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Published: March 19th 2012
We arrived from Nepal at 7am after a very long and tiring flight. By 10am though we were in Shanti Lodge and it was great to be somewhere so familiar. Once in our room we collapsed for a few hours catching up on some much needed sleep before grabbing some awesome food at Shanti, where else would we eat? Shanti Delight? yes please! We spent the rest of the day relaxing, catching up on a few emails and what not. We decided quite happily that the rest of Bangkok could wait until tomorrow.
We spent a couple of days taking care of a few essential bits and pieces, which included buying a massive box from the post office and trying to get rid of as much as possible (which was a lot), the weight of our bags was almost cut in half. Happy days.
On the 3rd December we left Bankgok and headed south-east to the little holiday island of Ko Samet, a paradise holiday retreat for the Thai people. We decided a few days here would be the perfect way to end our travels. Nothing but sea, sand, food, and one or two (many) drinks was all that
we had planned.
We arrived on a bank holiday long weekend, which was also the Kings birthday so our choice of accomodation was a little limited. We finally found something though on tiny Ao Wan Dueun beach which is on the south east corner of the Island. We stayed here for three nights. The weather wasn't too great, but that didn't bother us, we read, relaxed on the sunbeds. We had some great food on this beach, all freshly Barbeque'd, a massive plate for just €3. Bargin! Ste also found a bar that had a big screen showing the football. On Sunday 5th it was Kings Birthday, so we along with everyone else on the island (and the rest of the country) celebrated and wished the king a happy birthday. We were at dinner and were each given a candle to light in honour of the King. At 7.30pm everyone (including us) stood and everyone sang happy birthday to the King. Imagine having the whole country sing happy birthday to you, it was something pretty awesome for us to see.
After three days we decided to move up the island and see what else it had to offer.
We settled on a little beach called Ao Phatsu, super tiny, it only had two resorts on it. We settle nicely in the Tubtim resort and got ourselves a fantastic bungalow. It was new, clean, great bathroom, fan only but that was ok, lovely fresh white sheets and for only 800baht (€18) a night alot cheaper than what we had been staying in. We stayed here for the remainder of our time on Ko Samet. Even better the following day the sun came out! So, we found our spot on the beach pronto. Around 5pm everyday we made our way back to our bungalow, and after a few quiet drinks on the porch of our bungalow it was out to dinner. Our beach was very quiet for eating out so we often went to the next beach over where the atmosphere was much better. It was only a ten minute walk, but took us longer as we stopped at the various bars on the way to take advantage of the cheap cocktails that were on offer, Naturally!
Finally though, it was time to pack up and head back to the big smoke of Bangkok. We spent our final two
nights at Shanti Lodge. After a little last minute shopping, souvenirs for us and presents for everyone back to home we packed our bags and made our way to the airport to make our final journey back to chilly England and Ireland. We were a little sad that our long adventure had finally come to an end, but better still no-one knew we were coming home, surprising them was awesome!
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