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A night on ‘The Beach’

December 1st, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 04-Thailand

There you have it, the surprise outing for Sam’s birthday was a night camping on Maya Beach (Ao Maya), Ko Phi Phi Leh.  Because of the movie it is now more commonly known locally as ‘The Beach’.

We visited the island briefly a few days previous on a day trip but it was packed with tourists so we didn’t stay long, so I wanted us to be able to experience the island on our own, relatively speaking.  There were 12 of us – Australian, English, Swiss, Irish and a few locals providing the food, cocktails and beer – great combo!

It was everything we had expected and much much more. After setting up camp on ‘the beach’, we had a BBQ dinner, a few cocktail buckets, listened to a few tunes and talked till the early hours.  A great bunch of folks and we enjoyed their company immensely – they made the experience.

At midnight I ushered Sam off for a walk along the deserted stretch of beach and while sitting on a driftwood log I whispered those sweet words ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME’, she jumped for joy and said YES.  It was all very romantic and just how I had imagined it and how Sam would have wanted it.  Like the movie scene, we went for a dip (wink wink) and swam among the fluorescent plankton – it was incredible!

I’m an auld romantic at heart .

So there you have it, we are now officially engaged.  Please don’t ask us ‘when is the big day’, it has taken me 9 years to pop the question and will probably take another 9 to set a date.  It’s kind a hard to save for a wedding when you are technically unemployed. 

This travelling lark is turning out to be some adventure.  Sorry we are not with you to celebrate, but I’m sure you will all raise a glass (or two) in our honour!

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25 Responses

  • Tim K says:

    That last photo could be entitled “at last !”

    Congratulations to you both…this is about the least jealous I have ever been to see someone get engaged.

    I wish you both all the happiness in the world and can not wait for a chance to celebrate this with you both in person.


  • Kim says:

    Biggest ever congratulations to you both!

    Loads of love

    Kim and Tim.

  • Dazza says:

    Many congratulations Mr & Mrs Owens.

    Davey – was there a change in the Chancellors recent report that finally gave you the tax incentive?

    Your proposal was rather like mine and Pully’s when we strolled along the beach at Weymouth. We had a few buckets of warm beer and sat near a pile of seaweed and tampons and then belched those sweet words “lets go to the club and then for a kebab”.

    Glad to hear that you are safe and enjoying your world tour.

    Dazza x

  • Karyn says:

    Hey guys, CONGRATULATIONS, sent ye an email last night when the news filtered through to us from Roscommon! Ben getting an awful doing about the pressure now being on him big time! Well done you guys, really really pleased for you both, where’s the pics of the ring . . . and now for the Q you’ll probably get asked a million times over the next few weeks “WHEN’S the big day”?! We’ll toast a drink to ye our end. So happy for ye x x x

  • Clive says:

    Hi Davey and Sam!

    Congratulations to you both – This is gread news, we are all delighted for you and wish you all the happiness in the world….

    All the best.

  • Richy says:

    Well done baby, bet those words were like music to Sammy’s ears in your classic Irish tones after a few cocktails on ‘The Beach’, well done guys! xxx Were All Saints playing in the background when you did it?

  • jennifer naylen says:

    great news we are all pleased for you both

  • emma says:

    CONGRATULATIONS (sam owens)love u loads hurry up and come home so we can celabret and have a hen do!

  • Keith Fletcher says:

    Good on yer Davey.
    If you and your future wife make it to Perth remember to drop in for a drink or two!

  • Chris Foot says:

    Congratulations both, Dave I didn’t think you had it in you (romance that is)! Be interested to hear Sam’s version of the momentous event, especially the “jumped for joy” bit, anyway when’s the big day ;-) only joking, i meant when’s the stag do…

  • Chris Foot says:

    oh yeah, and what do you mean technically unemployed, there’s no technically about it you pair of beach bums you…

  • Kathryn Foot says:

    Woo hoo – congratulations you too – about bloody time! The proposal sounds amazing, although doesn’t quite beat mine (Chris popped the question after a very heavy night of stella and tequila just to stop me visiting the ladies (which at he time was behind a bin behind Burger King!).

    I am so pleased for you both, Chris and I have a rare night out on Friday so we shall toast you there!)

  • Holly says:


    Fab fab news.

    The location looks perfect.

    Maybe you can really get that tattoo now Davey – ‘Sam4Davey 4Eva’ or similar?

    Really brilliant guys. Come home and get trolleyed soon.


  • Melissa says:

    Huge CONGRATULATIONS to you both, fantastic news!!
    What a romantic old dog you are Davey :-) xx
    We’ll for sure raise a glass or two for you over the weekend!!
    Lots of love to both xxx

  • Tracey says:

    Hi Davey and Sam,
    congratulations you two….its about time!!
    Delighted for you guys!
    Tracey x

  • Sarah Brampton says:

    Hello there,
    Sam – I know we haven’t been in conatct for some time, but i have really enjoyed reading about your adventures so far and am so pleased to find out you’re engaged! BIG CONGRATS
    Take care and I look forward to reading more about your travels in the coming weeks!!
    Sarah & Maisie x

  • Del says:

    Well it’s about bloody time!!(It’s Keith that will be shedding a few tears!!(The expence!!! lol!)
    Very well done Now lets get hammered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Luv T&D x

  • Justine says:

    Flipin marvellous – I’ll be sure to tell the yoga class tomorrow night Sam! I can’t stop grinning. Having known you for a little while Sam and then met you with Dave I could see you were ‘ying&yang’. Mega metta (loving kindness) to you both.
    Justine x sweetyoga.co.uk

  • mum,kyle & reece says:

    WOW FINALY !!! CONTRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH XOX FROM US ALL XOX , n about time three, Kyle pleased lol he said i can wear my suit jacket and shirt now cos it will be a special occassion lol bless, Reece says well done, and will you be going to the church in a limo? or a stretched huma ? lol bless, hurry home ,when you home? need to plan the Hen night of all Henights lol

  • mum,kyle & reece says:

    sorry us again sent by mistake lol havin a glass of wine or two for ur Birthday Sam and your engagement , love from us alll xoxox

  • Geraldine says:

    Congratulations, great news and such a great place to propose….i’m jelllla!!!

  • Paul says:

    You know what they say about better late than never :))…..A huge congratulations to the both of you. Davey, you could not have picked a nicer spot, simply incredible. Sammy, you looked ecstatic. Our love and best wishes to you both. Paul, Lynne, Anja and Isabel

  • Lindsay says:

    (This is Paul and Lynne’s former nanny.)

    A huge congratulations to you both! I was so pleased and excited to read the news on Paul’s blog that I had to pop in over here and offer my congrats in person!

    Best Wishes!

  • jess and steve says:


    Many many congrats! Really lovely news. Thailand looks fab!xx

    Jess and Stevie

  • Sam and Mark says:

    CONGRATULATION!!! This is great news! Very Romantic.

    I know that you missed our wedding this year but hopefully we won’t miss yours.

    All the best! Enjoy and stay safe!

    Lots of Love
    Sam and Mark

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