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Published: October 22nd 2007
Stray Dogs on Koh Samet
Thailand is full of stray dogs and Samet is no exception. Because of the Buddhist vaules in the country these dogs are always fed.
One thing that is fantastic about Thailand is that there are endless amounts of exotic beaches that are within 3 hours of Bangkok. This past weekend I went to Koh Samet with my friend Martin, who works for Reuters.
The island is great because it is off the tourism map and is frequented by local Thais. Meaning it costs less and there are less people there. Two definite pluses.
Below are some video links from some of the things that happened on the beach Saturday night. Hence, the Ring of Fire title to this entry. Playing with fire
All around, the island was absolutely fantastic.
The beaches were clean and the water was just the right temperature. It was hot but with a great breeze that made it possible to lie in the sun all day and not get uncomfortable.
This place is totally rustic. The roads are not paved and in order to travel around you have to talk a local guy into letting you hop in the back of their pickup truck.
The accommodations are well-kept and right on the beach. They are incredibly small and blend in flawlessly with the landscape. And for
Ring of Fire
A performer entertains the crowd on Koh Samet
$9 a night for a big bed, a fan and a TV, it’s not too bad.
As we approached the island, as you can see from the pictures, it looks uninhabited. And it remains that way until you hit the shore and see these little bungalows.
So, essentially, the weekend was about relaxing. You can get an hour-long Thai massage on the beach for $6. Martin partook but I felt a little bit uncomfortable getting a massage in a public place. Maybe that’s just me.
But the island had a fun and unique nightlife, as you can see by the videos, but it tends to get a little rowdy with many of the local Thais using Koh Samet to take a load off from work and city life.
Thailand is a drinking culture anyways and when a bottle of whiskey costs $3 it tends to get a little out of control. Not to mention that it was a holiday. They tend to have a lot of those in Southeast Asia I am finding.
Nonetheless, quite an experience. And I can’t remember the last time I actually got some sun!
Enjoy the pictures!
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