Koh Chang – Gala Hostel and Funny Friends

It has been a few months since I stayed in a hostel, and I actually love staying in them because you meet so many great people.  Much easier than living in private rooms.

In my first minute of entering the hostel, I immediately meet two Chinese girls who are on vacation, and the one is volunteering in the hostel, basically for fun.  We all chat about the area, ours travels and those types of things.  The one girl has only been speaking English for only one month, and I am amazed. She speaks it better than most.  I also spend some time helping her, and I am wondering if my Canadian English actually helped. lol. Eh!

Later in the day, I meet another Canadian, Joel from Winnipeg.  He is also a true Canadian.  Very nice, chatty, and just an all around cool dude.  This is his first time ever traveling outside of North America and so far, I can tell he is loving it.

That night I also meet a Dutch girl, Marlou, who is traveling for 2 months while on a work break.  She is traveling alone for a short bit, then her boyfriend will join her.  Pretty cool break from work!

Just before dinner, an American, Adam arrives.  He is well traveled and has been all over, which is great.  I get to hear some cool stories from Central America.

The four of us head out for dinner, and this is where our great conversations start, and continue in through the evening.

What a great view that night! Sunset and Marlou doing a Dutch pose?

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I think I should start staying in hostels again, just to meet more amazing people like this.

The next day we have a few more arrivals in the hostel.  One is a girl from Belgium, Isabel, who is pretty funny.   Her and I enjoy the same type of traveling.  We both prefer to be with locals and away from tourist.  She has some really cool travel stories, one even about living in a jungle with a Thai family.  Something I hope to do one day.

For dinner, Isabel, Marlou and I go for street food.  So damn good.  This is my favorite way of eating.

After Marlou and I play Jenga.  I won, but if you ask her, she did, which might be more correct.

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That evening Joel and the Chinese girls cook dinner, for everyone to try.  I wish I took a picture, it was really good and after I washed the dishes.

Joel and I  representing true Canadians!

Joel, Two Chinese girls, Vincent the hostel manager, and Isabel.  Sorry, I did not have a picture, so I stole this from Joel’s FB.

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During the day I got my Visa to Cambodia. This means I can book my bus to Cambodia and this is another story for my next post.

That night I say goodbye to everyone, as I am getting up at 6 am to catch my bus at 7 am.

I can’t explain how awesome it is meeting all of these people.  This is something everyone should experience, it is life changing meeting people from all over in one location.  You gain respect for other countries and realize borders are only for the government, not for people.  Borders mean nothing!  People are amazing no matter where they are from, what their beliefs are, or what they look like.  Inside is all that counts!

Until we meet again!

 

 

Koh Chang – I got here and upset someone

Getting to Koh Chang was really easy.  I booked a minibus from Pattaya to Koh Chang Island using https://12go.asia/en .  I was a little skeptical using the site, as I was unsure if it was a scam site or not.  However, it turned out better than expected for 500 baht.

When booking it, it showed I would get a minibus to the ferry, and the ferry in the price.  I thought after the ferry I would have to find a way to my hotel.  But, that wasn’t true, the bus came onto the ferry and dropped me off at my hotel.

So anyways, on the minibus it was all Thai people, but one couple who I could tell were not Thai, or Russian, but I wasn’t really sure where they were from.  And being the bus is 5 hours long, I am going to make new friends.  Yes, I am using them to make my trip shorter. lol.

The couple turned out to be from Lithuania, where I was only a few months ago.  This started off a really great conversation, and lasted the entire bus ride, and ferry ride.  During the ferry ride we made plans to meet on Koh Chang and go for dinner, but I forgot to get their contact information. Uhhh, so stupid!  Well, maybe I will run into them on the beach.

On the side of the minibus is a pretty odd and funny warning signs.

No Dogs, I think?  Not sure of the next one, then no guns, and no pokeyman?

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Here are some pictures from the ferry.

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The hotel that night was interesting.  The owner is an Italian guy, with a wife or friend who is Thai running it.  She is super nice, and speaks pretty good English.  He is just odd, speaks OK English, but again, is ODD!

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This is how my arrival went.  I walked in and asked if they had rooms, and they do, for 450 baht.  This is great for a night.  As I am at the counter, pulling out my passport and money, he starts taking my laptop bag.  I do not like anyone touching it because it is not really strong enough to hold my laptop and I don’t want it to rip.  So, I stop him and say, no I have it.  Then keeps saying, come come.  He wants to show me the room.  So, being clueless, I grab my money, and totally didn’t see my passport, in my passport holder/wallet sitting on the counter.

We get to the room, and I set my bags down.  He goes back downstairs.  2 minutes later, I am like, “Shit, I left my passport down stairs.”  I know it is safe, but I rush down to get it.

So tell me this.  If you saw someone left their wallet, with passport in it, and you knew who’s it is, what would you do?  I would hold it, until the person came back, or taken it to them.  This is NOT what he does!  He opens the wallet, goes through it, pulls out my passport and starts copying it.  In Thailand it is law for hotels to take a copy of your ID.  However, I do not think this is right that he does it without asking me.

I see him with my wallet and say, “That is mine” with a smile, thinking he was holding it.  Then I saw my passport was not in it and he was copying it.  I said to him, “Why is my passport out?”, he says he is copying it, and I reply, “Why is my passport not in it my holder?”  He gives me a look, of, go fuck yourself!

Anyways, I get it back, pay the 450 baht, and leave it at that.  This does piss me off though, as I think it is really disrespectful to go into someones wallet, when you already know who’s it is.

So that night, I made a video reviewing the room as I always do.  Check it out here!


In the room, there were two small issues.  One the bathroom light didn’t work and two, the sink drain was not attached.  So when I brushed my teeth before bed and then spit in the sink.  The spit and water went directly onto my feet.  A little annoying.  This was mentioned in the video.

The next morning they somehow saw the video, gave it a thumbs down and didn’t want to talk to me.  It was really awkward leaving, but whatever.  I really hate when you show the truth, and the other person gets mad for people knowing it.  Sorry, but if you don’t want bad reviews, do some basic maintenance!

If you watch my video, please give it a Thumbs Up!

My first full day on Koh Larn was not bad.  I explored the little town, and found a nice empty beach, I then found some great market food.

So far, I am really liking Koh Chang.  Tomorrow I am moving down the Island, to White Sand Beach.

Some pictures from around the area.

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