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Apr 6, 2007 - Ko Samed

Hi everyone; So a little over a week ago we said our farewell to Jen:( We all had a fabulous night in Bangkok and a proper sendoff. The next day, down to three, we decided to go to Ko Samed, an island off the gulf coast for our last taste of beaches for a while.We spent three nights in a small room atop 75 steep steps, which helped us get in our daily excercise. Kate and Robin also went for a long run/rock scaling extravaganza and both were heavily sunburned:( The only bummer was that Robin got hookworm, a very common and easily diagnosed...

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Mar 24, 2007 - An interesting journey to Ko Samet

Hello, The trip from Cambodia to Ko Samet in Thailand was one of the longest, most interesting and most beautiful journey's of my whole trip. In all, it took 13 hours, 5 ferries, 3 minibuses and 1 motorbike. We passed through the Cardomom Mountains of southern Cambodia and it was absolutely beautiful. I left my hotel in Sihanoukville at 6:30am on the back of a motorbike to the bus station. There were quite a few people travelling and they stuffed us all into 3 minivans. I grabbed the front seat so I was quite comfortable. I couldn't figure...

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Eileen's Grand Tour

Mar 13, 2007 - full circle

Well, we are back in Jom Tien at Kate's brothers house. We arrived after nearly 24 hours of travel including 10 hours back in a third class no air con overnight train (exactly what we swore up and down we would never do again... actually, not so bad after a while in the country). It was not a totally smooth journey, turns out every bus to Bangkok is full on a friday night, and no amount of hours standing by the side of the road flagging them down can help. We spent a night in our least favorite place yet, and are trying to put it behind us....

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Dec 15, 2006 - Koh Samet

Well, where does one begin to explain the feeling of utter sadness at the sight of seeing someone go. That was pretty much the mood of my day when I had to say goodbye to Saba and Danna. They were great people and two of my most favorites that I have met this entire trip. We spent a huge amount of time travelling together and right out of the gate we all got along like we were all best buds. To make matters worse my connection with Saba was particularly strong and we shared a lot so it was a bit of a crushing feeling to see them off. Took...

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Nov 14, 2006 - Pattaya

Well, if there's amywhere in the world a sleazy handlebar Mo suits, it's certainly Pattaya. After the 4 hour bus trip to get here we were hoping for a nice beachside resort type area and got Kings Cross on 'roids. That said, it's not too bad a joint once you delve below the surface. In the short length of time we've had here, we been bull riding, discussed life, death and everything in between over Arabian Peace Pipes, and managed to consume the world's hottest Thai beef curry. I'm a little worried about experiencing that heat again after...

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The Wanderer

Jun 13, 2006 - Sidelined in Samet

Don't ya just love red tape? All week sitting on the beach, and I just can't get it out of my head. I mean travelling around the world presents enough logistical challenges as it is (OK - it's really fun through), but why do so many countries have to put up so many barriers to mobility? I speak, of course, of the dreaded visa game. And it's not even that we need the visas right now!! You see, in order to get visas for certain countries (which are really just excuses to dig into your life's history, provide government jobs, and charge you...

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honeymoonplanet

Apr 26, 2006 - Koh Samet

Koh Samet was a bit of a shock for me this year It has changed soo much I hardly recognised the place. Some of the resorts have demolished the old cheap wooden huts that I used to stay in and replaced them with concrete air conditioned rooms. I have to admit they look quite impressive but at 1500 baht they're a little out of my price range. We eventually stumped up 1000 baht a night at a resort around the corner. And after staying in cheap guest houses or wooden huts for a few weeks it was a welcome break to have a little more luxury. Koh...

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Trekkin with Baldie

Mar 16, 2006 - Bye Byes - Busy Busy Bangkok

Well I have had enough of the big city life for now and can't wait to do some serious relaxing. After spending a couple days walking all day long in markets, to embasies and in China Town mom and dad decided we would take it easy yesterday. Well, that didn't happen. Dad and mom finally got up around 7:00 after I got on their case for awhile and out we went. First for an ice coffee from the street vender then on the subway to the national museum. The Grand Palace was close by so they thought they would stop by and check it out. Mom and dad...

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Feb 13, 2006 - Ko Samet

Ko Samet - Brilliant!! This little island is probably one of our favourites so far! We arrived yet again into another rain storm but it only lasted for about 20 minutes. Then it cleared and it was clear to see how nice it was. The beaches are very nice and the water is that greeny blue colour you see on postcards! The 2nd proper day there it was valentines (so of course you've got to make the effort!)

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Dec 21, 2005 - chasing the sun

Finally we found the sunshine we were after and the pristine white sands and turquoise water at Koh Samet. We got back to nature staying in our wooden beach hut with freezing cold shower, bucket flush loo and creatures a plenty. Chris is becoming very good at killing cockroaches and he even braved hurling a shoe at the biggest spider we've ever seen. Made a juicy splat on the wall too. We were very grateful for our mosquito net as the island is also home to mutant mosquitoes with militant tracking devices honed in on unsuspecting ankles....

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Chris and Kim's Trip

Dec 18, 2005 - ko samet

With 10 days to kill before Helen arrived, we decided to head down to Ko Samet, a beautiful island just three hours drive and a short boat ride from Bangkok. We'd had a tip that Glenn, an old friend from Guildford was spending a two week holiday there, so set off to find him. We arrived on the island around lunctime and found the bungalows at which Glenn was supposed to be staying. No sign of Glenn though. So we looked in all the obvious places, walking up and down the beach, poking our heads into beachside restaurants - no sign of him....

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Nov 8, 2005 - Ko Samet, Thailand

Early on I mentioned that time seems to slow down when you're travelling but now I'm starting to change my mind. I can't believe how fast time is flying by. We've realized that we only have a few weeks left until it's time to head to Oz and think about getting jobs for a bit. Forget about that for now though. We had to do one island in Thailand and it turns out that Ko Samet was going to be the easiest to visit from Bangkok while still having some time to head up north. The place was great. Although the first guesthouse I chose was...

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