Koh Samet, Thailand with its 11 beaches, offers you beachside leisure to meet your particular delight and diversion. Koh Samet is close to Bangkok. A convenient 2.5-hours drive gets you easily from Bangkok to Koh Samet. However, if you are a DIY (Do it yourself) kind of traveler, and you are not interested in our Samet Package from Bangkok that’s perfectly cool. In that case, there are quite a few options for you to solve this issue of:
How to get to Koh Samet from Bangkok
We can assume your first question you come up with is: Can I fly? are there any flights to Samet from Bangkok? Well, since Samet Island is only about 220 KM (137 miles) from Bangkok AND this is a small island that does not have its own airport, flying there would not be something you want to consider.
So how else can you get to Koh Samet from Bangkok?
As said, Samet Island is not that far. therefor, taking a taxi or a private minivan shouldn’t cost a fortune especially if you share it with friends you travel with or your family. In terms of convenience, that may be the best for you. It is fast (2.5-3 hour) it will pick you up from your hotel and will take you directly to Ban Phe Ferry Pier where you’ll get you ferry ticket to Samet.
Please note that most ferries stop operating at night so if you happen to arrive once they stopped, you’ll need to take a speed boat that is working all night and of course is more expensive.
Bus from Bangkok to Koh Samet
A much cheaper option and probably less convenient or comfortable would be a combination of Ferry and Bus from Bangkok to Koh Samet. On Khao San Road there are plenty of vendors selling those combined tickets. The bus or a van will pick you up right from there and will take you to Rayong and Ban Phe pier. Then you’ll take the ferry which you already have a ticket for and sail to Koh Samet. These buses usually leave in the morning in order not to miss the regular ferry boat. The entire journey should take about 5 hours.
Things To Do in Koh Samet
The name of the island “Samet” is Thai for cajeput trees, which are in prolific abundance, as they openly greet the island’s guests, Thai people, and foreign tourists. A wide range of activities awaits the leisure seekers, such exhilarating water sports, feasting your sights on exotic coral and white sand. A pulsating Koh Samet nightlife is definitely something to take a part of along with mouthwatering seafood and Thai cuisine, or even enjoying “Muay Thai” boxing beachside style or a quiet rest on the white sand. Since the major portion of Koh Samet is part of a national park, Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet, there is an entrance fee for adults and children.
The above-offered package tour would show you a variety of things to do in Koh Samet. One of those includes different diving dips and tours of the island, beautiful spots where not all tourists get to. If you’re into water diving or night diving, you’ll enjoy the eastern beachside of Samet. There are manta rays and porcupine pufferfish by the coast of Ao Pai. Snorkeling will delight you with undersea sights of corals, starfish, ferns of many colors, stingrays, even barracuda and sharks with their black tips when you’re by Ao Kiu or Shark Point. Further along the western coast are uninhabited beaches for you to explore.
Touring the Island by Boat
Tours of the island are made via boats you can hire on Sai Kaew Beach or Vong Duen. These boat trips offer snorkeling and visits to the islands of Plai Tin, Kruai, and Kudi or to fish farms. You also get to have a lunch barbecue. If you’re looking for a whole day to relax, there are slower-moving boats that can take you along your choice of the 11 beaches of Samet, either on the eastern or western side. There is a daily round the island trip to Samet.
Where to Stay in Samet Island
There are plenty of Koh Samet resorts to choose from. For family travelers, backpackers, large traveling groups, there is Sai Kaew beach resort, the first beach that greets the boat-riding leisure seekers, upon landing at the pier of Na Dan, at Samet’s northeastern tip. This sandy stretch of beach is the most developed. You can water ski, jetski, scuba dive, or choose to ride banana boats or canoes. Windsurfing and catamaran sailing are among your choices. Or you can ride speedboats simply to enjoy diving moments in the cool blue waters.
And if you’re looking for a partying, Koh Samet nightlife would definitely be your thing..
Further walking on from Sai Kaew is the white sand of Ao Phai beach frequented by backpackers. The boundary is lined by a rocky headland. There are oceanfront restaurants, as well as bars that show exciting fire dances. It has a more quiet nightlife though.
Between Sai Kaew and Ao Phai is Ao Hin Khok, a 200 meter beachfront for swimming and sunbathing.
This is also a favorite among budget travelers and backpackers who share travel adventures and plot out new travel routes of adventure. What binds these three beachfronts are the many seafood eateries which are laid out, at night, in cool comfy style on low tables and people can comfortably sit on straw mats beside, with cushions and pillows. Thursdays to Saturdays are pegged as the drink nights when the backpackers, foreigners and locals come from Bangkok.
Quiet Serenity of Beach Leisure
The other end of the spectrum of the beach brings you some other things to do in Koh Samet while staying at this quiet, private beach leisure. Here, we have the beachfronts of Ao Tubtim, Ao Phrao, and Ao Kiu Na Nok.
If you take a five-minute stroll from Ao Phai, you’ll find yourself walking along Ao Tubtim beach, which offers serene solitary space where you can simply laze undisturbed; a popular beachfront among foreign travelers. Further along, the western shore of Koh Samet is the quiet beach of Ao Phrao, which appeals to upscale leisure seekers who enjoy the private ambiance of the beach and do scuba diving, fishing, catamaran sailing, and canoe riding.
Far into the southern point of Samet is Kiu Na Nok, known as “paradise beach” with its unique landscape where you can view sunrise and sunset. The beach is on a narrow stretch of land which faces both east and west. It is perfect for couples on their honeymoon, or simply romantic couples because the beach is totally isolated from the other beaches. One rides a boat from Ban Phe to reach Ao Kiu Na Nok. Whether it’s watersports or island touring or a serene day on the white sands of Koh Samet that you’re looking for: Come visit us and avail of the Thailand package tour, at https://touristthailand.com. The exciting island delights of Koh Samet await you and your family and friends