After leaving our somewhat frustrating experience with the guide at the Poipet border crossing and drinking an iced coffee, we continue by car. It is approximately 240 km to Ko Chang. First, we drive west, direction Bangkok and pass Aranyaprathet. At Tha Kasem, we turn south. Initially, our driver drove through side streets, but also through a temple.
Then it goes most of the time over long straight avenues through a lowland along the Cambodian border.
In the east, the landscape is bordered by rugged mountains that are already behind the border. We notice that there is a relatively large number of checkpoints along the way, although we are not controlled at all. Whether one is vigilant here because of smuggling, illegal immigrants or even just because behind the border was the retreat area for the Khmer Rouge with Pol Pot. Remnants of the troop may still exist here today. Unfortunately, we can not ask the driver because he only speaks Thai.
Interesting was a cave in one of the mountains, which revealed the view to the other side of the mountain.
On the way, we encounter windmills, presumably a legacy of the Dutch, from the period when they traded in Southeast Asia.
Further south there are large nature reserves on both sides of the road. There are no elephants here, but they can be found in the north and northeast of Thailand.
In Chanthaburi, we turn southeast. We are now on the road that leads directly from Ko Chang to Bangkok. We will take this road on the way back.
After almost 3.5 hours we catch the ferry to the island of Ko Chang. The driver leaves us here and we are again on our own.
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