puzzled by the lack of hard news in recent weeks from the great democracy of Sweden
can now rest easy as there is a logical reason for the blackout. A deep-cover Post
investigative team can now reveal exclusively that over half the population of Sweden
is currently on vacation on the island of Ko Chang in Thailand. Escaping the dreary
winters back home, seemingly millions of robust and well-fed Swedes can be seen all
up and down Ko Chang's western coast participating in what locals call the "lobster
One local Thai resident confessed to complete mystification at the phenomenon. "Ooooooey!
Falanf baaa, nah! Khon Scando come here, white skin so muh, vely nigh. Then Bah-bah-Koo,
all led lie lobstur, na ka. My kao chai."
A Swedish woman named Ingrid from Gotesberg sporting skin the color of Santa Claus'
suit complained about the cloud cover. "Jaa, I vant a gud tan befor I go back
to da Sshveedenp until about 15 years ago Ko Chang, Thailand's second largest island,
was off the tourist map.
Backpackers led the way in making the island known to the white-sand-beach-chasing
public. Add countless hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment
later and Ko Chang is now peppered by all the trappings of the world's largest industry
In the north of the island, closest to the mainland, the main road is Jam-packed
with rows and rows of businesses that include: handicraft shops, massage parlors,
1-baht-per-minute internet shops, moto-rental shops, 7-11s, travel agents, scuba
dive shops, and Indian tailors with guys from Uttar Pradesh standing outside cajoling
passersby with "have-a-look, have-a-look, what country you from, have-a-look."
But then, in the remote south of the island, which guidebooks describe as having
"people living in traditional styles", one finds villages packed with businesses
that include: handicraft shops, massage parlors, 1-baht-per-minute internet shops,
moto-rental shops, 7-11s, travel agents, scuba dive shops, and Indian tailors from
Bihar standing outside cajoling passersby with "have-a-look, have-a-look, what
country you from, have-a-look."
The road from Sre Ambel to Koh Kong is now paved and most bridges will be completed
by year-end. Phnompenhois should follow the trail blazed by world-famous Australian
lawyer Matt Rendall and consider driving to the border and then visiting Ko Chang
on their next vacation. The beaches are absolutely beautiful.