Located 200km south east of Bangkok the T Shaped Island of Koh Samet, is renowned for its colourful coral gardens, golden sandy beaches and vivid blue waters.
A little under 7km off the coast of Rayong Province, situated in the eastern Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samet is truly one of Thailand’s hidden Jewels. Tourist can enjoy an abundance of mouth watering cuisine, action packed daytime activities and great nightlife in the paradise surroundings of Koh Samed.
Koh Samet or “Koh Samed” to it’s natives, has been an anchorage for sailors since the 13th century. Such is the complete attractiveness of the island, Koh Samet was the inspiration behind classical Thai Poet Sunthorn Phu masterpiece Phra Aphai Mani.
Most of Ko Samet, forms part of Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park and like most national parks, entrance is subject to a small fee. Foreign tourists pay more than Thai’s. The entrance is 200 Baht for foreign adults and 100 Baht for Children. While Thais pay 40 and 20 Baht respectively. The most common excuse for the price difference is that Thai citizens pay taxes.
Ko Samed is one of the driest archipelagos in Thailand meaning even in the rainy season of May to October you are likely to see less rain than any other island.
The main attraction for visitors to Koh Samed like most islands are it’s beaches. The busiest beach and most popular tourist destination is Hat Sai Kaew located in the north-east of the island.
Asides from it’s eye catching beaches, Ko Samed and some of the surrounding area is also rich in scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities. Divers travel from the capital and afar to experience the beautiful marine life inhabited amongst the coral reefs. Although not as lively as party islands such as Koh Phangan, Koh Samed still has a thriving nightlife. With it’s fair share of Backpackers and locals visiting on weekends, parties around the beach areas of Hat Sai Kaew and Ao Phai are becoming more common.
With Sun, Sea sand and plenty of entertainment when the sun goes down the beautiful ambient island of Koh Samed is a paradise waiting to be discovered by all.
The History of Koh Samet
Part of the Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet national Park that forms the Samet Archipelago, Ko Samet attracts visitors from Thailand and afar. Some believe that the island was once home to pirates and the islands still contains there buried treasures!
Koh Samet’s Beaches
Koh Samet's beaches are sole reason alone why the masses flock to this paradise island. Surrounded by crisp white sand and vivd topaz blue waters the idyllic beaches across the island draw the crowds a plenty. Find a quiet secluded spot and watch the day go by without interruption or share stories and make new friends on the busier stretches of sand. The postcard perfect island will offer something for everyone.
Koh Samet's Islands
Although an island itself there are still a number of smaller islands in close proximity that offer natural beauty and rich marine life. Whether taking a day trip from Koh Samed or looking for a peaceful piece of paradise to stay, you will sure to be find something to wet your appetite. Being part of an Archipelago of islands you are spoiled for choice with the beauty of islands around Koh Samet.
High and Low Season
Samet is one of the driest islands in Thailand. With it’s tropical climate to match you can visit it all year round and appreciate the warm temperatures on offer. In rainy season expect hot days to be proceeded by a late afternoon down pour that will last a few hours at the most.