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Ko Samet Travel Guide

April 1, 2020 by VacStay Vacation Rentals

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Ko Samet Travel Guide

Ko Samet (or Koh Samet) is a small Island in Rayong province, around 200 km Southeast of Bangkok, along the way to Trat province and the island of Koh Chang. Technically part of Khao Laem Ya – Koh Samet National Park, 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.


Koh Samet derives its name from the cajeput trees that grow on the island, called “Samet” in Thai. In the past however, it was called Koh Kaew Phitsadan, the “Magic Crystal Island.” It’s no surprise from that name that Koh Samet was chosen to be part of a national park.

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 (Samet Island) has been one of popular tourist destinations for Thais and foreigners alike for a long time. With its proximity to Bangkok, Koh Samet is a favorite weekend getaway for city people. This small island is famous for its numerous splendid beaches with white silky sand that has drawn a stream of visitors throughout the year.


Koh Samet is a small island in Rayong province, located just over 6.5 km off the coast of Ban Phe. On the island, there are various types of accommodations, restaurants, and bars. There are also several convenient stores. The island is well-developed to be an excellent tourist destination.

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 to visit Ko Samet

The best time of the year to visit Koh Samet is during October – April when the seas are calm.

There are dozens of beach resorts, guesthouses and bungalows around popular beaches. Some beaches are allowed for camping with rental tents and camping grounds available.

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