Lazy days on Ko Chang

Trip Start Jun 11, 2011
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Trip End Jul 24, 2011


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Kaibae Grand View Bungalows

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Despite the charm of the north, we decided to trade temples for the soft white sand of the Ko Chang archipelago. Ko Chang is the largest island, and thus far, we've not found the energy to explore any of the smaller surrounding islands. The lush mountains, emerald green sea, and chilled vibe have lulled us into supreme island mode.

Here it's low season, which means we have few neighbors and virtually the entire beach to ourselves. We rented a basic but beachfront bungalow just steps away from the sand: hot water, nice porch and ocean breezes. We also have a great view of the sunset, not too shabby...

"Town", as we fondly call it, is about a 10 minute walk and provides all the amenities we might desire: shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. We've found the best fried rice on the island (quite possibly the world!), karoke and cabaret shows. After sunset, our time is spent dining, playing Jenga, and chatting with locals/other travelers. Our favorite bartender makes a delicious shot, the Kingky Special, but sadly, won't reveal its ingredients.

Even the overcast days here are quite pleasant (quite the statement for a sun-worshiper like me!).
We're reading, catching up on sleep, and spending quality time in the hammock. During low tide, we can watch the fisherman cast their nets and the ladies gather crustaceans.

There's no shortage of interesting folk on this island, including both Thais and travelers. We met an guy traveling for 4 years and a young couple from Siberia. Also, a fresh-faced American graduate (only 18 & traveling SE Asia alone) and a charming boat captain from Mauritius (you can bet I got his contact information; he's already invited us to visit).

We also met an outgoing Chinese family on holiday. Fun and energetic, they insisted upon group photos and joining them for a barbeque dinner. I'm not certain of everything we ate, but it was tasty and definitely an adventure!

Ko Chang is a bit more pricey than some of the other islands I've visited in Thailand/SE Asia. But we're still able to manage a pretty tight budget: our bungalow is about 18USD and massages are $8. Add a couple Chang beers, some free-trade gifts and an occasional banana-chocolate roti and we're still faring pretty darn well!

We have the best (and free!) nature soundtrack, which makes sleeping better and massages all the more relaxing. There's an amazing harmony of bullfrogs, rainfrogs, cicada, tropical birds and crashing waves. In fact, at times, it's almost too loud for a city girl like me, and I've had to use earplugs now & then. The price one pays for paradise!


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mom on

sounds like you are having a blast! thanks for the update. we are well--enjoying a quiet father's day. love you!

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