At Koh Chang
Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
20Trip End Mar 27, 2012
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5th of Jan.
We had New Years Eve with Maria and Claude. It was really nice on the beach with fire works and lampions. It's always fun to spend New Years Eve on the beach as we do in Rio. After New Years Eve Maria and Claude left. It was really great to spend time with them. Very nice people!
Today our friends from Paris, Brigitte and Dominique left also. It's a pity that everybody is leaving because they have to go back to work. Brigitte and Dominique stayed in our hotel and we had very nice conversations every evening. And I thought I would forget my French in Thailand! The owner of our guest house is also French, Lionel.
We also met in our hotel a nice family from the UK. They have a sweet daughter called Amelia. We were together on the beach yesterday. Golden Beach is great! The owner of the restaurant on the beach is from Antwerp. Funny! So we can also practice our Flemish! Haha! ''
Koh Chang is a perfect island to relax. We love being here! The beaches are very nice and the sunsets are wonderful. Every day we have a different sunset! We love it! Stefano already took hundreds of pictures!
This evening we will have dinner with our Swedish friends, Thomas and Kerstin. We had already a lot of fun together. We spent Xmas Eve together. Nice people, not complicated! We like that.
Now we are going to the beach. Maybe we take the dogs, Kopka and Peke with us. They are sooo sweet! They are from the hotel.
Today we went for a ride to the other side of the Island but first we said goodbye to Ingrid, Phil and Amelia, a real friendly couple with a sweet daughter.
We left around 11:30 and stopped on the way for a drink in a small resort. The other side of the Island is completely different with thick vegetation and very calm as there are no beaches until at the end where you'll find Treehouse bungalows (real basic) on beautiful Long Beach.
The last part of the road to get there is real adventurous and not everyone dared to go to the end. In fact some people just turned around. Parts are rocky others sandy and some parts were just gone. At the end it is all worthwhile the trouble to get there though.
Today we went to spent the day with our friends
Tomas and Kerstin at Klong Prao beach where they stay. It was a fun day with lots of conversations on all kind of subjects, interesting as always when we meet intelligent persons and you can have relaxed exchanging of opinions while you're floating together in the sea.
Yesterday got a message from Fre that he checked the loft and apart from our little house spider no bigger animals were born until now there while we're gone ! We're really greatfull that Fre, Katleen and Ayko keep an eye on our place and forward us important post. Thanks again, we miss you, you are the best !
We've been gone more than a month now, in one way it feels like we've been gone for much longer as we feel really detached from home and integrated in this kind of life though we miss our friends and family but you can't have it all !! On the other hand time seems to fly and days seem so short !
Today was our last day at Kai Bae, tomorrow we're moving to Lonely Beach at Nature Beach Resort which is one of our favorite places.
We'll stay there until the 21st when we'll leave for Cambodia. We took the two lovely dogs Kopka and Kepe for an hour to the beach just before sunset, they love running around like mad on the sand and into the water, we'll really miss them but we'll be back after Cambodia for a couple of days.
Got settled in, our little bungalow is fun, no air co here but fan, it's ok though as we can open the windows in the evening so the fresh air makes it comfortable. Just had to work out some kind of reptile which was slightly bigger (35 cm see pic) than the usual gecko's that we always have in our rooms and leave alone. But Andrea didn't like it so he had to find another place to stay.
The beach is great and a little further there's a kind of hippie village with lots of little shops, bars with live music and places to eat, lot's of parties going on there, so good to go there but good to sleep on a safe distance. Yesterday we said goodbye to Alberto, nice guy from Genoa, to whom we have been talking a lot every time we came to this beach. We would like to see him again, in Italy or Antwerp.
In the afternoon Michel and Brigitte came to see us, we met them the few last days that we stayed in PK 208. Like us they are traveling around for 4 months. They took the same kind of decision as we took, stop working, and live with less money but free. Seems to work well for them, so lots of things to discuss ! They stayed the evening had dinner here and than we walked over to the village for a few drinks in a live bar called "Ting Tong", which was good fun.
Thai people smile a lot. This is really a wonderful characteristic. The atmosphere is very positive because of this. Thai is a 'tone' language. It's very important how you pronounce the words because you can say something completely different. It's funny how they talk. We always have to laugh about it.
They love eating the whole day with many many spices. It's unbelievable how spicy they can eat. Tato will love it. :) They buy their small plastic bags with food everywhere and they sit on the ground to eat with their friends. They eat salt, spice, sweet and sour mixed together the whole day. There is no difference between breakfast food and the rest like we have. Of course in the resorts we can find western food. Otherwise it would be a problem for us.
The fruits are very sweet and have lovely tastes. We love pompelmo here. It's a kind of big orange, but it's not grapefruit. We like the pineapple, mango's, bananas, papayas and dragon fruits here. We drink banana shake almost everyday. It is so tasty and we cannot imagine Thailand without banana shake anymore.
Thai are budhists. They believe in karma. They think they should do their best in order to get a better next life, like my grandmother believed also very seriously. They are also very superstitious and they have tattoos, bracelets and other things to protect them from envy eyes. They also don't like when people say they don't believe in these kind of things.
Thai are very protective in relationship with their families. There is no pension system in Thailand and the children have to take care of their parents later. This also explains why many women have to make money to send it to their parents. Usually they are from the North of Thailand and they work in Bangkok, Pattaya or the islands. Falang means foreigners. They call us the whole time like that. I think they find us weird because we like to become brown, stay in the sun the whole day and eat without a kilo of spices.
One of the nicest things in Thailand is also the massage. They are great and cheap. Stefano doesn't like it so much, but I love it. Today I had a wonderful coconut oil massage. You smell so delicious afterwards.
Quotes of the day:
'Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.' Oscar Wilde
'To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.' Oscar Wilde
Last night we were invited for dinner at the house of Paolo, Julieta and Giorgio, they rented this house in Bailan village for 6 months, which they do every year, They live in Rimini for 6 months where Paolo saves lives in the sea (just like David Hasselhoff In Baywatch) and than they come here to enjoy live in a real uncomplicated way. Real sweet people that have lived everywhere, including Trancoso for 7 years. Julieta is Argentinian from Buenos Aires and Paolo from Italy, Rimini. The evening was a real mix of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and one's the 2 South American ladies took off there was no stopping them !!! :-) We'll keep contact and we hope to see them again soon, maybe in Italy in July.