Good morning!Ahhh, we finally made it to the beach.
I am actually writing this on a Sunday morning on the beach with the sun shining and just the sound of waves for company. We have been dreaming of this for weeks now. Once again I apologise for the deluge of blogs that you have received recently but on Tuesday my Parents & one of my best mates arrive so we needed to catch up! It will be great to see them and spend Christmas, New Year & My Birthday in this wonderful country. We chose Ko Samet as our first beach destination as it's only three hours away from Bangkok and we have to come back into the city when my folks arrive. For the past week all we have done is swim, read, eat, drink and sleep. It has been bliss. We have a lovely beach hut right on the beach with views of the sea and from our bed! We leave the windows open at night so we can hear the waves rushing in. Jealous yet? ha ha! Some areas of Koh Samet can get quite busy but where we are is very chilled and laid back. It is called Candle Light beach and it was exactly what we were looking for.
After so much time on the road it was a real luxury to be able to spend a whole week on this gorgeous beach with powdery white sand and turquoise waters. The real treat was first thing in the morning when the light coming into our room woke us. We looked out and saw the sun rising right in front of us. On the first day we rushed out taking pictures of the wonderful red skies. Whilst for the rest of the week we enjoyed the show from our bed. It was something special.
At night we'd visit a restaurant at the end of the beach that had tables right on the sand and
served freshly barbq'd fish and shellfish, which we feasted on every night. On Friday we were treated to a fire juggling show with lit up sticks and fire balls that were twisted, turned and thrown in the air. One of the three jugglers was actually a little kid who couldn't have been older than nine or ten. He looked as pleased as punch to be part of the crew and swaggered along the beach, or danced to the music enjoying all the attention he was getting. Clearly this was one kid who wasn't spending all his time on the Internet or Wii or PlayStation. Still it looks like kids in other countries can have unhealthy hobbies too. If he was doing this in the UK they'd have sent social services knocking on his parents' doors.
One day while we were reading, three wild pigs decided to come down for a stroll on the beach. They caused quite a stir and all of the 10 people on the beach surrounded them to take photos. They were so cute wagging their tails, rolling in the sand and munching on a tree, completely at ease in the presence of the paparazzi flashing away.
We can't say much more about the island as we literally did not move from our beach in the whole week we were there. On our last day on the island we got some bad news. Paul's parents were stuck in the UK because of the snow. They missed their connection and would be arriving in Thailand two days than originally planned. We were so gutted. At least they were well taken care of as Emirates put them up in a hotel out of the airport so they will have seen two countries on their trip instead of one.
Speak soon from Bangkok!
Lots of love
Karen and Paul