Koh Ngai, Thailand
Where the Jungle meets the Sea
On a tropical island, birdsong fills the rainforest while the sounds of waves from a nearby beach are audible in the distance.
Following a jungle path, you walk down towards the water, the sound of waves gradually approaching. Soon the path opens onto a quiet coral-shell cove, where waves collapse lazily on a deserted shore - an opportunity to sit awhile and just listen.
This is an album for spacious listening, a soothing blend of tropical birdsong and gentle wave wash.
Audio sample of this album
Birdsong on the Rainforested Island
Along a Jungle Path to the Sea
Waves on a Tropical Beach
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