Thailand: Ko Samet
I found myself back at the Suvarnabhumi Airport after an impromptu trip to Vietnam. There I was, without a plan again. With a week left of my SE Asia itinerary, all I really knew was that I did not want to spend the next seven days traveling.
Thailand is known for their tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate wats. Initially, I was drawn to the appeal of white sand, clear water and warm weather, but the more time I spent in Northern Thailand, the less I thought about the Thai islands.
While I was in Thailand Krabi and Phuket had experienced severe flooding, I questioned whether I wanted to take the 10+ hour ride from Bangkok to Krabi. My dreams of rock climbing in Railay and learning to dive in Koh Lanta were slowly slipping away. Ultimately, I decided against it. I took a taxi to the Mo Chit Bus Station and found a ticket to Rayong for 200 baht (or 6 USD).
I arrived at Rayong and walked around until I found a hostel by the Ban Phe pier. The following day I would wake up early and take the ferry to Koh Samet with, once again, no plan. After a much needed night of rest I hopped on a ferry and headed toward Ko Samet.
Ko Samet is one of the eastern seaboard islands of Thailand. About 3 hours from Bangkok, this small island offers a tropical escape. Most of the beaches are located on the eastern side of the beach. The northern end of the island offers fire twirling shows and a thriving nightlife, while the southern end offers absolute seclusion.
From north to south Ko Samet is approximately 4.2 miles. For a relatively small island there are plenty of methods of transportation.
Songthaews are an economical way of getting around if you're traveling in a larger group. If you're traveling solo, it may run you up to 600 Baht.
Scooters are the commonly used alternative and generally run between 200-300 Baht per day.
A less commonly used method of transportation is an ATV or golf cart.
If you're looking for relaxation and a quaint environment Ao Lung Dam is for you. I stayed at Apache Restaurant and Bungalow, located at the far end of Lung Dum Beach. I am almost reluctant to share this gem because I'd like to selfishly keep it for myself.
I spent 4 days reading and sunbathing at this beachfront bungalow. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to accommodate me despite having no reservations.
This is not the place for you if you're looking for raging nightlight, but if you're looking for an eclectic and quirky place, away from all the noise, then Apache is for you.
$$ 600-1,500 Baht
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