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Koh Samet

3.8 / 5 15 votes

Country rank: 11 out of 31 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Rayong


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Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: November to February (Read More)

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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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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.

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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.

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's Great?

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

  What's not so Great?

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

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How 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 p... (Read More)

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