I’m writing this post from Koh Chang Noi, a small island in the Andaman sea. There isn’t much here in terms of development: a small fishing village, about a dozen or so bungalow resorts (the word resort being used loosely), and a handful of eccentrics scattered across the island living a hermit-like lifestyle. There are but a few roads, and so far I’ve been able to count three cars, about twenty motorbikes, a bicycle, and a quad. There is also no hot water, and most of the time no electricity either. I was surprised that I could get a (weak) mobile internet signal on a few places on the island, and that there are three or four shops that offer wifi internet just in case. Hence this blog update.
Living an easy life
All of this has kept Koh Chang Noi mostly off the tourist trail… so far. (I’ve been told that the island made its appearance in the Lonely Planet for the first time last year, which tends to be a reliable indicator for places to go down the drain.) Most people who make their way here are nature lovers, hippies, or just people looking to get away from it all for a while. For a long while in some cases, as I’ve noticed, as some of the guys staying at my ‘resort’ have been there for months. While I would probably get bored after a week or so, I can definitely see the appeal of the place.
Everything here transpires at a very slow pace. When I order food at a restaurant, I’m little surprised if it takes over an hour to get my food ready. Normally that would annoy me, as I have other business waiting for me afterwards, but here there’s simply nothing else to do. If I have to wait around, I read a book, work on an article, or just kick back and watch the ocean… pretty much the same thing I’d be doing otherwise.
The weather is ideally suited for the lifestyle that Koh Chang Noi encourages. The early morning can be a bit chilly, tempting me to stay in my warm bed for a bit longer. During the daytime it’s hot (over 30 `C), making it uncomfortable to do anything other than sit in the shade or dive into the sea for a swim. At the end of the afternoon is the perfect time to take a cold shower, which is refreshing rather than bone chilling. After sunset it cools down to a comfortable temperature to socialize outside in one of the resorts. At night the temperature drops to below 20 `C, cool enough to sleep without airconditioning or fan.
Initially I planned to stick around here for only a night or two, but I’ve already decided to make that at least three. It is pleasant to work on my laptop, overlooking the ocean, with few distractions. The added effort to get an internet connection is a bit of a nuisance, but at least it means I don’t waste my hours by checking my Facebook. Next update: sooner or later, when I decide to make my way to an internet spot again. 🙂