The island Koh Samet in Thailand
The island Koh Samet is a great travel and holiday destination for families. With its beautiful white sand beaches and surrounding small islands for snorkeling trips, the island is a paradise. Furthermore, there is a national park and viewpoints on the island. The bathing paradise has several beautiful beaches and cheap accommodation. On the island you can rent a scooter to continue. If you only want to spend the day at a beach, you should get there. At the port mostly drivers are around, who bring you to the desired beach for little money.
By ferry to the island of Koh Samet
The best way to get to Koh Samet is by ferry. There are several ports on the island which can be reached by ferry, but you can also take a speedboat to a beach or the surrounding islands. The Koh Samet Na Dan Pier is the first and closest from Sri Ban Phe Pier in Tambon Phe behind Rayong.
Convenient by bus from Bangkok to Ban Phe Pier
At Nuanthip Pier is Ban Phe Souvenir Market. Also located behind the market across the street, the bus terminal. From (here) Banphe buses run every hour during the week from Monday to Friday to the Eakmai to Bangkok. You can also travel hourly from the Eakmai Bus Station in Bangkok to Banphe.
ATM and 7-Eleven
Think of your credit card! If you travel on islands in Thailand, then you should always have your bank card with you. Not everywhere there are money exchange offices! No worries in case of need, arrived at Na Dan Pier is an ATM ATM and a 7-Eleven supermarket.
Beach bars on Koh Samet
There are no bars on most beaches on Koh Samet. At the cocktail bars of Sai Kaew Beach you will not only get alcoholic drinks but also delicious fruit cocktails. However there are restaurants there which mostly offer beer.
Good and cheap hotels on the island
If you want to stay longer on the island to explore all sights, you can rent a scooter at the pier. With the scooter or a pick-up truck, the so-called Songthaew, you get to your hotel. My hotel recommendations for a longer stay on Koh Samed Island are:
- Grandview Resort at Sai Kaew Beach
- 3 Sterne Samed Villa Resort at Ao Phai
- Bell House Resort at Ao Wong Duean Pier
- Paradee Resort
Which beaches are very nice for swimming?
Sai Kaew Beach and Ao Hin Khok
On Sai Kaew Beach you can soak up the sun under the beautiful beach chairs on the white beach. If you get hungry, then you can relax in the Finale Bar on the beach. For a nice beach walk around tidy brown is at the approximately 500m long beach enough space.