After school on Friday, Michael, Catherine, and I hopped on a van to make our way to the island of Koh Samet. Although geographically it isn't super far away, between the massive amount of rush hour traffic and the frequent stops made by the van, it ended up taking us about 4.5 hours to get to the pier. Luckily, because we were a little bit worried that there wouldn't be, there were still boats running people to the island when we got to the dock, and only had to wait a short while for the boat to fill up before leaving.
Due to some difficulties with the language barrier, we missed the stop we were supposed to get off at, but it actually ended up working out pretty well. For the 2nd stop, rather than stopping at a pier, the boat simply just backed up towards the beach and unloaded right onto the beach. We waded up onto the shore and began looking for a hotel. We checked a few places before finding a cheap place for the night. It wasn't much, but it got the job done, and was definitely worth the approximately $20 we paid for it.