Life's A Beach

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sa wat dee kah! We have finally found time to finish the rest of the story about our trip to Thailand, and we're already planning when and where we can go back! OK, where were we...

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. There were less than a dozen small hotels and restaurants on our little half moon bay, and you could walk from one end to the other in less than 10 minutes. Our hotel room was great too, a private little cabana less than 30 yards from the beach. 

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. The beach wasn't very wide so the tables had to be set up nightly on little bamboo platforms that would keep you high and dry when the tide was up. This meant that conventional chairs weren't an option at most spots and you had to sit on lounge cushions or even bean bags while dining. Everything was candlelit and lanterns hung in all the trees; it looked like it was decorated for a gorgeous wedding every night at sundown. Then around 8 o' clock the entertainment would start. Fire dancers would perform up and down the beach, and they were the most exciting that we have ever seen. First of all, many of the performers were just kids - as young as ten! I'm sure they were breaking all kinds of child labor laws, but those kids were incredible! Imagine a ten year old rotating a flaming hula hoop around his neck! We watched them do back flips and stand on each others shoulders, breath fire out of their mouths, and take the show out into the dark ocean. At some points, they would even attach sparkling fireworks to their batons and toss those around! It was a lot of fun to watch and happened every night we were there.

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. We learned that in China people don't typically light the same types of lanterns; they light the ones that hang from a small stick or pole so that you can carry them around on the 15th night after the lunar new year. The floating lanterns are much larger than we expected, about three feet tall. We bought one from a vendor, lit it up, and sent it towards the sky. It rose slowly, glowing a soft white color, and we watched it until it went out of sight. We both had to ignore the environmentalist inside us and pretend that all those lanterns didn't end up in the ocean the next morning, trapping sea creatures and sending them to their deaths, because they're so beautiful!

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!

With Love,
Melissa and Peter
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Lindsey on

It looks so nice I wish I was there

Dave collette on

lookin good guys ! I too wish we were there for a little sun and fun

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