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Published: December 12th 2009
on our way to the Island
Ok, time to stop counting days, its depressing us watching the days clock on, so now its just location...
So, as I said in my last blog its time for a bit of relaxation now, we got a taxi from our hotel just outside Baan Phe to the harbour in the town centre to catch the boat thats going to take us to the island of Koh Samet, its a National Park and there is not a lot there except sandy beaches so just the place for relaxation. We have read that its a place popular with the Thai's as its only 3 hours from Bangkok and they come here for long weekends so will be interesting to see how busy it gets. Anyway our taxi, which turns out to be the hotel taxi takes us into town and drops us off at a ticket office selling tickets for the boat, as soon as we stop the staff are out telling us to get out and they will write our tickets, but straight away we don't like the speed at which they are pushing us to buy our tickets there. Anyway, we get out, and they ask where
thats the name of it..
we are going and we have already done our research and know that we can get a boat directly to the beach we are staying and what time it leaves and also the price of the ticket. So when we ask how much the ticket is and she tells us 200 Baht each return, we just gasp, its supposed to be 120 return, so we tell her this and she tells us no, no thats the price, to which we reply, No, we know the price and we will find it elsewhere, surprisingly she doesn't argue and just tells us to go and find it then... Now we don't know the area at all but know by common sense you just go directly to the harbour, so off we set, thankfully just along the road there was a guy selling rooms on the island and he told us the way and which harbour to go to, and it was only 5 mins along the way. When we got there we had to cross over the road but before we had chance to do this a tout was on us trying to sell us tickets and telling us we had to
first view of our beach...
buy from him, we could see the information desk directly behind him so just walked on by, but he was also trying to sell for 200, so a bit of advice, just go directly to the harbour as we did and we paid what we should of 120 return, pays to walk 5 mins.... OK, your talking not much, but its the principle...
So, after getting our tickets we had a little time to kill so went off to feed our bellies yet again, and yet again had Phad Thai, we just love it and its a good filling lunch time meal... Thankfully the boat left on time, we were surprised to see the it wasn't that busy but we also noticed that we were the only 'Farangs' on the boat, thats Thai for foreigners. The crossing only takes us about 40mins, when we arrive there a platform boat then comes over to the boat from the beach and we get transferred onto that, and then the last bit we climb into the water to wade ashore. Luckily we had paid our entrance fee on the boat to save queing, all foreigners have to pay a 200 Baht entrance fee
can you see how dirty the wall is...
to National Parks, so we walk straight past the wardens as we have a sticker on to show we have paid, we are then approached to ask if we have a room and when we tell them where we are staying we get pointed towards the end of the beach. This beach we are now walking down is just pure white sand with small pieces of coral scattered along the tide line. We get to reception and check in, we are then told to follow a member of staff as he will show us to our villa, so off we head along the beach, then onto a path under the tree, then we leave the beach behind us and carry on going into the thick of things, bye this time we are looking at each other and thinking how much further are we going, we walk past some nice looking villas, and then get to what we see is our price ranch. From the outside, really tatty huts, by this time I can't use the word bungalow, its a hut OK.. so we get shown to number 4, we walk up the steps that look like they haven't been cleaned
and the cemented wall, behind which was the bathroom
in a very long time, the whole outside looks awful, we are in the shelter of the trees so its dark, we are looking out at rocks, very depressing and thats just the outside, anyway, he opens the door puts the electric key in the slot, turns and leaves very quickly, as soon as we walked in we realised why, it was awful....The walls were stained, paint was peeling off the wall and the partition wall that you walked behind to get to the bathroom was just cemented and grey. The mattress was laid on a wood plinth and on the one side it was all broken, the pillow cases had mould on them, need I go on... Now I must say, in all the accommodation we have stayed in when we have travelled has not always been the best, we don't pay much for our accommodation so we know what to expect, but this was just awful, we just sat there and thought there is no way we can stay here, we are here for a week, the thought of spending just one night was too much to handle. So I decided I would go to reception and question
the room we got moved to, 100% better..
the standard of the place, Stan didn't think it would make any difference. So, when we got to reception I just asked the lady there was this the normal standard of the villas as the one they had given us was really bad, what with the paint and mildew etc and she just said, oh, I have another we can show you. We jumped at this, so again the same guy led us off once again, but this time up behind the beach, so off we go up some steps, then some more steps and eventually arrived at another villa, OK, in the trees but when we walked inside it was a completely different place, clean, painted walls, normal bed, door to the bathroom, so we jumped at taking this villa and we are very happy in it. They are a bit like camping as its thin walls and you hear the people next door, but Thai's are not noisy people so its not a big problem...All in all we are happy....
Since arriving on the island we have not done much except swim, play frizbee and sunbathe. Surprisingly its also not that expensive here, we thought it would be
the night view from our Wifi bar... Tempo, its great...
but I suppose thats due to the many Thai tourists they have here, its been fun watching them, they love to take photos and love posing for them, a lot of young Thai's come here for the day also, as well as just a night. Found a really nice place to eat at called the Tempo bar, has free WiFi as long as your buying a drink and they have a restaurant attatched which is where we have eaten in every night. We have tried the food at our hotel, but there is just something about the cleanliness of this place, every plate has had a chip out of it so far and the service is very slow, one thing they do have thats great though is a juice bar, so much choice and only 1 euro each, bargain....
Thinking about getting a bike in next few days to have a look around, roads are really bad here so will have to be really careful, but should be interesting. Oh, and my foot has healed well, just a little hole left, but no infection....
Well, I won't go on anymore, not a lot to write about so won't be doing
outside view of our bungalow
a blog everyday while here, but will catch up every couple of days.
Feel free to send us a message, would be nice to hear what you think of all this....Till next time Adios...
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