Go Thailand: Day 5 – Two Tickets to Paradise

I’ve got two tickets to paradise, and today we used them both. I thought I’d found heaven before, but I was wrong. I found it today, technically an hour ago. It is 2:17 PM on Sunday 1/14/15. It’s strange almost to think its 2015. It came upon me so fast. And in a place where every day is Saturday, time stands still here while moving at its normal breakneck pace elsewhere. So I’ve decided to ignore the passage of time, and instead, enjoy my moment with my feet firmly in the white sand.

I am sitting on the Hat Sai Keao beach at Koh Smet. The sun is directly above us; and while the breeze provides a cool respite, his glare shines very hot. With barely a cloud protecting us, his rays provide us with much loved vitamin D, though I’m sure I should be a little careful to overexposure. I feel like I have been here before; I always feel that way (and in fact, had a conversation with my two buddies earlier in the week about déjà vu and reincarnation, and whether any of it made sense; but that’s a post for another day). I lazily went out into the water, waist high, which is quite an accomplishment for me, enjoying its perfect temperature. I stood there for a good long while, thinking about many things as I am wont to do. There are many people in the waters but it does not feel crowded, giving me both a sense of solace and yet also providing us a sense of community. Like yesterday off the beaches in Pattaya and Jomtien, the waters here are a brilliant turquoise sea green/blue, bringing me back to my days before I could speak English and my parents bought me my first set of Crayola 64 crayons. Things were much simpler then, when I could not speak English (though I imagine for and I can empathize with, much more stressful for my parents, immigrants to a new land, their entire lives in front of them). And things are simple now.

Speedboats and ferries dot the water. Earlier today, after my foot massage, a taxi picked us up at Chris’ condo and for 1200 baht drove us the hour plus to Rayong at the ferry station. From there, people working the different booths of the station caught us (with a backpack and camera gear, it was easy for a local to know where we wanted to go) and 2400 baht and 15 minutes later, we were on a high-speed ferry to the island, which in of itself, was beautiful. We booked a room on the third floor at the Hotel Sawasdee, a small, quaint, bungalow-style hotel directly on the beach.

Our hotel is directly on the beach… Literally walking steps from the water!

Go Adventure. Go Travel. Go Live

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