Escaping the city

Ko Samet Travel Blog

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Getting the boat over to the restaurant

We decided to go to a small island east of Bangkok called Ko Samet before flying to Hong Kong.


After a slightly confusing time buying a ticket, we found ourselves on a bus to Ban Phe, to get a boat to the island. We were abit dissappointed when we arrived to find that we had to wait for 20 people before the boat would leave, and we were 2 of 4 people waiting.

Sitting at the dinner table!!
However it was late in the day and I think they took pity on us because we left after about ½ hour of waiting. The crossing was slightly bumpy but over quickly enough so it wasn't too bad.


We had nowhere to stay when we arrived and decided to turn right upon leaving the port instead of left to the touristy part of the island. We trekked for a while with our heavy backpacks before getting to a nice looking sign and stopping to ask for help. It turned out that we needed to ring a bell for a rowing boat on a pulley to come and get us! We lugged our bags into the boat and made our way over. Unfortunatley it was WAY above our budget so we decided to eat dinner there and go on. Eating dinner however turned into quite an event, as the tables were about 1 ft high and after manouvering ourselves into position we found our feet dangling over the ocean – amazing!!


As soon as we finished eating we made our way back, as the light was fading and we still didn't have anywhere to stay.

Looking across to the beach
Luckilly the next set of building were bungalows for a reasonable price, so we opted for these and are staying right on the beach in simple but clean bungalows!! We've made friends with a couple of non rabies infected dogs called 'Chuck' and 'Beckham' and are very relaxed!


Being away from the main area has been lovely, we have walked down a couple of times to sample the bar scene and get to come back to isolation whenever we want. However it has proved to be abit of trek. After looking at some accomodation nearer the action we decided that we had quite a good deal where were are now, but wanted to get down easier. Everyone seems to ride mopeds here so we struck deal with the owners and have rented a moped for reduced rate provided we stay here til we go back to the mainland. Being the driver, I duly handed over my details and hopped on the moped.

My poor bruised leg
On my one I was ok, if a little nervous, however with Lisa on the back, my co-ordination went completely and instead of breaking I accelerated and shot us into a hedge on the oter side of the road. A hedge in a ditch. The bike landed on us but we both scrambled out unscathed but for a very bruised leg and ego, the bike had to be dragged out by the owners father..... After that incident I was too scared to get on it again, but Lisa tried her luck with the owner and her provisional liscence and they agreed to let her have a go. Needless to say she was much better than me! We have been riding around for the last couple of days quite happily, although I am still a scardeycat and have been clinging on for dear life!!


After a few days of terrible storms we have now had 2 days of beautiful weather. The sand here is so soft and squeaky due to the high silicone content, very strange.

Playing with fire...
There are such a lot of stray dogs on the beach it gets annoying sometimes, but the puppies are very cute, even if Lisa wasn't impressed when 2 tried to run off with her flip flop!


In the evening a couple of the bars have a fire show which we have seen a few times. Our favourite has 6 performers, some as young as 12 years old spinning poles set on fire at an amazing speed. The performance is fantastic, with the fire spinning round so fast that your eyes cannot distinguish between the individual flames. The bar we watch it at brings mats, tables and cushions down onto the beach for the evening, so we watch the show sitting on the beach just higher than the lapping water, it is wonderful.

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Getting the boat over to the resta…
Getting the boat over to the rest…
Sitting at the dinner table!!
Sitting at the dinner table!!
Looking across to the beach
Looking across to the beach
My poor bruised leg
My poor bruised leg
Playing with fire...
Playing with fire...
Ko Samet
photo by: bcbusdriver