Monkey Madness

Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
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Trip End Apr 29, 2007


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Monday, July 31, 2006

Morale was still a bit low, but we tried not to let it ruin our time... Bit of a mare travel day, via the police station... Bus tickets had all sold out, so had to get a local bus and then taxi.... But the driver did show his photo album of his days as a sailor in the 70s!

Salang is a weirdish place, supposed to be the biggest resort on the island, but you can't get to it by road, it has only a path through it, 5 restaurants, 1 pub and a couple of dive places.... Bit shambolic theres a kind of swamp running through it with loads of HUGE monitor lizards swimming...

It grew on me! Good mix of locals, Singaporeans and Westerners, very different from the McThai island vibe...

Our bungalow was set around a garden with hammocks, very quiet, great jungle backdrop. Has a book exchange in which the gem, "Confessions from a Luxury Liner" was about the best book, featuring Timmy Lea. I think Jazz used to have some videos with this chap in...

Went on our first night on the beer for several weeks - small beers are similar to Thai prices, so we had to indulge!!! Bob Marley bar was only option, got busy after 11, we got chatting to some Swiss guys, then at 1 it shut - so on to beach bar til 4.... Not drinking for so long had reduced my tolerance. Not good. But we did join in with Oasis songs in a guitar sing a long!

Spent the next day looking at monkeys knocking over bins outside our bungalow. One nearly went in our place as rat left the door ajar...

Walked to nearest settlement, Air Batang - no roads so we used jungle path. Only 3km each way, but tough going (in my opinion) we met a couple of Italians who aborted, then asked if they could join us as they were scared!!

Ended up at a couple of nice secluded beaches, saw lots of butterflies, lizards, a snake and loads of ruddy ants!!! Air Batang was even deader than Salang, and more run down, glad we didn't stay there! Got lost on way back so had to wade about a kilometre. A tree had collapsed on our return path, so this too caused a hold up, glad we werent under it.

That evening a solo british girl we'd met on the boat asked if we wanted to go for a drink with her - I declined as we didnt want to drink again (pathetic, huh?)- But later felt really guilty, as it must be horrible alone in some of these places...

Noticed a Muslim women post diving, she was in her wetsuit with her head scarf on.... As for us, we decided not to go diving here due to expense and time (about 25 quid and all day, we wanted 10 pounds and 3 hours) so we went snorkelling from the beach instead... Rental was about 2 GBP and well worth it! Didn't expect beach snorkelling to be too good, but it was fantastic!! About 15 metres from the beach was a reef and the marine life was immense.. We were out there for almost 2 hours... Probably our second best underwater experience after the Temple in Perhentians. We swam across to a nearby island, which was a bit scary as there was a fair bit of boat traffic, but we did get to see some squid!

That evening rat had his best chicken ever, and I bought a glow in the dark T-Shirt, a decision I may live to regret!!
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