Nestled in the quiet fishing and farming village of Thong Krut, our school and nursery are located a short walk away from some of Samui’s most unspoiled and scenic views. Just 200 meters from the school you’ll find tranquil turquoise waters, traditional long-tail boats and several shops and restaurants lining the beach.
Tourists from the busier, more developed sections of the island often venture down to this more relaxed and authentic area to enjoy the sights or join a day tour to the smaller barrier islands visible from the beach. Koh Taen is the most popular of these islands; often referred to as the best kept secret on Koh Samui and revered for it’s untouched beaches, crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs and lush mangrove forests.
I had gazed at that island almost every day for the past 10 months and somehow, despite multiple attempts at organizing, just hadn’t made it over yet. Little did I know, however, that my feeble attempts of getting a group together were lacking one vital aspect… Facebook cred. Luckily I have far more hip and tech savvy friends to figure such things out, so I was pleasantly surprised to receive an invite for a camping trip this past weekend.
The group couldn’t have been better; including my fellow expat friends living on Samui, some friends visiting from home and my lovely volunteer/BFF, Alice. There were about 25 of us altogether. We all met up by the beach Saturday morning and piled onto long-tail boats, eager to reach our top-secret destination. Also eager to pop open our beers before they got warm. So we did.
After a short, sometimes bumpy ride over, we landed on the beach and settled into our new surroundings. The rest of the day is a blur of beach Olympics, barefoot jungle trekking, ice-cold beverages, trampoline h-o-r-s-e, delicious & cheap Thai food (is there any other kind?), water rugby, fishing, and at some point myself and 3 friends tipped over a kayak. Good times.
When the sun finally set we built a massive bonfire – perfect for cooking sausages and scaring off wild buffalo – then spent the rest of the night playing games, singing songs, enjoying MORE ice-cold beverages and generally just enjoying such fine company in such a fine place.
The taxi boat returned for myself, Alice and a few others at 8am the next morning. With a new tour group arriving at 11:30, it was time to take off my camping hat and don my responsible, organized tour guide hat… which brings us to my next entry:
“The Wonders of Caffeine”
PS – A huge thanks to my friend, Eakapong Thongaram, for the wonderful photos in this blog!