Koh Samet is a lovely island and even better it is just a shot 45 minute drive from our house. As soon as you arrive at the Ferry port you can either jump on a cheap boat costing around 6 Dollars that will take anything between 30-60 minutes to get to your beach or, like we always do jump on a private speedboat for 40 Dollars and you will have sand between your toes in 12-15 mins.


Koh Samet is a small island around 200km from Bangkok and just over 50 km off Chonburi Province and Pattaya .

The island is part of the Khao Laem Ya – Koh Samet National Park. It has a total of 14 fine, white sand beaches that feature beachside bars and restaurants, and around 7 or 8 of those beaches have resorts. Years ago it was really just a backpacker place with cheap accommodation, and a few beach bars, but in recent years there have been a lot of changes and some beautiful resorts have been built.

So the Island really now can cater for everyone, from mid priced small bungalows, to intimate super luxurious cabanas and intimate VIP private resorts.

Weekends are extremely busy with Bangkok “weekenders” and on some beaches it can be a bit crazy, but overall its a super place for a weekend, or even a full 2 week summer vacation.

Things to do

Koh Samet is a laid back island where the emphasis is less on things to do and more on enjoying the islands beaches.

For those people who do want something to do, the island does have a few activities to enjoy if the beauty of the beaches is not quite enough to keep you occupied.

From the simplest of activities such as walks along the beach, all the way through to taking your PADI Scuba Diving certificate.

Jet Ski rental and banana boats are also available, so there is an array of ways to keep yourself active, if that’s your type of thing.

In addition there are day trips available and also really nice 3 hour sunset boat trips where you will join 30 or so others in a large speedboat, and you get to see some of the other beaches around Koh Samet, snorkel and watch the sunset.

Food and Drink

At night there is also a really vibe about the beaches, there are many restaurants (depending on the beach you are staying on), that all offer great cocktails, and a wide range of local fresh seafood and small selections of European food.

Its very romantic at night at the restaurants sparkle with lanterns, fairy lights and candles.

Most evenings the local “fire show” guys will display their talents which is always great fun.

So in summary if you are in Bangkok or Pattaya, and you want to just get away from it all, then I highly recommend Koh Samet.


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