Life's A Beach
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
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We were beyond stoked to finally land on the island after a pretty easy 4 hour bus ride and hour-long ferry. When we saw the beach and hotel that we would be camped out at for the next 5 days we were in heaven. Sometimes, when we go on vacation we realize what we shoulda-coulda-woulda done if we had known more, but this time we made all the right decisions. Instead of the party beach on the island, we were at the "perfect beach". Koh Samet has 11 white sand beaches, and you can drive from one end to the other in around 30 minutes, and that's only because the roads are so bad. Vong Duern Beach turned out to be the best one. The water was the most beautiful, clear, aquamarine color you could imagine and the powdered sugar sand was some of the softest we have ever felt
The next five days straight were spent doing nothing but swimming, sitting in lounge chairs reading our books, and eating delicious seafood and curry dishes. It was actually possible to spend all day on the beach without having to move unless you needed to pee or cool off. Food would come right to you from the local vendors. There were tropical fruits to choose from that would be sliced and diced when you picked them. You could have a spicy green papaya salad (amazing!) made fresh right at your feet. A little later you could order a piece of BBQ chicken or a pork satay that was cooked right in front of you by someone who carried a smoking grill around on their shoulders all day! All this for pennies, of course.
The restaurant/hotel food was great too, more expensive than in the city, but who can complain about paying nine dollars for a whole grilled snapper that you got to hand pick? Thai curries are our favorite style, and coconut milk makes any dish creamy and delicious. Not only was the food great, but the setting was spectacular
Because it was the Chinese New Year we also saw many lanterns being lit and set to the sky. It's traditional in Thailand to make a wish, and even write in on your lantern, then send it off in the night so that your wish will come true. Peter and I have always wanted to try this, so we were really excited to finally get the chance
When the week was up we were so disappointed to leave our island paradise. We spent every last minute on the beach that morning, soaking up the sun and the waves, and didn't even go pack up our bags until 30 minutes before the noon checkout. Thailand, we are in love with you.
You gotta see it for yourself!
Melissa and Peter