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Ko Samet | by A Jacona
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Ko Samet

During the day visitors flock to the island by boat. They landed right where the place we were staying at was located, smoking, drinking and laying about. I wish sometimes Thailand wasn't so popular and crowded but it does provide people with jobs and a livelihood. Plus they are probably really nice people when you get to know them. It's just a bit shocking. I think you either have to go somewhere remote or have loads of money to have solitude and quiet.


Another interesting thing was when we tried to have a look at a beach that was accessible from a high end resort we were refused by the security guards who also didn't understand why the owner didn't allow people to have a look. Ko Samet is a National Park so it's really disappointing that there exists the concept of private property ownership on the island. But of course you could never challenge it as the owner is probably a rich businessman or well connected politician. Many environmental activists have been murdered by these types of powerful people in Thailand while bringing attention to developments that negatively impact the environment.


Sometimes I wonder would this be a good way to pursuit of something that you strongly believe in...something that benefits the greater good. But then again I have a family and a son to think of..would I want him to grow up without a dad?

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Taken on November 10, 2010