The most popular pier in Samet Island or it's where usually the boat will drop off the visitors is in "Na Dan" which envolves into a small village which is the Koh Samet Village but mind you there were lot's of 7-Eleven stores to the area. Quite a little island that the roads are very bad! Well, it's the closest point from Ban Phe, Rayong Province. Though, there are also other available piers in the island such as the Vongdern and the Ao Prao Beach Resort.
In Na Dan, as said earlier in my tips that are several pick-up trucks that are ready fro transporting visitors to the diffrent beaches around. The cost varies the distance but when we got there as we arrived around 7pm.Not much of visitors so, we paid 200baht/ride. It was alot but can't complain as it was getting dark and the road is as bad as it gets! Iwonder why didn't work that one...
Anyhow, the closest beach from "Na Dan" is the Saikaew Beach Resort which about 10 minutes ride to the rocky road. There are quite alot of beautiful beaches around the island...It depends on your budget and of course the availability of the place. When we went we didn't prepare of bookings so, we stayed in a small though a bit okey guest house!
...you can rent a tent and gaze through..
Btw, Koh Samet is a National Park with 131 sq. meters land and sea. So, all foreign visitors should pay 200baht/person before you can enter in the island. I thought, I will just pay 20baht as I do look like a thai but hheheh..I'm a good girl!LOL
...I was once came across a page about some insights in Samet Island and when we decided to have a glimpse in it, it lead me to it again..what a coincidence!
Well, the story is like this...Once upon a time, Koh Samet was the residence of the Pirates. There were numerous myths behind that the Pirates' gold and booty were hidden somewhere on this island. And there this was attracted to many adventurers from time to time to hunt for the treasures..(i just saw this in another site)
Anyhow, the pic is taken from the pier...
..of course you should! There's alot to do in around the Samet Island. You can go snorkelling, see some beauitful corals and one told me I should try deep sea fishing...Unfortunately, our time is too small for all those activities..The owner of the guest house we stayed told me that there are several small island that are worth visiting for and is good for scuba diving? Koh Thalu, Koh Kang kow, Koh Khudee, Koh Kuy and Koh Pateon..
The pic is hubby playing with the water..a silhuette with the sunrise!
...after waiting for the sunrise..You would like to sit down and have some cappuccino? It's a very local bamboo table and chairs. And the good thing is it's right infront of the beach..Lovely!
The food is delicious and is slightly a bit of expensive for a simple guest house like this..
...but I do like the colours of these tents here that was being struck by lovely sunrays of the early morning!
Actually, the trip wasn't for play..It was all about work with hubby but it got cancelled for some reasons. But here, I was got very excited so thought of hitting the place without any reservations and anything. Arrived late at night and went directly to the Le Vimern, a 4 star resort and it's really very pretty. Comfy couch in the lobby and a very pretty decorations but the only available room is the presidential suite which is $300+++ which is way too high for a night..so, we directly checked out the Ao Phrao Beach Resort, nothing really nice, simple, quiet but the problem is no available room! All I thought was we might be camping..but one thai owner gave us her place for a night!
The tent looks very pretty though...=)
...and just let the hours go by! I spent the first day lazing in the sun and plunging into the deep blue sea. The pretty fine sand beaches..There were some souvenir shops in the resort but it's not that much that hubby and just love to feel the pretty day! No work and just play at all..hubby said!=)
....Nature freaks and totally addict of exploring the islands of Samet. I've seen coastal canoeing in the western part of the island as "Ao Prao Beach Resort" is in there. It maybe a pleasant thing to do for a day. There are plenty of agencies that offers this kind of services. You can also ask the front desk for more information to where you stay(B600/day). Diving is also best on October to April of the year, you can arrange a snorkeling, fishing or scuab diving from any parts of the beaches in the island. There are 4 or 5 other small islands near in Samet if I'm nopt mistaken as I asked this one in the owner. boats are available on hire. Though, you should always take note that rough seas may limit your trip during the monsoon seasons that starts May-October of the year.
The photo is taken just infront of the resort where we stayed!
...throughout the white sandy beach is a must..The crystalline blue water is very cool. Hubby and I walked for an hour through the white stretch beach..It was a lovely one! And after that swum in there...well, mind you there were some guests in the islands that just go there for a perfect retreat of the bustling city of Bangkok.
...at it's magical beauty!
I was hoping to catch some more pretty sunsets but we arrived late in Rayong Province just off in Ban-Phe the nearest pier to Ko Samet. So, I haven't had enough nice sunsets and all I can share are my sunrises! They have the best ones and really are magical! They also have sunsets off to "Ao Prao Beach Resort" to the western side of the island.
...you can see them around the islands! The guest house we stayed for the first night had a lovely, simple and quiet an exotic flowers..
I took the photo when the sunrises and it turns out to be beautiful!
Hat Sai Kaew is the main beach on Ko Samet. It has beautiful white sand and it is easily accessible from the main pier.
This is the most popular spot on Ko Samet, and the most westernized resorts and bars are around here; it can get a bit too crowded sometimes, but it is long enough to accomodate everybody.
And you can always walk to reach more secluded beaches.
Though Ko Samet is a pretty "dry" island (when compared to the rest of Thailand), the interiors of the island are quite green and lush (no tropical jungle, anyway).
There is just one main trail connecting the west coast to the east coast. It is a pleasant, easy one hour walk, or you may find a lift with one of the few 4wd vehicle passing.
As Ko Samet is quite a small island, it's easy to circumnavigate. A couple of companies for these tours either by slow or by speed boat. They usually include a couple of snorkelling stops and a visit to a fish farm. Prices vary from 200-400 THB depending on the mode & duration of the tour.
There are quite a few companies that offer day long boat trips. Each company departs when they have a full load, but each day at least one or two companies take people for a trip. The trips include snorkeling, free food, free drinks, and most offer a seafood lunch. Prices are mostly between 600-1000RMB. They also provide the snorkeling equipment. If you are only wanting to go on this trip because of the snorkeling then you will be wasting money, go along to all the beaches on the island and snorkle your self, during the days you see the boats pull up to the random beaches. There are however boat trips to other islands and i am sure those would be worth doing.
All along the beaches, roads, and bungalows you will see sings for these boat trips. Not hard to come across at all. (Pic 2)