Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Taste of Koh Samet Island, Thailand

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.  
colors- beautiful

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 


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