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Lured by the beach, Khanom.

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With the fishing being less than stellar, it was time to make my next move. My next destination was right in the center of the hidden tourist beaches. The town itself that I was heading to was more of a stopover place where the beach resorts sprouted off from. The city itself is a few kilometers from the ocean itself but had river access where the fishing boats came in to offload their catch. Their was also a large electrical substation so the town itself was doing well for itself. The bad thing is that the hotels had piggy backed with the “resorts” and were twice the cost of other places. I found a top ten shitty little hotel and after a ride around the town and river was more than ready to take off the next day. Since I had the afternoon free, I figured that I would make a quick beach run for a few photos and to see what all the hubub was about. My usual guesswork worked out pretty well when I found out that the main tourist beaches were to the south so of course i went to the north. The northern road was a maze of jungle shrouded roads pushing through small villages hugging the mountain ranges and the ocean. I found a few actual fishing villages which were maybe ten houses and no tourists facilities. About ten kilometers out I saw the old sign for the Ferry dock where the boats to Ko Samui used to depart from before it was moved to Don Sak. When I pulled up to the pier I was pretty amazed. It was still in good condition and laid out really well on the one side of a small bay. The water was pristine, the depth looked deep, and their were a couple of guys cast netting. I quickly put the place down as a must try. I decided to take a look at a couple of resort places and also to see if a house was possibly renting a room. As I drove down the small road following the bay I found three resorts. Their was the really expensive place that was actually on the other side with its own bay, a moderate resort place with some newer buildings, and at the far end a place that had these small bungalows. I found the guy running the place and he told me 500Baht for the small bungalows. That shot that idea to hell but as I was leaving I told him that I was looking for a place for around 300B. He thought about it and said that he could do it for 300. Cool. I told him that I was already set up for the night and I would be back the next day. I had a plan.

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A shot of the bay from the pier. The far right is where my bungalow was.

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The guy cast netting was catching a bunch of good bait. He had even caught a big grouper. I was pretty excited after seeing that.

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These are some of the shots from my scouting time. A lot of secluded beaches great for camping if you want to get away from everything. There are rolling hills/mountains rolling right up to the beach so plenty of secluded little bays.

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Now this is what I like. Drive up with Amo, wet the lines and kick back. No rock climbing along a 100M of rocky jetty.

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The old pier. The only drag was the fishing boats that lined the left side. They would come and go throughout the day so I had to keep a constant eye when i had my floats far out.

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This was bait heaven. There was so much top quality bait around it was amazing. I was catching four different types of the best bait. When I rigged up I would Sabiki up around fifty to a hundred pieces of bait before I found one that was exactly like I was wanting. Not so difficult when you are pulling up six fish at a time.

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To the left of my bungalow. We were at the far end of the bay which made it rather secluded. You can see what I mean when I said the mountains came right down to the beach/water.

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To the right was more beach and the pier with more mountains.

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Quiet, calm, clear.

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The beach bar with my bungalow in the background.

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This is what I mean that it was like living in a bait ball. A couple of guys came with a set of sabiki rigs and jigged up all this bait in about an hour. Two guys jigged and one guy took them off the hook.

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They guys.

Now pictures of the fish I caught.

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That was it. Nothing. The big fat donut. Not a freaking thing.
But how can that be everything seemed so perfect. Yes, when you start putting together the different positives, but there were a couple of glaring signs that I should have figured out. The biggest factor was that where we were located was right at the Samui channel where Ko Samui was on one side and the mainland on where we were. It formed a somewhat narrow channel. All along the channel the local fisherman used drift nets to catch anything and everything that swims. Basically, they ran nets long enough to stretch roughly about one third of the way across. Multiply that by about a hundred boats staggering their net to run across the whole channel with nets followine every thirty to fifty kilometers and you get a no chance in hell for anything big. No wonder the baitfish were so plentiful. All the predators were wiped out. There were a couple of nice lady fish living under the pier and they would come out in the morning and evening, but other than that it was nothing. I fished all day and night with nothing. The only time my reel alarm went off was when my bait and line got engulfed in a big jelly fish. Beyond that nothing. I ended up staying a week there as I had to try everything and the beach life made a good decompression after a bad session of fishing. So, a great set up but lacking in productivity. Oh well, fishing not catching. Still a great find though.



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6 responses to “Lured by the beach, Khanom.”

  1. rosana says:

    I love this beach.you can also post your travel ads adsglobe travel.

  2. Marc says:

    Hey Steve, nice Trip you do, Just curious, whats your Plan regarding stepping back to “Normal” Day life? Two Years back I did a Year Tripp and by the end with nothing i just went from Door to Door to get a Job (and it worked better then calculated) but since youre on a longer Tripp I would be interested whats in your head about that? Oh, good luck with the Fishing. CU

  3. The beach looks so beautiful and unharmed. It’s like a hidden paradise. It would be nice if everyone could have a hideaway like that.

  4. Snarky says:

    Hey, you still alive???

  5. shawn says:

    Hi, I stumbled on your site and read through some of it since I hope to also travel the world when I am a little older. (In the military atm) But I was wondering how you could afford to be gone to so many places for so long. It must be amazing.

  6. yazeed says:

    DUDE!!!!! When are you coming home…we miss ya.

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