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Koh Samet

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"T-shaped island"

Koh Samet Tourism

Pristine blue waters, colorful corals and with more than 16 white sand beaches, Koh Samet is a gorgeous T-shaped island 200 miles from Bangkok. It has become one of the most popular islands of Thailand with countless tourists and backpackers visiting.

Koh Samet is known for being a weekend getaway from Bangkok for tourists. Boasting about 16 beaches with aquamarine sea, this island is a perfect destination for someone looking to relax and expereince a great nightlife. All the 16 beaches have a different kind of vibe from being a lazy bum, to a party animal, to luxurious resort stays, to beautiful scuba diving. The beaches are more busy and party oriented from Ao Phai north, and more family oriented from Ao Tubtim south. Being one of the most popular islands of Thailand, Koh Samet gets extremely crowded, especially during holidays. It faces a stiff competiton with Hua Hin in terms of luxury travellers. Being over crowded, it also faces environmental issues like Koh Phi Phi where waste is dumped anywhere.

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1. Scuba diving in Koh Samet

Scuba diving in Koh Samet
With over 16 beaches, Koh Samet has many decent underwater sightings for the diver in you. Although not as famous as Koh Tao for diving, Koh Samet does have some beautiful seascapes. Some well-known sightings are pufferfish, stingrays and some rare black-tip sharks.

2. Wat Ko Kaew Pitsadan

Wat Ko Kaew Pitsadan
Wat Ko Kaew Pitsadan is Koh Samet's only temple with a big Buddha statue. With a seven-metre tall beautiful white concrete Buddha statue, the Wat Ko Kaew Pitsadan is Koh Samet's one and only temple.

3. Sai Kaew Beach

Sai Kaew Beach
Also known as Haad Sai Kaew, Sai Kaew Beach is located towards northern Phuket Island. It is one of the very developed beaches and hence subject to mass tourism. One will find umpteen restaurants along with with a lively nightlife scene, loud music, and a good crowd as well. Besides these, Sai Kaew Beach is also famous for plenty of water sports like water skiing, jet-skiing, banana boating, canoeing, wakeboarding, and scuba diving.

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Nightlife in Koh Samet

Koh Samet has a strikingly lively nightlife scene.There are many bars offering a wonderful ambience and cheap drinks. Most of them even have happy hour offers. Koh Samet is a haven for backpackers who love to party and meet new people. Sometimes, fire-dancing shows take place on the beach in the evenings. Baywatch Bar, Gecko Bar, Naga Bar are few among tourist most favorites.

Shopping in Koh Samet

Koh Samet is not a destination well known for it's shopping. There are just general stores selling necessary items like beachwear, flip flops, sunglasses, etc. There are hawkers on the beach that sell sarongs, hats and food sometimes.

Language of Koh Samet

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FAQs on Koh Samet

What is famous about Koh samet?

An island with 16 beaches, Koh Samet is perfect for a relaxing weekend.

What is not so good about Koh samet?

In the recent years it has started getting over crowded with tourists and is facing environmental issues.

What is the best time to visit Koh samet?

Being a beach destination, the best time to visit Koh Samet is November to February because it's neither too hot nor too rainy.
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What is the local food in Koh samet?

Most resorts and hotes have their own restaurants. Besides that, there are many delicious barbecues along the beaches, and some local restaurants serving curries and western food like hamburgers too. There are hawkers on the beach selling BBQ chicken, fresh fruit, dried squid, and ice creams. At night there are many crepe stands that are set up. Some good options for good food are Lima Coco Resort, Jep's, Joe's, Silversand Burgers, Tubtim.
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What is the best way to reach Koh samet?

The only way to reach Koh Samet island is by a ferry. So you have to reach Rayong by road from Bagnkok first, and then take a ferry to Koh Samet. This island is a part of Khao Laem Ya-Mu National park, hence there is an entry fee of 200 Baht for foreigner adults.
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What are the top hotels in Koh samet?

There are 422 in Koh samet which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Koh samet are Thaihem Chackapong, Beachfront Cozy Studio, Naluemon Village, The Landscape Condo Rayong by Jeab, Grandblue Condominium#702 Seaview TopFloor MaePim Rayong, Prinn hotel. You can see all the hotels in Koh samet here

What are the places near Koh samet?

The top places near to Koh samet are Pattaya which is 74 km from Koh samet, Bangkok which is located 168 km from Koh samet, Hua hin which is located 162 km from Koh samet, Koh samui which is located 373 km from Koh samet, Koh poda which is located 25 km from Koh samet

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