Big bang koh chang!

Trip Start Jan 02, 2010
Trip End Jan 29, 2010

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Cliff cottage bungalows

Flag of Thailand  , Trat,
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It has been a few days snce we last made an entry and now we are totally imersed in island life backpacker styles all the way. We caught a flight from bangkok to Trat then boarded a ferry to the island of Koh Chang (elephant island) - a huge sprawling, mountainous, jungle island with monkeys, elephants, mysterious geckos that make very loud noises in the middle of the night - yet to see one in the flesh little (or proabably big!) buggers. Our bungalow place is at the south end of the island away from the main tourist hubbub and party areas, in a fishing village called bang bao. It is awesome - the whole village is set on a pier that has market shops, amazing restuarants on stilts on the water, a little bit like venis with palm trees. Our bungalows are set on a cliff side in the jungle looking over the sea - the view is AMAZING, esp for 300B a night (aprox $15) they are really basic thatch roof huts on stilts with a little deck and hammock and a hard as nails bed with mossy net and fan. All the huts are set far apart at various angles on the hillside or deeper in the jungle, our hut looks over two beaches on each side so we see the sunrise and set. It is a mission navigating the steps getting up to it, especially the other day when there was a huge thunder storm in the morning (v. dramatic and exciting - we couldnt believe the thatch roof managed to hold up!) and basiclly the water was pouring down the steps like waterfall (not good when busting to go to the loo - we have to share a loo and shower lke in a camping ground). Amazingly it has rained two nights while here but it clears in the day to the point of being blasting blue skies and getting sunburnt.
One of the best parts about our bungalows is that is has a fantastic big restaurant hang out area deck on the water with hammocks, cushions, tables, massive bamboo outdoor beds, and everyone is so chilled out, drinking beers, reading books, just sitting and lounging about, it is such an awesom retreat to relax in esp at the end of a busy day out and about - we would highly recomend this place to anyone who comes here. The owner is a scottish guy and all the girls (thai) that work there are really friendly and funny.
So far we have explored the island by taxi (which is actually just a pick up truck with seats on the back - you meet heaps of other travellers on these trucks) the roads are insane windy things between the beaches - today we are going to bite the bullet and get a scooter - cant wait!! The beaches are beautiful white sand palm trees, jungle, deep water for swimming - we had a great swim the other day at Lonely beach (with a million other 20 yr olds) the water is super warm wayne reakons over 23 degrees. Outside the temp is about 40!
Yesterday we went on an elephant trek ha, it was fantastic! We went on a two hour trek where we went swimming with the elephants, jumped off their heads (yes even I did that!) and swum in a dodgy looking river (a few floating elephant poos and so forth) we careful not to swallow or pee! Then we went up a rubber plantation into the jungle where we got to drive the elephants, kinda scary as the tour guys are real casual and just laugh at anything ( a big german guy fell off his elephant in the river and his seat fell on him and everyone just laughed) it was awesom, got some great pics.
Food is hot spicy small and delish - though i am off padthai after a few strange items t urned up in my last one (shrivelled brain looking things). Winners are the whole steamed fish, tom jum soups, the currys and cheap chang beer (7% alch!).
We are off to cambodia on Friday to siam reap where the big angkor temples are, booked our trip the other day for nz$50 each - its amazing how cheap everything is here! Our motorbikes today should cost about 200B for the day which is aprox nz$10
Anyway need to go, will try and put some more pics up
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Hi guys, Lovely to see your pics, and hear how you are going. Am forwarding on to Grandma and Grandpa who are enjoying your travel stories too.
Love Mum

Sarita Burgess on

Wow!!! It looks like you are having an amazing time over there. Keep up the updates so I can keep living vicariously through you!!xxxx

Mumma2pak on

wow that sounds so so awesome,i love the way you write Tracey so descriptive i almost feel like i am there too, pics are choice, dad and i had big smiles looking at the pics and dad enjoyed me reading out loud. Leroy is being entertained by Amy and her mum tonight, they found the key alright and will be leaving 5ish in the morning. Love to you both

jme,johnny & Maya on

Ha ha, i have left a comment in another section of this site, however i am not sure where it went! you will have to find it :)

Miss you both, loving the lingo tbone and the sexy pics, perhaps you should hire a veitnamese photographer? - to ensure pics from all angles! he he

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