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!