Koh Samet is a popular weekend getaway for Thais and foreigners living in Bangkok, so there are dozens of Beach resorts, bars, and restaurants on nearly every beach, although visitors are allowed to camp if they wish to do so.
Quiet and relaxing on the weekdays, raucous and fun on the weekends, Koh Samet is, despite its proximity to Bangkok, a beautiful Island with powdery white sand, generally great year-round weather, and a variety of lodging options.
Visitors to Koh Samet looking for unspoiled beauty have to get away from the more developed Beaches along the east coast, though even the most popular beaches are quite beautiful. Those looking for more relaxation can book Rooms at the more upscale resorts on the west coast, which are spectacular places to watch sunsets.
Koh Samet boasts a number of fine white sandy Beaches. The famous Samet beaches are Hat Sai Kaew, Ao Noi Na, Ao Luk Yon, Ao Phai, Ao Putsa, Ao Tubtim, Ao Lung Dum, Ao Cho, Ao Tawan, Ao Wong Duean, Ao Thian, Ao Wai, Ao Kiu, Ao Pakarang, Ao Karang and Ao Phrao.
Besides its beautiful Beaches and crystal clear sea, Koh Samet offers so many more activities that make it a perfect getaway for groups, families, or lovers.
- The best time of the year to visit Koh Samet is during October – April when the seas are calm.
- Make sure that you wear mosquito repellent around dawn and dusk as it is possible to contract Dengue Fever on the Island.
- Room rates are considerably lower than published in the low season (March – October).
- Koh Samet has no freshwater source. Water must be brought in from the mainland or gathered from the rain. Please use sparingly.
- There are three ATMs on Koh Samet: one outside the 7-Eleven at the arrival pier in Nadan, and two near the 7-Eleven just outside the national park entrance booth by Haad Sai Kaew.