Koh Samet

Thai Mer-people 

Ban Phe is a quiet little fishing village and is known for having 2 things: 1- a consistent number of farangs due to the TEFL program, and 2 – being the main port down to the beautiful island of Koh Samet.

Koh Samet is the closest island to Bangkok and is therefore frequented on the weekends by Bangkok residents trying to escape the big city.  Bangkokians (is that right?) are quite lucky to have such great beaches a mere 2 hours from home.  The island is one large national park.  The cost to enter for a local is only 50 baht – about $1.70.  The cost for a farang is 250 baht – so much for equality.  Fortunate for us, as mentioned before, Thai people are very non confrontational.. sooo if a farang walks past the pay counter as they enter the park and simply does not stop to pay, the officials will not stop them.  We did, they didn’t and we were in.  We may be farangs but the variance is just not right.  Surrounding the island are beautiful white sand beaches, amazing cliffs, and gangs of island dogs. 

Inland is jungle. We arrived on the island at about 9:00 am. We went with a few other people and everyone was hungry so we went to grab breakfast.  Thai people eat the same foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so it wasn’t too big of a surprise to see hamburgers and sandwiches on the breakfast menu when we went to a western restaurant.  VP had a cheeseburger and fries and Renee had a ham and cheese sandwich with a banana shake.  Aroy! (delicious). (More to follow on the burger). After ‘breakfast’ we tried to hike around the island.  We managed to make it about 2/3 of the way down one side of the island, just far enough to see the amazing cliff views of the west side of the island.   Our total trip down was nearly 5 miles through trails, hills, rocks, and of course all along side the beach. Soi mac (very beautiful).


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