Samed Attractions

More than a dozen coves and beaches provide visitors a range of choices from campsites on secluded, deserted beaches to bungalows with all the modern conveniences in more settled and gregarious communities.

A recently constructed reservoir has improved the availability of fresh water, which was an enduring problem on the hot and dry island where the rainy season is limited to the May to July period. Koh Samet gets significantly less rainfall than Rayong Province, even though it is only a few km offshore.

Round the clock electricity is now available in most resorts on the island. There are regular ferries to Koh Samet from three different piers in the fishing village of Baan Phe, about 20 km east of Rayong City.

The trip takes about 30 to 45 minutes depending on which part of the island it goes to. Speed boats can be hired to make the trip in about half the time, but are much more expensive.

Samet Island has only 1 road going from the North to the South of the Island.

The taxi fees from beach to beach is rather expensive, but price is setting by the association of public taxi service, so tourist will not be charged over the standard price.

From 1 beach to another, you can walk through a relatively primitive inland road. Most of the beaches are located on the northern and eastern sides of this T-shaped island whereas only a few, that is, Ao Prao, Ao Kham and Ao Kiu Na Nai lie on the west. It is more convenient to reach Ao Prao by a direct ferry from Baan Phe.

Like most resort destinations in Thailand, motorcycles are cheap to rent and they are the best way to zip around. But not all the roads are well paved so watch out for the bumpy dirt roads.

The local taxis or “Song Thiao” are utility trucks fitted with bench like seats at the back. They are the next best thing to travel on but they are not easily available and mostly hang out on the popular beaches. They also tend to overcharge so bargain hard and set a price for a return trip as well.

The beaches on the northeast of the island are beautiful and better developed. As you move south down the east coast the coves and bays become less congested, though no less beautiful. The beaches on the southeast coast are the least developed and least visited. The west coast is rocky but does have one very secluded beach with bungalow resorts and a nice view of the sunset.

The 16 beaches of Samet Island :

Ao Prao Koh Samed: the long beach. It is a private beach. The sea is safe to swim. The most luxury resort is Ao Prao Resort. Sunset are superb at this beach. In the evening the tourists enjoy doing recreations.
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  Ao Prao Beach Koh Samed  

 Recommended Koh Samed Hotel

 - Ao Prao Resort Koh Samed

 - Levimarn Cottage Koh Samed

2. Ao Kham
Koh Samed:

Not popular and rather quiet.

3. Ao Noi Na
and Ao Klang Koh Samed: is the right place for those who are seeking tranquility and privacy. There is a port so it is convenient to travel. Ao Klang are occupied by villages, ports and restaurants.
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  Ao Noi Na Koh Samed  
Recommended Koh Samed Hotel

Mooban Talay
Samed Club Resort

Samed Cliff Resort

4. Sai Kaew Beach Koh Samed: The sand is pure white and the strand is 780 metres in length. The water is very clear and shallow, so it is suitable for swimming. Had Sai Kaew Koh Samed is quite crowded. It contains more than ten resorts. There are many restaurants and souvenir shops. You can rent a bicycles and a motor bike. You can find scooters and banana boats for rent along the beach.
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  Sai Kaew Beach Koh Samed  
Recommended Koh Samed Hotel

Saikaew Beach
Saikaew Villa

Tonsak Resort

5. Ao Phai Koh Samed: It is convenient to travel. There  is a road parallel the seaside. The rolls of Bamboo (Pai) trees give the pleasant atmosphere. Resorts, bungalows, restaurants and a post office are available.

6. Ao Phut Sa
Koh Samed:

Ao Phut Sa is a small bay on Koh Samet which draws repeat visitors intent on relaxing. Suitable for those who are tired of crowded beaches and nightlife activities, Ao Phut Sa offers a quite retreat that reunites visitors with nature in its crystal clear waters.

7. Ao Tub Tim
Koh Samed: The beach is more peaceful than Had Sai Kaew Koh Samed. The strand is curve and wide so it is suitable for doing  water sports.

8. Ao Nuan
Koh Samed: It is another popular beach. The strand is 500 metres in length and curve like a shape of the crescent moon so it is a center of all recreations and a pathway to nearby beaches. The water is clean and clear. The sand is golden brown.

9. Ao Cho / Ao Lung Wang
Koh Samed: Small and appropriate for budget tourist.

10. Ao Vongduern (Vongduern Beach)
Koh Samed:
Vongduern Beach is the second largest beach on the island (the first being Sai Kaew Beach). Vongduern Beach attracts tourist groups during both the high and low seasons due to its beautiful white sandy beach and good accommodations. On top of this, good seafood restaurants with nice views are also available with the reasonable price.

Taxi from Vongduen to other place Boat Schedule Vongduen to Ban Phe
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  Ao Vongduern Koh Samed  
Recommended Koh Samed Hotel

Vimarn Samed Resort Koh Samed
Samed Cabana Koh Samed

Malibu Garden
Vongduern Villa

11. Ao Thian (Candlelight Beach) Koh Samed:

Ao Thian’s topography is painted by rocky beach in which some nice spots for skin diving are available. This beach is very quiet and free from group tours with bungalows and resorts available around the beach area.

12. Ao Lung Dam
Koh Samed:
Many budget tourists love this beach !

13. Ao Wai
Koh Samed:

Ao Wai is located within a short walking distance of Candlelight and Lung Dam Beach. Shaded by coconut trees, the beach is a quite, scenic and serene spot for sea lovers. There’s only 1 resort here, so sure that the most privacy will be yours !
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  Ao Wai Koh Samed  
Recommended Koh Samed Hotel

Samet Ville Koh Samed

14. Ao Kiu Nok Koh Samed:

This bay is a perfect secluded den for those planning to keep their distance from the busy, crowded beaches and vibrant nightlife. From Aow Kiu Nok, visitors can actually walk to Aow Kiew Nai which is the ideal spot to see the spectacular sun rise and sun set.
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  Ao Kiu Nok Koh Samed  

Paradee Resort 6 Star
Very Beautiful Resort

15. Ao Pakarang Or Ao Karang Koh Samed::

The best place to experience the traditional lifestyle of the residents of Koh Samet is at Ao Karang where there also are a number of seafood restaurants providing fresh seafood dishes at reasonable prices. Right now there’s only 1 small lovely resort at this beach, you’ll see the sunrise at the front door and found that sunset is behind at the back door !
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  Ao Pakarang Or Ao Karang Koh Samed  
Recommended Koh Samed Hotel

Nimmanoradee Koh Samed

16. Ao Kiu Nai Koh Samed:

The best location to see the sunset on this island.


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