April 25, 2006 | By Peter Bihr |
Every afternoon at 4 pm, when the sun loses a little of its power, the men and boys of koh jum meet on the main road of their village to practise muay thai, the thai form of boxing. in muay thai you use your fists, your feet, your knees to hit your opposite. for thai people muay thai is what soccer is for germans and and baseball for americans.
koh jum is a small island (and the main village on this island) on the southwest coast of thailand. situated near malaysia, most people living there are muslim, most of the men are fishermen or work in rubber plantations all over the island.
I never thought I’d hear about Koh Jum again: Where T. and I jumped off a ferry right into a little boat which brought us over to the island. (Koh Jum is too small for any tourist ferries to stop – so the ferry just slows down a little for the two or three or four backpackers who wanna go there, while the rest stays right on track to Krabi or another nearby island.) We just wanted to stay overnight, once. But after moving into the little stilted hut – the one closest to the jungle and therefore the cheapest; it didn’t even have a lockable door or window – it just turned out to be one of those awesome places every backpacker hopes to find on a trip, just once. At night, the monkeys were screaming so loud in the trees above the hut that the dog on the compound kept freaking out, barking all night. In the early evening, we got to know the owners of the resort, if you wanna call it that. We completely hit it off, and ended up inviting each other to whiskeys in turns until the early morning hours. Instead of taking the fisherboat off the island in the early morning, we ended up staying for about three days. Every day it was the same procedure. We’d sleep in a little, take walks around the island, and in the evening the owners and the two of us started drinking together, swapping stories about their and our country. And the next morning it’d start all over again.
It’s so nice to be reminded of this. Thanks, theGolfer.