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We had a fantastic last day in Bangkok on Wednesday. We were both pretty tired after two days solid sightseeing in the heat so decided to head up to Dosit Park to relax. However, on the way, we wandered past Dosit Zoo and decided to take a look. Spent the morning in the zoo which was lovely. There was a huge lake so we spent a while just watching the fish, turtles and lizards swimming about which was very relaxing.

Joe went to a Mai Thai (not sure if thats the right spelling) boxing training session. We went to the street gym we found the other day and he spent about an hour and a half being taught the basic techniques by a personal trainer. It was very cool - although the 'Rocky' esqu atmosphere was slightly lessened by the fact the gym had decided that the YMSA was good work out music. I sat and drank whiskey with the rest of the trainers and chatted - it was a really lovely afternoon and the perfect way to spend our last day in Bangkok.

On Thursday we spent 8 hours on a bus heading to Koh Chang. The journey was pretty uneventful - just hours of driving through beautiful countryside spotting the occasional water buffalo.

Koh Chang is beautiful. We spent today on the beach, reading and sleeping underneath the coconut trees. I was worried it would be really busy but its so quiet at the moment - we had a whole area of beach to ourselves! We are staying in a wooden cabin about a 5 minute walk from the beach. There are loads of little wooden bars playing reggae and generally living up to the beach life stereotype - its wonderfully relaxing!

I think we'll probably stay at this beach for the next couple of days and then maybe head up the coast to find a different one.

Several days later and we're still in Koh Chang - finding it hard to leave such a beautiful island. However we have relocated a couple of times, sampling different beaches and areas. My favourite is still Lonely Beach - we managed to get a hut which was only 5m from the sea and had a very relaxed, backpacker feel to it. (Siem Beach Huts). After Lonely Beach we headed to White Sands which was nice although more built up and busy.

Yesterday we went elephant trekking! It was fantastic (pictures coming soon). The highlight was definitely jumping into a river with the elephants to give one a good scrub down.

Today was our first day of rain since arriving in Thailand. We had planned to go snorkelling round some of the smaller nearby islands but it had to be cancelled because of the weather - hopefully we can do it in the next few days. Home is now Cliff Cottages - we're staying in a wooden hut at the top of a cliff with 180 degree views of the sea and its own little bay. Fingers crossed for better weather.

We only have a couple more days in Thailand as we head to Cambodia on Friday. Plan is now to travel across Cambodia relatively quickly and spend three weeks going up the coast of Vietnam. I cant wait!

published: 16.09.2011 By: JessandJoe

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants


Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:


seafood restaurants



Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community


quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.



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