Above you’ll see both the good & bad sides of Koh Chang. The sun is shining the sea is blue and people are happily swimming and sunbathing on White Sand beach a few metres from an open drain which seeps a dark black , possibly water based, liquid onto the beach. Meanwhile, elsewhere on the island the increased development means more privately owned mini reservoirs are being dug. No-one seems to know what happened to the plan for a real reservoir on the island that was all set to be built a couple of years ago.
Farm Pu Nim: Khlung’s ‘must visit’ restaurant. (And to think you have gone through life to this point without realising Khlung had a ‘must visit’ restaurant.) Having endured the sad excuse for Thai food that the beachfront restaurants on White Sand beach churn out nowadays during my search for restaurants to recommend, it was great to go some place where proper food was served in a great location for a great price. Only downside is that it’s an hour drive plus a 5 minute boat ride from Koh Chang. If you ever wondered how oysters are farmed in Thailand then that’s what all the plastic bottles in one of the pics below are for. Below each one a cluster of oysters is growing. More pics and info how to get there.
Talking of edible marine life, a metre long turtle came ashore on Klong Prao beach last week. I didn’t see it but a coupe of our guests were on the beach at the time and saw staff fro the beach restaurant run towards something in the sea. There were a few waves and it seems like the turtle had swum too close to the beach and was unable to get ut of the shallow water and back into the open sea. Fortunately a couple of people helped it out into deeper water and it swam off. Unfortunately, our guests didn’t have a camera with them.
It may well be snowing in most of Europe, but it is Summer here. In areas away from the main tourist beaches and you’ll see splashes of vivid colour by the roadside and blossom ( not cherry ) on many trees.
Ao Sapporot: 99% of visitors pass within 100 metres of the spot where these photos were taken and yet the overwhelming majority wont recognise the views. This is because everyone going to one of the ferry piers to the mainland passes by the small Ao Sapporot fishing community which is located almost adjacent to the busiest pier. But very few stop to have a look around or to eat at one of the very good seafood restaurants there.
The hills are alive with the sound of motors. Thailand Paramotor club bought 40-50 paramotor enthusiasts to the island for a day of fun & games and buzzing the tourists on the beach. It was fun to watch and in the morning we watched as wave after wave of them flew overhead, along the river, to the microlight airstrip in Klong Prao where they landed. As an annual event it would have been even better if it were publicised a bit. More pics of the flyboys big day out.
Finally, if you happen to be in Trat next week, from 23-25 March there will be a parade and various festivities to celebrate the 107th Anniversary of the French occupying forces being forced out of this part of Thailand. A few pics from the 2012 festivities on this Facebook page.
Something new. Can now upload panoramas direct from Phone to Google Maps. This is just a test at Centrepoint Ferry pier yesterday. Use your mouse to see 360 degree view. ( Note to self: Make sure GPS is on next time so location isn’t in the middle of the sea and North doesn’t face East. )