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Islands in the Sun

sunny 39 °C
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We had a long, hot sticky travel day from Pak Chong to Koh Chang. First we were dropped off at the bus station in Pak Chong by the guesthouse. We were immediately seated on a bus for Saraburi, about an hour away. At Saraburi we (immediately) transferred to a bus to Chantaburi. After 6 1/2 hours we arrived in Chantaburi where we decided we had had enough so took a tuk-tuk truck to the River Guesthouse. A pleasant find, thanks to Travelfish.

Chantaburi is notable for being a city where gems are traded. But we were only interested in it's night market where we traded baht for food.

In the morning we took a tuk-tuk taxi back to the bus station and at 9:30 caught a bus directly to Leam Ngob, the village where the ferries to Koh Chang depart from. Confusingly, there are three ferry piers - the Koh Chang Ferry, Ferry Koh Chang and Centrepoint. We were dropped at Centrepoint where we bought a ferry ticket and were immediately hustled onto a taxi-truck for the 100m dash down the pier and on to the ferry. It was so immediate I left the bag of fruit we had bought from the night market in the back of the taxi, the third time we had left fruit behind.

On Koh Chang the single waiting taxi was already chocker so he called another taxi. We drove through a village, over a steep hill, through the popular and developed White Sands Beach, over a smaller hill to Khlong Prao Beach. He dropped us at Blue Lagoon and we had a 200m walk down a dusty, dirt driveway through a rubber plantation to the actual site.

The bungalow we chose was a fan-cooled bungalow (luckily with two fans as it was extremely hot) on stilts over the lagoon. I called it the Green Lagoon rather than the Blue Lagoon as that was a better representation of it's colour. We had two deck chairs on our balcony and could see the sea a 2 minute walk away. It was a very peaceful and relaxing place to stay though we fantasised about staying in a flash resort with a swimming pool.

After a wonderful lunch of kau soi we decided to take a walk along the beach and check out the lie of the land. Not the most sensible thing to do in the heat of the day. First we walked north along the beach past a couple of resorts with one or two nearly-naked patrons. We saw an undeveloped area so followed a path back to the road. We walked south along the road, past the driveway to Blue Lagoon to a small headland where we were able to gain access back to the beach. People must have thought we were crazy as the temperature must have been in the high 30s and most people use the much cooler method of motor scooters to get around. The beach was a more direct route than along the road so we soon back at our bungalow for a cold shower and a rest in our deck chairs.

The sunset was glorious.

Posted by pythagnz 17:28 Archived in Thailand

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