The crusade to paradise in Ko Samet.
12.06.2008 - 17.06.2008 31 °C
So after a few days in the stifling madness of bangkok myself and lorraine decided it was well time to beach it up and sun ourselves for a bit, and sure why not! So Ko Samet was the decided destination at only a mere 3 hrs away
by bus from bangkok - or so we thought as the trip turned out to be something of an adventure!
The start should have been a hint as to how the rest of it would turn out! Our taxi pulled up at the Eastern Bus station in Bangkok (Ekamai) and some fella started banging on the window straight away, he found out where we were goin and then grabbed lorraines bag and ran into the station with it! Lorraine's northside took over and she legged it in after him with me tagging along behind with the other bag! turned out he was our bus conductor and was just in a rush - he ended up being quite the strange character. So got on the '3 hour direct bus' to Ban Phe where we were to then get a ferry to Ko Samet. After watching the new Rambo movie on the bus really loud (thats one shite film! Think its got a bigger body count then even Total Recall!) we slowly figured out that this WASNT the direct bus as it was painfully stoppping at every stop possible. The conductor guy was another fan of Boyzone and sat beside us serenading us for a while, was one of those should i laugh along or just tell him to fuck off moments!
So after SEVEN hours of numb ass boredom and strangeness we stop in a city called Rayong where the conductor tells us and 4 french lads who were also goin to Ko Samet that its our stop?? We have to get a taxi another 20 minutes to Ban Phe and then get the ferry - but its now 6 o'clock (when we thought the last ferry was) and gettin dark cos the bus took so long??
'Oh its ok its ok last ferry at 7 last ferry at 7' he says.....and then it happened, the calm collected lynders suddenly snapped - she'd had enough!
Only thing was in her rage, she forgot the name of where we were supposed to be goin and for some reason replaced 'Ban Phe' with the popular cocktail, 'Mai Thai'?? Lorraine is shouting at the Thai guy in frustration
"You promised you'd take us to mai thai! you promised you'd take us to mai thai! You know you lied to us dont pretend you dont we should be in Mai Thai!"
I try to interrupt "Eh Lorraine we're actually goin to..." but she doesnt hear me, so what else can i do but laugh at Lynders goin mad at some poor thai bastid for not taking us to a rum, vodka and milk cocktail??!!
So we jumped in the back of a thai taxi called a sawnthaw (a pick up truck basically) with the french lads (who were bang-on luckily) and get dropped off in Ban Phe. Of course the last ferry was at 6 so we've to charter a speedboat to the island. It was pitch black and the speedboat was flying along sending us all over the place in the back - it was great craic! although i fell and split myself twice in a row and couldnt get back on my seat, lorraine insists it was hilarious??!! 20 mins later we get dropped off in the middle of a beautiful bay and wade to shore with our bags. Finally, we had made it 9 hrs after leaving bangkok.
We said our farewells to the frenchies who didnt want a beer the same as myself and lynders NEEDED one (as usual one meant many) and then checked into our 1st beach bungalow. It was pretty sweet apart from the odd cockroach (found one in my sealed backpack the cheeky bastard!), the wild jungle noises from outside, and someone trying to get in at 3 in the morning! We slept under a mosquito net for the 1st time, although it was more like a sleeping bag
for lorraine the hogger! needless to say we upgraded the next day!
So anyway after all that adventure, Ko Samet itself is just stunning! Snow white soft sand and clear green warm
seas on deserted beaches lined with palm trees. The small bars and restaurants that line the beach are all family
run and serve delicious food. We spent our time sitting in beanbags/chairs on the beach drinking with the sea
lapping around our ankles watching the seemingly everpresent lightning storms in the distance - its just paradise!
One night the staff just closed up and left us sitting at our table with a few drinks and an old parafin lamp. We ran
out of beer and did the Irish thing and bought some cans to keep going it was just so perfect, we really didnt
want it to end! But we had to get ourselves together and get goin so after 5 days of gorging and outright laziness we jumped on the ferry to the mainland............and this time got the right 3 hr bus back to bangkok!