Koh Chang Continued ...
KP Bungalows Klong Prao
Ouch, the mattress in my room in is rock solid, don't know if it was that or the early night but I kept waking up. Went out for breakfast to local restaurant advertising a big western style breakfast for B99, wish I'd stuck to Thai style, later found out breakfast is included with the room.
Discovered I’m not close to the beach although I prefer swimming in a pool anyway and this place has at least got a long pool.
Rented a motorbike to do a bit of exploring and got directions to the beach, it’s about five minutes away down a long dirt road and past some bungalows (see pic).
Then checked out White Sand Beach area, drove through the built up area up a big hill on the coast road and then turned off down an incredibly steep road down to the beach to White Sand Beach Resort. Walked along the beach for a bit checking out the different hotels and bungalows, quite a range from the ultra top end to the real hippy/traveller style all within a few metres of each other.
The beach is supposedly the best on the island but it wasn’t all that great, although it was high tide so I guess it wasn’t at it’s best, quite narrow at times.
Stopped off for a lemon juice at one of the funkier (i.e. cheaper) ones, that’s where I took this self portrait, still a ways to go on the tan.
Then back to the hotel for a dip in the pool, which I had all to myself. After that it was a case of trying to get online using the hotel internet which I hadn’t been able to do last night because the signal wasn’t strong enough to reach my room. So I took my netbook to the reception area where ther is a computer for use by all right next to the wireless router. One thing I’ve noticed about Koh Chang is the incredibly slow internet speeds, like dial-up speed. I managed to load some of my blog online but when someone else started using the internet on the other computer it slowed down so much that neither of us could get online. So gave up on that and went out on the bike to find somewhere to eat.
Was planning to go up to the bright city lights of White Sand Beach (well relatively bright!), but on the way there it started raining. It’s been fine during the day but last night we had a few tropical showers on and off for an hour or two and it looks like it's going to continue that way.
Anyway I stopped off at the first restaurant I came to, in this case a very typically Thai place where at one point I was the only customer in the place with just a few family members dotted around. Still nothing ventured, I got the menu (actually several menus) which consisted of lots of brightly coloured photos of various dishes in no particular order and with no English descriptions. So I pointed out a likely looking fish dish which when it arrived looked completely different, anyway this time remembered to take a picture, before and after! Have to say wasn’t disappointed, tasted as good as it looked.
As entertainment while I was waiting for my food various electrical fittings in the restaurant started sparking and going bang in the downpour as water got into the wiring. Luckily the lights stayed on and I was able to eat my food (cost including drink and tip B300). By then the rain had stopped and I was able to continue my trip to White Sand Beach where I found a fairly lively bar for two or possibly three beers before retiring for the night.