Koh Kong – Koh Kood – Koh Chang
12.11.2010 - 20.11.2010
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We have reached Thai territory and ventured out into the Gulf of Thailand and for the past few days, 5 to be exact, we have finally been able to stretch our little legs and relax! Before the chill we had yet one more stop in Cambodia which we will briefly describe below.
So, after 14 hour bus ride that takes us from the Northwest through Phnom Penh and out to the Southwest we arrive in Koh Kong, a region of Cambodia which promises to be the next great tourist destination as it’s got beaches for sun lovers and mountains for trekkers, plus it is a tuk-tuk ride away from Thailand. At the moment, however the town is not much of a destination and it is not very pretty, it feels more like somewhere in the Wild West. We find a little hotel, with not many amenities but a good price. A lie in, motor bike and off to the beach. Located across the bridge and through a bumpy road is the Crab Shack with a sliver of white sand beach. We have lunch at this family run ‘shack’ and head back not quite in time to avoid the rain. The little swede is dying for a touch of nature so we do an over-night ‘trek’ that feels more like a cold night in a hammock under the stars with extended motorbike riding. Highlight was swimming in the waterfall and the evening bbq-ed pork sandwiches; really absolutely delicious. Next morning we are back at the hotel at around 10am for a well-deserved shower and a little bit more beach and Crab-Shack food. The weather report shows clouds in most southern parts of Southeast Asia, yet a sliver of good weather is still hovering on the gulf and the northern gulf islands. So we choose Koh Kood (Koh Kut) as our first proper honeymoon destination. We cross the border and it may sound crazy, but after all the chaos Thailand seems rather organized and clean (ha ha who are we fooling?). Anyway, mini-bus to Trat and then a death-ride to the pier. We had about 20 minutes to make the last boat to Koh Kood and our driver eager to get us there on time was driving at what seemed on the back of a pick-up like 200 kms/hr. On the boat and 2 hours later in Koh Kood. No reservation no ride, so a helpful Koh Kood Hospital ambulance driver gives us a hitch and contacts our choice of hotel. We get picked up and driven to “Away Resort” and on someone’s advice we milk the “we are on our honeymoon” phrase once more. To our bewilderment, after having settled in the cheapest room we get upgraded, for free, to the best room in the Hotel, decorated in a jiffy with flowers and flower petals. That night we fine dine and celebrate, us, our travels and of course our room! Food in the hotel is not cheap so for the following nights and days we venture to a nearby restaurant where food is tastier and a 1/3 the price. A great breakfast spread (included), good weather, white sandy beach across and reached by kayak is what we do for the next 4 days. Rain, a speed boat ride and we reach Koh Chang, the Elephant Island, the biggest island of this Thai archipelago and teeming with Swedes! Our first accommodation option fails, it its dirty, dingy and overpriced. Our cab driver recommends one, makes it sound like paradise, so we stay. Yet we think we can do better and after one night here we are, Paradise Cottages, on a hammock by the water under the shade, with a little bit more colour and sporting a beard, we type this latest update of our adventures. Oh and if you must know we have extended our trip and are due to fly back on the 5th of December and have now included a stop-over in Singapore. It is unfortunate however that the Land of Oz will have to wait for a next time. We tried our best and are very disappointed that we couldn’t make one more leap and go down under!