December 2011 Island holiday


Beach holiday Beach holiday

In the week before Christmas, Rafe, Marie and I spent six days on Wong Duern beach on Koh Samed. Our first time on the island, it turned out to be quite perfect - a lazy, relaxed, quiet time of reading, talking, dozing, swimming, eating and drinking. The loaded pontoon you can see was daily traders and hotel staff arriving from the ferry. The full story of this and all the month's doings can be found in Month by Month Notes and Jottings, December 2011, from the homepage.






Cocktail hour Cocktail hour

On one of the twin balconies outside our pair of rooms on the beachfront.


Pre-dinner drinks at one of the many restaurants on the beach Pre-dinner drinks at one of the many restaurants on the beach

Young entertainer Young entertainer

This youngster was one of a group of highly skilled performers who juggled flaming torches, spun flaming balls on chains, and other startling pyrotechnics. They seemed to be from Cambodia and Burma - seeking their fortunes in foreign places.
Rafe and Marie out in a double canoe Rafe and Marie out in a double canoe

Coming ashore Coming ashore

Off again Off again

Beach hawkers Beach hawkers

Far from being troubled by aggressive selling on the beach, it was all very relaxed, with food, drink and fruit, as well as sarongs and hats and so on, passing by every so often. It was perfect. There were a couple of men and women carrying clay charcoal burners on their bamboo yokes for BBQ chicken - an enormous burden to carry in the hot sunshine.
We often bought fruit from this cheerful guy We often bought fruit from this cheerful guy

A wonderful selection - and a staggering weight to carry first thing every day A wonderful selection - and a staggering weight to carry first thing every day

Elegant craft Elegant craft

Almost all traffic for guests was on speedboats to and from the mainland. This lovely example was a cut above most of the regular craft.
Early evening Early evening

Sumptuous Thai dinner Sumptuous Thai dinner

In the background you can see the lights round the rest of the bay. Our hotel was at the far end, on the right.
Marie was always dressed to kill for dinner Marie was always dressed to kill for dinner

Beach massage Beach massage









Time to unravel the holiday braids Time to unravel the holiday braids





Marie's birthday breakfast on our last day Marie's birthday breakfast on our last day

(You might notice (and laugh) at the Wilkins Tiptree Tawny Orange Marmalade - bought in Enkoping, Sweden, smuggled into Thailand and then carried from Chiang Rai to Koh Samed. One daft expat obsession I indulge without apology.)
Powering off to the mainland and  home Powering off to the mainland and home

Koh Samed recedes... Koh Samed recedes...

You can see from these two pictures that the tourist facilities are tucked unobtrusively into the treesm kaing this a visually lovely, relatively unspoilt destination.
Looking back on a great week Looking back on a great week

At the airport At the airport

I was off to Chiang Rai while Rafe and Marie were on their way home to Sweden.
Rafe has a last puff Rafe has a last puff