Maribel & Sebastian's Australia and Asia Tour 2007 travel blog










Welcome to the jungle...

We took a long tail boat in the morning to get to the Island Ko Chang.

Ko Chang is a 9 by 5 km island, appearantly in shape of a relaxing elephant (chang = elephant), that is largely undeveloped. The inner of the island is mangrove jungle and only a few resorts and a handful permanents settled on the island. There are no roads and cars and electricity is sporadicly available in a limited timeframe between 19:00 and 23:00. Beaches are connected via paths through the jungle.

In order to get to the island we took an awfully slow songthaew towards the port. Songthaews are the equivalent to the Philipino Jeepneys but they lack the creative design. From the port a longtail boat takes you on a 1 1/2 hour journey to the island. Luggage storage and "people squeezing" does not only seem to be a minibus art. The boat also functions as supply boat and hence some travellers need to find their seat between large piles of eggs, huge ice blocks, fruits and anything that may have been on order. On the way we could spot some dolphins that followed us for a few seconds. The longtail boat goes from beach to beach and you need to shout if you want to get off. When it is time to get off, lift up your trousers as the boat stops close to the beach in the water - you need to make your way to the beach being careful not to drop your backpack...

For 150 bath (Euro 3) we booked a beach hut; a basic but lovely located hut right in front of the beach. We spent the rest of the day doing exactly nothing.

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