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    Transport to Samet from Bangkok

    I've not been to Samet for over 10 years, so what's the best way down there these days?

    Bus to Rayong? Minivan to the pier? How much is a joe?

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    why samet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    why samet?
    Pushed for time. I usually go to Koh Chang, but I've only got 3 nights to play with really.

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    the best way to go is hop in Armstrongs car

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    the best way to go is hop in Armstrongs car
    What, and drink Leo all the way there?

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    with his French Bulldog on your lap

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Pushed for time.
    Taxi...

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Taxi...
    What's that these days? About 2/3k?

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    I have not done it by bus for 30 years but there still must be a bus direct to Ban Phe and that is what you want. Starts at Ekkamai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Not as frequent as I thought they'd be.

    I'm staying around Nana, so I'll probably just do that unless I'm on a nammers-type roll, in which case I shall stagger to the taxi and neck Leooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo all the way from Sukhumvit to the beach bar.

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    get in a minivan - live a little........

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    get in a minivan - live a little........
    I fucking hate those things. Maybe I can do an hour, but with my long legs that's about it. Last time we hired one for 5 of us down to Chang. That was doable...

    No doubt I'll get talked into 1 though and endure 2 hours of pain...

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    I travelled in one once back from Koh Chang to BKK and on top of it being cramped it was without doubt one of the two most scary bus trips of my life. I'm convinced the driver was on yabba, he had weird nervous tics and he spent the entire journey going full Audi up behind the traffic, slewing the van out to overtake, cutting up when pulling back in and smoking his tyres when braking. I lost it and shouted at him to pull over and drop us off still with about 60 kms to BKK - never repeated that mistake since, i'd rather walk.

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    It's best to avoid weekends on Samet these days.

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    I'd hire a minivan if there's more than two of you. Then you can spread out and have a few drinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    I travelled in one once back from Koh Chang to BKK and on top of it being cramped it was without doubt one of the two most scary bus trips of my life.
    I used quite a few to get around parts of Isan. Very cramped for a six footer, in fact a couple of seats are physically impossible. Any spare room is taken up by bags of questionable and smelly things, plus of course chickens. Lots of single-carriageway roads at that time so it was dive out, race to overtake, dive in again. Plenty of heavy right foot action; start, stop, repeat. Getting off the van was always the best part.
    All past tense. I haven't been in an Isan van for 3 or 4 years and it would be a peculiar alignment of the planets that saw me get in one again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    I'd hire a minivan if there's more than two of you. Then you can spread out and have a few drinks.
    Just the 2 of us ( that's a song, innit?), so we'll head up to Ekkamai or, depending on how the previous night went, jump in a Joe.

    I'll remember to check the times if I do go up to Ekk though cos I thought they would be more frequent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    I travelled in one once back from Koh Chang to BKK and on top of it being cramped it was without doubt one of the two most scary bus trips of my life. I'm convinced the driver was on yabba, he had weird nervous tics and he spent the entire journey going full Audi up behind the traffic, slewing the van out to overtake, cutting up when pulling back in and smoking his tyres when braking. I lost it and shouted at him to pull over and drop us off still with about 60 kms to BKK - never repeated that mistake since, i'd rather walk.
    The best bits are when they go over a bump and, because they are going so fast, the whole minivan takes off for a few seconds..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    What's that these days? About 2/3k?
    Don't know these days.

    But I don't do minivans,so.....
    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    I travelled in one once back from Koh Chang to BKK and on top of it being cramped it was without doubt one of the two most scary bus trips of my life. I'm convinced the driver was on yabba, he had weird nervous tics and he spent the entire journey going full Audi up behind the traffic, slewing the van out to overtake, cutting up when pulling back in and smoking his tyres when braking. I lost it and shouted at him to pull over and drop us off still with about 60 kms to BKK - never repeated that mistake since, i'd rather walk.
    Yep

    I drove with him

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    Man. Had to laugh. Have many van ride memories. Great fun. I uses to call them Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Great fun with 3 or 4 friends. That airborne feeling is great. It's like zero G for a flash. You can enjoy the same experience on a train ride here.

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    A few local farangs I know go to Koh Samet regularly and apparently enjoy doing so.

    The place has never interested me nor has Koh Larn although I could be on the island within an hour from my home.

    Maybe because the beaches there generally have no waves.

    I guess I was spoiled growing up in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    the beaches there generally have no waves.
    Transport to Samet from Bangkok-images-2-jpg

    Tickle him, mate and there will be

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