A Hut on the Beach in Thailand


Back when I visited Thailand some years ago, my travel companion and I decided to try and find someplace remote and adventuresome to seek out. She had flown from England, and I from the United States. Prior to arriving and meeting in Bangkok, we had both done some reading up on general info regarding our Southeast Asia trip. After some discussion about the places we had researched – while sitting in the lounge of the guest house where we were staying in Bangkok, we agreed on an island called Koh Chang.


Koh Chang, Thailand is not the easiest place in the world to get to. Not even from Bangkok – the center of Siam. Nonetheless, we went for it. And the destination was absolutely worth the trip, the highlights of which are included here. Our adventure  went something  like this…

photo courtesy of pattayaconcierge.com

We took a bus from Khao San Road in Bangkok – a popular jumping off point for backpackers – for an eight hour ride to Trat Province via Rayong and Chanthaburi.

Route from Bangkok to Koh Chang

After winding our way out of the urban areas, the better part of that journey was dirt roads with vistas of rice fields, a mountainous backdrop, and villagers with assault rifles slung over their shoulders, walking the road alongside cattle. It was like being transported back in time. Then, after arriving in Trat Province, there was a 30 minute ferry ride out into the Gulf of Thailand to reach our destination.

Photo Courtesy of Bangkok Post
Photo Courtesy of Bangkok Post

Upon docking in Koh Chang, there was another 45 minute or so winding and hilly jitney ride, to get to the resort area. As luck would have it, by the time we arrived, the office of the only resort with any rooms available, was closed. Night was falling fast. And, not knowing our way around, we decided to stay put and camp out on the deck of the resort office. This way we could be among the first to cue for a room in the morning.

The main reception deck of the resort in Koh Chang where we stayed.
The main reception deck of the resort in Koh Chang where we stayed.

The deck was perched right on the beach. And the temperature was a balmy 75 degrees after sundown. So I suppose there could have been worse accommodations for a night.

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Finally, at sunrise, we collected our things, checked in and got our hut. It was only a few paces from the beach. Inside, the shelter held little more than a mattress with a bug net, some space along the sides to move about and stow our things, a window, and a small front porch. We slept to the nearby sound of soft waves. It was great!


So many sights are around for one to take in on a Thailand expedition such as this. There isn’t enough room here to show all of the great photographs that we took. But I have included a couple…



Koh Chang in Thai means “Elephant Island”. Rumors abound as to how it got this name. And even though there are no elephant species that are indigenous to Koh Chang. There are still plenty on the island for animal lovers to see and enjoy.


Our stay in Koh Chang lasted four days. We were only in Thailand for two and a half weeks. And there were a lot of other things to see and do. But it was a memorable visit. And I would recommend a stay on Elephant Island to anyone planning to visit that part of Southeast Asia.


Depending on your country of origin, there may be visa issues that you will need to investigate and attend to before starting your journey. So be sure and do you homework. And seeing a physician before traveling, to get properly inoculated, is a prudent measure as well. If you plan accordingly, you will have a great time and an experience to remember. So by all means, when you can, get to Thailand, visit Koh Chang, and stay in a hut on the beach.

by Ken Omega

My traveling companion Fiona and I were actually in Siam Reap, Cambodia in this photo. After leaving Koh Chang, we were so close to the Cambodian border, that we decided to visit there for a few days before heading back to Bangkok. This was another amazing leg of our journey through Thailand, that I will write about soon.

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On Tour With Downtown Science


The Downtown Science Tour with Big Audio Dynamite (a group comprised mostly of former members of the British punk rock group, The Clash) went on for pretty much the entire summer in 1991. During that time, Bosco Money (me) and Sam Sever were seldom back in New York City. Some heart warming news was when we heard that DJ Red Alert, who was spinning  weekend nights on 98.7 Kiss FM at the time, was opening and closing his 3 hour show with “Room to Breathe”.

“Room to Breathe” was, and probably still is, the best known Downtown Science song. But all the songs off the self-titled Downtown Science album, that we performed while on tour, went over really well with the different crowds we encountered.

Having the opportunity to travel on the road and bring our music to thousands was the experience of a lifetime. And there are many memories from that journey that remain etched in my mind. One in particular, was how “80’s orange and brown” our LA hotel rooms were. Another was how big the steaks were in Texas – and how many steakhouses are in that state. The list goes on.

I’m thankful to Russell Simmons, and the staff at Def Jam for all the work they put into packaging up the singles and the LP and getting them into the stores. And I’d like to send a shout to all the College and Commercial Radio DJ’s whom we met along the way, that showed so much interest in our music.

The Downtown Science LP (Def Jam / Sony)

All in all, the Downton Science Tour with Big Audio Dynamite was a fantastic time. It was an opportunity to travel and get paid, doing what I love. And I can think of few situations that could be considered more rewarding when evaluated in that respect. It was a pleasure, and a musical adventure working with my partner, Sam Sever. And I hope the music of Downtown Science will continue to be remembered for years to come. Thanks to our fans for all your support!


Ken Omega aka Bosco Money.

Ipanema Beach at Twilight


This photo was taken in March of 2016. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil is a must see. I wouldn’t go during the 2016 Olympics though – unless you plan to attend the games. Hotels and everything else would be way too expensive. Why pay triple?! But I’ll bet if you plan for right after the games when the crowds wane, you’ll get a great deal. Ipanema Beach is walking distance from Copacabana. And it is every bit as lovely as the famous song would have one imagine.

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Bayon Temple – the Cambodian Jungle

3.Bayon.Title.Face Bayon Temple Siem Reap




Best known as the back drop for the Movie, “Tomb Raider”, Bayon Temple is one of the most amazing places on Earth. Set in the lush Southeast Asian jungle of Cambodia, Bayon appears out of nowhere in surreal splendor. Aside from Bayon, the Northern Cambodian province of Siem Reap boasts several marvelous temple structures, the most famous of which is Angkor Wat.


However, the jungle temple of Bayon, second only in size to the majestic Angkor, possess a magic all its own. And I would urge any adventurous traveler to get there however you can. Taking in this daunting artifact is a life changing experience. The structure itself is a wonder to behold. And the stone relief carvings remain an enigma.





If you decide to go to Siem Reap, and have never done any extreme traveling before, be informed that you will need proper immunization, and a current passport. You should also be aware, that while quite beautiful, Cambodia is still a developing country, There is no ATM or convenience store on every other corner.  Siem Reap is a place literally ‘carved out of the jungle’. So plan accordingly.


At the end of the day though, I will say that Siem Riep, Cambodia, where Bayon Temple is locared, albeit socioeconomically modest, offered some of the tidiest and most hospitable accommodations I encountered while traveling in Southeast Asia. So on that note, do try and visit. You won’t regret it. And the vibes are sure to enrich your life.

Books on the Jungle