Ko Ngam

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    • Day 9

      9. Day 4. Koh Chang

      June 21 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Day 4

      We headed out after the roads had dried from a quick rainfall, today we were heading on a 3hr scooter trip to the south of the island. We headed off slowly zipping along the coastal roads, the south of the island isn't touristy at all and very little there. We first stopped at Than Mayom Falls, these were very pretty waterfalls but sadly we weren't allowed to swim, you had to cross bare foot over the water holding a rope which was pretty exciting. These are protected falls and they even had a guard there stopping you do anything.

      We carried on scootering through jungles and the smells were overwhelming whilst being splatted in the face with bugs-blugh! We eventually got to the furthest south on the island, greeted with lovely beach with coral glistening from the shore. The water was so calm and inviting, we did some snorkling looking at all the fish, crabs and saw many sea cucumbers. We attempted to record on go pro underwater for the first time and got some pretty cool videos!

      We left the beach after an hour or so of swimming and chilling. Next stop was the next jungle waterfalls. We eventually arrived at the next waterful and had to trek through the jungle for 10 mins, we headed off after being warned to watch for snakes. You could tell why, the path was basically non existent with thick jungle infront, we managed to find a little path which lead to the bottom of the falls. It was really pretty with a little pool to go into. The only downside is we were destroyed by mosquitoes, I have counted almost 30 bites on one leg, we used loads bug spray before entering aswell.

      We left the waterfalls running from the bugs to go to our final stop which was the jungle mangroves.
      I had seen these online and was very intrigued to check them out as the lead all the way to the sea. We arrived and had to walk along this broken bridge path, it felt a little risky in sections as you were unsure if the wood would hold. Walking through the mangroves was super cool with trees and roots winding and twisting and then suddenly was the sea a deep blue colour leaving the thick mangroves. Was a perfect spot to see the salt water crocodiles but we didn't see any unfortunately.

      We headed back to the moped as had a long trip home and stopped for the sunset which was lovely.
      We have also decided the we are staying in Koh Chang a couple more days. To get to Koh Kood would be atleast a 10hr traveling day and will cost us about £60, as it's a smaller island we are worried how many restaurants etc will be open as many are shut here. So we are going to enjoy Koh Chang a little longer, let's hope the weather holds.
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    • Day 14

      Koh Chang Inseltour

      December 29, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Nachdem wir in Pai bereits eine schöne Sightseeingtour gemacht haben, machen wir eine ähnliche Tour heute auf Koh Chang und erkunden die Insel und deren Highlights:
      Wir werden von einem sympathischen Fahrer abgeholt, der uns zum ersten Stopp, einem Aussichtspunkt kutschiert und dort die weiteren Reiseteilnehmer einsammelt. Anschließend geht es zu einem Wasserfall und einem chinesischen Tempel (was der genau hier auf der thailändischen Insel macht, wird nicht genau klar) inklusive kleiner Feuerwerk Show :-)).
      Am Nachmittag gibt es noch einige weitere Stopps mit Aussichtspunkten und dem eigentlichen Highlight: einem ziemlich verlassenen weißen Strand am Ende der Insel mit glasklarem Wasser.. hier können wir fast 1,5 Stunden planschen und den Nachmittag genießen.
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    • Day 7

      Learning to moped

      February 4 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Well I did end up getting the bike In the end, about an hour and a half after I finished writing the previous instalment. I rented for 24 hours from 3:30 pm which gave me a good chance to explore South of lonely beach towards Bang Bao in the couple of hours of sunlight on the first day, then all the way over to the east side of the island the next day.

      It was very fun riding a moped and it came very naturally to me as I’m used to riding a bike and also using motor power to transport such as my virtual skateboard. The roads on the West side of the island are winding and occasionally steep but fun to drive and I enjoyed having a look around the sleepy fishing village of Bang Bao.

      The east side of the island is much flatter with straight roads making it easy to cover a lot of distance blasting along at 60 km/h. I found that speed to be the happy middle ground between making the time and going so fast that the roaring wind was painfully deafening and bumps became quite sketchy.

      The roads here are generally very good, much better than most places in England. They have the odd pothole and there tends to be a bit of a bump either side of bridges but overall I’m very impressed.

      There was much less to see on the east side of the island. Settlements were sparse and it seemed to be just the odd resort along the coastal road.

      The Ring Road does not connect at The south of the island so everything to the east is much quieter and sleepier, and there are some stunning beaches that stay almost completely empty. The trip totalled about 110 km, which is a long way when the first time I drove a bike was the day before. Even with the four hours I left, I didn’t get to stop anywhere for too long and only just got back in time.

      When I got back I joined Livi on the beach and chilled for a little bit, but I was feeling a little bit battered after a long time on the moped so I went home and had a nap after not too long.

      This did make me feel very refreshed and finally I felt like it was time to socialise a bit more so I headed out to the bars without Livi as she wasn’t feeling 100%

      I’m glad I went out. I spent the evening with three blokes playing pool and drinking beer. It was my first proper experience of social in my time here and it was absolutely my vibe. German Richard, Israeli Shahid and Canadian Jack all shared a bit of their own experience and it makes me realise I have so much to look forward to. It’s also a very long time, the same amount I was at Redwood for which felt like a mini lifetime. It’s scary I’m less than a week in but unbelievably exciting too.
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