Ko Samet

Ko Samet

Where : Located in Rayong, southeast of Bangkok and Pattaya and West of Trat and Ko Chang

Category : Travel / Attractions

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Fee : Bungalow: 200-600 baht per night,Ferry fee: 60-80 baht per trip per person,Speed boat fee: 2,000 baht

Hilight :

• Sai Kaeo Beach: 1 kilometer long and 25 – 30 meters wide beach with literally crystal sand
• Ao Noi Na: the white and clean sandy beach suitable for those who are looking for a truly relaxing experience
• Ao Hin Khok: famous for its strangely shaped rocks and inexpensive bungalows/huts located along the beach with many value-for-money restaurants providing fresh and quality seafood dishes

Activity :

Catch the sunset from dramatic cliffside locations along the south-west coastline.

A fireshow at the renowned Ploy Thalee Restaurant/Bar on Saikaew Beach. They are held twice a night around 8.30PM and 10.30PM.

 

How to go :

By car: From Rayong, depart from Ban Prae Pier - Hat Sai Kaeo, taking 40 minutes

By bus
The bus from Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) to Ban Phe usually takes 3.5 hours, costs 157 baht (current as of July 2009), and terminates opposite the ferry piers.

By plane
Bangkok Airways has operated a flight daily from Phuket and Ko Samui to Pattaya's U-Tapao Airport.

By boat
Ferries from Ban Phe or Nuan Thip to Ko Samet take around 30 to 45 minutes. Only buy a one-way ticket (50 baht), as there's no discount on round-trip tickets (100 baht).

 

What / Why :

Just 200 kilometers from Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand, the T-shaped island of Ko Samet is famed for its white sandy beaches, exotic coral and crystal clear waters. Ko Samet has developed steadily over the past decade or so, but it hasn't been the victim of over zealous construction which has hit the likes of Ko Samui (or even Ko Chang). The island is typified for its splendid beaches and white silky sand, surrounded by tropical coral reefs and crystal clear sea. Tourists can also enjoy a plethora of delicious cuisine and fine nightlife.

It's a popular tourist destination for Thais and foreigners alike. As Ko Samet is so near Bangkok, the island is ideal for those in the capital wanting to chill-out with their families for a couple of days, without having to go through all that rigmarole of having to travel down south. It's only a 2.5 hour ride to Ban Phe, where one can take a 20-minutes ferry to the island.

Most of Ko Samet, including all the good parts, is part of "Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park" and thus has an entry fee. Thais pay 40 baht for adults, 20 baht for children (current as of June 2009); foreigners pay 200 baht for adults, 100 baht for children (current as of November 2009). This two-tier pricing policy is applicable to all national parks. If you can explain, however, that you actually live or work in Thailand, then you may not have to pay the "tourist" price. One excuse for the difference is that "Thai citizens pay taxes".

Most beaches are on the eastern side of the island. The beaches hide in small bays and stretch some 200 metres. From the north, there are Hat Sai Kaeo, Hat Hin Khrong, Hat Khlong Phai, Ao Phutsa, Ao Thapthim, Ao Naun, Ao Cho, Ao Thian, Ao Wai, Ao Kio Na Yok and Ao Karang. The only beach on the western side is Ao Phrao. One of the famous beaches is Ao Wong Duean in the middle of the eastern side. This beach stretches in the shape of an almost complete circle. Both Ao Wong Duean and Hat Sai Kaeo have very fine white sand.

Hat Sai Kaew (Diamond Beach) One of the most beautiful and most popular beaches on Koh Samet, Hat Sai Kaew is 1 kilometer long and 25 – 30 meters wide. The name speaks for itself, Hat Sai Kaew, which literally means Crystal Sand Beach, is a nice beach filled with activities. From dusk to dawn, visitors can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, jet skiing, windsurfing, riding on a banana boat or even partying at night.

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