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Koh Samet

Everything you Need to Know about Koh Samet

Named after the ‘Samet’ trees (Thai for cajeput trees), which grow on the island in abundance, Koh Samet offers all the essential elements that make up a fun-filled holiday escape – an endless expanse of turquoise blue sea, crescent bays with fine white sand, lots of water sports and a throbbing nightlife. Koh Samet has significantly less rainfall than other Thai destinations but visitors get soaked anyway – in the sea.

Only a three-hour drive from Bangkok and about 45 minutes by ferry from Ban Phe Pier on the mainland, the island is usually packed with visitors on weekends and long holidays. A whole range of accommodations, from beachfront bungalows to cliff-top luxury resorts cater to equally diverse groups of tourists. Walk-ins are not advised on weekends, as the entire island’s accommodation is usually fully booked.

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Where to Stay in Koh Samed

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Koh Samet Travel Guide

Koh Samet Attractions

Koh Samet Attractions

Beaches, beaches and more beaches; that’s what Samet is famous for. One tip, though, is that the further south you go, Read More...

Koh Samet Restaurants

Koh Samet Restaurants

Most resorts on Koh Samet operate their own beachside restaurants. If you prefer simpler local food, then head over to Read More...

Koh Samet Nightlife

Koh Samet Nightlife

Koh Samet has a lively nightlife scene along a stretch of Sai Kaew and Ao Phai. Catering for backpackers and budget Read More...

Koh Samet Shopping

Koh Samet Shopping

Shopping is more of an afterthought than a highlight of a Koh Samet trip. Goods must be transported by boat from the Read More...

Koh Samet Activities

Koh Samet Activities

Koh Samet is the kind of place where you can live out a totally lazy day, doing very little besides lying about in the Read More...

Getting around Koh Samet

Getting around Koh Samet

Part of the Khao Laem Ya–Mu Koh Samet National Park, all visitors will be charged an entry fee once on the island. Read More...

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