Beaches & Islands

Koh Samet

Koh Samet is one of Thailand’s nicest islands. It is famous for its beauty and location – near enough to Bangkok to be a popular destination for weekend trips and far enough away from the capital to offer foreign tourists a chance to get away from it all.

Koh Samet is part of the Khao-Laem-Yah Koh Samet National Park and as result enjoyed the protection of the National Parks Division. Although developed, the island is not overdeveloped and retains its charm.

The whole of Koh Samet is typified by glorious white sand, making the beaches excellent places to spend some time. There are 14 white beaches on the Island and surrounded by colorful reefs. Western Samet consists of long bays and shallow, crystal clear water.

Koh Samet has its fair share of diving and other water sports; the island has numerous outlets for canoeing, sailing windsurfing, snorkeling and jet skiing.

How to get there: Koh Samet is an island in Rayong province. There are buses leaving from Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) throughout the day. Ban Phe is the main exit from the mainland to Koh Samet. Boats leave Ban Phe regularly 08:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m. with increased frequency at the weekends. Boat costs around 100 Baht for a round-trip ticket. If you want some privacy, Charted speedboats are available with costs anything from 1,500 - 2,600 Baht per trip.