Family, Friends and Holiday time
Finally, it's holiday time for us, yes I know people think we are on one long holiday, but really we aren't, honest! Long term travel is amazing, exciting and an adventure for sure BUT it also means leaving behind your family and friends for extended periods of time. Yes, there is Skype and Facetime, but nothing is a substitute for the real thing, being able to give your kids a hug or spend hours laughing and whiling away the time over a glass of wine with your friends. To say we are beyond excited to get the news that two of our three kids will be visiting us, along with two of our lovely friends is an understatement! - and they can bring cheese! (Cheese – we dream of nice tasty familiar cheeses. And chocolate. In fact, I am fantasising about both right now just writing about it!)
The Ferry over from the mainland - a taste of what is to come
We choose to go to Koh Chang (Elephant Island) as it is a relatively easy 6hr drive from Bangkok where the boys and our friends fly to. It is a touristy Island, but I'm not sure where isn't in Thailand, but it ticks all our boxes for holiday time. We have rented a bungalow for a month, in the small town of Kai Bae, renting long term made for very cheap accommodation it worked out at around £8 per day - not per person, but for the whole bungalow! And we can have a shower every day!!!
Home for a month!
Koh Chang is the second largest Thai Island after Phuket, but nowhere near as busy, settled in the Gulf of Thailand. It has everything you would expect from a Thai island, beautiful sandy beaches, amazing sunsets, inexpensive massages and cheap cocktails - what more could you want? The main area of Kae Bae is compact and most things are within a short walking distance, bars, restaurants, massage places. night -life can be as quiet or as party as you want - and we did both!
Koh Chang - all you expect from a Thai Island
Thailand is all about the beaches and the crystal clear waters which are excellent for snorkelling - There are some great boat trips to the Marine National Park where get to snorkel in the warm water at two or three spots during the day. We have a fabulous day swimming with the fishes, jumping in the water and having an all round jolly time sunning ourselves on deck and return sun- kissed (AKA burnt!)
Food in Koh Chang is varied, you can, of course, get Thai food, but it 's nice to take a break from rice and noodles once in awhile. Luckily for John and the boys, there is an excellent curry restaurant across the road, but you can get Italian, French and other western food as well as rather delicious wine, a welcome break from Pad Thai and a Singha beer
It's not bad having a holiday!
But enough of this luxury, these guys need to know what life is like on the road! We get the co-ordinates of a secluded beach at the other end of the island and
o take these soft hotel types to see what Overlanding is really like and treat them to a night in Tigger
A bit of Man Friday going on here! Girls got the honour of sleeping in Tigger on a windy night!
There are masses of waterfalls on the island, the closest to Kai Bae is a short 10minute drive away. You reach the waterfall, by taking a small hike in the shady jungle so by the time you reach the falls you are more than ready for a refreshing dip. The water is well; let's say stimulating, especially compared to the sea and teeming with fish, which like nothing more than to give you a little nibble if you stand still for too long! Lots of opportunities to jump in and have diving competitions and not too busy on any of the times we went. You do have to pay an entrance fee, but it was minimal around $3 per person
All good things come to an end and before we know it it's time to say goodbye to our lovely friends and family.
We enjoyed Koh Chang our only regret is that we didn't stay longer, it's a great island to kick back and chill out on - but we have an appointment in Bangkok for a VW festival, and Tigger is the star of the show!