Koh Wai, Thailand
09.11.2011 - 20.11.2011 32 °C
If you ever feel the need to rest and relax in paradise, we have the place for you - it's called Koh Wai. It's a small island not far from the bigger island of Koh Chang. We discovered it while on a snorkeling boat trip. It is exactly what you think of when you think of a tropical paradise; a lovely, small resort, away from it all, with a gorgeous beach, hardly any people, a coral reef, and loads of ice cream. We even had an in-house gecko to eat the bugs. There are a few very small resorts on the island, but we stayed at the fancy one because it had running (cold) water and electricity 24/7. I talked the family into going there for a week, but it wasn't enough, so we stayed for 2! Well, we tried to stay for 2, but realized mid way through the second week that our Thai visitor's visas were about to expire, so we were forced to beat a hasty retreat.
We stayed in a couple of these little cuties on our first night, but the existence of scorpions, snakes, and killer centipedes coupled with the big gap under the door, left me very tired in the morning...
...so we upgraded to this beauty for the rest of our stay. Mac spent hours on the deck, looking out over the ocean, carving cuttle fish bones. He gifted the resort a very interesting assortment of carvings when we left.
We spent countless hours hanging out on the beach
...eating / drinking
...checking out what the tide brought in
...wild life viewing
...and making friends
Mike and Mac became heroes of the day when they pulled a near drowning boy out of the water. They had been out for a walk and were approaching a small hidden beach when a teenaged boy called to them for help. There were about 5 boys at the beach. Two of them were pulling one of their friends out of the water while another boy further out was going under. The poor kid who had called for help was on the beach and didn't swim. My boys rushed in and managed to get the second boy safely out of the water. The boys later said that they had been in the water for about 20 minutes, and although they hadn't gone too far out, there was some kind of current preventing them from getting back to shore, and they had become exhausted. All's well that ends well, and both boys were laughing and smiling later that day.
As for the heroes, one set of parents bought us supper that evening, and the other set bought Mike and Mac a fishing trip.
As always, we were sad to leave. I daresay, this time we were even more sad than usual. Mac had made a friend of Bem, a 17 year old boy who worked in the restaurant. Despite the fact that Bem seemed to work about 14 hours a day and they didn't speak the same language, they somehow managed to bond. I think it was their shared love of fishing. Mac would go out and catch squid (which incidently sprayed ink all over Mac and I several times) and Bem would give them to the cook to cook for us (which was fabulously yummy). Mac and Bem even set a few crab traps together.
I better clarify Bem's painfully long work days so that you don't loose sleep tonight feeling desperately sorry for him. As far as I can tell, the Thai people work very long, not hard, days. Much of the time, you might not actually know that they are working at all, such as when they are napping, watching TV, playing on their blackberries, talking on their phones, visiting their friends, or setting crab traps... Unfortunately, Bem's job did not have quite enough flexibility to allow him to go fishing in the kayak with Mac
As I mentioned previously, we were caught a bit by surprise when we realized that our visitor's visa was only good for 30 days, not 3 months, so we bid a sad farewell to the lovely little Pakarang Resort.