When you get on to the Island,there are songthaws that go into the national park, they always stop at the ranger station and you'll get charged 200baht entry fee.Only 20 baht for Thais.
If you walk in they never charge you .When leaving the Island, get to the pier early as they tend to mess you about.
Thailand weather in November
The weather should be very good. You may experience a sprinkle or shower periodically but nothing of signifigance. It will also be warm or hot depending on where you are coming from and what you are used to.
This is actually a very good time of the year as everything will be green and lush from the rainy season. If you get a chance to get to one of the National Parks this time of the year it is worth the time, if you're into that! But overall the weather is great during Novemeber.
sunny & sparkling white beaches
more moneyed vacationers troop down south to phuket, krabi, koh samui for some beach treat. but those beaches can never hold a candle to the powdery exquisitely fine white sands of ko samet. if you have little time and no moolah on your pocket and you want to bask on the sun and rollick on the beach, then ko samet is the answer. allow some 3 hours in going there if you are coming from bangkok. saikaew beach on the east coast of the island is the rowdiest, longest and widest of all the beaches and the first beach you will arrive on via nadan pier. walk further southward to check out the little coves and quiet beaches, all blessed with glistening white sand. from saikaew, here's the name of beaches you can explore in order- ao phai, ao phutsa, ao tubtim, ao nual, ao cho (with pier), ao wongduern, ao thian, ao wai, ao kiu na nok, ao pa ka rang, ao karang. huh that's a lot. ao means bay, haad means beach... i wonder why saikaew is called haad saikaew while the rest of the beaches are called ao. if you are a beach person, ko samet is closer to nirvana. they offer beach-hopping tour, probably the easiest fastest way to see all these lovely beaches. (see my travelogue for each beach's photo)
Dont just stay at your beach resort
When you land at your beach resort it is just so easy to say "This is fantastic" and stay wherever you arrive for as long as you have there.
This is because almost everything you want can be purchased in or around your beach own deckchair,at least this is how it is on Vong Duen beach.
However as the island is not so big and there are many interesting little resorts, shops and beaches around the place it is worth taking at least a half day trip to explore other parts of the island.
You can do this by bike or boat or songtow (Taxi truck). I think I miss the relaxed lifestyle on Ko Samet the most.
Everyone here seems relaxed and miles away from thier troubles.
The View outside your window
When choosing where to stay on Ko Samet, over half of the Bungalows and resorts offer huts on directly on the beach. When you can get that, i highly suggest you do. In the picture is the view outside my window, you have the window open at night and the breeze of the ocean along with the sound of the waves is the most relaxing thing i have ever experienced while falling asleep. This picture was taken at Wonderland resort on Ao Cho beach. My favorite place on the island.
To get these kind of bungalows and to get them at a cheaper price with more peacefull of a resort i suggest you go more east of the island, less busy and some of the resorts are family ran, which you can bargain much better at, and overall the people are much nicer i find.