The island of Koh Samet's beauty and proximity to Bangkok (140 miles plus a boat ride) makes it a popular destination for tourists and Thais alike.
The 5 square mile isle is 80% forest, having been declared a Thai national park, with only the coastal region hosting the 2,800 permanent island residents, one of which is my British host, Chris.
"You're island is very beautiful," I remark to him, "But having explored every inch of road here in one day, I think I would go stir crazy if I stayed much longer. What keeps you here?"
Chris shrugs, "Business honestly, I own this building. Just business." I get the sense he feels stuck here. I might not want to live here, but for a couple day getaway, it certainly is a lovely place to visit.
|the water is so warm!|
|exploring a rocky shore|
|the area gets significantly less rain than the rest of Thailand. In May it is HOT|
|sunset on the Western Beach|
|Took in the sunset with a young German girl (Frauke- not making up the name) I met in the morning. Very peaceful here|