We arrived in Koh Chang after a hefty 7 hour mini-bus journey and found somewhere to say pretty quickly. A nice wooden hut, no hot water but atleast we had electricity 24 hours! After our experience of isolation on Koh Pha Ngan we decided to stay on the most popular beach: White Sands Beach which was quite nice but a little dirty. We decided to take a trip to another beach along the coast, Lonely Beach. Despite its name it wasn't actually that lonely with plenty of people there, lovely soft sand and postcard perfect seas!
The main event on the island, and one of the main reasons we went there was for the Elephant Trekking! We had a 35 year old elephant called Hong Tong, one of the oldest of the group but still going strong! We had about an hours trek through the jungle (occasionally staying on the path but often detouring into some bushes for some food) before setting off for the river, once the river was deep enough we had the option of swimming with the Elephants which we did. The seats came off and we sat on her back whilst she ducked under the water and shook side to side to get us to fall off, which i did twice and Hannah did once! Once we dried off we got back on and went back to base, where the Elephants got a wash and fed. Very enjoyable, unfortunately because we were on the Elephant ourselves we couldnt get a photo of us on our elephant, hence all the pics are of other people! The only sad thing was that the elephants were kept in line by being cracked on the head with a metal spike when the mis-behaved, that wasnt nice to see. But having said that they are former working elephants so trekking with tourists is probably easier than carrying logs around.
Other than that we didnt do a great deal in Koh Chang, Elephants and Beaches was about the size of it! Off to the bright lights of Bangkok next!