Legends of pirates, princes and mermaids only add the allure of the island of Koh Samet. It is said that the island of Koh Samet was once home to pirates. Some still believe that buried treasure lies beneath the sands of Koh Samet. With its beautiful white stretches of sandy beaches, calm crystal clear waters and lush rolling hills, the real treasure of Koh Samet is the island’s magnificent natural scenery. Easily accessible, with accommodations offered in every price range, Koh Samet offers an idyllic tropical vacation in paradise Famous for its secluded stretches of white sandy beaches, Koh Samet remained off limits for overnight stays until 1981 when Thailand’s Forestry Department designated the island and surrounding areas as a national park. Today, the island has become a favorite destination for travelers seeking an unspoiled tropical paradise vacation.
This blog post with images shows the virtues of Koh Samet as a great beach destination only a few hours from Bangkok.
Hat Sai Kaew, also called Diamond Beach, is the largest and one of the most popular beaches on the island. A half of a mile long and 100 feet wide, Hat Sai Kaew is a favorite spot for sunbathing. Hat Sai Kaew translates into English as “crystal sand beach,” and the sparkling white sands are one reason why the beach is so popular. The beach is also a great place to try catamaran sailing, jet skiing or wind surfing.
Hat Sai Kaew is also one of the most social beaches on Koh Samet. At night, between 6:00 pm and 10:30 pm, locals perform fire juggling acts, swirling chains or sticks with flaming ends into the air. Visitors can watch the performers on the beach or from the comfort of the bars and restaurants that line Hat Sai Kaew. The performers gladly accept donations.
Ao Hin Khok & Ao Phai
South of the statues of Prince Aphai Mani and his mermaid lies Ao Hin Khok, a beach that stretches before accommodations that house local monks. Signs posted on the beach ask for quiet and consideration, making Ao Hin Khok ideal for local looking for a quiet escape from the noise of neighboring Hat Sai Kaew. Ao Hin Khok and Ao Phai, located just to the south of Hat Sai Kaew, have traditionally been the vacation destination of choice for backpackers.
The second-largest beach on Koh Samet, Ao Wong Deuan has a scenic crescent-shaped bay that’s popular with tourists. Because some ferries from the mainland arrive directly at Ao Wong Deuan, the easily-accessible beach is often included in package tours. The picturesque beauty of Ao Wong Deuan is not to be missed. South of Ao Wong Deuan is Ao Thian, or Candlelight Beach.
Lovely Ao Prao Beach
Located on the less-populated west side of Koh Samet, Ao Prao is a pretty beach offering striking sunset views. Ao Prao, also known as Paradise Beach, is an upscale resort area that boasts some of the island’s best bars and restaurants. Ao Prao is also home to some of the island’s best health spas. While secluded from the busy east side of Koh Samet, the exclusive, small beach can sometimes feel crowded.
Ao Thian is a quiet spot on weekdays and a great place for skin diving. On weekends, it’s a popular place for students from Bangkok universities.
The beautiful bays of Ao Hin Khok and Ao Phai are separated by rock formations. There’s a large bar along the stretch of Ao Phai that attracts late-night partygoers.
Ao Put Sa & Ao Nuan
The neighboring beaches of Ao Put Sa and Ao Nuan are perfect for visitors looking for a quiet location where they can swim and snorkel in peace yet still have easy access to accommodations and restaurants. There’s a small pontoon at Ao Put Sa that’s a good starting point for snorkeling adventures, particularly at low tide. Separated from Ao Put Sa by a 10-minute walk through jungle greenery, Ao Nuan features hand-made bungalows lining the shore. Both of the wide beaches are popular with families and couples.
Roads are limited on the island, however, and notoriously ill-kept. Rented motorcycles and mopeds provide an easy way to explore this small island.
Airport Express Bus AE3. Have some Thai Baht on hand and be ready to pay 150. Buses depart starting from 05.00 to Midnight.
The bus goes to Bangkok;s EKKAMAI bus station, located on Sukhumvit road. From Bangkok on to Ban-Phe
The total travel time to Ban-Phe bus station is just under 4 hours.
The ferry harbour is only a 1 minute walk from the bus terminal . Ferry cost per person is 200 Baht.