Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet

Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet

Ao Noi Na, Ko Samet


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Clustered along the main kilometre-long drag from Nadan pier to Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet's tiny, not-so-charming village is a good place to find cheap rooms, meals, motorbikes and massages. There's even a bonafide local temple; wake up at dawn and you might catch a glimpse of ocher-robed monks making their daily alms round.

Most of the locals are transplants from all over eastern and northeastern Thailand who followed the promise of tourism money all the way to Samet. Some sell souvenirs, fruit and noodle soup from street carts, dwelling in shanty shacks that line the side streets. Others have opened small guesthouses, laundromats or restaurants that cater to budget travellers. If you happen to walk by in the evening when locals sometimes gather around cheap bottles of whiskey and a stereo pumping Isaan country music, don't be surprised if you're invited in for a drink and dance -- who said Thai islands lack "authentic" cultural experiences?

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