Inga Freise Stahle loves to travel, and one of the destinations she recommends is Ko Samet in Thailand. Ms. Stahle explains that the island gets its name from the cajeput tree, which is found across the island. In Thai the word samet is the word for cajeput. Inga Freise Stahle also informs that Ko Samet is also called Ko Kaeo Phitsadan for the “Magic Crystal Island.”
Another fascinating thing to know about Ko Samet is its mythology. Inga Freise Stahle elaborates on some of the mystery of the island. “According to legend, Ko Samet was once home to pirates. There have been many treasure hunters who have come to look for the ill-gotten pirate’s treasure, but none have ever been found,” Inga Freise Stahle says. “On the peak of the island there is a mysterious hole named “Bor Thone” or the “Gold Pit” that is several meters deep, near the ruin of a brick wall and people have speculated that the pirates used that hole to hide their treasures,” Ms. Stahle states. “Although geologists have studied Bor Thone and found it to be nothing more than a well, the myths still persist,” adds Inga Freise Stahle.
“Another interesting thing about Ko Samet is that until the early 1980’s visitors were banned from spending the night there,” Inga Freise Stahle explains. “But, then the Forestry Department made Ko Samet a national park with a charge of 200 Baht ($7) for foreigners,” Ms. Stahle cites.
However, Inga Freise Stahle reports that although Ko Samet is technically a national park, don’t expect that you will have to camp out with no amenities. “There are many hotels, delicious restaurants and plenty nightlife options,” reports Inga Freise Stahle.
Inga Freise Stahle elaborates on what makes Ko Samet so special. “Because Ko Samet is spared from the monsoons that affect other islands, the weather is nearly guaranteed to be gorgeous any time of the year,” she says. Inga Freise Stahle also tells us about the visual appeal of the islands. “The water is cerulean and the beaches are covered with pure white sand and they are dotted with coconut trees. Ko Samet is paradise,” states Inga Freise Stahle.
About Inga Freise Stahle
Inga Freise Stahle speaks five languages, with fluency in French, German, English and Swedish. It’s a talent that has proven to be valuable for Inga Freise Stahle, vocationally speaking. As administrative assistant to the director at Haut-Lac International School, Inga Freise Stahle is often appointed to greet new students and their parents, a responsibility that requires the ability to communicate in a variety of languages.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Inga Freise Stahle has also lived in Sweden, Portugal, and Russia.
Inga Freise Stahle graduated from Goethe-Institut with a diploma in German teaching, which led to service as a German tutor in Switzerland and Moscow. From 2006-2007, Inga Freise Stahle worked as a French assistant at the British International School of Rosinka, Moscow. At Siemens-Elema AB, Inga Freise Stahle assisted with translations from the Swedish language into German, French and English.
As part of her duties at Haut-Lac International School, Inga Freise Stahle organizes all administrative work for the school. This provides Inga Freise Stahle with an opportunity to use all of her known languages in communicating with the international student body. French is Inga Freise Stahle’s first mother language and German is her second. Inga Freise Stahle is also fluent in English and Swedish, and possesses a working knowledge of Portuguese and some Russian.
Prior to her work in the field of education, Inga Freise Stahle enjoyed a career in marketing and public relations. Her work with Phillip Morris SA included market research and trend analysis, as well as solid one-to-one marketing experience. She also managed consumer promotions. With Special Events Mgt., Inga Freise Stahle organized seminars and VIP trips, as well as organizing VIPs at Formula 1 Grand Prix in Europe. For M.I.S., Inga Freise Stahle conducted opinion polls for the Swiss-German-speaking region, once again putting her multilingual skills to use.
Always interested in furthering her education, Inga Freise Stahle is currently studying advanced Excel, PowerPoint and Word. She has trained as a pharmacist, executive secretary and travel agent, in addition to her extensive study of various languages. She received a diploma from the Athena tourism and executive secretarial school in Lausanne, after beginning a career as a travel agent with Havas Voyages, also in Lausanne. In 1989, she received a diploma from the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce for the Intermediate Business English Examination.
A graduate of Pully High School, Inga Freise Stahle currently lives in Switzerland with her two children, Petter and Emilie. Her hobbies include skiing, swimming, tennis, and travel.