I left Cha-Am on 29th December with my friend Pach to drive around the Gulf Of Thailand to Ao Tammarchat to put my car on the ferry to the island of Koh Chang. We had booked an hotel for 3 nights and paid a 50% deposit, but when we arrived they told us that the room was not available. This was not very amusing, the hotel was situated at the southern end of this large island and the few other hotels in the area were fully booked.

Pach remonstrated with the staff for sometime and although I could not understand what she was saying, I noticed a heightened pitch to the tone of her voice and a marked increase in the speed of her delivery; fair to say that she was not best pleased.

We eventually had to leave with our deposit returned and look for accommodation elsewhere; with nearly all the hotels on the island fully booked for new year, we were very fortunate that one of Pach’s brothers, P’Rong, is manager at the Koh Chang Paradise Resort. He had already arranged a special birthday dinner for me on the 30th, at his lovely hotel, and although they were fully booked, he found us a room in another beachfront hotel a couple of hundred metres along the beach.

We drove back to Cha-am on 2nd January, a round trip of just over 1,000 kilometres and I must say that my new Mazda 3 was extremely comfortable and a pleasure to drive for such a long journey

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One of the many fishing boats that cross the path of the ferries on the short crossing from the mainland to Koh Chang

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Above ………. fishing boats at the small ferry port on Koh Chang


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Above ……….. the beach directly in front of our Hotel

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Top tip, trust me on this one ………… when someone wants to take a photo of you on your 67th Birthday, it is a good idea to make sure that they are behind you; thank you Pach for knowing instinctively what to do ………  (^∆*)

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Sunset on my Birthday ……..

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Above ………………. Pach looking resplendent in the beautiful, hand painted silk dress that I chose for her from a shop in Hua Hin.

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Pach doesn’t drink alcohol but she always seems to order some lovely fruit cocktails …….

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  1. Happy Birthday and all the best for 2016 Buddy. Better late than never.

    I hope someone got you a new hat for your birthday…..if not let me know and I’ll ship you a proper bloke’s Akuubra from downunder. No Poofters, Bruce!

    Lets see if that comment lasts…..

    • Thanks Scott ………. me in a bush hat ?? ……… I don’t think so, do you ………. and I don’t think I want to be trying to teach Pach to say “g’day mucker, hows it going” ……… but thanks for the thought !
      Good to hear from you buddy
      mud in yer eye