Finally, after two weekends away, we made our way back to the beautiful beaches of Thailand! This past weekend, ventured to Ko Samet (Ko means island in Thai). So, after school on Friday, the group of us from Campus 2 lefts school in a taxi, rode the BTS (SkyTrain) to the Bus station, and rode a bus for 3 hours to get to a pier in Ban Phe. From there, we headed out on a speed boat onto the dark cold (okay… very warm), ocean waters for a quick ride out to the island.
After getting off the boat, we packed 14 people with luggage onto a Song Tao (which directly translates to ‘two rows’, but is actually a pick-up truck that has 2 benches along the side of the box of the truck for people to sit on), and took a bumpy road to ‘The White Sand Resort’. I know… sounds pretty fancy schmancy! … but it was not! I failed to take a picture of the inside of the room (which was sketchy!), but here is a picture of the outside.
Yes, it may look nice, but outward appearance can be deceiving! NEVER judge a book by it’s cover. This place had a toilet that did not flush, but had to be forced down by dumping water in and letting gravity do the rest. There were ants in every corner and climbing up the walls. Some of the sheets on the bed were burned or ripped. There was only one mirror, and it was opposite the bed (not even in the bathroom!) and it made you look as pale as a ghost. It was just kind of creepy! But… an adventure none the less!
The next day we headed to Jep’s, a restaurant highly recommended by the Lertlah teachers that have been in Thailand for a while. It is right on the beach, with the tables in the sand, and probably the most amazing food possible. The menu is huge and includes American, Indian, European, and Thai food! Needless to say, I did as I usually do on the weekends and I treated myself to some American food. I know.. not very adventurous… but the tastes of home are so welcomed after a week of pad thai and chicken fried rice!
After a banana waffle for breakfast, it was time to hit up the beach! This was my view for the rest of the day! (And… I am pleased to say, I did not get a sunburn on one single part of my body! Yes, it was overcast all day, but some girls came back to Bangkok looking like lobsters!)
The beaches in Thailand are somewhat like the beaches in Mexico. There are a few people that will haggle you to buy stuff… but for the most part if you do not look interested, they will leave you alone. One of the things I love that people try to sell you on the beach is fruit! How can you say no to fresh fruit that is cut right in front of you, which quenches the thirst and satisfies the taste buds! (And it is supporting the locals…)
On my way back to the ant infested ‘resort’, I came across a man on the beach selling Roti’s. I had never heard of these wonderful things before, so I watched him make one for some other girls. They just looked too good to pass up, so I treated myself to one of these as well! A roti is fried dough. Kind of like a mixture between roll kuchen and a pancake. I chose banana with chocolate! It was delightful!
After a little bit of downtime, and a shower that probably did not make me any cleaner than I was to begin with (since the bathroom in the room was gross…), we headed out to watch the fire show on the beach. I have some videos that I might attempt to upload if I have time so you can try to experience how neat the evening was! The guys that put on the fire show were amazing! The audience sits on the beach, which the sand is covered, and we sit on little mats, and the performers are knee deep in the water, or further. I don’t really know how to explain it, other than it was a bunch of men that could have been circus performers that played with fire to entertain us. It was quite the experience!
The next morning it was time to go. A speedboat picked us up on the beach and we headed back to the mainland. However, this little trek back became much more interesting than anticipated. The speedboat that our group got on only had one of two working motors. Apparently this is not safe… so after some tinkering by the ‘co-captain’ (who looked like he was 12 and was wearing only boxer shorts), who attempted to get the second motor running, we putted to a different dock and waited for another boat. About 15 minutes later it arrived, and we jumped from one boat to the next! Just like so…
It ended up being a very random, but very awesome weekend away! This weekend coming is a long weekend, so a group of us are flying up to Chiang Mai to do some zip-lining and exploring! I am looking forward to experiencing northern Thailand, and getting out of Bangkok yet again!
P.S. I am sorry if you are hungry after reading this post… I think I made myself hungry writing it! I have realized I am quite obsessed with the food here!