We had a great time at Koh Samet and enjoyed "our own" beach (Candlelight beach) close to the bungalow. A relaxed holiday.
Fondest memory: Chilling at the beach and in the sea by our bungalow. Getting creative and making sandcastles.
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.
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.
Favorite thing: 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)
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).
Fondest memory: I think I miss the relaxed lifestyle on Ko Samet the most.
Everyone here seems relaxed and miles away from thier troubles.
Favorite thing: Since Ko Samet is a national park you must pay 200 baht being an adult when you enter the island. 100 for children. Oh if you are thai the prices are 10 baht for the children and 20 for adults, being a farang you get the special 100/200 baht. Everyone must pay this fee.
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.
Favorite thing: When we went on our bike-tour we saw both Ao Prao on the other side of the island and one of the more southern beaches. Unfortunately I can't remember which one is in this picture, but it could be Ao Thian or Ao CHo. There were snorklers out in the water some 100 meters out snorkelling at a small reef and as you see it's a nice, rather secluded beach (from the landside).
Loved the clear waters of Samet and the relaxed atmosphere. A great get-away if you're in Bangkok and yearned for the sun and the sea. I was afraid it'd be polluted and too touristy... The beaches were clean, although it obviously is a touristy place... Of course, the best part of it was its proximity to Bangkok. Also, loved the walk in from the Na Dan Pier to where we ended up staying at Tub Tim.... Enjoyed the beach-hopping as we explored the place.
Fondest memory: The different beaches and exploring the island, even if only for two days.
Favorite thing: the post office is located in between Sai Kaeo & Ao Phai beach. u could get internet access there. in addition, they have a good selection of books that u could buy or rent. which is the best thing to do. cos in koh samet basically there nothing much to see, nowhere to go - time stands still. they only have beautifil beaches.
Favorite thing: There are tour operators in the island that operates island hopping around the neighbooring area. It's best to take one when you just go there to wander around and look for a solitude place..well, atleast I found one when we got there!
Never get tired of looking with that white sand(take a pic) and while doing so, have a thai massage. There are locals that you can hire most in the beach..Sometimes they will approach you..
Fondest memory: Gliding the white sand and get a tan if you fancy doing so..=)
For most of the time when we're there, watching a sunrise was never hard time for me but it means waking up early..
Fondest memory: They have the best and spectacular sunrise ever I saw in my time here in Thailand! I'm planning to go back there..
We arrived on Ko samet after a 14hrs in a train, 3 hrs on a bus and 20 minutes by boat. After 5 minutes on the Island this long trip was already forgotten and all you could do is enjoy the wonderful surroundings
Fondest memory: Nice and relatively quiet beach and wonderful massage on the beach
Though increasingly popular not only with Thais, but also with western tourists, Ko Samet is still a pleasant and relaxed place to spend a few days.
The landscapes are beautiful, with an alternation of nice beaches and rocky promontoirs. The southest you go, the least developed and crowded the beaches are.