Ko Samet is a weekend get away for wealthy Bangkokians & hence fairly pricey. It's pretty but considering that the whole island is a National Park, the litter is dreadful. Also the people are not over friendly although the little community around our accommodation are lovely.
For 3 days & nights now we have constantly heard the waves on the shore. Apart from our round island 'peed boat trip with snorkelling & 'feed the fishes', we have remained on our beach - 10 mins walk end to end. There is one fab trendy beach bar but otherwise very low key & all quiet by 10ish.
Amy has struck up a deal with our accommodation 'Big Boss'. In exchange for a dirt cheap room & free use of his computer, she will teach the 5 staff English for a couple of hours each day over the next week. This will give her the opportunity to search for some (hopefully paid) work in Asia. An idyllic spot to complete job applications.
My last day has been a bit of a mad round of getting my last - plate of noodles, massage (at $6/ hour we have been very decadent & treated ourselves to one daily), last corn from the hot chicken man, even finished my book (Andrew you will be proud of me, I finally put down the guide books & devoured 2 novels in 2 days!).
At 4pm I was picked up from our little cove by the boat taxi, leaving Amy standing there as I sped back to mainland & made my way back to Bangkok by minibus.
So here I am waiting for my flight tomorrow morning back to a cold England, work (& AZ redundancies). My head & heart are full of amazing memories of the last 6 weeks, my camera full with hundreds of photos & my notebook bursting with email addresses of countless wonderful people we have met - both locals & fellow travellers.
Looking through my notebook there are many things we have not recounted in our blog. Just a few:
Noodles - up to 3 times a day!/ Rummaging! - in my backpack, day sack or trousers - I always seem to be rummaging for something!/ kids asking where we come from 'Australia or London'?/ hill tribes with no electricity - simple, poor lives/ currencies - 7 in total/ sticky rice - eaten or given to the monks in lumps/ restaurants & bars in Luang Prabang as chic as any in Europe/ slogans - 'The Tamadaw (Military) Shall Never Betray the Natonal Cause"/ temples that should be UNESCO protected/ leprosy/ pony & oxen cart rides/ monks in bob hats having breakfast in hotels/ calmness/ serenity .... could go on for ever.
Until the next one .....