EMBARKING ON RIDES OF A DIFFERENT KIND
We start the day with a visit to the mangroves of Salak Kok fishing village. Located on the east side of Koh Chang, the Salak Kok Bay, where the village resides, has the largest mangrove forest on Koh Chang and is a source of eco-tourism.
Our next stop is Ban Kwan Chang Elephant camp. It’s supported by the Asian Elephant Foundation, whose main endeavour is to maintain the Asian pachyderm population that has dwindled in Thailand in recent years. We embark on an elephant trek and it’s a wonder to see the pachyderm from such close quarters. Our mahout tells us that we need to feed our tusker some bananas before embarking on the trek and keep feeding it at regular intervals, so that its energy is refuelled.
After a bumpy 30-minute ride, we grab a quick lunch and then head to Tree Top Adventure, for zip line. Let me confess, I’m not the adventurous kind. I dread the thought of doing any kind of activity that would require me to do gravity-defying stunts. So, after receiving instructions from the trainer, I attempt it but perform it dismally. Thankfully, I’m not alone.
Soon, it’s time for dinner and my companions and I make our way towards the highly-recommended Phu-Talay restaurant. A small eatery located in Klong Prao, an island in Koh Chang, it is famed
not only for its food but also for its location. Situated right on a canal, with the sea to the right, and mountains to the left, it offers a boat tour among mangroves. The interiors are painted in white and bright blue, which lend it a chirpy feel. We tuck into an elaborate spread of Thai fish fillets, Prawns in coconut milk (which is quite similar to the Bengali famous recipe of Chingri Macher Malai Curry), Steamed fish and Minced chicken stir fried with basil and chillies.
After the scrumptious dinner, as we head back to the hotel, realisation dawns on us that our trip in Koh Chang is over. The next morning, as I board the ferry back to head back to Trat Sirport, the sun rises above the horizon and slowly the sky turns from a dark, dusky ombre to a bright orange. Moments from the trip flash before my eyes as I bid adieu to Koh Chang with a heavy heart but a smile on my face. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thai fish fillets