Koh Kood turned out to be the perfect spot for us. Esther and i had just gotten engaged, and the other two had just been on a three-week whirlwind trip of asia with their professors and classmates. We all craved someplace easy. We found some simple and cheap ($22/night) bungalows on the beach, no neighbors, and little huts with hammocks for our private use. It was pretty ideal. Esther and i stayed in the little green bungalow below.
With 5 days of relaxing, the days all run together. I know we rented mopeds, kayaked, went scuba diving, played frisbee and farkle, read books, ate, laughed, drank, relaxed, and slept. I would have no idea when we did what without the pictures on my camera keeping a record, but the chronology of it all isn't so important anyway.
I do know the first full day esther and i rented a moped and checked out the southern end of the island. Our first stop was the quaint fishing village of Ban Ao Yai, population 100 or so, all the houses floating on stilts. There wasn't much to see, but we took our time anyway, walking every path we found.
This pictorial menu was pretty great, as is the poster hanging to the right. Both raise some important questions to consider.
- Are those people drowning?
- Why are some people high-fiving?
- Why is there a monk standing in the middle?
- Why is the only guy that's not being saved also the happiest?
- Is it really that hard to draw a chicken?
Should you ever find yourself with a moped on Koh Kood, i highly recommend taking the off-road trek to the 500-year-old Makka tree. The road into the dense forest is gorgeous and worth the journey by itself.
Most days we just went on little adventures and found cool beaches or restaurants to hang out at.
My favorite evening spot was at the end of a pier jutting out into the bay, far from the reaches of mosquitos. Out there, even at night, the water was still warm because it was only 5 feet deep. The overhead lights penetrated straight to the sea floor and you could clearly see the night creatures swimming around. I saw a few pufferfish, an eel, and some cuttlefish. I could have sat there for hours.
That was our serious pose. Happy poses come out blurry.