Koh Samet Thailand
Beautiful Island Resort Close
to Pattaya and Bangkok

A trip to the Island of Koh Samet Thailand should be on anyone's itinerary who is visiting Pattaya or Bangkok, if time allows it.

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Koh Samet mostly offers Bungalow accommodation but there are an increasing number of very sophisticated exotic Resorts.

Find these top 3 places that are worth visiting.

Get a good idea of

 • how to get around

 • nightlife

 • water sports

and decide if they're worth going to for you.

Get Around Koh Samet Thailand


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Many of the roads, in particularly further down south of the Island, are only dirt roads and they are not in a very good condition.

They are washed out and are very bumpy with many deep ruts.

It is possible to explore the Island by foot (check out a map of the island first.)

Songtheows travel between the main beaches.

Motorbikes can be rented but are more expensive than on the mainland.

"why?"

Because they need a lot more maintenance because of the road conditions and they also have thicker tires.

Quads or four-wheelers (ATV) seem to be the preferred means of transportation for many tourists because they handle well in rough terrain.... and there is plenty of that.

Go on a Yacht

koh samet thailand yacht

Stay in a Bungalow

koh samet thailand bungalow

Lay on the Beach

koh samet thailand beach

Khao Laem Ya National Park

Koh Samet Thailand became part of the Khao Laem Ya national park in 1981 and that's why it isn't as much of a construction site as other Islands. But occasional building of new Bungalows is going on. The Island is a popular weekend get-away for people from Bangkok and Pattaya as well. It can get a little busy on weekends and on National Holidays you will certainly have Thai people visiting the Island.

Make Sure You Catch The Right Boat

By the Time of this writing the national park entrance fee any foreign visitors will have to pay when entering at Na Dan Pier is 200 Baht. If you catch a boat at Ban Phe Pier please note that many Bungalow Operators run their own boats and will take you to their Bungalow Resort.

Bangkok-Pattaya To Koh Samet

Koh Samet Thailand is only about 3 1/2 hours from Bangkok and about a 2 hour journey from Pattaya, plus another 30-40 minutes by Boat or Ferry from a pier in Ban Phe. Of course you can also hire a speed boat and reach the Island in several minutes. Koh Samet does not have an airport so you most likely will arrive in Ban Phe by bus.

Get Around The Island


Many of the roads, in particularly further down south of the Island, are only dirt roads and they are not in a very good condition. They are washed out and are very bumpy with many deep ruts. It is possible to explore the Island by foot.

Songtheows travel between the main beaches.

Walk Around Koh Samet

road on koh samet thailand

Rougher Roads Too

rough road on koh samet thailand

ATV on The Island

ride along koh samet island

Motorbikes can be rented but are more expensive than on the mainland because they need a lot more maintenance because of the road conditions and they also have thicker tires.

Quads or four-wheelers (ATV) seem to be the preferred means of transportation for many tourists because they handle well in rough terrain.... and there is plenty of that.

Island Nightlife


In no way compares the Nightlife on Samed Island with the nightlife on Koh Samui or Phuket, but Koh Samet does have a nightlife and most of the action boasts on Ao Phai.

Naga Bungalow features free dancing shows occasionally. Tok's next door is as well offering nightly promotions to attract crowds.

Silver Sands Resort at the southern end of the beach offers a beachside bar that turns into a disco when crowds are large enough.

Most other beaches clam down when the restaurants close. A specialty at Ao Phai are the drinks which served by the bucket.

Enjoy Water Sports


Koh Samet Thailand offers an abundance of coral reefs and it is famous for its snorkeling. Many Bungalow Operators offer snorkeling tours of Samet Island and the surrounding Islands.

You will find several Dive shops that offer scuba diving operations on the Island. It pays to shop around.

Have Fun on Koh Samet Thailand


Have fun with whatever you choose to do.  You'll find a lot of things to do and check out.  Check out my Koh Samet island picture gallery of things you can spot while you're there.

Have fun!

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