What the hell if it is the rainy season and you are in Thailand?  Enjoy the rain and have as much fun as you can in Koh Chang, Thailand’s second biggest island after Phuket.   To get to the island you board one of the ferries, which depart about every hour, for a 40 minute ride to your destination.  The cost is something in the region of 120TBH (+- R48) for a vehicle and 80TBH +-R32) per adult.

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We did not book accommodation in advance seeing that it was the low/rainy season.  First we wanted to have a look at what is on offer.  We are not very fond of the upmarket accommodation types.   We normally look for something basic, but clean.  I mean after all you only need a comfortable bed and a proper shower – the rest of the day we will be out exploring or hanging on the beach.

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Right at the southern tip of the island, more or less where the road goes no further, at Bang Bao beach, we found our spot.  A basic rondavel  with a thatched roof right of the beach. Now this smelled like island style life for the week.  Perfect!

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Although we had a rented car at our disposal we opted to do the island thing and rented a scooter to explore the island.  That is in any way a lot easier for off street parking and it is a lot of fun.  And when you run out of fuel you just pop in to one of the roadside  stalls and buy fuel by the bottle.

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On a rainy day we took a road trip to the less developed  eastern side of the island with its beautiful scenery.  Because the western side of the island offers sandy beaches it is always packed with the sun seekers and party animals.  The eastern side offers   fewer sandy beaches and is also less crowded, but is still an interesting drive.

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One day we also went for a short hike to one of the waterfalls when we came across these handlers taking their elephants for a walk and their daily bath.  I think they were as surprised as us when we stumbled into each other.    But being from Africa I must say that our elephants are more impressive and do not look so sad.

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Just love all these unexpected things when you explore!

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen  

—– Benjamin Disraeli

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