Our next destination is Koh Chang (Elephant island), the second biggest island of Thailand. With our friends Sam and Chalita we planned on hitchiking from Chon Buri (60 km from Bangkok) to Koh Chang. The main reason is that hitchhiking is cheaper, more of an adventure and most busses in Thailand do not allow dogs. Luckily, Chalita can speak Thai fluently and that makes communication a lot easier and faster.
Three motor taxis brought us to the highway towards the east and started signing to cars. It took us 6 rides and 8 hours to travel 250 km from chantaburi to Koh Chang. The speed and easiness of getting a ride or getting somewhere really depends on coincidence and the situation. For example, our first two rides in pick-ups were very easy and waited no more than 10-15 minutes. The first ride brought us probably 10-20 km while the second one brought us 100 km closer to our destination.
Luckily, there was still some open after the heavy rain. We paused for a while, together with a group of Thai tourists who found our friends dog very interesting. We tried to stop cars again, but failed to do so for a while. That was when an American guy on a motor-vehicle, originally for farmers, stopped and took us for 2 km near a department store.
Ferry to Koh Chang
The ferry to Koh Chang costs 80 baht per person and takes about 20 minutes to cross. Taxis in Koh Chang are very expensive as there is a tourist area and some kind of taxi-monopoly. The costs depend on your destination, but a taxi ride halfway of the island is about 150 baht.
At first we did not want to take a taxi and hitchhike the last part of the trip. But it was already 6 pm and it started to get dark. Plus, we were also kind of tired. So we took a taxi to Ban Bangbao village and hiked our way through a rainforest part in the dark with two flashlights. I am wondering what the daylight will reveal.