The East Coast of Koh Chang – Rural Idyll (Part I)

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After driving down all the busy and beach plastered west coast two days ago I could not refrain from the nightlife that day and needed some rest yesterday. Now after full recovery today I went down the east coast.

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I had some doubt whether I should do the 100 kilometres trip at all because everything I was reading about this part of the island was not really very exciting. But this is not a leisure trip! I am touring around Asia to produce lots of saleable images!

As there are hardly any beaches on the east coast you won´t find many tourists. You will not even find many human beings at all. But you drive through beautiful tropical sceneries, pass by many rubber plantations and you will have nice views onto the ocean and some small natural beaches. Ever now and then a few little houses form something like a village. But again, it all looks pretty deserted. No people on the streets or on their hammocks. I must say it was high noon when I was driving and the people probably held their siesta or whatever they call it here.

A typical deserted country road.

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I first visited the temple Chao Po Koh Chang on the northern part of the island. It s not a big one or sensational to remember a lifetime. But it is a shrine with lots of sculptures, figures and paintings. And it is very colourful. The construction and decoration style reminds me of the typical Chinese temple. But inspite of extensive googleing I cannot confirm it.

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Then I passed the first rubber plantation.

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And then a few small beaches.

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And then I came across this shooting farm where you pay 1.500 Baht (33 €) for fifteen shots. I am always surprised how shooting enthusiastic the people in Southeast Asia must be as there are such shooting farms all over the region. Or maybe they just do it for the tourists?!

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Nice view over the tropical paradise.

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I wanted to go to the Long Beach (point C on the map). This beach is not easy to reach. First I had to overcome a landslide causing a bit of a problem to the street.

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After you have taken all your guts to drive over this wooden board interim bridge, and it looks easier than it is, the road will suddenly end and turn into a very steep, bumpy and dusty trail path. I stopped there and a sign said 2 kilometres to the beach. By now I have learnt that one cannot always trust these signs and information in Asia. Just as you cannot really trust the fuel indicator of your old rented motorbike. My indicator was worryingly near the reserve level. I had no clue nor any feeling about how long my fuel would still last and where and when to find the next petrol station. Consequently I decided to skip this beach that would probably have a lot of white sand between an ocean and a lot of palm trees only waiting to throw their dangerous coconuts after me. And while I was still standing there at the end of the road contemplating about all those hazards in life, a couple was passing by not even wasting a second on thinking about their own fuel situation, the coconuts and the off road trail path. They were just driving on and going downhill only to slip and fall not even fifty meters later. I had seen enough!

I turned round and drove back. My destiny wanted me to find a kiosk selling petrol in one litre bottles about two kilometres away. And the girl was filling my tank with only two bottles. Not even close to reserve!

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I was now driving happily and in a very relaxed mood, free of any other concerns, to the small village Salak Kokh (point B on the map). Just like Bang Bao two days ago this community should be a traditional fishing village and I was really looking forward to see some more souvenir stalls.

to be continued!

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