Before coming to Ko Samet i heard about the wonderland resort, and heard it was also one of the more expensive places to stay. I was here in July and had the best stay ever, we stayed for 8 days about at this place and bargained for 250 baht per night. Between 2 people and with hot water all the time. No a/c but with a fan. WIth a bungalow RIGHT on the beach. Staying here was the best choice, there were hardly any people at this place because it is more east on Ao Cho beach. Ao Cho beach does not have any bars on it that are busy, just one little little beach bar. NExt door on Ao Wong Duan beach is where more of the partying is and aswell on the northern beaches of the island. If you do decide to stay here it is very convenient to have a bike or a motorcycle rented just in case you need to go anywhere, since this beach is a little further from the northern part of the island. The people here were also great, it was a family ran place where everyone was always happy, never any problems.
The food here at the wonderland resort was the best that we ever had on this island. Once or twice a little bug in the rice, but hey welcome to asia.
Jeb is a very good choice when going to Koh Samet. The houses are decent and it's right at the center of everything. Their beach restaurant is also decent with a good chill-out music played (my fav part) adding the beach mood for you. Food there is nice with average price. I was sitting there all day reading, talking, checking out people, having a massage...ahh heaven!
A good spot to be... Don't believe me? look at the picture.
Reaches here in the evening. I was thought that the bungalow must be right infront of the beach. But I was wrong, It situated up to the hill. I had a very end and top bungalow here after asking for a bunglow in Jep's. It was full house. So, I get the Tok's bungalow. I have to climb up the hill where it has a siemen track to half way and the rest of the way is soil covered with huge tree trunk. But its alright, its more adventure.
Right on the beach of Vongduern in nort est of the island. Standard confort
Good situation on the largest beach, swiming pool
The site itself is nice and secluded. However, these are the only positive sides about it. For 20 Dollars a night, you could consider going there, but not for the almost 100 Dollars we paid. For that money you can simply expect more Luxury. But no...
For instance, the restaurant (which on their website is described as follows: "is open for seaview panorama and suit for young honeymooners to enjoy dinner under candle light at night") is awfully noisy with Thai TV and all the neon lights don't make it better. For breakfast I asked for coffee and they pointed to a shelf where I could get water and instant powder!!! And on top of that: Food poisoning. After having been in Thailand more than three months, I certainly didn't expect to get food poisoning in a 'nice' resort....
I stayed there for few night.. can't think of exact amount of dates, though..
The host there was from Holand. There you could see that he does take a good care of the house..
The room I stayed was lovely mideum sized room. it was very clean, and had great view of the woods behind it. Moreover,, it was comparatively cheap... was.. I recal cheaper than those wooden bangalores with loads and loads of red, white, black ants!!!!!
Although Ao Nuan is not particularly accessible as it is flanked on both sides by hills / rocks (making it something like a cove or inlet), it is perfect for those who want some peace and quiet.
Due to its inaccessibility, there are few visitors to Ao Nuan, and it is likely that you will have the beach to yourself at one time or another during your stay. Also, although the beach is relatively rocky, there is a small stretch of sand leading out to the sea that makes swimming possible.
On Ao Nuan, there are 2 beachfront units up for grabs. These units are about 10 or less steps from the beach. One of thm is a bigger and newer one made from varnished wood, costing 700-800baht per night.
The other is something of an A-frame hut on stilts, smaller, but more unique! It costs 600-700baht per night.
The few other units available are further away from the beach, and go for 500-600baht per night. None of the units have ensuites. There are 2 open air common bathrooms and 2 common toilets for guests' use.
The reception area also serves as a cosy restaurant, where guests can read, play games, listen to music or chat with the staff.
- No ensuites
- Open air showers
- Cold shower
- Common toilets
- Serves food
- Bed linen
- No towels / soap
- Veranda with seating
Tub Tim Resort is located on, where else, Ao Tub Tim.
As the resort had recently added some new units to its stable of chalets, it is advisable to book one of the new ones if you can, as the older units are not particularly of a good standard, in terms of cleanliness and condition of the ensuite and room amenities. Also, they are not particularly close to the beach (involves the navigation of some flights of stairs).
We were given an old unit as all the other "better" ones were booked out. So, book early!
Stayed 1 night in a double room with fan and ensuite at about 500baht.
- Easy accessibility to other restaurants, convenience stores and transport
- Cold shower
- Veranda with seating
Travel in Thailand in April, you may have to double your budget. The hotels are double priced. We paid 2,000THB/ night, breakfast included. It was the only place available on the day we went there.
It's clean and hot water is provided. The room looks new alright. There is a swimming pool in the hotel as well. What's cool about this place is that its right on the beach. So it takes less than a few mins walk.
Absolutely fantastic experience. The place is wonderful, with a hill going upwards. We stayed in the top most bay-view room. You have to pay more to stay in the bay view rather than the garden view, its well worth it.
There was a nice cottage up front, it was occupied while we were there, so we didn't see it. The best part about this resort is how quiet hte bay is, and the hotel coffeeshop/bar/restaurant is very conveniently located beachfront. Its an absolutely pefect stay. Only bad point is that there is no private pool.
I was in Ko Samet on Dec 23, 24,and 25. When we showed up we didn't have a single reservation. Before departing, I had looked everywhere online, but in the end decided not to book. If there is a place you definitely want to stay, then go ahead and book. But remember that only the bigger resort-type places have secure online booking system. Most bungalows don't offer advance booking. Also worth keeping in mind is that there are many bungalows that aren't listed anywhere online so don't think your budget options are limited to what you see online.
One caveat, I believe Samet Ville Resort was almost full when we stayed there so....... maybe we just got lucky with our accomodations.
I stayed here unfortunately for 5 nights - as I had already paid for it before arriving.Was drastically overcharged.
Room had a fridge, TV and double bed and bathroom........sounds good eh? hehehe!
I came back one afternoon to find 5 of the staff going through my room claiming to be cleaning the aircon vents.......after leaving the floor was totallt flooded and they didnt clean it up so i spent the next 2 days with aircon that now blew hot air and wet floors.
On the bright side - it was up the other end of the beach away from all of the noise and nightlife, so at least i had somewhere peaceful to retire at the end of the night.
For only 250 Baht or so we got a bungalow with bathroom. The facilities were very clean and location was great. The food at the restaurant was tasty and had a very lively bar at night. The staff were also hard working and friendly.
Great location, staff and food in restaurant...
Silversands is the biggest of all establishments at Ao Phai beach, but still small. They got maybe 20 huts lying directly above the beach and they are very cheap. There is also a small pub and beach disco there, the only at Ao Phai, but it is still a calm place and very good for relaxing vacations of a few days when in Bangkok
Hot off the wire!!
Silversands has, according to my friend who came back from Koh Samet last wednesday gone through a major renovation. All huts now have TV on the room and a clean, nice feel about them. At present they cost 1000 Baht per night. (aboutUS$22 today June 5th 2004)
From the map, you'll notice that the beach is in the southern part of the Island,Ao Wai. Anyhow, the resort serves fantastic fooooood! But needless to say, they should have huts in it as it was a big problem when the rain comes in..you can't imagine eating in the rain!
Our bungalow has a very pretty decorations. With hot & cold shower with soap&toiletress. The bed is not that comfy but it's big. With TV(hopefully it's cable), 2 chairs&table. There's also a clean cabinet for your stuffs&everything.
Rush trip, so ended up too far from the main pier. I was thinking of staying in Sakeaw or Ao Prao. but ended up again in somewhere but love it though..
The beach itself is crystal clear, white sands and torquiose water as always. I' m loving Koh Samet. ;-)
You can chose a beachfront bungalows and a bay side bungalows. Beach front will be a good choice!
Pictures will be later.
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