But as it happens, I have been very happily surprised by the quality of the food. It seems that the Thais do have a love of eating which they indulge at pretty much every opportunity, whether at home or on the street.
Everywhere you’ll find someone selling cooked fish, meat, pancakes, fruit – you name it – many of them literally carrying their kitchen around with them, like the chap above on Sai Kaew Beach. And all of it is fresh and tasty.
The drinks too come highly recommended, especially the fresh fruit shakes and ‘smooties’ which I really take to. My latest favourites are yoghurt and banana or a piña colada mocktail, served in a coconut. I seem to be getting my five a day five times a day and am in danger of coming back a lot healthier than when I left the UK.
And you meet such interesting people. Last night we ate at Red Ginger in Samet Village, a small eating house owned by Canadian, Roger Lefebvre.
Roger retired as a television editor at CBBC at the age of 52 and sold everything he possessed with the intention of spending the rest of his life traveling. Which he did for a while, wandering South America and Asia before landing up in Ko Samet.
Now he and his Thai partner have their restaurant and a beautiful two year old daughter, Jennadao, who is bilingual in cute. For him, this is his fourth life and the irony is that he now has more possessions than he ever had before he decided to up sticks on live life of the move.
But it is a good life and the food is fantastic – spare ribs like you have never tasted and chocolate brownies, coconut ice cream and papaya to die for.
Now if you’ll forgive me, all this talk of food has reminded me that it is nearly lunch and time for me to top up my tank!