Monkeys and Ice Cream
On our last full day on Koh Jum we decided to take a walk on the inside of the island. We had heard that there was a little village about 1 km from our resort so we decided to go and see what there was to see. As we knew well in South America, time and distance are always longer than described. Apparently we thought SE Asia would be different; turns out it is not. The “1 km” walk was full of heat and hills. By the time we arrived at what we thought was the village Autumn and I were dripping sweat. A quick look around at the half a dozen businesses and houses told us that there was nothing more we needed to see and it was time for a dip in the ocean. Yesterday we had lunch at a nice resort right on Aosi Beach; a fate would have it there were signs from the “village” to Aosi Resort. 300 meters later we entered the resort’s entrance at the top of the hill (versus the beach entrance). We descended the many steps to arrive on the beach for a much needed swim.
Refreshed we headed back up the stairs to take the “short” walk back to our resort, the Last Fisher. Since both Autumn and I have a competitive streak, neither one of us acknowledged our exhaustion at the top of the hill and starting marching down the road. As luck would have it we were stopped 25 steps later at the sound of rustling in the underbrush. A moment later a large family of monkeys went running and swinging away from us and across the road we were on. We estimate that there were around 30 in all, some big, some small, and lots of medium sized ones. We didn’t lose sight of all of them, 3 brave (or just hungry) monkeys stayed by the base of a tree and kept right on eating the fruit they had brought down. Needless to say we were treated to quite a show! When we were in Colombia we had seen plenty of monkeys, but they were various levels of tame. This was the first time we have seen wild monkeys in the wild. Very cool!
After that hard-to-beat sight we headed toward the main road in the village, intent on getting back to our resort to swim and then get out of the sun. One of the stores we passed in the village had opened up in the hour and a half since we had passed through so we decided to treat ourselves to a little ice cream. Not a bad way to spend a day!
After spending the balance of the afternoon reading, we took in the last of our sunsets from Koh Jum. Tomorrow it is off to Koh Yao Noi.