As I write this, I am at work and suffering for what some people refer to as ‘a hangover’. I prefer to say that I am sleep-deprived, but whatever you want to call it, you get the general gist of how I am currently feeling.
This had led me to think of the perfect location I would like be in right now (second only to my bed!). I think if I could choose one location from my past where I could go and rest my weary head it would be Koh Samet, in Thailand.
I was there in 2000 with five friends, and after two nights in the overcrowded, bustling and polluted Bangkok, we headed to our paradise island. Koh Samet isn’t too far from the mainland and so travelling there was fairly easy.
We spent a couple of days chilling out on the beach, snorkelling, sleeping, reading, chatting and generally doing as little as possible. We stayed in two villas (I use the term very loosely, as they were more brick huts than the glamorous villas I seem to have implied they were), right on the beach.
It was so relaxing, listening to the water lapping the shores on an evening as we had BBQ’s on the beach and relaxing on the white sands during the day. We only seemed to move when we needed to cool down in the crystal blue waters.
I recommend this island to anyone travelling to Thailand for a limited amount of time. It’s a way to get the island experience without having to travel too far from Bangkok. Koh Samet is an idyllic island and although the nightlife is fairly limited, this is what makes the island unique in comparison to the bigger party islands, like Phuket and Koh Samui.
Accommodation on the island is varied, so you can stay and enjoy the island’s beauty if you’re backpacking, or looking for the 5* experience.