Koh Samet, located in the Gulf of Thailand, renowned for its beautiful sandy white beaches along with its crystal clear waters, and its exotic coral life. Just 200 km from Bangkok, the steadily developing island has tourists and locals alike have an abundance of rich cuisines and nightlife alike. As the island is small, most of the exploration can be done by foot, but hiring and renting vehicles are also an option.
From resorts, hotels to bungalows, the range of accommodations are plentiful and adequate for all price ranges.
Here are the guide for tourists to the pearls of Koh Samet:
1) Mu Koh Samet Marine National Park
Just a short boat ride away from the mainland, where the best method of transportation is by speed boat, this Tourist place is best during the low season, where the crowds are fewer in number. The park has a small amount of entrance fee and it is surrounded by two magnificent granite mountains Plet and Laem Ya. The park is home to coral beach reefs, perfect for a witnessing amazing spectacles.
2) The Beaches
Famous for having magnificent beaches, the various beaches found in Koh Samet are each in their own a spectacle. Here are some of the most prominent:
Hat Sai Kaew
Known as the diamond beach and the largest beach on the island, it is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in Koh Samet. Famous for its resort which offers much more than sandy beaches. There are few four-star resorts rest are boutique resorts all furnished with a traditional Thai twist, this beach should be a must go.
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Just a short walking distance from the Candlelight Beach, this beach is shaded by coconut trees and is a place for any beach lover.
Ao Wang Deuan
Second, only to Hat Sai Kaew in size, the main function of this beach is being a ferry service with the city, so expect this beach to be crowded.
Ao Sang Thian
Known as the candlelight beach, the topography paints the beach in rocky places, and also free from group tours, making it a perfect place to kick back and relax.
3) Water-based Activities
Plenty of beaches means plenty of water-based activities and that’s what Koh Samet has to offer. Snorkelling and scuba are available at almost any resort where you can dive into the waters and be in sync with the scenery around you. Jet skiing is also a highly exhilarating activity for those who loves high speeds with no restriction.
Whether you are a pro or a beginner when it comes to diving activities Ko Samet will leave you with an exhilarating experience of a lifetime. Ko Samet has special PADI diving centers which offer courses from expert professionals for beginners.
Although activities are limited and not enough to keep you occupied at all times, one of the best reasons to visit Koh Samet is its nightlife. Be ready to get pulled in and get into your party element as you will feel the need to let loose and enjoy as the night slowly turns into day. Offering mouth-watering traditional food and to die for drinks, even introverts will feel the need to experience such extravaganza. This is not something to miss while visiting Koh Samet.
5) Hire bike to explore the island
Ko Samet offers an easier and fun way to explore the islands and that’s through bicycle. You can easily rent a bike and traverse through the long island beaches. Cruise your way through the mesmerizing beauty the island has to offer.