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Published: December 17th 2009
the typical roads on the Island
Ok, been a few days once again since I updated whats been going on,but as I said being on Koh Samet, there wasn't going to be much to write about.
So as I left it we were going to get ourselves a bike and this we did, cost us 500 Baht, about 10 euro, which is quite expensive for Thai standards but we have to bear in mind that this is a national park island and things like this are going to be a bit more expensive. So, we set off, straight away we got an idea of how bad the roads ahead were going to be, or I should say lack of roads were going to be, there is literally no tarmac surface here, its all dirt track and big potholes, you can see in places that there has been tarmac at one time but very little of it left now, so it was a case of hold on tight and don't fall off. We had no idea where we were heading, we just followed the roads and turned off when the fancy took us. Basically this island is purely beach after beach with very white powder sand, you can't
beat it. There is a mixture of accommodation on this island from basic to VIP suites, a little bit to suit all wallets. Thankfully on this ride around we didn't come across much traffic, the odd bike and the odd taxi, we had been warned about the taxi's passing you, so Stan always took care when they were around. We stopped in one of the towns just outside the town were most of the boats go into, really don't know what it was called but we would say that its were most backpackers go to stay when here, lot of nightlife going on there. Have to say we broke our rule of only eating local food here as we saw a place selling currant buns, just couldn't resist, but I think that was mainly due to the fact we hadn't had breakfast that day. Had a look around here then hopped back on the bike and headed for the main town, and on past. This is where we came across a small floating village and their only access to land is either by boat or using a raft tied to a rope with drums underneath for floatation and they pull
our bike for the day...
themselves across pulling the rope. While we were taking some photos a girl was coming across on one to pick her father up and shouted to ask if we wanted to come over, but stupidly we said no thanks, but bless the old man, he was there giving us the victory sign and saying peace, it was so funny and cute...Stopped and had a look around the main town and headed back to our resort but not before stopping off on one of the beaches first for a swim and a game of Frisbee..
Our next few days are pretty much spent lazing around our beach and eating, we seem to of done nothing much except eat and drink here, its been great. Have to tell you a funny story, we were sat having our morning coffee at the tempo bar this day and we normally sit in the seat in the sun, but today I had forgotten my sunglasses so we sat inside under the roof, anyway, sat drinking our coffee checking the interent when all of a sudden there was a thud which made us jump, and we thought what the hell, turned around to look where the
wish we knew the story behind these statues...
noise was coming from and right under the table where we normally sit was a 3ft green thin snake, it had fallen from the tree above, the dogs went crazy trying to get it, the snake was very defensive and right up in the air, next thing it literary jumps onto the chair, the owner is there with a broom and dustpan, im trying to video all this, it was hilarious. Anyway, the snake dropped down and managed to go under the wooden floor and get away, put have to say we didn't sit at that table again while on the island.. We've had most of our meals at a resort restaurant called Von Duaern Resort, its on the quieter side of the beach and very nice and cheap food, but also very good, all the staff are so happy and friendly, especially one of the waitresses called Yen, she is so sweet and always smiling. There are a lot of places to eat on this beach, and if you want it loud then its there, also lots of fire dancing going on every night.
As I have said earlier this is an island mostly for the Thai tourists, and
anyone for Bob Marley
we did notice that on the weekend it was crazy but as soon as Sunday night came it quitened down and was lovely and peaceful but still enjoyable..
We've now got to our last day on the island and yet another day just lazing and playing Frisbee. We are befriended by two little German boys, their mother is Thai and Dad German, but they are sweet and so well behaved, they manage to get in our game and we end up playing in the water throwing the frizby for a good hour. Later in that afternoon Stan was crawling around in the shallow water pushing his fingers through the sand when 'POP' no, not a nail but a sea urchin got his finger and part of its thorn went in his finger. I go off to the room to find a pin as sure I have some with me, but can I find them, nope, thankfully there is a lovely America lady we had met on the beach and she had one, so a bit of picking and prodding got it out. Before that Stan had gone back into the shallow water and retrieved the Urchin with the Frisbee, it
our dusty sandals...
was not the usual type that we are used to in the Med. Hopefully there won't be anymore things sticking in either of us.. Today we also get talking to a lot of other people, and spend most of our day just standing or lying in the sea chatting, dangerous as we found out at the end of the day, yep, very red..
D day has come its time to leave, and we really wish we are staying a few more days here, we have fallen in love with the place, well worth coming to if you have a few days to kill and your in Bangkok. We've also met a really nice British family, ashamed to say we haven't got their names yet, but anyway, they are also leaving the island the day after us and also going to Ayyuthaya and have a minibus booked so have invited us to travel up with them, so that's what we are doing. Our boat leaves the island exactly on time, and we have a lovely journey back to the mainland, really can't understand why people pay so much extra money for a speed boat when this way is so nice and
the pull along raft...
relaxing. On arrival back to Baan Phe we have a walk around to find the harbour that the family are coming into, that done we get a taxi back to Nice Beach Hotel and once again laze on the beach and play yet more frisbee but not before going to the street food place next door and having one of their very tasty Phad Thai's, they have to be the best...
So tomorrow its off to Ayyuthaya, been told there is a festival on there this weekend so that should be nice to see... Watch this space......
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