Koh Samet

30 Sep

Last weekend we had a three-day weekend for Coronation Day, and a bunch of us from RIS went down to Koh Samet for a little island adventure. Koh Samet is an island off the coast, about 2 hours drive plus a 20-minute speed boat ride from Bangkok. It was super easy to get to, and wonderfully beachy and relaxing once we did. The place we stayed was called Samed Villa Resort, and it had all these cute bungalows right on the beach. They had a little terrace/garden bar situation that was right up my alley, and a nice piece of beach front. They gave you beach chairs and umbrellas, the bartenders brought you piña coladas on the beach, and, like all of Thailand, this fabulousness was super cheap. The water was that amazingly clear, slightly shy of being bath water temperature so you could walk right in but it was still refreshing.  We spent two and a half days laying around, and had a great time (I of course achieved lobster status whilst doing so – through the 18 coats of spf 50).

The most random part and therefore blog-worthy part of Koh Samet was the mode of transportation around the island. Taxis on Koh Samet (called sorng-taa-ou) consist of big, green pickups that the drivers have welded metal benches into the back of (reminded me of the picops in Guate only slightly classier).  For a small fee, they drive around the inland roads between the various beaches. The roads are the craziest roads I have ever seen. If you look up erosion in the dictionary, there should be a picture of these roads. Motos could get lost in the ditches and wash-outs. The speed limit was posted as 50 kph, but no one, and I mean no one, could ever drive that fast on these roads. We took one from our beach, Ao Phai, to the beach our friends were staying at, Ao Wong Deuan, and it was quite the adventure. We hopped in the pickup, and it drove away from the beach into total darkness. Total darkness. Koh Samet is a national park, so away from the beaches there is literally nothing. We were there in the moonlight, swaying around in the back of this truck as it jounced and bounced over the ruts. I’m talking hold on for your life and wear a sports bra jouncing and bouncing. The ride probably took 10 minutes, but it was some 10 minutes.

So that was our Koh Samet adventure! It’s nice to know a good beach is so close. We will definitely be going back! And now, to please the crowd, some photos : )


2 Responses to “Koh Samet”

  1. Kim September 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    It’s beautiful! I am super jealous that this is what you get to do with your 3 day weekends!! I’m glad you’re having a great time 🙂

  2. Corky October 3, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    Looks like you finally had a mini honeymoon. What a beautiful place!

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