most places compared with Tao or Phangan. That is until you get a freak shower leaving the roads with an oily layer on the steep parts (due to trucks being in low or high gears and dripping oil everywhere) which sadly resulted in our friends Don & Nora having an accident on the last day. Some of the hills you have to go down or up are ridiculous and need a steady yet careful approach otherwise you'll get an expensive medical bill through the post as well as an angry Thai motorbike rental guy demanding crazy cash for damage incurred to said vehicle.

Popped over to the strangely named Lonely Beach (it's the busiest spot on the island) for a party which wasn't very good music wise (no surprise there) and met up with 2 Swedish guys Per & Emil who Sofie knew from back home in Hogsater, Sweden and who we first bumped into on the bus ride over. It really is a small world as the cliché suggests. Speaking of small worlds a free party crew who go by the name of Panic and who Simon knew from back home were also on the island on a 2 week break. More small world vibes!

A few days later we met up again with Syber Simon (lots of Simon's now) and his girlfriend Jana who we spent 5 or 6 days with in early January in Ko Phangan, so quite a crew was emerging!

Ate well (a common running theme on our trip), drank well (ditto) and had a blast on an island I would highly recommend anyone visiting. We booked our passage to Siem Reap, Cambodia and literally left Thailand the day our visa run out on the 5th Feb. Journey wise to Cambodia I'll save for the next wasn't pretty I can assure.

In Siem Reap now amongst the temples and mad hustle and bustle that only Cambodia can provide, more later people! 


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