The spectacular coastline of Koh Chang approaches.
|The coast of Koh Chang|
|literally, the end of Koh Chang's main road|
|my Gecko roommate|
I walk next door to a small restaurant and order noodle soup, full of veggies and chicken organically raised on the island. It tastes delicious, fills me, and costs me all of $1.25.
I rent a Honda motorcycle ($6 a day + gas) and seemingly walk it along the road at first, til, gaining experience, I eventually top out at 95km an hour, the feel of exhilaration extinguished when a large insect smashes into the windshield called my face with the seeming momentum of a baseball.
I traverse the island, up and down, exploring every road in existence. The beauty of the island is palpable, and it's hard not to stop, and feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to gaze at the vistas in person.
|view of small island just off Koh Chang's main road|
|jungle beach of Koh Chang|
wild monkeys by the main road
|colorful Buddhist Temple on Koh Chang|
|pup resting atop a motorbike|
I flee to the beach and into the water, where I sit in nearly perfectly still water, meditating, taking in a sunset. Several minutes later I start to get bit by small fish growing in this protected cove sending me fleeing back to into the wide open arms of the island's mosquito overlords.
secluded beach all to myself on Koh Chang
|colors of Koh Chang|
|Koh Chang beach, near the end of the road|
I'd strongly encourage all of you to see Koh Chang given the opportunity, but be careful not to fall under her island spell. You might never leave.