Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thailand - Bangkok and Koh Samet

I wanted to get relaxed and have totally personal time in Thailand. When I reached Bangkok I was feeling like my soul was free and I had some time to enjoy my life. I didn't like Bangkok much because its a busy city like other busy cities out there. I needed silence, calmness, relaxation and an atmosphere without depression.

Accommodation In Bangkok

I booked my hostel in Bangkok one day before me arrival. As usual, as a backpacker, I took skytrain or metro from the airport and avoided Tuk Tuk not only this time but during my whole trip. As I already read about the misguidance provided my Tuk Tuk drivers. My hotel cost me almost US$6/day. Again, HELL CHEAP! It was an 8 bed mixed dorm and the hostel was situated in Chrao Krung road which is a clean area unlike Patong or Khaosan road.

Festival in Bangkok

There was a Loy Kratong festival during those days. In the festival people make a beautiful Loy Kratong with banana leaves and tree. People make or buy Loy Kratong and float it in the river with a wish in mind with a believe that their wish will be fulfilled. The CS community arranged a gathering where we all made our own Loy Kratong and then went to float it in the river. We were the largest group of people on the roads and the river.

Making Kratongs

One of the CSer is making mine. I found it boring.

last minutes! Every one was busy.

Beautiful CSers

Thai people were damn good at making Kratongs.

Going beyond Bangkok.

I had planned to go Krabi and Koh Phi Phi, one of the few most beautiful islands in the world. But due to a full moon festival train tickets weren't available and time wasn't in my favor as well. So I decided to go to Pattaya, one of the ugliest,  nudest and crowded beach near Bangkok, which is not my taste. So, after consulting with CSers and tourists offices in Bangkok, I later changed my plan and went to Koh Samet, one of the beautiful islands in Thailand.
It cost 200baht from Bangkok to Ban Phe from where a ferry cost me 50 Baht to the island.

Accommodation in Koh Samet

As a result of little bit misguidance, I booked an expensive hotel in Koh Samet which cost me US$18/day which I immediately changed after only a single day. The next hotel was just like a hostel but my room was private with separate washroom which was quite acceptable for me as it cost me USD7/day.
It was Papa Rogers guest house who was a 75 years old active man from Finland and had many many interesting stories to share.

Coconut trees add much to the beauty of the beach 
The beaches were clean, calm, beautiful and the best thing was that there was traditional Thai massage available right at the beach. It feels very good to have Thai massage after bathing.
Island has 7 beautiful beaches

Plenty of stuff to get involved with on beach which won't let you get bored

Even on streets people walk without shrits. 

Koh Samet is a very small island at a distance of 200 km from Bangkok and then 30 minutes by ferry, with 7 beaches all of which have different taste and beauty due to diamond sand and clean beaches. Some of them are crowded and others are silent and calm. Some have very rough night life while some would just offer light music with light noise waves. It has only one road which leads to different island and make people feel if they are totally separate from outside world. Accommodation range from 250 Bath to 4000 Bath per night. Motor bikes are available for as cheap as 300 Bath per day. Despite being an small island, I didn't want to leave it after 3 days even. Restaurants offer many activities after sunset and it goes on overnight and sometimes some great activities can be enjoyed for absolutely free.
Having dinner at beach like this is a very good experience

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