Samet Island

28 Aug

I don’t really think Lawson did justice describing Koh Samet’s scenery. But then again I can’t imagine any Middlesbrough lad frolicking gaily in wild grass in a Wordsworth-esque way personifying nature like some kind of effeminate thespian, not ones I’ve ever met, anyway. And, actually I couldn’t be doing with all that silliness. So I will try my best to describe it with all the womanly charm I can muster, if any. Here it goes…

Samet Island had a beautiful coastline and when I awoke that first morning and saw the idyllic beach untouched by footprints just less than twenty metres from our hut I was stunned. We had gotten a pretty good deal our accommodation. It was quite basic but clean, badly decorated but with the amenities; it wasn’t exactly 5 star though. However, none of that mattered when I saw the beach.  It was serene. It’s hard not to sound like I’m reading from a Thomas Cook holiday brochure when I try and describe it, but the sand was powdery white and the sea was a bright turquoise a the craggy hillside was a fertile luscious green. I have fallen into a web of clichés…Maybe, I can redeem myself with the pictures I have added to the bottom of this post, none of which have been airbrushed or tampered with in any way.

The highlights of Samet Island, for me personally were: quad biking, the fire show, the boat trip (which included being taken to see tortoises, humongous mekong giant catfish, giant siamese carp and sharks), seeing some of the lantern lit beaches at night time and of course the scenery.

However, I would not return here. Not because it wasn’t amazingly beautiful. In fact I kept saying “This is paradise”, (I must have sounded quite repetitive actually.) But all the time I was there, I was thinking ‘And this isn’t even supposed to be the most beautiful part of Thailand!’ Don’t get me wrong, I loved it and I we both had a fantastic time but I feel we’ve seen all this small Island has to offer. Next time I’d like to explore the far South of Thailand. I think the more popular places like Phuket can be littered with tourists which may take away from their original glory. Although, I can’t get too snobby about tourists, I am after all one myself. All the same, I want to feel like I’m exploring somewhere undiscovered. This is naive, but realistically my ideal is to go places as little effected by globalisation as possible. I’d like to go somewhere without a giant neon ‘M’  for MacDonald’s on the skyline for example. It spoils the illusion and the excitement of going somewhere completely unfamiliar. I would love to see some of the fabulous UNESCO world heritage sites where the fantastic  rock formations are. Also I feel like Koh Samet was designed specifically for holidaying, it was a modified Thai experience, to fit an idealistic holiday-makers fantasy. If that was it’s goal it was successful but next time I’d like to go somewhere where I could see a truer reflection of Thai living.

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