After spending a couple of hours in Phuket, we were craving for some down-time on a beach in Thailand. I can't believe I found this place!! The boat ride was majestic. It's a bit "off-the-beaten-track" but it is well worth the while, especially if you take a long boat. Paramote, the owner of Tabaek, the police chief of the island came to greet us when we arrived. It was a delightful and bumpy road until our destination. Tabaek Viewpoint is nothing one can imagine. It is remote but close to the sea, a rustic yet clean and "taken-care-of" place you can call home on your vacation.... A quiet haven from the usual touristy traps you find around the world.... The island itself is not on the tourist maps, and I am grateful for it. Yes, there are some resorts for the wealthy and occidentals, but it is an island that respects its muslim background and expects (or at least I do) for visitors to be mindful of their customs.
Paramote and his wife Kazuyo were gracious hosts. Dining up the hill at their humble restaurant was a treat every time! Literally, try anything on the menu! I have yet to find a better thai curry anywhere in Canada!
If you are looking for a party in Thailand, this is not the place for you, and really, just stay away..... This is a place for relaxation and warm welcoming. Let's enjoy great food, great scenery, and a quiet retreat for the over-worked city dwellers of the Americas.
I hope it stays the same! I can't wait to come back! Did I mention that it was budget-travel all the way?!?!
Absolutely out of this world!
Though the low-tide made it unwelcoming for the beach dwellers, the higher tide at six pm really made my day, dipping in before the night set in... very refreshing!
All in all, an unforgettable experience, that I am grateful for!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Btw, Mat, down the street owns a restaurant that makes killer pizzas and curries! The island experience is simply soooooo relaxing that I can't believe I came back to this North American lifestyle!!!
Enjoy it before it is gobbled up into a tourist destination!
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