Ko Samet Things to Do

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    Relax on the Beaches

    by Sobe-A-Rush Written Oct 26, 2005

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    You can do this on Hat Sai Kaew, Ao Hin Khok, Ao Cho and Ao Wong Duan. There are many many pubs/bars along these beaches where the chair sit in the water pretty much and you can get served beer, drinks and even food at some spots. There is the more quiet ones and then the more rowdy ones but over all this island is pretty chilled out so things dont get to rowdy. All places play their different music and have a good selection of cd's in most cases where you can choose whatever you want to be playing. My favorite beach for this was Ao Wong Duan, it was more quiet than Hat Sai Kaew but not too quiet. Most of the places close at about 12-3am, really depends on the business....

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    Landing at Na Dan Pier

    by Wild_Orchid Written Oct 26, 2005

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    Towards the end of the ferry ride, I got my first glimpse of Samet (see pics) and to my surprise, there was a reasonable amount of traffic (ferries, fishing boats, speedboats) plying between the island and Ban Phe. To get off the ferry was quite an experience because we had to climb onto another boat (try doing it while carrying your luggage in both hands-it is not that easy...) before actually stepping onto the pier itself. This is because of the boats that were already moored against the pier.

    Some history: Ko Samet has been known as a safe anchorage for sailors since at least the 13th century, although some literature also mentioned that the straights between Samet and the mainland did provide opportunities for ambush by lurking pirates (how I love romantic stories!). The village of Na Dan (also spelt "Nah Dan") or Koh Samet Village dates back to about 50 years.

    So what is it like now? The pier itself was a hive of activity. There was a medium sized 7-11, some small stalls, a few tour operators and various people milling about.

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    The Island of Koh Samet

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Oct 25, 2005

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    Let me give you an introduction to Koh Samet. Located off the coast of Rayong and approximately 180 km from Bangkok, the island of Koh Samet (also spelled as Ko Samed in some literature) is shaped like a long boot, larger on the top, and narrower at the bottom. It is 6.5 kilometres off Ban Phe and the ferry from the mainland takes approximately 30 mintues.

    There are a number of white sandy beaches at Samet-ranging from beautiful to great. Most of the nicer ones are located on the east coast closer to the Nan Dan Public Pier and Koh Samet Village: including Ao Phai, Had Sai Keaw (also spelt Sai Keo or Diamond Beach), the bays of Ao Wong Duen, Ao Wai, and Ao Kua Na Nok towards the south. On the west coast, there is only one beach of note, and that is the cove of Ao Prao which is where I stayed.

    The island itself has a rather hilly terrain which limits road access from one beach to another, and therefore transportation around the island is usually by means of speed boats, ferries and motorbikes, and of course, on foot.

    How's the Weather?
    Koh Samet can be visited virtually the whole year round, with the exception of a rainy /monsoon season around May. We visited in September and during those few days, we had perfect beach weather in the mornings and early afternoons - hot and sunny However, there were periods of heavy rain in the evenings-not enough to spoil the fun, but just enough to keep up the level of excitement! The best part was that the sea water was beautifully warm, even after the rain and into the late evening.

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    Learn to relax, you're on Thai Time

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Oct 24, 2005

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    Anyway, after checking around a bit, we ended up buying a return ticket at approximately 100 baht per person to get on a ferry bound for Nan Da Public Pier (the main pier leading to Ko Samet village). The ferry itself was comfortable and came with brightly coloured orange life jackets (see main pics). The ferry ride to the island took approximately 1/2 hour-but hey, who's counting? : )

    Funny/Fond memory: After we had purchased the ferry tickets, a guy came over in a little scooter with a side car and asked us to jump on, and so we did. He drove us only for a very short distance to the pier (see pics) (yes, we could have walked! LOL), and dropped us off in front of a restaurant on the pier. There we ordered a bite of fried rice-I actually wanted to try some seafood (some locals were happily munching away on crabs and clams so I figured it musn't be too expensive), but was afraid to order any fancy dishes, in case we missed the ferry. Anyway, the fried rice arrived in a jiffy and we were finished in ten minutes. On the ticket, we were informed that the ferry would leave at 2.45 pm. Suddenly, at about 2.30 pm, there was a heavy downpour! The roof of the restaurant started to leak, but we and our things were still ok. At about 2.45 pm, my husband started to get edgy and craned to look for the ferry. I told him not to worry because clearly there were still other passengers ("farang" with luggage - so must be waiting for the ferry right?) still hanging around casually in the restaurant. At about 2.50 pm, the rain had died down (thank goodness!), and two little scooters came over to pick us all up and drive us down to the ferry (about 200 meters only). We all then clambered on board the ferry, and sat there waiting for something to happen. Five minutes later, a large family arrived and boarded the ferry, and only then at approximately 3.00 pm, did the boat boys (see pics) allow the ferry take off.

    Moral of the stoy: Learn to relax, you're on Thai time....

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    Getting to Rayong from Bangkok

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Oct 24, 2005

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    After taking a look at the picture of the calm sandy beaches of Ao Prao, you're probably dying to find out how to get there. (smile)

    Well, in order to get to Ko Samet from Bangkok, you would firstly need to drive to the town of Ban Phe. There are several highways out of Bangkok and onto Ban Phe/Rayong area. One way is to take the highway to Pattaya using Highway No 34 (Bang Na Trat) (pay a combined toll of 60 baht), and from there it is about 60 km to BanPhe/Rayong on Highway 36. Another more direct route is to take the highway 34 from Bangkok to Chon Buri, and then Highway No. 344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng), then turn into Highways No. 331 and No. 36 to Ban Phe/Rayong.

    A Short Introduction to Rayong: Rayong is 180 kilometres from Bangkok and covers a total area of 3,550 square kilometres. Administratively, it is divided into several districts including the district of Muang Rayong, Bang Chang (where Ko Chang is located) and others. This area, towards the South Eastern coast is beginning to become more popular with tourists and locals. If you have more time, you may wish to stop by and overnight at Rayong itself. Among its claims to fame is its 100 kilometre-long coastline, and it also boasts several beautiful beaches and scenic waterfalls and a few hotels such as the Novotel Rayong. Commercially, the region’s population rely upon fishing, agriculture (tapioca, tropical fruits such as rambutan, watermelon, durians, mangosteen, etc) and more recently industrial factories (including car assembly) to make a living.

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    Morning walk

    by edachsund Written Oct 8, 2005

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    Things to do? not much unless you prefer to go snorkeling. But what I heard from other traveler, their snorkel area wasnt that interesting. The corel is shape. So I guess I would just do the morning walking along the beach from North to south. Aint that bad though beside do the island hopping. So you can configure to make a decision where good to stay the most.

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    Relax on the dock

    by Sobe-A-Rush Written Sep 5, 2005

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    chairs set up on the dock

    At night time we sometimes would pull out chairs onto the dock and munch on some chips and beer. You can always do this, people dont mind at all, its super quiet and you can lay there enjoying the stars. Depending on what beach you are but all of the beaches actually have stray dogs, they will follow you around when on the beach and what not, they have never bitten me, they just want to hang out, most of the are fairly sick looking and have open cuts so maybe dont touch them.
    I say this because every night we would go on the dock with the chair a dog or two would come and hang out.

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    Riding on a motor bike..

    by im_jiyoung Written Jul 28, 2005

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    actually that one I gave up at the end.. (I just couldn't manage to handle the machine! shoot!).. But I'd love to try it again. There are whole a lot of shops where you can lent a motorbike. My friend who had finally mastered it, said.. was great great experience..

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    Beach hop!

    by idy Written Jun 22, 2005
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    There are heaps of beaches on Ko Samet, mainly along the east shoreline.

    The stretch from Ao Tub Tim to Ao Phai is rather popular, because cafes and restaurants line the beach. Some foriegners even sunbath topless along this stretch.

    Along the popular stretches, there will be vendors selling sarongs, beach mats, fruits, giving massages and so forth.

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    Hiking in Ko Samet

    by swissrain Updated May 30, 2005
    in the north of Wongduern beach

    I have been on this island since over twenty years regularly, and since then I never got tired of discovering the island again and again, discovering new paths each time, some of them steep and rocky, others self-invented from stone to stone, being a kind of mediation which I especially like on this island. Walking from beach to beach shows the many stone formations and the different shapes and characters of the beaches. There are many, and really, each of them is another world. Swimming around the small peninsulas which seperate the beaches is another way offering different views for the adventourous.
    Chose the beach which you best like (Vongdeuan is mine ..., and its Vongdeuan Resort; vongdeuan.com), or stay on one beach for a time and then rove on with your light handbag, to chose the next lodge.

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    A spa holiday on Ko Samet

    by swissrain Updated May 30, 2005
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    For all the Epicurean pleasures you would have to head for Pattaya, fun city, as it is euphemistically called by Thais, sin city by moralists, just a three-hour-trip from Ko Samet.
    The island of Samet, however, provides you with pleasures not rated as sins by any Western religion, which is good for people who want an undisturbed family - or romantic honey-moon (brush up) holiday: a daily traditional Thai massage (at aroumd 250 to 300 Baht; six to seven dollars) will take away your tensions. Some Salas are large enough to provide massage for two or more.
    Tell your doctor what you want: Foot- or head massage, or do they just have to rub your belly to prepare it for dinner? Other things, manicure, pedicure will turn you into a civilized being again.

    Choose your massage doctors and beauticians carefully, there is much difference in strength, style, elegance, or conversation. If you have finally made your choice, you might have found a new friend ...

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    People watching on the beaches of Ko Samet

    by swissrain Written May 30, 2005
    Bangkok travellers on Samet island

    Ko Samet is not a ghetto of foreigners. On weekends and bank-holidays, working people from Bangkok come here, to lodge in Bungalows or tents. Tourists from the West will be surprised to see how Thais enjoy their time.
    On the pic you see my daughter in the center, and some four (modern) Thai ladies, from clerk to dentist, who have fun together. Traditional women wouldn't be clad in bikinis, but in long fistherman-trousers and T-shirts when playing in the sea. And men? Drinking whiskey together and gambling or playing guitar and singing in the shadow of the trees.

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    A boat trip around the island

    by Arjaree Updated May 26, 2005

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    When you get there, you will constantly be asked if you want to go on a boat trip checking out around the whole island. Its a cool choice... but we did not do that. If you have time in your hand I suggest you do that so you will see what's there in each beach.

    Later you may want to do a beach hopping to get a different view.

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    Kayak at sea

    by Arjaree Updated May 26, 2005

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    Ao Vongdaun
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    Kayaking is another interesting choice provided here at Ao Vongdaun. It costs 200THB/ hour/ 2 persons. Late evening, around 4-6 pm is the best time to kayak since the sunshine will become less strong.

    Pictured is Ao Vongdaun beach. Nice and not touristy.

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    Swimming!!!!

    by karin_kamphuis Written Feb 19, 2005

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    Swimming!!!

    Just take a swim in the great ocean.
    But don't be suprised when the outside tempature is 35 degrees and the water 34 degrees or even hotter!

    So don't expect a cold swim, it looks like you swim in a hot bath!!!!!

    But except that it's a a great beach and nice sea to swim in.

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