Webmaster manuals often mention that there’s nothing like a photo of a Green Cat Snake to grab the visitor’s attentionon the home page of a site. So it is very fortunate that this lovely example was sent to me by Domokos who photographed him/her/it in late November whilst on a a jungle trek in the south of Koh Chang with ‘Jungleman Raht’, who runs treks in the Klong Kloi area. Thanks to Domokos for sending it and if you want to contact Raht direct about treks his email is < firstname.lastname@example.org >
I’ll leave the wildlife photography to the experts and concentrate on what I’m best at . . . filling up webspace with mindless nonsense that is vaguely Koh Chang related. Next time you ar at Klong Plu waterfall, pop into the National Park Information Centre. Here amongst shelves filled with leaflets warning of the dangers of various maladies from AIDS to Swine Flu you’ll find signboards displaying information about the different areas of the island, for example Kai Bae Beach. I loved the photo of the pure white sand and those rolling hills in the distance . . . and that’s a bit odd, because last time I looked there weren’t any offshore mountain ranges visible from Kai Bae beach – only sea.
Turns out there is an obvious explanation. Rather than send someone with a camera down to Kai Bae, the National Park decided to promote a beach on Koh Chang using a photo taken from the internet. In this case a picture of the Harris Hills as seen from a beach on the Isle of Berneray in Scotland. (But hopefully no-one will notice.)
15 Dec. – This has now developed into a major international incident, well an amusing distraction from the cold grey skies in Scotland, with a story about the photo appearing in The Scotsman newspaper. I guess I should also mention that the photos of White Sand beach are faked too.
16 Dec. – Story now in The Daily Mail and The Sun newspapers in the UK and on the BBC News website. ( The Sun, being The Sun, has a photo captioned as Kai Bae beach – but isn’t actually of Kai Bae beach either. ) And now also a report on Scottish Television which also mentions Koh Chang is in the Indian Ocean . . . no wonder the Scots didn’t make good explorers.
With Xmas approaching one question sure to be on everyone’s minds is ‘Where can I find the cheapest beachfront beer on Koh Chang? I’ll nominate Chang Park Resort on the Isle of Berneray Kai Bae Beach. Despite the best efforts of a pretty good Thai guitarist strumming his way through cover versions of classic 70s & 80s soft rock, the beachfront bar is a bit sad to say the least. But that’s to be expected from a resort that switches most of the garden and beachfront lights off at night as this is probably cheaper than paying for a large neon sign saying ‘We don’t want your business. Please go elsewhere.’ However, if you are in Kai Bae and want a respite from the loud roadside bars, but don’t want to break the bank, then head here for a quiet drink by the sea in darkness. A small Heineken is 50 baht, Singha or Chang are also 50 baht – so no reason not to treat yourself to the fancy European brew. Cocktails are all 120 baht and are made from brand name alcohol, not the cheap crap most bars use in order to maximise profits. (These aren’t happy hour prices, these are from the menu and include VAT, service etc.)
December’s ‘Tropical Living’ magazine is out now and is available in good bookshops and fancy hotels in Thailand, Hong Kong & Singapore. There’s a write up on the Koh Mak property scene in it that I wrote, so if you have a copy and want it autographing, just let me know. Alternatively save yourself the money and read the full magazine online.
Need to be saved? Help is at hand. Thankfully some Christians are here to save us from being corrupted and led astray by evil Buddhists during this festive period. Looks like Jesus also loves a nice cup of coffee too.
On the subject of coffee and on the off chance you are heading round the eastern side of Koh Chang, you might be interested to know that there’s a nice little coffeeshop just opened by the sea in ‘Ban Sai Dang’ – a hamlet so small it doesn’t seem to have any houses, only a sign to show that it actually exists. The hot coffee is good, the iced less so as it seems to lacks one key ingredient in any good iced coffee . . . a coffee taste. But regardless, stop for a Cappuchino and enjoy the view.
A few pages that I added last week are below including Koh Chang’s Funkiest cafe, that is for sale and the island’s smallest restaurant ‘Sea Breeze’ in Klong Prao, that is open for everything from real English breakfasts – complete with Terry Wogan, to home cooked private seafood dinners.