Getting around in Chak Pong

Spending my days in the camp, I’ve realized that life in deep contact with Muay Thai is something like life with your partner in a relationship. Fidelity, reliability, commitment are repaid with good moments and satisfactions, that’s true…but like in every relationship, there are low times. We need to take a little bit of “air”, on our own, in order to take again, later, the story with new strength. So let’s go out for a while, and let’s see what’s up around Chak Pong, the village where 7 Muay Thai is placed.
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Easy to say that sea is the main attraction! Quiet beaches in Chak Pong are the perfect scenario to let rest corpore et animo after hard training.

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In the area we can find a lot of this “little temples”: they are built to honor the spirits of the dead, as Buddhist tradition asks.

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People of the area of course exploit this amazing natural resource. Not so far from the camp there is a fishermans’ village, where every morning we can see many stalls with goods.

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That’s always crowded by Thai people!

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It’s no strange meet statues like these. They represent the legend of Prince Phra Aphai Mani and of his lovers. If you are curious, check here.

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The little city closest is Ban Phe, 10 km from 7 Muay Thai. There are some farangs, foreigners, that come here to access Koh Samet island. Surroundings are relaxing.

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Ban Phe is plenty of markets with fine handicraft, nice fruits, Thai and European restaurants, and there is some night clubs where to spend the night with friends too.


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These are some of beautiful temples we can see going around in Chak Pong. Altough some are very big, they are….divinely ornamented.

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In one temple, on a little mountain, there are a big monkey family. When I went there, they were good and quiet, but someone recommended me to be careful…..they can be very spiteful.

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And is not so hard have a face to face on the road with a varan, as happened to me and some friends while we were going around by motorbike!

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In the evening, Chak Pong offers breathtaking sunsets….

 

Well, it’s time to come back to the camp…Muay Thai calls!!!

 

Mik

 

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