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Motorbiking Ko Libong

Motorbiking Ko Libong

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After a bit of lounging on Ko Libong's vast and virtually empty west-facing beach, we rented a motorbike to see what else this relatively large island was hiding. While most visit this obscure island to do nothing but relax, it turns out that Libong is also a fun place for a ride.

Drip, drip, drip...

Drip, drip, drip...

We started out riding south past rubber tree groves before turning sharply north up the island’s main paved road. Here we found colourful homes adorned with flower-filled gardens, one of which was playing host to a local competition to see whose red whiskered bulbul would sing for the longest. Singing competitions involving these and other caged birds are very popular on Ko Libong — at that particular home some 25 men were competing, most with more than one bird on hand.

A local's pride and joy: sweet singing red feathered bulbuls.

Two birds in the hand are worth...

After a brief swing through the island’s main stilted village near the pier, we drove alongside rice fields and some of the inland mangrove canals where an endangered dugong may still be spotted in the wild. Rural scenery flashed past until we truned up a road marked “HLAM-TO-CHAI” off the main road, diverting us towards Libong’s northern jungle. The road soon turned from concrete to rugged dirt before opening up to the ocean at a small, quiet beach with views of the Trang mainland to the east.

Just another deserted beach on Ko Libong.

Just another deserted beach on Ko Libong.

Convinced something more impressive must not be far, we hopped back on the bike and rode north, uphill. Here the road turned into a narrow dirt path with thick jungle on either side, and several monitor lizards scurried into the brush as we approached. Exploring even this far into Libong’s protected jungle was more exhilarating than we'd expected.

Deeper, I must explore deeper!

Deeper, I must explore deeper!

The path levelled out a little ways further, where the bright turquoise water of the Andaman Sea began to glisten through the trees. Strolling into the jungle a short distance beyond, we stumbled on a lookout where giant trees and vines were silhouetted by the water beyond.

I just missed Tarzan swinging from vine to vine.

Shoot, I just missed Tarzan.

Back on the bike, some local boys riding towards Libong’s northwest end shot us a smile; they obviously weren't used to seeing foreigners in this corner of the island. We followed along as rubber plantations began to dominate the landscape once again, with a few remote homes scattered among them.

I haven't had this much fun since Ko Sukorn!

I haven't had this much fun since Ko Sukorn.

By this point the bike was running low on gas, so we parked and went for a stroll under the rubber trees that eventually ended at a tiny deserted beach surrounded by large rocks, perfect for sitting and enjoying the breeze. It was one among many of the secluded places where you can sit back and reflect, write, or just soak up the solitude on Libong.

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Back to the busy beach.

After a spin around the island by motorbike, you can stretch your legs with a long, lonely walk on the main beach. Last updated: 27th February, 2015

About the author:
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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