For 2009

May 11

11 May – Not a lot in this update as I’ve been busy.
The past couple of weekends have probably been the busiest on the island, not with foreign tourists but with hordes of Thais descending here for two long weekend breaks.

During the May day weekend there was more traffic on the roads than during Songkran. Probably due to not as many people taking trips at Songkran due to the red shirt riots in Bangkok and elsewhere. Yesterday, every Thai family & tour group had the same idea of checking out of their hotel at 12pm and then going for one last seafood lunch before heading home. The result was mid afternoon traffic jams that at one time stretched form the ferry pier to the southern end of White Sand beach i.e. a few kilometres of backed up vehicles.

flood-may09How do you know you had environmentally conscious Thai visitors staying nearby?
Simple, they don’t throw all their garbage onto the roadside randomly. Less well educated upcountry bumpkins sitting in the back of pick up trucks do that. Whereas a wealthier, Mercedes driving family, for example one in a black S-class with a Bangkok ‘7777’ plate, will pack it up into plastic bags and then leave it a few metres from where their car was parked, so as not to be too obvious. And then someone will come and remove their garbage for them. In this case that someone was me.

This week’s rainy day photo

Elephant graveyard.
This week someone emailed wanting to know how many elephants there were on Koh Chang. I don’t know for sure, maybe around 35-40, but what I do know is that there are two less this week than there were last week. This is because one of the male elephants was in must and whilst trying to convince it’s mahout to let it run wild and hump anything in sight it managed to gore one of the other elephants nearby with it’s tusks and killed it. The male and the body of the dead female were both smuggled off the island by disguising them as elderly Russian visitors.
This week’s rainy day photo

Watching the wildlife

Plastic Animals - They Last Longer

Plastic Animals - They Last Longer

Kai Bae viewpoint has a new attraction, yet another example of the local authority’s finely tuned ‘Reverse Midas Touch’ whereby everything they get their hands on turns not to gold, but to crap. Swinging from the tree outside the ‘Visitor Centre’ i.e. building with a map on the wall and leaflets for car rental laying on a desk, is this mock gibbon. This is possibly the first attempt at creating the world’s only Madame Tussaud’s for jungle animals right here on Koh Chang. Another unique attraction that’s sure to be a hit, after all you don’t get plastic monkeys in The Maldives,do you?

New Apartments.

Living Room

Living Room

There are four new one bedroom apartments to rent in Kai Bae. Two on the ground floor and two on the upper floor of a large converted house.

Bedroom

Bedroom

Monthly rental from 9,000 Baht/month + water/electricity. They are fully furnished with small kitchen area and also have free wifi and cable TV. Call Anukoon on 081-410-4747 if you are interested

IamKohChang 2.0
A mere 4 years after the whole Web2.0 revolution, I’ve decided that it’s time to jump on the bandwagon and redo this site entirely. The new version will look totally different and will hopefully make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. It’ll also have more photo galleries and videos. A lot of the older or very poorly written stuff on this site will disappear or and most pages have to be rewritten/updated and photos enlarged/changed.

During the past 3 weeks I’ve managed to complete a layout and design I like and figured out what features I want. Some are obvious, e.g. on some pages you’ll be able to leave comments/tips/advice for others to see. (But if there are any specific features that you’d like to see on the new site, let me know.) And I also had time to complete a total of 1 page, so only another 200-300 to go. Hopefully I can speed up and get a version that’s 80% complete online within a couple of months. The only thing that won’t change is the tone of the site.

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