South Thailand Island life
Trip Start Jul 15, 2009
71Trip End Jun 01, 2010
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Where I stayed
Ko Chang Resort
One disturbing moment was on the third night. I awoke to hear the sound of explosions out at sea. There are a couple of explanations for this. The first and most likely is very sad, not that the other explanation is not. Most likely the explosions were fisherman, bombing the reefs off the coast. The sad part of this is that they do it to catch fish and they are sealing the fate of the fact that there will be no fish there again for them to catch. The sustainability of the fishing industry is being destroyed by the very people that depend on it for their livelyhood. This is definitely not the only environmental disaster going on in Thailand but it is terrible. This isn't the only place in the world this is happening and it really needs to stop. The second possibility is that fisherman were having a shoot out over fishing rights, most likely killing each other. The sound of the blasts, and I have heard underwater blasts before, tells me that the first explanation is the most likely.
On to more beautiful stories, each morning we woke in our cute, and somewhat musty, bamboo bungalow, to the sound of a large bird outside. There was a hornbill that would visit each day and perch low in the trees while searching for food. What an incredible, and slightly weird looking bird. We didn't get a photo so you will have to look it up on the internet. What a curious bird as it swayed its head back and forth, first one eye to the ground then the other, scanning the area for something to eat. We saw a number of other bird species, including a sea eagle among them. There are many birds that feed on nectar from flowers, small but not as small as a hummingbird. So many species of birds. We had out our binoculars and our Birds of Thailand field guide, but it quickly became apparant to me that making lists of the birds may be futile at this point. I have given in to just enjoying watching them, whatever their name is I haven't found it necesary to know.
There are also a large variety of lizards on the island, we have seem many that range from a few centemeters to as big as my arm. Last night there was a scuffle on the back wall of our bungalow, I looked at Misty and said, "what was that?", What was what? she replied. Just then over the top of the wall a lizard that was green with blue and red spots and the length of my forearm not including the tail, was starring at us, while clinging to the wall a few feet away.
I guess another disturbing aspect of life in Thailand, and many "third world" countries is the trash. Trash is piled everywhere. Too much of that trash is plastic. And too much of that plastic is plastic bottles from drinking water and plastic bags from the 7-eleven. It's a concept imported from the west, the plastic bag. It is devestating. The entire boat ride to and from the mainland we watched as the plastic floated by. There just isn't a system to deal with it. The worse part is that places like the United States have found ways to deal with it and we produce so much of it as well. The truth is that plastic will probably be what is left of the humans when we are all gone. What a legacy to leave. We figured out how to make a plastic bag very thin and very strong, look you can even carry four plastic bottle of water in it.
We are headed to the Gulf coast tomorrow a bus ride and then an overnight ride to another island. Ko Pha Ngan is the name of the island we are heading to.
And Kelli, we have booked a bungalow a short hour walk away from Bottle Beach. We will be sure to visit at least once while we are there. We will write your name in the sand and dance around it, singing with you, where ever you are.
It is a bit funny to think of me visiting this island. It is an island considered to be "the party destination" for South East Asia. The big party is on the full moon. Which we will miss. We are booked to stay on the opposite side of the island from this "party destination" on a very relaxing set of bungalows, on a small private beach with a coral reef just off shore. We wanted to get a island visit on both coasts, and this seems to be one of the less crowded islands (at least outside of the full moon). Soon we will sleep and prepare for a bit of an epic travel day, they all seem to be epic, don't they.
Onward. and sideways, and backways and forways, upways and this ways and that ways and what ever happens next, will be a privilege to be part of....