We rented a motorbike and toured the island a couple of times. It's about 65 kms to do the circle and Roger handled the bike and the traffic like a pro. I think driving in Africa and South America prepared him for driving anywhere.
Just south of us, the town of Chaweng is filled with hostels, massage parlors and hawkers trying to lure you to their bars. It made us appreciate the more laid back area where we are staying in Choeng Mon Beach.
|Electrical wires are bundled in long strands and are draped in all directions|
|Fish Spa -- people soak their feet (or their whole body) while hundreds of tiny fish eat all the dead skin! Not a chance. The look on the guy's face on the right says it all.|
Not far from our place is Wat Plai Laem, the site of temples and where a group of Monks live. People leave huge amounts of food and supplies for them.
|Inside a temple where cats roam freely|
Further down the coast we stopped at Big Buddha, a 12 meter high golden statue.
|Much to the probable dismay of nearby workers, we tested the bells by hitting each one|
|Boats along the shore of Nathon|
|Stopped by a neat seaside restaurant for a cold beer and spicy food!|
|An abandoned rickshaw|
|We felt like kids zipping around the island|
|A local artist does these sculptures -- looked like something Brad would animate so immediately thought of him.|
|Great wine...waves crashing on the rocks below...|
|Sun beginning to set...|
|Roger had his oysters...|
|I had the "Ocean Sashimi"....|
|Our main courses of curries, duck confit, caesar salad...|
|And to cap things off....chocolate souffle and homemade ice cream. Ahhhh.....|
|We're heading back for our last night tomorrow -- I'm sure it'll be just as memorable.|
|Grandfather rock --- tourists giggled and struck funny poses while take pictures|
|The REAL grandparents-to-be!!!!|
|Having a laugh at the waterfall|
|Life is uncertain - eat dessert first.....A motto that has stood me well! This vendor was selling homemade coconut ice cream that he served in freshly cracked coconut shells.|
|Beautiful bounty of fruits|
|Soft shelled crabs|
|Where does one begin????|
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch though, doesn't come from a store."