An Ideal Island for Relaxation,What particularly attracts Thai and Western tourists to go to Koh Samet is probably the relaxed environment, which is partly due to the lack of major commercial tourist attractions.Some of Thailand's whitest beaches, and a limited road network free of heavy traffic, makes the island ideal for visitors seeking relaxation in a hammock, in a cozy restaurant, or on the beach.However, there are of course some attractions on the island, which can all be accessed through a walk or a short trip by car or motorcycle
Sai Kaew Beach | Ao Prao Beach | Ao Noina Beach | Ao Wong Duen | Ao Pagarang | Ao Ku |
The first step to choosing an accommodation on Koh Samet is to single out the beach that sounds just right for you. Once you have that, the rest is easy. If you prefer to be at the centre of all happenings and don't mind a touristy atmosphere, then head for the northern beaches like Sai Kaew, Ao Phai and Ao Hin Khok. Ao Vong Duen, for water sports lovers, has a good range of budget to mid-scale hotels. If you are seeking both luxury and exclusivity, head straight to Ao Phrao and Ao Kiu Na Nok.
Boat Trips and Snorkeling
If you get tired of just relaxing on the beach, or in the hammock, our advice is to rent a motorboat (with driver) and get around the island and perhaps also make a pause a snorkeling. A trip around the island costs from around 500 baht.
On the west side, the water is suitable for snorkeling. Some boat owners offer private tours to nearby islands such as Plai Tin, Kruai, Kham och Kudi, all situated east of Ko Samet, but the price is normally higher than for a trip around the island.