|If you seek tranquillity, there's a fishing village
tucked away on Koh Samet in Ban Phe, Rayong District. Many who have
been there say it's the closest you can get to Heaven on Earth.
|One would run out of superlatives in
describing Koh Samet, a quaint resort of incredible serenity. The
golden, un-trodden sand lining the virtual virgin beaches are a
sight to behold, and the swaying palm trees conceal the tiny clusters
of wood and bamboo bungalows dotting the edge of the beach.
Occasionally a few people
bob in the white-tipped waves, which spill onto the unmarked beaches.
|The resort is ideal for those wishing to sunbathe, swim, snorkel,
eat and drink, especially so if you have just arrived from bustling
||Here you can also-on your own or with your loved one-turn your
back on the past with a quiet stroll on the beach and do whatever
comes naturally as if time doesn't move at all.
|There are no discos or raucous bars on Koh Samet to disturb
the natural peace. The resort is simply meant for those seeking
solitude and relaxation. That's the way it is, and that's precisely
how it will-or should -remain, at least for the time being.
||Eating on Koh Samet means a feast at very reasonably-priced
restaurants, located almost on the beach. During high tide, the
waves lap around your feet while your attention is torn away from
the evening meal, and your eyes are focused on a star - studded
the main beaches in the area are Haad Sai Koa, Tawan, Ao Prao and
converted fishing boat
|The jumping off point for Koh Samet is Ban Phe where the coaches
terminate their journey. There, countless people wait to offer travellers
a ride at Bt. 30 per person on fishing boats, which have been converted
for passenger use. Then it's along the wooden jetty and a hop onto
the boat with plenty of helping hands to ease passengers and their
luggage safely on board.
The journey takes about 30 min. to the
village on the island and 45 min. to the rest of the beaches. Because
there are no landing piers, you step into the warm, shallow water
when you arrive, which is quite a pleasure, too.
|The island has been designated a national park. This means that
no investors can encroach even with a lot of hard cash and high
- rise hotels. This being the case, this little island resort will
hopefully remain the " Heaven on Earth" where those seeking solace
and privacy will have the pleasure of strolling on sand resembling
talcum powder, and enjoy the vista and wonders of nature.
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