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Koh Samet

Koh Samet Island Rayong Thailand

Koh Samet is a beautiful dream come true for so many visitors. Easy to get to from Bangkok for a weekend away, or from Pattaya just for a day.

One of the main attractions to Koh Samet, is its close proximity to Bangkok.

The fact that it is also renowned for its white sand and clear sea, makes it is no wonder that rthis island is one of the main choices for backpackers, package tourists and Thai students.

Welcome to this glorious tropical island of Koh Samet.

Koh Samet is located 80km southeast of Pattaya.

It was rather romantically named Koh Kaew Phitsadan – which from Thai means ‘The Island with sand of crushed crystal.

Koh Samet is a modestly sized island – just about 6m long, and shaped as an L.

It is classed as a National Park of Thailand, and is worthy of that status – though it is starting to suffer a little from its popularity.

Koh Samet Island Rayong ThailandAs with many sites of importance in Thailand, building has taken place to accommodate the money-earning tourist.

Along the coast it is far more tourist land, that National Park. There are many tourist resorts – based on the multi-bungalow system.

The beaches are quite clean but again suffer from tourism, and the rubbish that finds its way onto the beach with tidal inflows. This is sadly commonplace in Thailand, as is the disposal of rubbish in quiet areas

The beaches at Koh Samet tend to reflect the type of accommodation available or perhaps it is the other way round - which is to say that the more sought-after beaches normally attract the higher investment.

The most sought out beaches are on the east coast of the island, and are quite close to each other. Close enough to cycle a few beaches in a day.

Ao Phrao, Ao Wong and Hat Sai Kaew are amongst the most popular – with corresponding increases in accommodation costs. There are another ten or so beaches, so still possible to get a reasonably budget-priced overnight stay or more.

Koh Samet Island Rayong ProvinceHigh season, weekends and holiday periods are frantic, so best to book in advance.

The lower end of the price rand will normally be found on the beaches and bays of Ao Hin Kok, Ao Phai and Ao Tab Tim.

Most of the ‘huts’ are simply that. There are also quite well appointed beach bungalows.

The beach bungalows are naturally the more comfortable – with bathroom facilities, certainly electric fans, and often air conditioning.

Regardless of price, there are some times of the year when it is more or less impossible to get a room of your choice – or even any room! Main holiday periods include the New Year Break, also the Songkran Festival time.

You may have to camp! If that is your option, be certain to familiarize yourself with the National Park Rules on Camping.